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Which caminos are flattest?

Camino(s) past & future
C. Francés (2004-), C. Portugués, C. de Madrid, 1/2 V. Plata, 1/8 Levante, hospitalera Grado 2016.
#1
This is a serious question! Some years ago I had break off walking the Via de la Plata because it got too hilly for my hip and knee injuries, and there is one stretch of the Camino Francés that I will never walk again. Just looking at the profile maps of the Norte makes me reach for my Ibuprofen!

So this question is for people who have walked a lot of different caminos: which ones were particularly flat?

This year, we walked half the Camino de Madrid, which was (apart from the horrible day leading to Segovia) lovely and flat.

My husband and I have been talking about putting me on a bus for the very hilly stretches, but it's more fun to walk together, so I'm hoping for replies like "From X to Y on Camino Z you will find a flat stretch of 200 km..."
 

fraluchi

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One every year since 2007
#2
[...] So this question is for people who have walked a lot of different caminos: which ones were particularly flat?[...]
Supposedly the Camino Portugues- litoral (coastal road) from Porto to Redondela would meet your requirements. In Galicia the ups and downs are not avoidable however.:eek:
 

KinkyOne

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I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#3
This is a serious question! Some years ago I had break off walking the Via de la Plata because it got too hilly for my hip and knee injuries, and there is one stretch of the Camino Francés that I will never walk again. Just looking at the profile maps of the Norte makes me reach for my Ibuprofen!

So this question is for people who have walked a lot of different caminos: which ones were particularly flat?

This year, we walked half the Camino de Madrid, which was (apart from the horrible day leading to Segovia) lovely and flat.

My husband and I have been talking about putting me on a bus for the very hilly stretches, but it's more fun to walk together, so I'm hoping for replies like "From X to Y on Camino Z you will find a flat stretch of 200 km..."
Hola!

So you already know Frances and Madrid.
I also walked Invierno which I would not recommend for you.
In a bit more than three weeks I'll start Levante and as I saw so far from profiles (http://mundicamino.com/ruta.cfm?p=T...ia&xfin=Algemesí&xne=1&quees=Trazado / Perfil - click on the right pointed arrow for next stretch) and read from different blogs it is quite flat all the way to San Martin de Valdeiglesias which makes about 500kms.
You can find lots of info on Mozarabe in recent and still ongoing blog here: http://magwood.me/camino-mozarabe/
As I have seen from profile sketches of La Lana and del Ebro those are quite flat also in majority of their lenght.

Ultreia!
 
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mikevasey

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#5
The Voie Littoral which runs from the southern mouth of the Gironde (west of Bordeaux) to Bayonne, I think its highest point is 46 metres and moments like that are very rare. www.csj.org.uk/voie-littorale/. I walked half of it in 2012, many accommodation options for pilgrims at 10 Euros a night, many forest sections with quite springy type sand, once it did go too soft on a 3km section and it was a real slog to get through, If I was to go that way again I would make that section a very short day. A few km before you hit Cap Breton you are on asphalt and it more less stays that way to Bayonne but on quiet sections sometimes. Do not expect to see other pilgrims. Signage in 2012 good, I think it is renewed each year in the spring time. I would not walk it in the very hot months, saw whole sections of forest which had been burnt away. Lots of deer seen most days and big flying insects.
 
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SYates

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#6
Oh, and you could always walk the Canal du Midi variant of the Arles route. O desnivel! SY
 
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mikevasey

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#7
Oh, and you could always walk the Canal du Midi variant of the Arles route. O desnivel! SY
I have a French Rando book for the Chemin Catalan , it starts in Arles and uses canal walk paths for large sections as far as Narbonne, the historical way the Via Domitia is mostly under dual carriageways, but from Narbonne you could head to Carcassonne and Toulouse on the canal du Midi, all these places have historical connections to the Camino.
 
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#9
Levante from Ávila to Zamora.

Sureste from Ávila to Benavente.

Camino de Madrid from Segovia to Sahagún.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C. Francés (2004-), C. Portugués, C. de Madrid, 1/2 V. Plata, 1/8 Levante, hospitalera Grado 2016.
#10
...and now my son wants to do an extra autumn camino with me. We've settled on starting in Burgos (he'd like to have other people to talk to, not just boring middle-aged Mum) and just seeing how far we can get in the available few weeks.

Carrying on from Valladolid next Easter, and probably the Levante in 2017.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C. Francés (2004-), C. Portugués, C. de Madrid, 1/2 V. Plata, 1/8 Levante, hospitalera Grado 2016.
#11
Still looking for flat(tish) recommendations - I can do a bit more of climbing now, but I do notice my limitations!

(Since the last time, we've finished the Camino de Madrid, walked Lisbon to Porto, started the Levante and the Ecumenical - to be finished other years) and done another 200K of the Via de la Plata.)
 

Davey Boyd

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Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
#12
Paris to St. jean Pied de Port is pretty flat. But not so pretty!

Some of the best recommendation were listed above. I'm sure you will find somewhere suitable!

Best of luck
Davey
 

SabineP

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#13
The ones I walked : Portugues from Porto except for the etapa from Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes with the Alto da Portela Grande.
And the Camino del Ebro from Zaragoza on till Logroño is doable also.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
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Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (Planning)
#14
The ones I walked : Portugues from Porto except for the etapa from Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes with the Alto da Portela Grande.
I was going to say exactly that. Alto da Portela was a crazy day.
All the rest was fine, even the Galician part was ok... ups and dows were not steep on that trail, thankfully.
 

domigee

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Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#15
Following the Danube from Donaueschingen to Budapest :cool:;) FLAT, beautiful views and lovely food!
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
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Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#17
Still looking for flat(tish) recommendations - I can do a bit more of climbing now, but I do notice my limitations!

(Since the last time, we've finished the Camino de Madrid, walked Lisbon to Porto, started the Levante and the Ecumenical - to be finished other years) and done another 200K of the Via de la Plata.)
I'm leaving in 15 days to walk Porto to SDC and had a serious knee injury two weeks ago. I'm refusing to have surgery until my return and have opted to try to rehabilitate the injury as best I can, wear a knee brace, manage the pain and walk as much as possible...In my head, I know there may be very short days and perhaps a bit of taxi ( I'm making peace with that ) Having walked every inch of previous Camino's, I've nothing to prove and not looking to make matters worse. Did you go beyond Porto at all?
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#18
Walking along the canals can indeed be almost 0 inclination.

Canal de Castilla:
https://bicicletasypiruletas.com/canal-de-castilla/
And much more on web. You already crossed it on Frances just before Fromista and walked along it from Medina de Rioseco on Madrid (one branch, the other goes to Valladolid).

GR 14 or Senda del Duero:
http://www.lasendadelduero.com/rutas-por-el-duero/sendero-gr-14/
There's an option on Levante to walk on it after Castronuno to Toro and it's called Senda de los Almendros. Nice walk. Not always really beside the river but usually very close.

Vias Verdes on dismantled RR tracks:
http://www.viasverdes.com/
Short part of Madrid before Ane is on such Via. And an old option after Medina also (the one most to the left).


Enjoy!
 
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#19
Hi Heidi,

The voie de Vézelay is quite flat.
I remember only a few places with marked up and down, St-Goussaud to Les Billanges, for example and the last days, when you approach the Pyrénées...

Buen Camino,
Jacques-D.
 

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