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We have walked from Astorga to Santiago.....and after only a few days of walking we were saying we would have to come back and do SJPdP to Astorga. However, as we walked up to the cathedral we decided that really is the best place to finish! We were somewhat interested in walking the meseta and so we thought we could do SJPdP to Leon and then zip up to the north route....but when we started looking at that it seemed that the whole of the north route is well worth doing, so maybe we should just start in Irun and be done with it! What would you do?
(Actually to be honest I'm really wodnering if we could wrangle three months away from our southern winter to start in Le Puy, but we'd need to decide where to from SJPdP - Fances + Norte or just go straight up to the coast?)
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I fear we have yet another case of Camino Addiction (Camino Adjectio in medical terms). :D Buen Camino!


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tyrrek said:
I fear we have yet another case of Camino Addiction (Camino Adjectio in medical terms). :D Buen Camino!
Agreed, & there is only one remedy............. :wink:
However maybe you just have a permanent travel bug!

Going to Keswick(lakes not york'e) today to climb Helvellyn tomorrow?

Have camped @ Red Tarn(that little bit of water) with my 2 daughters on more green times, with a sheep trying to get into the tent :mrgreen:

The Camino is wonderful, & so is........Buen Camino


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I'm sure you would like to do all of the Camino Frances! The first 10 days from St Jean are really special - and the meseta is magical.

Why not start at St Jean and walk to Astorga then travel to el Ferrol (via a stop at Lugo) and walk the Camino Ingles to Santiago and then on to Finisterre.

5 Alsa buses a day go from Astorga to Lugo. Lugo is worth an overnight visit - the 3rd C Roman walls that encircle the city are the most intact in western Europe.

You gotta walk to the End of the World!!!


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Hi, kiwi-family,
You certainly have a lot of options, and I don't know how you'll choose! If you want to walk St. Jean to Leon, you could walk the 120 kms north to Oviedo on the Salvador and from there to Santiago on the Camino primitivo. That combination is really terrific, but I don't know if the elevation gains would be too strenuous for the littlest ones. As albergues are being opened with some frequency, you can find ways to do it with shorter distances, but there is no way to avoid the elevation gain. If the elevation were too great for some, it's a short bus or train ride to Oviedo, and you could walk from there to Santiago on the Primitivo. You should look at that section of the forum, because there are lots of good posts there on stages and accommodations. Tia Valeria and Tio Tel have walked the Primitivo in shorter stages and have offered a lot of help to those who want to walk this beautiful route without the long distances. The primitivo is an absolutely wonderful camino, perhaps my favorite. It has incredible scenery, great albergues, and just enough pilgrims (neither too many nor too few). It also goes through the lovely little city of Lugo with its Roman walls in tact.

Another option would be the Via de la Plata from Sevilla, or if that's too long a distance, you could start in either Merida or Caceres. The Vdlp in springtime is a wildflower wonderland, it has lots of flat walking up till Zamora, and from there you hit some elevation gain. It is also one of my favorites because the cities of Sevilla, Merida, Caceres, Salamanca, Zamora, and Ourense are all wonderful places to spend some time, just loaded with history from the Moorish rule onward. There are a couple of places with long stages but creative work-arounds are possible.

I have many wonderful memories of stunning seacost scenery on the norte. It hugs the coast (or stays more or less close to the coast) until Ribadeo and then moves southward through Galicia. Lots of pretty tourist towns on this route, since it's on the coast. And the cities of San Sebastián, Santander, and Bilbao are all great. Lots of people here have walked it more recently than I and can offer more recent advice.

As you saw from your question on another post, the LePuy-St. Jean part is more expensive for lodging and food. But beautiful as well, so I just don't know how you will choose!

There are other possibilities as well, but the less travelled caminos are likely to have little if any infrastructure, meaning private pensiones most of the time. They tend to be on the low side for an individual, in the 15-20 euro range, but multiplied by your numbers it would really be quite expensive.

I'm sure others will have other suggestions to add, so hang on! Buen camino, Laurie
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