If you have a significant pilgrim in your life, and want to contribute to their preparations with some practical, inexpensive and most importantly lightweight presents, here are some things I am sure they will be delighted to get (I know I would) in no particular order: Casa Ivar, on the Camino forum, sells some lovely … More The perfect pilgrim present 2020
Hope you are all well out there, keeping safe and sane and planning marvellous adventures. I have been watching lots of camino videos, got a few new guidebooks, currently weeding out surplus items from my kit box and (don’t shout) adding a few new ones (the perfect hiking dress!). Today I’m having the most horrendous … More If I could, I would …
We have heard rumours for a while now, that there would be an app for albergue capacity and bed availability during the busy season. Lots of privately owned albergues are already listed on sites like Booking.com and Hotels.com, but the municipals are not – they have always been strictly first come, first served. The idea … More The albergue app is here!
You know how you think about the camino, and read and watch and listen to anything camino, and ponder and prepare and start getting the gear together, and then you book your tickets? Yeah, that’s exactly not what we did. When I came back from my (until covid) usual walk in September, I started planning … More CF winter walk 2020
News just in, fresh from the Camino! Mark McCarthy, seasoned pilgrim and guidebook author, has just returned from his pilgrimage from Lourdes in France to Pamplona after a damaged knee put an end to his walk (for now). He is currently in quarantine back home in the UK and kindly took the time to answer … More Walking the Camino in the time of Covid
This week I bit the bullet, grit my teeth and cancelled my beds on the Camino Francés in September. Not because I wanted to, but for the simple reason that I am waiting to hear about a rather lucrative contract – if I get it, I won’t have time to go, and if I don’t, … More Postponing a postponed walk
My September camino is on hold. My recent May one was done virtually. The 2021 Holy Year might go either way – boom or bust – and nobody knows when the camino as we know it will get back to normal, if it ever does. Chances are albergues will have to rethink, reorganise, refurbish and/or … More The Escapist
Here we are again. Butterflies, open pack, stuff everywhere, and me ticking off points on my checklist. Tomorrow I am on my way and what I haven’t got, I’ll either have to get or go without. Of course I have a packing list, but have you ever tried to actually follow one of those things?? … More Last minute checklist
Some women (and some men) have discovered the joys of walking in a skirt. I am one of them – I can change the tights underneath to suit the weather, temperature, or needs on the day. These skirts are often short-ish to allow for unrestricted movement, though some hikers choose a more modest length when … More Kit cycle completed
A quick and festive hello from the Scouse Spouse and I, wishing you all the best for the holidays and the new year. May it bring peace, joy and happiness, and may you all embrace the opportunities it brings! Buen camino, happy trails, god tur to you all, we will raise a glass of vino … More Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, God jul!