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The Cotswold Way Plans for March 2018, With A Twist….

I have numerous hikes planned for 2018, but the first trek is already in the diary and the planning has begun. I will be walking ...

The Final Journey Home

Well, that was an interesting journey! Beautiful scenery over the Pyrenees My clingfilm is tucked neatly into my trekking pole holder on Nellie my rucksack ...

Day 10 – Logrono part 2 (my last day)

Down by the river in Logrono I’m wide awake at 3 am as Logrono is a city that never sleeps. The windows are open and ...

Day 9 – Logrono. Getting Lost, Shoe Glue and A Funny Looking Stone!

Classy graffiti I woke at crap o’clock (4.30am) in the municipal in Los Arcos. I spent the next 30 mins reading all the notes and ...

Day 8 – Los Arcos. Free Wine Fountain, Pain in the Bum and A Spiritual Moment

Another fabulous sunrise I was lying on the bottom bunk in the hostel in Estella when an older Spanish lady hobbled in. She looked exhausted ...

Day 7 – Estella – Walking alone, Thoughtful Mood and Weird Food

Jaume & Lou DISTANCE - 15.35 miles, 35k steps I slept well last night at Hotel Jacque.  Lou and I enjoyed a homemade breakfast of ...

Day 6 – Puente La Reina, Iron Men, Stage 4 Cancer and Dog Poo Soup

I woke up around 5.30am by the man in the next cubicle who was laughing and talking in his sleep. What a nice way to ...

Day 5 – Pamplona – Watching the sun come up, Sangria and Geocaching.

Watching the sun come up over the mountain tops I think the breakfast routine is rather strange, but apparently, it is normal in Spain.  The ...

Day 4 – Zubiri – Zombies, More Rain and Squirrelling!

Beautiful scenery into Zubiri I wake up about 5.30am and head to the bathroom. The lady in the next toilet cubicle let’s rip and it ...

Day 3 – Roncesvalles – it rained and rained.

So last night was not too bad. I’m a light sleeper so anytime someone went to the loo or farted then I was awake in ...

Day 2 – Orisson (Camino Oct 2017)

Views from the Orisson Albergue After a restless night in the hotel room, I have a quick shower, dress and head down for breakfast.  I ...

A Camino Calling…. Day One – Bayonne, Oct 2017

Early in 2017, I felt the need to walk part of the Camino again. I don't know why I feel drawn to this particular trail, ...

The Camino will Provide!

The Polish Priest who knew very limited English. Ola Manola Blues Coca Cola! These were the only words he ever said! The night at the ...

Day 2 – Estella to Los Arcos, The Wine Fountain on the Camino Frances

We are now back from chapter two of our Camino Frances journey and it is time to write up the blog. I love this part ...

The count down to the next chapter begins.

I have not written a blog for a few weeks, so I thought I would let you know that we have booked part 2 of ...

Four Novels To Get You In The Mood for Your Camino Adventure

I returned from the first leg of the Camino Frances in June 2016.  After a month of reflection, we decided that we could not wait ...

I never had a single blister on the Camino

Clare's blisters taken at Roncesvalles. Unlike so many other pilgrims, I am pleased to say that neither, me, Julie or Rachel got a single blister ...

What is the Food Like On the Camino?

I was expecting lots of tapas, sangria and paella, but the food on the Camino was so much more than that! We arrived in St ...

What would I do differently on my next Camino trip?

This is my first blog since I have returned from my first Camino.  We only walked for 6 days and walked over 90 miles, but ...

Day 7 – Puente la Reina – Estella (our last day)

Walked: 20.98 km (13.04 miles) 32,282 steps. Fitness: I feel great and I'm sure I've lost some weight!!Julie is walking on pure adrenaline as her ...

Day 6 – Pamplona to Puente la Reina

  Weather: way to hot!!! We all got sunburnt. Fitness: All of us are feeling ok. Julie has a bad knee, Rachel has sore shoulders ...

Day 5 – Zuribi to Pamplona

Walked: 18.17 miles (29.24 KM), 44,956 steps) Weather: A real mix of rain and hot weather. It really could not make up its mind today! ...

Day 4 – Brad broke the ATM machine!

Day 4 - Roncesvalles to Zubiri 16.37 miles (26.34 km) Weather: a mix of hot and light showers. Started out at Roncesvalles Hostel at 6.45am ...

Day 3 – Pilgrim Mass, Oasis and Sore Hips!

Sunday - Day 3 Camino Frances Orrison to Roncesvalles Walked 12.66 miles (18.5 km) Last night did not really bring much sleep. The German guy ...

Day 2 – Up, Up and Away!

Saturday Day 2 - 28th May 2016 6.58 miles, but up! Up! Up! OMG! What an amazing day! We couldn't charge our phones in the ...

Day 1 – Lost FitBit, An Accident and a Scary Pigeon!

https://youtu.be/IZZEYIVO-9w Well, today has been a real adventure. We picked Julie up about 8.30am and Matt dropped us off at MK station about 9.15am. We ...

Finding my "Why" for the Camino

For me, The Camino is not a holiday, it feels more like a "calling". I can't really explain it but it just feels like something ...

Camino Etiquette – The Unwritten Rules!

Panic set in as I received the weekly forum roundup email from Ivar on the Camino forum. One of the topics was about an angry ...
Pilgrim in Spain - Iron sculptures

You Know You Are Going On You First Camino When…

As you may be aware, we are off to walk the first part of the Camino Frances in less than 30 days and I am ...

Training For Camino Frances – 6 Weeks to Go!

I was determined to stick to my target this week and the work week hustle on Fitbit certainly kept me motivated.  The highlight of the ...

Training For Camino Frances – 7 Weeks to Go!

I failed dismally this week with my training schedule.  I am so proud of Julie who has kept at it and has easily achieved her ...

Safety First on the Camino Frances

I must admit, I have never been the sort of person who has ever been ultra safety conscious.  Although my father was a policeman for ...

Training For Camino Frances – 8 Weeks to Go!

It's still Easter week and I am juggling work, child care and walking, but it's great. Rachel is at the age  (13) where she is ...

Yippee! I Have My Scallop Shell for the Camino, Thanks to My Mum!

Walking sticks in Santiago, La Coruna, Galicia, Spain I was absolutely over the moon as last weekend my mum came over for Sunday dinner and ...

Training For Camino Frances – 9 weeks to go!

I think we are at the point where other people are probably getting a bit fed up with us talking about the Camino now!  We ...

Top Six Backpacking Tips For Walking The Camino

I take my hat off to the people at Cotswold Outdoors as the lady spent about 45 minutes with us a few weekends ago giving ...

Training For Camino Frances – 10 weeks to go!

At the age of 45, I am feeling much fitter than I have in a very long time.  This is partly due to my lovely ...

Training For Camino Frances – 11 weeks to go

We are now on week 11 and our progress is going well with the training.  All three of us are ahead of the game and to ...

Training For Camino Frances – Week 12

With only 12 weeks to go before we head off to the Camino France we decided to increase our walks and training. With busy work ...

Weekend of Camino Training and Geocaching

We only have 12 weeks left until the big day and it will come around really quickly.   So here is an update of how ...

Three Places to Start When Thinking About Walking the Camino

By day, I run a marketing company and part of my role is to teach people about the joys of social media.  So it was ...
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Welcome to my Camino blog

A few years ago, a friend of mine decided that she was going to walk the Camino.  She was older than me and I thought ...