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Walking from Lourdes

Anniesantiago

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Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#1
I just looked at the hundreds of photos I took in May on my walk from Lourdes to Pamplona.
It was absolutely spectacular!
I must do this route again -
Wow!
 

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sillydoll

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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:
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JabbaPapa

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#6
falcon269 said:
There is a good overview of the route here:

http://vppyr.free.fr/vpp_cartes.php

The Lourdes to SJPdP segments are toward the bottom, but the entire route from the coast is covered by the site.
The Lourdes to Oloron segment proposed there is unnecessarily harsh -- in fact the whole route seems to have been devised by mountain-hiking enthusiasts rather than pilgrims.

The more northerly passage via Coarraze and Nay, then on the tiny roads to Arudy is more sensible.

It's not wise, on that particular Camino route, to follow the time-wasting and overly difficult trail that has been laid down by non-pilgrims.
 

Thornley

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Frances [08 ]Portuguese [09 ]Le Puy[10] Norte[ 11] Madrid [12] Figeac - Pamplona [13] Mont Saint Michel - Bordeaux / St Palais - Pamplona [14] Moissac -Burgos [15] , Norte to Oviedo and then Primitivo [16]
Le Puy to Moissac and Dax to Santo Domingo
#8
Is there signage showing Coarraze and Nay being on either the GR or camino with the arrows Jappa
It has been mentioned that there are 2 ways with the red/white or arrows .
Just wondering as the valley floors are to our liking 80% of the time.
David
 

caminka

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just after sainte colome there is the split. right goes directly to buzy, left goes to arudy. arudy is a lovely town with lots of bakeries and a very nice gite paroissal with white doves.
I haven't seen any info on coarraze-nay alternative.

from lourdes to estelle-betharam there are two waymarkings, red-white for GR and yellow-blue arrows and shells for vyppr. vyppr is a bit shorter and bypasses st-pe-de-bigorre.

the tougest section, in my opinion, is from bagneres-de-bigorre (or gerde now that the accommodation in bagneres has closed to pilgrims) to lourdes. GR goes really high up the mountains and is very long (30-37km according to different sources) and must be beautiful. some enthusiasts from bagneres have waymakred a shorter route more to the north that mosty follows minor roads and is about 20km long. handy in bad weather or if you want enough time for lourdes.
 
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nathanael

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#10
I did this route in 2011 I believe and saw no one for three days but always a place to stay at ..has anyone a guide that can be followed? also am curious of the gentleman who left Lourdes but never arrived in SJPDP any news on him?
 
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Satírico

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I did this route in 2011 I believe and saw no one for three days but always a place to stay at ..has anyone a guide that can be followed? also am curious of the gentleman who left Lourdes but never arrived in SJPDP any news on him?
I'm set to depart from Lourdes mid-April. I have a guidebook in French, by Olivier Guix, which I quickly have to translate into English or else...I might end up adrift maybe like the missing gent you mentioned. More news on him gratefully received.
 

Arn

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#12
Hi,
If you intend to start from Lourdes on or about the first week in May, along with the many beautiful sights and sounds with be the annual Order of St. John of Jerusalem (possibly better known as the Order of Malta) pilgrimage to Lourdes. During the pilgrimage, knights and dames of the Order from around the world gather to provide charity service to the poor and the sick. It's a very beautiful and moving endeavor.
Arn
 
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nathanael

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I'm set to depart from Lourdes mid-April. I have a guidebook in French, by Olivier Guix, which I quickly have to translate into English or else...I might end up adrift maybe like the missing gent you mentioned. More news on him gratefully received.
this route is one of solitary and extremely tranquil for someone who wants a few days of peaceful country hiking. Yet there is very little on it I can remember the towns I stayed at but nevertheless a route with gites and distances would be great. as yet found none.
 

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