Search 62305 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


Advertisement

Which route to walk this fall?

Time of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2012; Chemin du Puy 2014
I have walked the Camino Frances and the Via Podiensis (Le Puy route) and would like to walk another this fall. Any recommendations for long-ish routes that have an abundance of natural paths away from cars (as opposed to road walking); the possibility of quiet solitude (but not isolation); more sunny days than rainy days (yes, I know that's a ridiculous expectation, but am thinking that coastal routes may be rainier than inland); and a sense of pilgrimage and history (not just a “hike.”)? The CF has all of these things in abundance, but I would like to take a new path -- and it need not lead to Santiago. I would like to walk for at least three weeks, probably more. Thanks in advance for all suggestions!
 
Learn how to Get "Camino Ready " 2nd Edition. In English, Spanish, German and Korean
Camino Maps
A collection of Camino Maps from the Camino Forum Store

MichaelC

Active Member
Time of past OR future Camino
May 2023: Via Francigena, Lucca to Rome
I've walked the same two you did, and have chosen the Via Francigena from Lucca to Rome for my next camino. Based on your criteria, and my best guesses, I think it would be a potential fit:

Natural paths away from cars - I get the impression there will be more road walking than in France, but less than in Spain
More sunny days than rainy days - check
Quiet solitude but not isolation - I think so
A sense of pilgrimage and history - oh my yes!
Three weeks or more - it's about 20 days of walking, not including rest stops
 
Time of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2012; Chemin du Puy 2014
Thanks for these excellent suggestions. Oddly, I've always thought of the Via Francigena as a 3200-km all-or-nothing proposition, but what a great idea to walk just the last few hundred kms into Rome -- probably through beautiful villages and countryside, too. I wonder if it would be even more lovely in the spring? And, Nick, re: the interesting idea of the Salvador-Primitivo combo, I wonder if my nearly 70-year-old knees would make it up and down the hills of the Salvador. Did you find it strenuous?

You've both given me lots of look into and to ponder. Thank you!
 

jungleboy

Spirit of the Camino (Nick)
Time of past OR future Camino
A few in the past; more in the future!
And, Nick, re: the interesting idea of the Salvador-Primitivo combo, I wonder if my nearly 70-year-old knees would make it up and down the hills of the Salvador. Did you find it strenuous?
Yes, it is strenuous (and the Primitivo is reasonably strenuous too) so I definitely wouldn't underestimate that aspect of it. @peregrina2000 walked part of that combo last year in her 70s so maybe she can give a better summation of what it's like?
 
Camino Magnets
A collection of Camino Fridge Magnets
Camino Maps
A collection of Camino Maps from the Camino Forum Store

Most read last week in this forum

Hi fellow Pilgrims, I fly to Biarritz tomorrow and due to rail strikes my train has been cancelled from Bayonne to SJPP. Has anyone else been affected by this? If so, would you like to share a...
Hi 👋 I am wanting to book the albergue Ferrol a Donativo for this Sunday, how do I go about it please? I've already tried Google but it cones up with Spanish information, thanks in advance 😊 buen...
Hey, just done a six day section of the Via Francigena in Tuscany (Lucca to Siena) and now thinking of doing something similar in Spain this October. Not the whole thing! I'm particularly...

Similar threads

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

This site is run by Ivar at

in Santiago de Compostela.
This site participates in the Amazon Affiliate program, designed to provide a means for Ivar to earn fees by linking to Amazon
Official Camino Passport (Credential) | 2022 Camino Guides
Top