camino de santiago

2016 becomes 2017

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, it is time to bid farewell to 2016 and look forward to 2017. While I did enjoy my short jaunt on the Camino Fisterra in September, 2016 in general will not be missed. Also while I am writing this post, I hear that Carrie Fisher has just passed away. Sigh, may she rest in peace, along with the many other people who have been taken far too early. How and ever, closer to home, my broken wrist should shortly be healed fully and I hope to move into my new humble abode in the first quarter of the year. I say all this with two fingers crossed behind my back, while keeping hold of my collection of 4-leaf clovers!

But one thing that I’ve been quietly planning since September was a return to Spain and the Camino Frances. I can’t seem to pull myself away from it. My destination has been unclear however. One time, I wanted to walk the meseta, the next I wanted to try the Camino Ingles, and another I had wanted to try the Camino Portuguese from Porto. This is the downfall of only having two weeks to work with. I was really unsure of a starting point until November. But I’ve made up my scattered mind now and have decided to walk from the beautiful city Leon to Santiago de Compostela, 300 km over a period of roughly 14 days. I have chosen April 25th as my start date and have my flights and accommodation in Leon arranged. While I have walked from Leon a number of times, I haven’t walked beyond Sarria since 2011. I have chosen Leon as a starting point as I really enjoy the hills from Astorga to Molinaseca, especially on a warm day. I am also going to see if I can avoid the end stages in Brierley’s guidebook. The towns of Hospital de Orbigo, El Acebo, Cacabelos and Las Herrerías may be small but they are fab places to stay. Other times, I have passed them not giving them a thought.

So now is a great time to create the #caminodesantiago2017 hashtag and write how I’m getting on until April. Kit-wise, I have little to change which is a saving grace! I was also given a little action camera over Christmas which I fully intend to use. I have ordered a little clip that will attach it to my backpack strap so I can take plenty of random videos and photos.

And just to finish this post, I want to wish you all a happy New Year! Feliz Ano Nuevo!


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  1. This is a coincidence. I walked from STJPD to Castrojeriz this May. Ever since, I have debated whether to go back and, if so, from where to resume the Camino. I was leaning toward Leon (skipping the Meseta) and to do it late April. How are you getting to Leon?
    I am still not sure whether I will go as my mind changes almost daily.

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    • Well hello there! So many people seem to skip the meseta, but I personally love it. Anyhow, to answer your question. I am flying to Madrid with Ryanair and there is a direct bus from Terminal 4 at the airport to Leon. Then you have a 15 minute walk to the city centre of Leon. You have the other option of starting in Burgos. You can fly into Bilbao and travel to Burgos by bus or train. Hope this helps 🙂


  2. Wishing you a BUEN Camino. That’s a lovely route you have chosen I look forward to following your journey.
    I return to the Camino in September when I plan to walk with a good friend of mine from St. Jean to Belorado . It will be a very different adventure as on my previous Caminos in 2011,2013 and 2015 I travelled alone . Previously I met and walked with many many wonderful people but I still travelled alone so this time will be a shared Camino right from the start but I feel ready for it !
    Happy New Year & happy Camino planning and adventures.

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    • I wish you a Buen Camino freisin Peadar! I have walked from Leon to Sarria and from Sarria to Santiago before but not in one go. I look forward to it. Your upcoming Camino will be something to look forward to alright. Walking with friends can be different to walking alone for a whole host of reasons. I better get some practice in as I haven’t been walking since the broken wrist!! Happy new year to you and yours! David


    • Eureka! This is excellent news, and I’m glad my post has inspired you in some shape or form. Please keep us all updated with your preparations. The Baztan is lovely I have heard. It’s on my extremely long list. 🙂


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