Category Archives: Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Camino del Norte, Villaviciosa to Pola de Siero 28 km

I’m seem to be working my way through my companions. First of all Marilyn fell by the wayside, then Renata chose to walk shorter stages, and now Paul has decided he needs a rest day! I have to admit that … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte, Vega to Villaviciosa 32 km

Well, the rain got itself out of the way last night and it is now a beautiful bright sunny day. After exiting the albergue I took a route across the beach, whereas everyone else (other than Paul who was a … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte, Nueva to Vega 23.25 km

I think there must be several options by which to leave Nueva that all come together sooner or later. After about 2 km we divert from the quiet road onto dirt track. I have downloaded two coastal options for the … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte, Pendueles to Nueva 34.5 km

Yet another grey day greets us this morning, and it doesn’t change all day, though the forecast rain doesn’t materialise. Once again we are taking an alternate route (which I also walked last time) that follows the GR E9 – … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte, San Vicente de la Barquera to Pendueles 26 km

I forgot to start recording today’s walk, so have included the route I recorded in 2016 plus today’s version which varies slightly at the end. I now have a matching pair of blisters at the lower edge of each heel. … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte, Santillana del Mar to San Vicente de la Barquera 35.8 km

Another dull and slightly foggy day has dawned. Apart from a short track after leaving Santillana I suspect that the whole of today’s walk will be on the road, although most of it on country lanes through beautiful scenery. Our … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte, Soto de La Marina to Santillana del Mar 20 km

Well, this isn’t what we’re used to! We leave the cabin under a misty sky and quite a strong wind. This is the sort of weather when I would have thought it doesn’t make much sense to walk along the … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte, Santander to Soto de La Marina 21 km

So today we start with the coastal option from Santander. The track that I have downloaded directs us along a busy road mostly right next to the coastline. However we opted to take a slightly more scenic route for a … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte, Güemes to Santander 20 km

Total distance walked 15 km, + 5 km ferry trip There were more than 50 people at the albergue last night. The very welcoming voluntary hospitaleros at Güemes provide lunch for any pilgrims who arrive in time, and also serve … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte, Santoña to Güemes 24 km

Another clear and sunny, blue sky day. After leaving Santoña there is an approximate 3 km walk to the headland that rises steeply between two beaches. There is a very steep, very rough, very narrow and very close to the … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte, Islares to Santoña 22.5 km

The problem with staying in a tent, I discovered, is that slightly wet washing hung inside will end up slightly wetter than it started! And one other problem with staying at Camping Arenillas is that it is very close to … Continue reading

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Camino del Norte, Bilbao to Pobeña 27 km

 Elevation gain 168m Elevation loss 283m I’m trying something new.  This QR code should take anyone interested to the Wikiloc route that I recorded this morning. Can you let me know if it works please? I met with Renate at … Continue reading

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Let the new adventure begin!

I’ve just taken off on my flight to Bilbao and finally I feel excitement instead of slight anxiety about this trip. To be honest I’ve been happy not going anywhere in recent times and could very easily have not made … Continue reading

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The boots dilemma has concluded

…in a very inconclusive way!  Having tried on dozens of walking shoes/boots in tens of different shops, ordered six pairs from Amazon and several more from other online outlets, I have now officially given up and admitted defeat. I’ve ruined … Continue reading

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It’s been so long…

…so long that I’ve forgotten how to blog! My last post was sent out on 12 March 2020. I’ve occasionally thought about posting in the meantime but haven’t really had very much to say. Fortunately the pandemic hasn’t been too … Continue reading

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