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walking the vdlp april 2018

talia

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camino fr 2017
via dlpt 2018
#1
hay,
i walked the camino frances on may&september 2017. my plan now is to walk the vdlp on april 2018, start on the midell of month. i have read that compared to cfr the vdlp is less traveld and mor solid, i wondering if someone can tell me how solid it is, how many piligrams mor or less is walking the way and if its safe to walk alon as a woman? i m a bit warry to start alone the way. also i would be happy to get some tips about weather, is it better to start walk on the begening of month before it is getting too hot. does someone planning to walk the way on same time? i will b thankfull for any tips and information.
thank s tali
 

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2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean
2014, 2016 Volunteer St JPDP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
#2
Hi Talia
I also plan to walk starting 10 March and have an excellent book by Gerald Kelly that was purchased through this site.
There are also lots of past trip reports in that thread.
happy walking
Mark
 

Stivandrer

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Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
#3
according to the last years´ numbers it will be around 20 pilgrims a day on the most popular spots, so we will be few and far between onsome stretches ...
 

Stivandrer

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I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
#4
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#5
hay,
i walked the camino frances on may&september 2017. my plan now is to walk the vdlp on april 2018, start on the midell of month. i have read that compared to cfr the vdlp is less traveld and mor solid, i wondering if someone can tell me how solid it is, how many piligrams mor or less is walking the way and if its safe to walk alon as a woman? i m a bit warry to start alone the way. also i would be happy to get some tips about weather, is it better to start walk on the begening of month before it is getting too hot. does someone planning to walk the way on same time? i will b thankfull for any tips and information.
thank s tali
Hi , I walked the VDLP starting 13 April 2017.
Loved it .
Was about 15 to 30 pilgrims each day along the way .
Albergues very good quality .
Some days a bit longer of 30k but for me there was not much difference in what to expect on a Camino .
I loved the fact it was a bit quieter along the way .
Great scenery and towns and is very safe for a woman .
Dont over think it too much and just go :)
Like me I am sue you will come back having had a wonderful experience .
I would definitely go again . There were quiet a number of solo women along the way .
Cheers
 

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Camino Frances 2014, VDLP planned for April May 2018
#6
Hi Talia,

I'm starting the VDLP the week after Easter so I hope to see you along the Way. There is so much helpful information if you just work your way through the blogs and trip reports. Good luck!
 

talia

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Camino(s) past & future
camino fr 2017
via dlpt 2018
#7
Hi Talia
I also plan to walk starting 10 March and have an excellent book by Gerald Kelly that was purchased through this site.
There are also lots of past trip reports in that thread.
happy walking
Mark
thank you mark, i m sure you have a happy journy. thank you for your tips
and buen camino
 

talia

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino fr 2017
via dlpt 2018
#8
Hi Talia,

I'm starting the VDLP the week after Easter so I hope to see you along the Way. There is so much helpful information if you just work your way through the blogs and trip reports. Good luck!
ohh great to know. we r almost on same time. hope to see u there too. thank u' i m trying to learn any information i can. did u mean the blogs on this site?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014, VDLP planned for April May 2018
#9
Yes - look under VDLP forum and you will see that there are 2 'top level' menus - one on blogs and the other on accommodation. Both are full of really useful information.
Hope to see you on the trail :)
 

talia

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino fr 2017
via dlpt 2018
#10
Hi , I walked the VDLP starting 13 April 2017.
Loved it .
Was about 15 to 30 pilgrims each day along the way .
Albergues very good quality .
Some days a bit longer of 30k but for me there was not much difference in what to expect on a Camino .
I loved the fact it was a bit quieter along the way .
Great scenery and towns and is very safe for a woman .
Dont over think it too much and just go :)
Like me I am sue you will come back having had a wonderful experience .
I would definitely go again . There were quiet a number of solo women along the way .
Cheers
thank you for chearing me up..i like the quiet but i prefer to know that somene is around:)
 

talia

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino fr 2017
via dlpt 2018
#11
Yes - look under VDLP forum and you will see that there are 2 'top level' menus - one on blogs and the other on accommodation. Both are full of really useful information.
Hope to see you on the trail :)
thanks alot..will check it..see u on the way:)
 

Shieldz

Ron Shields
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017, (VDLP April 2018)
#12
Hi Talia, I will start from Seville with a family friend (female) on 5/17/18. Hope to see you along the way!
 

