THE CAMINO FRANCES
MY FIRST CAMINO
Some twenty years ago I walked the GR 20 across Corsica with a group of friends but it wasn't until 2015 that I got the Camino bug and walked the Camino Frances from St. Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostella and then on to Fisterra on the Galician coast. I was not alone. If you are thinking of doing a long walk and you like company then this is the place to start. You will meet people of all nationalities, ages and backgrounds. You will also get the chance to sample good wine, tapas, bed bugs and blisters. Lap it up its really great fun.
Have no fear in setting out alone. You will only be alone for the first few hundred meters and then part of a tribe for the next 700 plus kilometres. Tears guaranteed when you say goodbye to your new found family in Santiago.
THE VIA DE LA PLATA - 2016
Sevilla to Santiago
A longer walk than the Camino Frances - and not one I would care to do in the Summer. Some stunningly beautiful walking, especially through Andalusia. If you want a lot of company you are probably better off avoiding this one. There were days, especially as I got further north, where I didn't see another pilgrim. I think they might have been hiding.
THE CAMINO DEL NORTE
Far less people than on the Camino Frances but still enough people to have a social life along the way. Some good hills and some lovely coastal walks. I think when I get to Spain I'll be taking this route again. Plenty of time before making that decision.
20I9 - SICILY
I DID TWO OF THE "CAMMINI FRANCIGENI DI SICILIA" WALKS HERE IN MAY/JUNE. ONE FROM PALERMO TO AGRIGENTO AND THE OTHER FROM PALERMO TO MESSINA. VERY BEAUTIFUL. VERY WILD. VERY OVERGROWN - TAKE YOUR ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION.
ST. OLAV'S WAY NORWAY
I walked from Oslo to Trondheim. It was some five or six hundred kilometres and I was mainly by myself. If you are looking for a social experience I would avoid this one. If you don't want to carry a heavier pack its also perhaps one to avoid. At certain points you need to take several days supply of food and I also carried a tent and stove. I was thoroughly convinced (backed up by the guide books) that this was sensible. And it was. I just didn't use them and carried all that weight (19 kilos including water) for 28 days. Norway is lovely but this walk involves a lot of lonely walking through seemingly endless woods. And mosquitoes. I'm very happy to have done it - but I prefer warmer and drier climes.