Hiking the Camino de Santiago in 2019 | Australian Frequent Flyer
Australian Frequent Flyer

Welcome to Australia's leading independent Frequent Flyer and Travel Resource since 1998!
Our site contains tons of information that will improve your travel experience.

Joining AFF is fast, simple & absolutely free - register now and take immediate advantage of these great BENEFITS.

Once registered, this box will disappear. And you will see fewer advertisements :)

Hiking the Camino de Santiago in 2019

GoldCanyon340

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 15, 2011
Messages
2,389
Qantas
Platinum 1
Flights
My Map
The time has arrived when it can finally be said, "We are hiking the Camino de Santiago next month." It's been a long time in planning, starting in 2013 and originally slated for 2017 but put on hold until this year. The flights are booked, the first aubergues are reserved and Mrs340 and myself are soon on our way.

We are hiking 800km from the second week in September to roughly the third week of October. This will in fact be my first trip report anywhere and I'll only have my phone so pictures may be limited. I'll comment where possible and attempt to post lovely vistas of northern Spain.

Wish us luck, we shall enjoy.

Buen Camino.
 

Toula92122

Junior Member
Joined
Apr 7, 2011
Messages
41
Looking forward to this. It's one of those things on my bucket list, however I'm not a fan of hostels and bed bugs and noises of others so want to hear all about the auberges. Are you carrying everything or using a sherpa service?
 

GoldCanyon340

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 15, 2011
Messages
2,389
Qantas
Platinum 1
Flights
My Map
Looking forward to this. It's one of those things on my bucket list, however I'm not a fan of hostels and bed bugs and noises of others so want to hear all about the auberges. Are you carrying everything or using a sherpa service?
We are carrying eveything but the pack weight isn't much really, 6 to 10 kgs at most. We are mostly booking private accommodation because I'm such a bad sleeper, the shared accom is only for the first few days.
 

VPS

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Apr 2, 2011
Messages
2,915
Flights
My Map
Good luck - looking forward to the TR
 

lovetravellingoz

Senior Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jul 13, 2006
Messages
5,820
Will be interesting to follow. This is one of the things I am thinking of doing when I am fully retired and have more time.
 

zig

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Apr 9, 2007
Messages
1,548
I will follow with interest. I like the idea of doing this, but am not sure it is for me - at least not the full 800k. I have friends who did it and really embraced the share accomodation, but I know it isn't for me, so am interested in the private accomodation you will be staying in.
 
  • Like
Reactions: tgh

Major

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jan 21, 2011
Messages
3,814
Flights
My Map
Also had friends who completed some parts and also not for me.

Enjoy the experience
 

GoldCanyon340

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 15, 2011
Messages
2,389
Qantas
Platinum 1
Flights
My Map
You’re going to have a wonderful adventure. I’ve walked that route 1.5 times, and 2 other routes (in Portugal & France) - PM me if you have any questions.
Have fun.
Thanks for the message. We've already discussed the Portugal route for maybe 2023 :) 2020 is an off year and 2021 is hopefully the Coast to Coast in northern England.
 

GoldCanyon340

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 15, 2011
Messages
2,389
Qantas
Platinum 1
Flights
My Map
We also have J/F flights on QF and BA up to Europe to start the trip. If I get some decent pics during the flights then I'l do a side TR of that as well. If anyone sees my other posts here then you'll know I've become a semi-fan of BA F; hey it gets me to LT OWE and it's really no different to QF F.
 

GoldCanyon340

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 15, 2011
Messages
2,389
Qantas
Platinum 1
Flights
My Map
I will follow with interest. I like the idea of doing this, but am not sure it is for me - at least not the full 800k. I have friends who did it and really embraced the share accomodation, but I know it isn't for me, so am interested in the private accomodation you will be staying in.
Also had friends who completed some parts and also not for me.

Enjoy the experience
We've been planning this for a long time so it will be interesting to see what you think. As said before we are shunning most of the share accommodation. But it's all good.
 

carls888

Member
Joined
Sep 14, 2010
Messages
222
Following along as this is on my radar to celebrate an '0' birthday in a few years.
 

lovetravellingoz

Senior Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jul 13, 2006
Messages
5,820
the Coast to Coast in northern England.
Yes we did the C2C last year and really enjoyed it. We did it slower than most so that we could enjoy the trip more.

The ride is really enjoyable and gives you a good taste of rural and even "wild" (as much as they have that) England. You can do some research to find what you want to look at along the way too like the Castelrigg Stone Circle.

We started in Whitehaven and then finished each day at:

KeswickCoast2Coast Cycle Route - 26 miles - Cycle across England
PenrithBicycle-Coast2Coast Cycle Route - 22 miles
AlstonBicycle-Coast2Coast Cycle Route - 27 miles
StanhopeBicycle-Coast2Coast Cycle Route - 22 miles
ConsettBicycle-Coast2Coast Cycle Route -23 miles
Tynemouth -NewcastleBicycle-Coast2Coast Cycle Route - 20 milesC2C-1.jpg
C2C-2.jpgC2C-3.jpgC2C-Steep.jpg

And yes some steep climbs! We did not use a daily bag drop this time but on some of the steeper climbs I was wishing I had!
 
