Search 58,412 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


Advertisement
Rent a house in Santiago (1 month minimum)
300m from the cathedral and around the corner from the fresh food market in Santiago. Perfect place to tele commute from (1GB symmetrical connection).
Camino Socks
Browse the Camino Socks collection on the forum shop

Walking from England 2008 - Any Tips?

Vagabond0079

New Member
Hi,

I posted this in the introduction forum as well, but I'm not sure how many people check that one.

I'm planning a trip leaving from my front door in Cambridge the day after Easter 2008. I'm planning on walking to Winchester, then down the Pilgrim's Way to Southampton and taking a ferry to Cherbourg. From there I understand there are some GR routes to Mont St Michele, and down the western part of France, meeting up with the Tours Route around Poitiers. I'm expecting it to take 4-5 months depending on how often I stop to play tourist and how fast I walk. Anybody out there walked the route before? Any recommendations as to which GRs would fit the bill? I've found a site or two detailing some routes on the Cherbourg Peninsula, but they are all in French, and not very extensive, could anyone point me to some English resources?

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 
Create your own ad
€1,-/day will present your project to thousands of visitors each day. All interested in the Camino de Santiago.
Camino Maps
A collection of Camino Maps from the Camino Forum Store

Vagabond0079

New Member
Any experiences from Channel Ports to Paris?

I've altered my route a bit, choosing instead to head from Cambs down to London, and then pick up the North Downs Way to Dover, probably with a small detour to Canterbury. From there I'll walk to Paris and pick up the Paris/Tours route. I decided to do this because I'm not really restricted by time, and the experience of walking into Paris seems too exciting to pass up. Plus the coastal route, while probably beautiful, is also more likely to be rainy in the spring and I probably wouldn't see a soul until the Pyrenees.

Any thoughts on the best way to get from Channel Ports (specifically Boulogne) to Paris? I've never been, does anyone have any perspective on Boulogne vs Calais as a starting point in France? How about routes into Paris from the north? Any 'must see' places along the way?

Cheers!
 
Re: Any experiences from Channel Ports to Paris?

When I walked from Boulogne (getting on for 20 years ago now), like Thomas Paris I went the obvious way via Amiens and Beauvais. There are GRs but they meander about a lot and I didn't adhere to them very closely. The towpath along the Somme is now open as a cyclepath, so you could take the coast path to the estuary and walk along that to Amiens. If you head for Royaumont, you can pick up the new GR655 to St Denis and into the centre of Paris and the Tour St Jacques (and then straight out the other side).

When I did it you could still hover over to Boulogne, which is a much more appropriate place for pilgrims than Calais: a much more interesting town, with its shrine to Our Lady (visited by Chaucer's Wife of Bath, though she may have only been to Boloigne because it rhymed with Coloigne). Nowadays you're limited to Calais, from which you can reach Boulogne by the coast path over the chalk cliffs, or catch a train, I suppose.
 

sillydoll

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
2022 Camino Guides
The 2022 Camino guides will be coming out little by little, most of them by the end of 2021. Here is a collection of the ones that are out so far.
Camino walkers love this gripping, intriguing, mystery with history novel.

Did not find what you were looking for? Search here

Popular Resources

“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf ivar
  • Featured
“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf
4.95 star(s) 101 ratings
Downloads
15,215
Updated
A selection of favorite albergues on the Camino Francés Ton van Tilburg
Favorite Albergues along the Camino Frances
4.83 star(s) 35 ratings
Downloads
7,889
Updated
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances ivar
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances
4.88 star(s) 24 ratings
Downloads
7,696
Updated

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

Top