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Days 11 to 14 Hotanas

Posted by admin1215 on  May 19, 2017

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Just a quick update. I  have walked 120 kilometres in the past 4 days so have not had much time to update the blog. First couple of days were hot and humid – yesterday temperatures dropped from 25 degs to 7 degs – first wet day – thunderstorms rained from 6.30 am to 3.00 pm – everything got soaked despite waterproof cover on rucksack. Today has been cool – no rain – blue skies with

Days 8,9,10 Los Arcos to Azofra

Posted by admin1215 on  May 15, 2017

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The weather continues to be good – 25 to 28 degrees at 10 am in the morning. I have been starting walking between 6.30 am and 7.00am to avoid the hot afternoon temperatures – around 6 to 7 hours walking and an average of 15 miles each day. Feeling remarkably physically well – no problems with legs and feet. The first part of this 3 day walk took me past small olive groves, vineyards and

Day 7 Estella to Los Arcos

Posted by admin1215 on  May 13, 2017

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Dull start to the day – lots of cloud as I started a long slow climb out of Estella. Sun started to emerge around 10 am – walking past fields of grape vines and olive groves. Another glorious day with 14 miles walked to my destination of Los Arcos a delightful small town. Stayed in private albergue – more like a family home – they had a large black dog – who was not allowed

Day 6 Puenta La Reina to Estella

Posted by admin1215 on  May 12, 2017

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Started walking at 7.30 am after a breakfast of croissants and very good coffee. A lot of steep hills again today with level walks through soft green countryside – this is the Navarro wine growing area so lots of grape vines and also olive groves – really beautiful – could easily live here. Continue to meet new pilgrims and also now old friends – there is an extraordinary companionship that I have nether experienced before

Days 5 Pamplona to Puenta ĺe Reina

Posted by admin1215 on  May 11, 2017

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Started walking around 7.30 am out of Pamplona – very warm and humid and soon the first rain came – thunder and lightening and heavy rain – first test of rain gear ! Lasted about 40 mins. It was a long 6 mile climb out of Pamplona with hot sun and temperature of 28 degs to reach Alto de Perdon where there are pilgrim sculptures and then another thunderstorm with wind and rain which lasted

Day 4 Zuburi to Pamplona

Posted by admin1215 on  May 10, 2017

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Todays walk was easier – Exmoor size hills ! Much of the walk was through woods and forests following  river similar in size to the Barle. Lots of wild flowers including a glorious dark blue aquilegia that lined one of the woodland paths. Pamplona a delightful Spanish city with a modern and old cathedral with wonderful religious carvings and art work. Met up with old and new friends for supper – eating outside on a

Day 3 Roncesvalles to Zuburi

Posted by admin1215 on  May 8, 2017

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Enjoyed pilgrims supper last night with new friends. Started walking today at around 7.30 am – another fine day. Felt good when I started with around 15 miles to walk. Walk had many steeps hills and steep rocky inclines – a more difficult walk than I expected – I am finding muscles that I never knew existed. Navarre lovely countryside and much of today’s walk was through woods and forests. Arrived here at my resting

Day 2 Orrison to Roncesvalles

Posted by admin1215 on  May 7, 2017

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What a wonderful days walking – the weather continues to be blessed – warm but not too hot sunshine and clear blue skies. I have crossed the Pyrenees! The views of the Pyrenees were magnificent – breathtaking and made the difficult walking so much easier. The descent into Ronscevalles was very steep through beautiful woods with fresh green leaves. Continue to meet new friends all with different reasons for walking. Enjoyed dinner last night in

Day one – St Jean Pied de Port to Orrison

Posted by admin1215 on  May 6, 2017

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Having arrived St Jean on Thursday evening after a very good Journey I spent Friday exploring the small delightful town. Attended a service in the local church and received a pilgrims blessing, with other pilgrims from the priest. Hostel living is a new way of life !! Started the climb over the Pyrenees this morning. A beautiful glorious day with stunning views. Already met so many other pilgrims from all over the world. On my

Not long to go

Posted by admin1215 on  May 1, 2017

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I will be leaving Brushford on Wednesday 3rd May. Taking a train from Honiton to Waterloo and then on to an overnight stay at the Wombat hostel in Tower Hamlets. On Thursday I will be catching the Stansted express from Liverpool Street to the airport in time for my flight to Biarritz at 2pm.