Mark Baron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014) Via de la Plata (2018)
#13
Talia, sounds like there will be many people on the trail with you. Myself and a friend leave Seville March 28th. Note ….. if you plan on leaving around this time it is the week leading up to Easter accomidation maybe tight? Holy Week in Seville is known as Semana Santa de Sevilla. It is one of the city’s two biggest annual festivals.
Some sites I have read/used:

https://carolusperegrinator.blogspot.ca/2017/03/9-march-2017-seville.html

https://translate.google.ca/transla...//www.gronze.com/via-plata&edit-text=&act=url

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkWTKtiUr2pfXSV6xzrDQ2v9RKdMqPaGc

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gWY-bEMztAxba0POUFyWvMHaVlAjnb-XYBo5OPJsHN4/edit

https://terryonthevdlp.weebly.com/home/archives/09-2016/2

That should keep you busy for a day or two:)
 

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cindyjo

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012
Camino del Norte /Primitivo (2014)
Chemin la Puy (2016)
Camino Portuguese (2017)
#14
Talia, it looks like there will be quite a few of us on the VDLP around the same time. My sister and I are arriving in Seville on March 15. I’ve walked Caminos both alone and with my sister. I’ve enjoyed walking with my sister, but walking alone will always be my most memorable Camino. As a woman of a certain age, it reminded me how capable, competent, and adventurous I was. Maybe we’ll meet...buen Camino.
 

pitztop

Infected with the Camino Virus
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014 - CF & Fisterra
2015 - Zurich > Le Puy > SdC > Muxia > Fisterra
2017 - VdlP & Fisterra
#15
Hello Talia. I walked the VDLP last year starting from Sevilla on the 30th of April. I loved the experience. Overall the weather was fantastic and not too hot. That said, there were some very rainy days. Starting in April is a good plan because central Spain does get very hot during the summer. I would not worry about walking alone. You will meet people on the way, but it is certainly much less crowded than the Camino Francés. Almost everyone I met was an experieinced pilgrim who had walked caminos before. Overall, I found the albergues to be good to excellent. Be prepared for some long stages (30+kms) without any coffee stops (unlike on the Camino Francés) and no place to fill water bottles. Make sure you carry enough water on these stages. I used a 2 litre bladder and was very happy to have it. While the way is pretty well marked, I did find myself refering to a GPS track on my iPhone quite often. The Gerald Kelly book is very good. I had that as an ebook on my iPhone. I also used the VdlP Wise Pilgrim iPhone app and the Via de la Plata PREMIUM iPhone app (Antonio Villena). Both of these were also helpful for finding accomodation. I also carried the VdlP hard copy Rother Wanderführer guide book in German which was excellent. When you buy this book you get GPS tracks that you can load in your phone or GPS device. What I found fascinating is that much of the time you will be walking on old Roman roads. As I walked, I often thought about all the people who had travelled on this way for 2,000 years. I took a rest day in Merida, Salamanca, and Ourense and recommend doing this to everyone if you have the time. Such beautiful cities with so much to see and do. Soaking in the thermal baths in Ourense was heaven on earth after walking so many kilometres. I wish you a wonderful VdlP camino experience!!
 
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musicman

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016,2017,2018
#16
Totally concur with pitztop -I loved the VDLP.
My account is on “ensuitepilgrimblog.wordpress.com.”
Just scroll thru the Archives.
Did it in 3 stages :-
Seville to Caceres
Caceres to Zamora
Zamora to S de C via the Sanabres.
 
