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Babyboomergirl

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Walking Camino Del Norte and now in Soto de Luiña. Any advice on which route option to Cadavedo Has anyone walked the “official “ mountain route ?
 

peregrina2000

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Jan_D

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I would have loved to walk the mountain path last year, but we were warned against it due to torrential rain. So as long as the weather's good, it should be fine. Walking along the coast is also ok, but quite boring - the camino path is basically a "short-cut" across the snaking curves of the N-632, although it's not actually a short cut as you're constantly going up and down into the valleys. Major thigh burn! ;) Some pilgrims decide to continue along the N-632 as it's more even. So yeah, take the mountain path if you can!
 

Texas Walker

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Walking Camino Del Norte and now in Soto de Luiña. Any advice on which route option to Cadavedo Has anyone walked the “official “ mountain route ?
Yes, we walked it last year. The day started out with light rain and we (mistakenly) thought it would clear up. At the top we were fogged in due to low clouds and rain sometimes blowing uphill at us. Much of the way is gas company service roads, it looks like, with steep slope on one side and a wall on the other. There eventually comes a turnoff through a stile, IIRC, and you spend some time in pastures. The path through the pasture in these conditions was of course a running stream, floored with marble chunks. (Megagrip shoes strongly recommended!) At the end, when we came down, we were tired and had "Camino brain" and missed the turn into Cadavedo. The bright side of all this, we stayed at Hotel Canero and it was lovely.

I'm sure that it would have been stunning if the weather had been better. I do recommend that if the day starts rainy you take the low road. Less wading for one thing! It would be great if someone who walked the low way would post their observations as well.
 

Jan_D

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It would be great if someone who walked the low way would post their observations as well.
My observations (above) were about the low way.

Just to add: after rain, the low way might involve crossing a couple of streams.
 

Babyboomergirl

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Camino Frances 2017,Camino Primitivo 2018, Camino Finisterre/Muxía 2018 Camino del Norte (2019 )
Thanks everyone for your quick replies. I ended up walking the coastal route ( as advised strongly by Pepe in Soto de Luiña ) since all the pilgrims I asked were going that way. Weather was fine but there had been rain so it was a lot of muddy trails and crossing streams and constant up and down hills so not sure if it was the best choice ! Also although called the coastal route there was not much coastal scenery until the end. Nevertheless it was all part of my Camino journey .
 

peregrina2000

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This is not intended as a slam on Pepe because I know he is dedicated to the camino. I didn’t stay in the Albergue (4 of us got a fantastic apartment for 15 each) but I went up to hear his comments on the next day. He strongly recommended against the higher route and this was without any weather issues.

Someone suggested to me that he had personally marked the lower route, which might contribute to his opinion. I think it’s too bad that many are deterred from this beautiful option in what seems to me to be a biased evaluation. It is longer and obviously has an ascent but it is not one of the Caminos’ hardest routes by any means. And the walk along the ridge at the top —wow. Perfect for a picnic and lots of feeling grateful.
 

Jan_D

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This is not intended as a slam on Pepe because I know he is dedicated to the camino. I didn’t stay in the Albergue (4 of us got a fantastic apartment for 15 each) but I went up to hear his comments on the next day. He strongly recommended against the higher route and this was without any weather issues.

Someone suggested to me that he had personally marked the lower route, which might contribute to his opinion. I think it’s too bad that many are deterred from this beautiful option in what seems to me to be a biased evaluation. It is longer and obviously has an ascent but it is not one of the Caminos’ hardest routes by any means. And the walk along the ridge at the top —wow. Perfect for a picnic and lots of feeling grateful.
Yes, I had the same experience last year. Pepe (at least I think it was him) put the fear of God into us about the higher route, and as a result we ended up wading across streams in the valleys, everything got soaked! We thought "if this is how bad it is on the lower route, we can only imagine what they're experiencing in the mountains!" but when we got to Cadavedo, a couple of German lads told us they'd done the higher route and really enjoyed it. Grrrr.
 

Antonius Vaessen

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I walked the coastal route last year, it was indeed a very muddy business. I chose to stay on the road after a few very muddy descents and ascents. I was not aware of the higher route ( forgotten because I had read about it before starting my camino). This year I will be back and will probably try the high road. I will report back after 23 may
 

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