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LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
I have been asked if I can help a friend plan a camino for his wife who is in a wheelchair. He recently walked a few days with me and now would very much like to do something similar with his wife.

I wondered perhaps if the litteral route from Porto might be possible? But I also wondered if any sections of the Meseta from Burgos could work?

I've walked both routes but never from the perspective of a wheelchair? I have read a few threads about some amazing pilgrims who have done this themselves but I wonder if anyone can fill in any gaps about the reality of this kind of pilgrimage?

The couple in question would like to see other pilgrims so they dont want to walk an isolated route. The wheelchair is sturdy but not built for too much rugged off road, and they would like to walk perhaps 4 days with around 12km a day? The lady in question also has a friend who would very much like to walk part of the camino; she suffered a stroke ten years ago. There are maybe two others who would like to join them.

I feel unqualified to help but at the same time I feel totally driven to make this happen.

If you had to pick a 50km stretch... which would you go for?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route.
I've seen pilgrims on the Camino in wheelchairs.
I think I'd choose Sarria to Santiago and I'd purchase a wheelchair especially for trails. I broke that up into half stages last year for a "slow camino." Lots of lodging options on that stretch.
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
I've seen pilgrims on the Camino in wheelchairs.
I think I'd choose Sarria to Santiago and I'd purchase a wheelchair especially for trails. I broke that up into half stages last year for a "slow camino." Lots of lodging options on that stretch.
Thanks Annie - I know that you know the trail well so it's good to have your input. A part of me thinks it would be great for them to reach Santiago. Diana said it was the journey and not the destination for her but even so... it would be a great ending for them.

I will suggest they look at maybe hiring a trail chair and also look at the Sarria section. I've walked it 4 times now but even so there are gaps in my memory! I hope to walk the Primitivo in a few weeks so I can pay close attention from Melide.

thank you again... I so want to make this happen for this group!
 

Tincatinker

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Lots ;0)
If they are hoping to just experience some "Camino" and maybe walk into Santiago then the last-bit from wherever after Sarria that they can reasonably access seems a good idea. There will be hundreds of Pilgrims en-route. The "buzz" will be there. They'll meet people from all over the world and maybe make friends in unexpected ways.

If they are hoping to experience Camino, the journey, then there are stretches in Palencia and on the Meseta where wheel-chair manoeuvring will be relatively easy and there will be many Pilgrims en-route. The "buzz" will be there. They'll meet people from all over the world and maybe make friends in unexpected ways.

I wish them Buen Camino
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
@Tincatinker ... good point about choosing a section from Sarria.

I think the 'buzz' and meeting pilgrims and just being able to participate is really what is drawing my little group.

thanks for the ideas!
 

blamoca

Camino Frances Sept 2018
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2018)
I saw a poster in Castrojeriz ..that had all the symbols of various camino markers..one was a wheelchair symbol with arrow so they must have some routes that are accessible or offer supports or something. you also need to consider accessibility in their accomodation. I'd contact an official camino organization to inquire.
 

Jodipup

Member
Camino(s) past & future
del Norte, Primitivo, Finisterre 2014, Portugeuse 2015, Frances 2016,2017, del Norte 2017,
I have been asked if I can help a friend plan a camino for his wife who is in a wheelchair. He recently walked a few days with me and now would very much like to do something similar with his wife.

I wondered perhaps if the litteral route from Porto might be possible? But I also wondered if any sections of the Meseta from Burgos could work?

I've walked both routes but never from the perspective of a wheelchair? I have read a few threads about some amazing pilgrims who have done this themselves but I wonder if anyone can fill in any gaps about the reality of this kind of pilgrimage?

The couple in question would like to see other pilgrims so they dont want to walk an isolated route. The wheelchair is sturdy but not built for too much rugged off road, and they would like to walk perhaps 4 days with around 12km a day? The lady in question also has a friend who would very much like to walk part of the camino; she suffered a stroke ten years ago. There are maybe two others who would like to join them.

I feel unqualified to help but at the same time I feel totally driven to make this happen.

If you had to pick a 50km stretch... which would you go for?
 

Jodipup

Member
Camino(s) past & future
del Norte, Primitivo, Finisterre 2014, Portugeuse 2015, Frances 2016,2017, del Norte 2017,
My daughter is in a wheelchair, cannot walk at all. We did the section from Logrono to Burgos. It was challenging but we managed. I have a Facebook page, Pushing for EDS which may be helpful. If you do the Frances, there is a guide for cyclists which could be helpful. My daughter also did the section from Sarria with friends she me on the Camino! I walked from Burgos to Leon. I think this would be a good section for a wheelchair. I loved the meseta. Message me if you would like more info.
we were given a lot if help from other pilgrims so I would suggest a busy section of the Camino
 

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