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Discussion in 'Camino Frances' started by Newforest john, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. Newforest john

    Newforest john New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm new to this forum. After a rather tough 3 years, I've decided there must be more to life than just working and feel I need some time to reboot and decide what I really want from my life. My plan is to take 6 months off work. No job to go back to after but I will deal with that later. I'm a keen hiker and current half way through walking the south west coastal path, which I'm hoping to finish the end of April 2017. I'm then going to sail around the solent for a few weeks then off to walk the camino Frances.

    What I'm after is some sound advise for walking the whole path in one go. Would be great to hear from those who have walked before.

    Look forward to hearing from you.
    John.
     
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    Wily Camino Francés May 2016

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    Hey John - Welcome to the Forum. When you refer to the "whole path," I'm thinking that you're referring to the 800 km. Camino Francés from SJPP to Santiago, correct? There are a number of other Caminos, but the CF is the one most people think of.

    First, let me suggest digging into the archives and posts made on this Forum to answer many of your questions (even those you haven't thought of yet). A wealth of information exits here provided by a very large number of experienced pilgrims who have walked one or more of the Caminos. But, by far, most of the posts focus on the Camino Francés.

    Most pilgrims, although not everyone, walk the entire CF in one outing. If you look at a guidebook like Brierley's, you'll see that he divides the trek into 34 daily stages. So, walking this in "one go" is most common and very doable if you can invest 5-6 weeks. Although I walked it in 31 days, I'd certainly recommend a bit more than this including some rest days along The Way. It's a pilgrimage of a lifetime!
     
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    Randy Dickow Donating Member Donating Member

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    Good advice above. I walked the CF this last Sep-Oct over 33 1/2 days. Two rest days, the first in Burgos, the second in Leon. I ended up 2 days ahead of schedule, which allowed for an extra day in Santiago. In hindsight there are a couple other places I would have liked to have spent more time in. I guess I'll just have to do this again before I get too much older! (71 now.)
     
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    Looking through many of the posts here tend to show that the really fit types that just want to "get there" take 20 to 30 days, typical walkers take 30 to 40 days and those of us that want take a little time to explore and savour Spain take over 40 days which allows for getting to Muxía etc. I planned for 45 days , assuming that I would have "extra" time to be a normal tourist in Europe . I am 74.
     
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    I walked the CF from SJPP through Santiago and on to Finisterre. I blogged each day with lots of info and photos. You are welcome to take a look and I suggest you also read through the blogs of others. This will give you an idea of subjects you want to learn more about. Once you have done some research, come back with specific questions.
    https://magwood.me/camino-blogs/
     
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    Newforest john New Member

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    Thanks for your replies. Yes I'm looking to walk the sjpp to Santiago. I'm used to hiking long distances so looking forward to the challenge. I will look through the forum and gain as much info as possible and ask if I can't see what I'm after. Apologies for the questions!!

    Don't want to rush it so I will probably look to complete it in 35 -40 days.
     
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    Gerry Vandermaat Donating Member Donating Member

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    G'day John,
    A wonderful adventure lies before you. Whilst you seem to be pretty well traveled, the Camino will surprise you. We spent 40 days "strolling"along the CF from StJPdP to Santiago. We didn't go onto Finistere, but we will add a few days onto our Way next time.
    Best wishes
    Gerry:)
     
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    Many thanks for those kind words, and I am very pleased you found the blog useful.
    Buen Camino, Maggie
     
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    Good for you Randy-that's fantastic! I hope to see you on your next one! I am doing my first CF this April/May and so excited. I will start in Portugal the 2nd one. Isn't retirement great?
     
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    G'day Gina, My wife and I walked the CF in April/May in 2015. We had a wonderful experience and the country and climate gave us all their different variations. Best Wishes.
     
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