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WALKING FROM MADRID VIA CAMINO INVEIRNO APRIL 2012

handzondeck2

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (x2); VdLP (x4); Portuguese (x2); Madrid (x2); S/Salvador, Primitivo, Ingles ('17) Camino 19 tba
Hi,

I'm planning to walk from Madrid to Ponferadda and then onto Santiago via Camino Inveirno starting early Apr 2012. If anyone else is walking from Madrid around the same time and would like a walking partner it would be great to hear from you. I am 50 yrs old, an average walker and fitness and walk at a slow pace making the albergues late in the afternoon.

I live in Sydney, Australia and have completed Camino France (2), Via de la Plata (2), Portuguese route from Oporto (2) and onto Finisterra, Muxia and walking back to Santiago de Compostela each time. I also took my 12yr nephew on the Caminoh portuguese and he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

So, if anyone is interested in these two Caminos or walked these Caminos previously feel free to PM me or email me direct at handzondeck2@bigpond.com. I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading this post

GBY

Sharon
Australian pilgrim
 

sillydoll

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
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:
Sharon - you are a Camino veteran!!
My friend John walked from Madrid last year starting late April and encountered cold weather and even some snow on the higher ground. Keep warm!!
 

lynnejohn

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2005), VDLP(2007), Madrid(2009), Ingles(2009), Sur (2011), VDLP(2011)-partial, VDLP(2014)
There's the contrast for you! We walked the Madrid beginning in April 2009 and the entire way was blistering hot! So the lesson is - it's wise to prepare for all weather by selecting clothing that you can layer according to conditions.
You will love the Madrid and although we only met one other peregrino, it seems to have become more popular since we were there, so it's likely you will find company.

Buen camino!
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Hi, Sharon,

I walked this exact route last May and think it's a wow-zer. I've posted my stages and general comments for both the Madrid and the Invierno here on the forum, they are very different from each other, but have one thing in common -- they are very solitary caminos.

The Madrid, leaving right from the center of town, gets you out into rural Spain pretty quickly. Albergues are excellent, with an occasional need to go to a pension/hotel. Generally flat, except for the day from Cercedilla to Segovia, which is amazing and tracks the Roman Road with a couple of roman bridges thrown in. I really enjoyed a rest day/detour to Valladolid.

Arriving in Sahagun is a shocker with all the pilgrim traffic. Rebekah and the Peaceable are close by and good for some R&R. I was hoping to meet people on this stretch who would be interested in walking the Invierno with me, but of course by then people had formed a lot of bonds and friendships and were unwilling to break off. I have to admit it was hard for me to leave at Ponferrada because in those 5 or 6 days I had made some pilgrim friends whose company I enjoyed very much. But I did it, and I am very glad I did, even though I never saw another pilgrim until the Invierno merges with the Via de la Plata outside Lalin in A Laxe.

The Invierno is very beautiful. Well marked, and with Rebekah's online CSJ guide it's easy to follow. Unlike the Madrid, though, there is some elevation gain. A couple of hard days one after the other. Very few albergues (my post and Reb's guide give all the details), but affordable private accommodations in all the main towns. Maricristina of this forum and her husband, both in their 70s, just walked it and told me they really loved it. They took twelve days, I did it in a few less, so there are a varitey of ways to plan your stages. There were many opportunities to talk with the people who make their lives in these very rural parts of Spain and their warmth and kindness made up for the absence of pilgrims. I will admit, a few of those afternoons all alone in an albergue in a town of 100 or so were hard. But I wouldn't hesitate to walk these caminos again. Buen camino to you, Laurie
 

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