#17
Hi there, I found that guidebook to be lacking in many ways. Ended up downloading a couple of excellent apps....Via de la Plata (premium or basic) and Sanabres (premium or basic). Also followed blogs of a guy walking a few days ahead. You can read my blog on my website if that helps margaretcaffyn.com.au
Just one thing people haven’t mentioned is that it is nothing like the Frances and you need to be mindful of food and water. Very few cafes if any, in between major stops. You will love it. Quite rugged and very few people
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2011, 2012
#18
hay,
i walked the camino frances on may&september 2017. my plan now is to walk the vdlp on april 2018, start on the midell of month. i have read that compared to cfr the vdlp is less traveld and mor solid, i wondering if someone can tell me how solid it is, how many piligrams mor or less is walking the way and if its safe to walk alon as a woman? i m a bit warry to start alone the way. also i would be happy to get some tips about weather, is it better to start walk on the begening of month before it is getting too hot. does someone planning to walk the way on same time? i will b thankfull for any tips and information.
thank s tali
Hi
I will be arriving Seville on Monday April 2nd from Northumberland UK hoping to start walking Tuesday or Wednesday. I chose this date in the hope of starting before the heat but after the winter wind rain and swollen streams have subsided. Also I read somewhere that at this time it's a walk from spring through to summer in the cooler north with displays of wild flowers. Haven't decided on where to stay in Seville yet although flights are booked.
Burn Camino
Arnold
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2011, 2012
#19
Hi
I will be arriving Seville on Monday April 2nd from Northumberland UK hoping to start walking Tuesday or Wednesday. I chose this date in the hope of starting before the heat but after the winter wind rain and swollen streams have subsided. Also I read somewhere that at this time it's a walk from spring through to summer in the cooler north with displays of wild flowers. Haven't decided on where to stay in Seville yet although flights are booked.
Burn Camino
Arnold
Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April/May 2017
#20
I will start walking out of Seville on 9th April, taking the Via then the Sanabres into Santiago. Hope to see some of you along the way, Buen Camino.
 

talia

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino fr 2017
via dlpt 2018
#22
Talia, sounds like there will be many people on the trail with you. Myself and a friend leave Seville March 28th. Note ….. if you plan on leaving around this time it is the week leading up to Easter accomidation maybe tight? Holy Week in Seville is known as Semana Santa de Sevilla. It is one of the city’s two biggest annual festivals.
Some sites I have read/used:

https://carolusperegrinator.blogspot.ca/2017/03/9-march-2017-seville.html

https://translate.google.ca/translate?sl=es&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https://www.gronze.com/via-plata&edit-text=&act=url

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkWTKtiUr2pfXSV6xzrDQ2v9RKdMqPaGc

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gWY-bEMztAxba0POUFyWvMHaVlAjnb-XYBo5OPJsHN4/edit

https://terryonthevdlp.weebly.com/home/archives/09-2016/2

That should keep you busy for a day or two:)[/QUO

thank you,sound great. yes the easter is on 31march and after two weeks i think is the semana santa..i considering my b start earler aslo becouse of weather, semes like it giong to b hot in april. any way i love your blogs, it will b great tol see you on the way.buen camino.
 

talia

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino fr 2017
via dlpt 2018
#23
Hello Talia. I walked the VDLP last year starting from Sevilla on the 30th of April. I loved the experience. Overall the weather was fantastic and not too hot. That said, there were some very rainy days. Starting in April is a good plan because central Spain does get very hot during the summer. I would not worry about walking alone. You will meet people on the way, but it is certainly much less crowded than the Camino Francés. Almost everyone I met was an experieinced pilgrim who had walked caminos before. Overall, I found the albergues to be good to excellent. Be prepared for some long stages (30+kms) without any coffee stops (unlike on the Camino Francés) and no place to fill water bottles. Make sure you carry enough water on these stages. I used a 2 litre bladder and was very happy to have it. While the way is pretty well marked, I did find myself refering to a GPS track on my iPhone quite often. The Gerald Kelly book is very good. I had that as an ebook on my iPhone. I also used the VdlP Wise Pilgrim iPhone app and the Via de la Plata PREMIUM iPhone app (Antonio Villena). Both of these were also helpful for finding accomodation. I also carried the VdlP hard copy Rother Wanderführer guide book in German which was excellent. When you buy this book you get GPS tracks that you can load in your phone or GPS device. What I found fascinating is that much of the time you will be walking on old Roman roads. As I walked, I often thought about all the people who had travelled on this way for 2,000 years. I took a rest day in Merida, Salamanca, and Ourense and recommend doing this to everyone if you have the time. Such beautiful cities with so much to see and do. Soaking in the thermal baths in Ourense was heaven on earth after walking so many kilometres. I wish you a wonderful VdlP camino experience!!
thank you for all the usefull tips, you covered almost all.. 30 km without any coffe stop :eek:.. and no place to fil water:rolleyes:..my god. i hope for a good weather. is it possible to dowenlowed the gerakd kelly book to i phone' and how? i sow it only for sell in amazon, and on this site is not available...
thank you again:)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugal route from Lisbon in May (2015)
Via de la Plata from Seville in April-May 2017
#24
I walked from Seville in April/May 2017. It’s a good time to walk. Be aware of Holy Week crowds especially in Seville. Many other threads here about that. Some days were hot, some were rainy, some a bit chilly in the morning, and some PERFECT days. I think it was day 10 before I walked with the same person all day. Most was solitary walking (which was fine for me). Occasionally walk with others for a period of time or just cross paths. But there was typically a group of 10-20 people at the albergue, but you might not see them walking during the day. Only in albergue alone twice (?). Volume picked up a little closer to Santiago. For you Facebookers, I posted (after the fact) my day by day journal with pictures. Search for Steve Hall in Kansas City – that should find me. You'll see the end of the journey first. Just scroll down a little on the time line. Go further down to watch chronologically. It’s posted as Public so you don’t need to send a friend request. Good luck.
 