Last edited:

VPS

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Apr 2, 2011
Messages
2,915
Flights
My Map
Friend did the Camino with her daughter. Mum trained hard but 20 year old daughter thought she would be fine. After day 2 she said everything from the ground up hurt.
 

Melburnian1

Enthusiast
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 7, 2013
Messages
18,080
Flights
My Map
This is also on my list, but having to book way in advance for accommodation (from what I've heard) is a disincentive. Is this true or a (rural) myth?

A relative who is also Catholic did it and found it spiritually and scenically refreshing, but he was in hostels that like some others above are not my preferred accommodation any more.

He also said that in a minority of locations, signposts were not provided.

In spring and autumn, has the Camino become so popular that there are always tens of walkers in view, a bit like trekking the Himalayas has allegedly become?

GoldCanyon340, enjoy!
 

GoldCanyon340

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 15, 2011
Messages
2,389
Qantas
Platinum 1
Flights
My Map
Friend did the Camino with her daughter. Mum trained hard but 20 year old daughter thought she would be fine. After day 2 she said everything from the ground up hurt.
I'm a long distance walker anyway but I've put in a big training effort the last four weeks, including many hill climbs (I live in the Adelaide Hills and hills are our business here :p)

So the quads are still talking to me after a big walk the other day. The weather has closed in and I think I'm done pretty much now. New walking boots are worn in.

As an AFFer of course I'm looking forward to the flights/lounges en route to Europe. Back on my semi-favourite BA HKG-LHR that I usually travel alone but Mrs 340 will be with me of course so we can finally dine together. Civilisation before 6-7 weeks of toil, sweat and dirt (with a bit of Rioja thrown in for good luck).
 

GoldCanyon340

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 15, 2011
Messages
2,389
Qantas
Platinum 1
Flights
My Map
This is also on my list, but having to book way in advance for accommodation (from what I've heard) is a disincentive. Is this true or a (rural) myth?

A relative who is also Catholic did it and found it spiritually and scenically refreshing, but he was in hostels that like some others above are not my preferred accommodation any more.

He also said that in a minority of locations, signposts were not provided.

In spring and autumn, has the Camino become so popular that there are always tens of walkers in view, a bit like trekking the Himalayas has allegedly become?

GoldCanyon340, enjoy!
Mrs 340 has planned this to military precision. We have a lot of accom booked but booking.com is definitely your friend where bookings can be moved around up to 48 hours out.

Certainly the last 100kms of the Camino can be wall-to-wall walkers. We deliberately chose autumn to avoid the heat and (some of) the crowds on earlier parts.
 

GoldCanyon340

Established Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jun 15, 2011
Messages
2,389
Qantas
Platinum 1
Flights
My Map
Yes we did the C2C last year and really enjoyed it. We did it slower than most so that we could enjoy the trip more.

The ride is really enjoyable and gives you a good taste of rural and even "wild" (as much as they have that) England. You can do some research to find what you want to look at along the way too like the Castelrigg Stone Circle.
Nothing wrong with doing it slower; you appreciate Mother Nature more that way. And definitely there's some 'remote' parts of England on this route.
 

lovetravellingoz

Senior Member
AFF Supporter
Joined
Jul 13, 2006
Messages
5,820
, a bit like trekking the Himalayas has allegedly become?

GoldCanyon340, enjoy!
ill find lest

You can trek where it is like Bourke St, but you can also still find less busy routes. Also Dec/Jan is a lot less crowded, but still very enjoyable.
 

AFF on Air Podcast

  • “Hidden City” Court Case – AIR022
    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 09:30:46 AEDT
      Earlier this year, German airline Lufthansa tried to sue a passenger that exploited the loophole of hidden-city ticketing by skipping the last flight on their ticket. This ...
  • Summer in Europe – AIR021
    Sat, 05 Oct 2019 17:28:53 AEST
      Qantas and Virgin Australia are fighting over two rare and lucrative new landing slots for Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Meanwhile, four European airlines have gone bankrupt in ...
  • Are Loyalty Programs a Scam? – AIR020
    Sat, 21 Sep 2019 08:36:18 AEST
      The ACCC recently released a damning draft report into Australian loyalty schemes, calling out practices that it says may shock consumers and putting loyalty program opera ...
  • Air Chathams – AIR019
    Sat, 07 Sep 2019 16:41:06 AEST
      With less than two weeks until the upcoming Qantas Frequent Flyer changes, now is the time to make any last-minute Classic Flight Reward bookings! In this episode, Matt ch ...
  • Project Sunrise – AIR018
    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:12:31 AEST
      Later this year, Qantas will decide which aircraft it will use to operate non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York - a feat it aims to achi ...

Community Statistics

Threads
83,309
Messages
1,934,804
Members
50,926
Latest member
astocker22
Top