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Walking the Camino Ingles Solo In February or March

Eliza.c

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018-2020
Camino Ingles 2020
I would like to walk the Camino Ingles sometime in between mid Feb and mid March. I have a few questions if anyone would be kind enough to advise:
Am I likely to meet a few other pilgrims along the way? Although I want to walk on my own for some headspace I don’t want to feel too isolated.
I have walked most of the Frances with friends and thought I could do that solo, but not sure about the Ingles out of season - would it be more advisable for me to walk part of the Frances or Portuguese...
Will plenty of albergues, restaurants and bars be open along the way and if they are empty or closed will there be hotels or hostels I can stay in.
And finally will there be bag transfer available in case I need a day or two without my bag?
You probably think if I am that worried about everything I should stay at home 🤨 but maybe it’s a case of feel the fear and do it anyway ... 💪🥾
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Hi and welcome to the forum @Eliza.c ,

You might meet some other pilgrims, as the CI is increasing rapidly in popularity but you should also be prepared to be occasionally alone.
I walked it, in bits and pieces, now several times and always alone, and would do so also in February/March.
The Xunta albergues will be open, plus some of the pensions in the bigger places like Pontedeume and Ferrol, same for bars/restaurants, those that cater to the locals will be open.
Bag transport will be difficult, the usual services start normally around Easter on that route, but in emergency, you could send it always ahead by taxi.

Hope that helps,

BC SY
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Am I likely to meet a few other pilgrims along the way? Although I want to walk on my own for some headspace I don’t want to feel too isolated.
Hi, I start walking from Ferrol on 10 Feb. If that’s not too early in Feb you are welcome to join me. We don’t have to stay together if we don’t get on! I also like walking alone, but it’s nice to know there’s a kindred spirit ahead or behind, and to share a vino tinto with in the evening.

https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/camino-ingles-in-february.65705/

Jill
 

Eliza.c

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018-2020
Camino Ingles 2020
Thank you Jill
That is really kind of you - I will check dates/flights and be in touch if they match. Like you say it’s good to know someone else who is on the Way.
Liz
 

henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
I would like to walk the Camino Ingles sometime in between mid Feb and mid March. I have a few questions if anyone would be kind enough to advise:
Am I likely to meet a few other pilgrims along the way? Although I want to walk on my own for some headspace I don’t want to feel too isolated.
I have walked most of the Frances with friends and thought I could do that solo, but not sure about the Ingles out of season - would it be more advisable for me to walk part of the Frances or Portuguese...
Will plenty of albergues, restaurants and bars be open along the way and if they are empty or closed will there be hotels or hostels I can stay in.
And finally will there be bag transfer available in case I need a day or two without my bag?
You probably think if I am that worried about everything I should stay at home 🤨 but maybe it’s a case of feel the fear and do it anyway ... 💪🥾

I walked the Ingles in February 2018. I think I saw one other peregrino before arriving in Santiago but I’m not certain.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
I would like to walk the Camino Ingles sometime in between mid Feb and mid March. I have a few questions if anyone would be kind enough to advise:
Am I likely to meet a few other pilgrims along the way? Although I want to walk on my own for some headspace I don’t want to feel too isolated.
I have walked most of the Frances with friends and thought I could do that solo, but not sure about the Ingles out of season - would it be more advisable for me to walk part of the Frances or Portuguese...
Will plenty of albergues, restaurants and bars be open along the way and if they are empty or closed will there be hotels or hostels I can stay in.
And finally will there be bag transfer available in case I need a day or two without my bag?
You probably think if I am that worried about everything I should stay at home 🤨 but maybe it’s a case of feel the fear and do it anyway ... 💪🥾
Hi Eliza. I just noticed your thread. You must be full of information by now, so the little I have to add will not weigh too much! You will be fine, there is very little isolation. For the first time, last year on the Ingles I booked all the accommodation along the way, because I am slow and did not want to run the risk not finding a bed. In some places, that would have been the case. I seriously doubt that will be your situation. I also used Correos to send forward one rucksack each day. That was a godsend, because of my knee. I would not like to think it would become a habit! if it has to be, though, I would not hesitate to do so again. The last place we stayed in is the only one I will recommend, just because: nothing to do with merits or otherwise of the others. Just because that one was so welcoming and the people who welcomed us did so with such generosity.
Albergue Camiño Real
Do post when you have finished, as your experience will be useful for others.
Buen Camino.
 

Tony Lenton

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles (2018)
Camino Frances ( from Ponferrada 2019)
I walked the Ingles in February 2018. I think I saw one other peregrino before arriving in Santiago but I’m not certain.
I walked the Camino Ingles in March 2018. I saw scarcely any other peregrinos until the cafe with the dinosaurs just a little on from Bruma. There were about 10 people in there but God knows where they’d been before that. It’s generally pretty isolated. I really enjoyed it, though.
 

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