PhilG

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2013), Portuguese (2017), Catalan (2017), Via del Plata (2018), Ingles (2018), Via Augusta
#25
Hello Talia
I am planning to walk from Cadiz to A Coruna via the Via del Plata and Santiago (coast to coast) starting late May this year, so will probably not meet up, but have purchased Gerald Kelly's book on Amazon here:
https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Guid.../ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

It (a reduced content version minus maps) is also available for free download in PDF form here:
http://www.caminoguide.net/pages/download

To view PDF's on an iPhone (I have one also), I am using Dropbox to upload the file and use the Dropbox iPhone app to view.

Hope all goes well and buen camino !!
 

Greg Petropoulos

Thunder1
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014), Camino Mozarabe, Via de la Plata, Sanabres (2016)
#26
Talia:

Starting VLDP on 16 April from Sevilla. Perhaps I'll see you and others on the Camino.

Farie de Sevilla, a large, 7-day festival begins 15 April. It looks like fun! YouTube videos showed most Women dressed in Flamenco attire, looks like a 7-day Carnival & Party!

Bien Camino,

Greg
 

handzondeck2

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Camino(s) past & future
CF (x2); VdLP (x3); Portuguese (x2); Madrid (x2); S/Salvador, Primitivo, Ingles ('17), VldP('18)
#27
Hi
I will be arriving Seville on Monday April 2nd from Northumberland UK hoping to start walking Tuesday or Wednesday. I chose this date in the hope of starting before the heat but after the winter wind rain and swollen streams have subsided. Also I read somewhere that at this time it's a walk from spring through to summer in the cooler north with displays of wild flowers. Haven't decided on where to stay in Seville yet although flights are booked.
Burn Camino
Arnold
HI Arnie I'm starting out of Seville on 4th April. Hope to meet you on the way
 

Olimpia

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago Frances (2014)
Camino del Norte (2017)
#28
hay,
i walked the camino frances on may&september 2017. my plan now is to walk the vdlp on april 2018, start on the midell of month. i have read that compared to cfr the vdlp is less traveld and mor solid, i wondering if someone can tell me how solid it is, how many piligrams mor or less is walking the way and if its safe to walk alon as a woman? i m a bit warry to start alone the way. also i would be happy to get some tips about weather, is it better to start walk on the begening of month before it is getting too hot. does someone planning to walk the way on same time? i will b thankfull for any tips and information.
thank s tali
Hi Talia, I am planning on walking the Via de la Plata this March. Probably leaving Texas mid March. When are you leaving?
 

martyseville

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
a/a
#29
1. What was/is the furthest distance between water points? be it fountain, bar, cafe, etc.
I will be biking VDLP mid April this year.
Will have two water bottles and a 3L bag.

2. Any good places to put a small tent or hammock? i.e. out back of A/burg or stealth camping? NO fires, lights, cooking, etc. Have done it on the Frances and on the Portuguese.
 

jhea57

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Via de la Plata
#30
HI
My wife and I are walking the vdlp starting sevilla april 20th...
see you along the way...
Cheers
John and Jenny
 

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