Walking the Camino Francés, 2023

From August to October, the plan is for my wife and me to walk some 480 miles from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France, over the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. These pages are about that peregrination.


Puttin’ on Biarritz

Assumption about Biarritz

Last day in Biarritz

Arrival to St Jean (or is it St-Jean?*)

Camino Day 1 – Would Have Been Better If It Were Clearer

It’s Day 5. What have we learned so far?

Camino Day 6 – Estella to Los Arcos, plus a few random thoughts

Camino Day 7 – Los Arcos to Viana. We beat the heat – just!

Camino Days 8 and 9 – Viana to Logroño

Camino Day 9 – Logroño to Navarrete

Camino Day 10 – Navarrete to Nájera. Cool day, cool place!

Camino Day 11 – Nájera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Dogged by Poor Weather – rain, 10:10*

Camino Day 12 – Santa Domingo to Belorado. Easy walking, tricky weather

Camino Day 13 – Preparing for boredom?

Camino Day 14 – San Juan to Burgos: the longest walk yet

Camino Rest Day 2 – Burgos. Blimey!

Camino Day 15 – Burgos to Hornillos del Camino. Back on the road.

Camino Day 16 – Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz. A grey day turned golden evening

Camino Day 17 – Castrojeriz to Boadilla del Camino. A short one before The Long One

Camino Days 18 & 19 – Boadilla to Calzadilla: Carrión up the Camino

Camino Day 20 – Calzadilla to Sahagún: The road less gravelled

Camino Days 21 and 22 – Sahagún to Mansilla: Roman in the gloamin’

Camino Day 23 – Mansilla de las Mulas to León: after the Meseta, the rest

Camino Rest Day 3 – León

Camino Day 24 – León to Villar de Mazarife: the road (gratefully) less travelled

Camino Day 25 – Villar de Mazarife to Hospital de Orbigo: a straightforward day

Camino Day 26 – Hospital de Órbigo to Astorga: up and down

Camino Day 27 – Astorga to Rabanal del Camino: start of the climbs

Camino Day 28 – Rabanal to Molinaseca: Lows and Highs. And Lows.

Camino Day 29 – Molinaseca to Cacabelos: we dodged the rain!

Camino Day 30/Rest Day 4 – Cacabelos to Villafranca del Bierzo: Easy and nice

Camino Day 31 – Villafranca to Ambasmestas: a mist opportunity

Camino Day 32 – Ambasmestas to O Cebreiro: a big up to us

Camino Day 33 – O Cebreiro to Triacastela: Down, down

Camino Day 34 – Triacastela to Sarria: Going to the Dogs

Camino Day 35 – Sarria to Portomarin: Surrounded By The Madding Crowd

Camino Day 36 – Portomarin to Lestedo: Up and down

Camino Day 37 – Lestedo to Melide: Just This Day, You Know? (But Nice)

Camino Day 38 – Melide to Arzúa: Just another pleasant day

Camino Day 39 – Arzúa to Arca: nearing the end

Camino Day 40 – Arca to Santiago: end of the road

After the Camino, part I – Santiago

After the Camino, Part II – A Day Trip to the End of the World