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What Every New Backpacker Ought To Know

I have been backpacking now for some time and it dawned on me how much I have learned over this time.  If you are new ...

Listen to the Camino Talk Show Podcast with Real Pilgrims, on iOS or Android

We are proud to say that we have already received over 100 downloads of the Camino Talk Show since it launched in the iTunes store ...

Skinny Dipping and Spin the Bottle are on My MicroAdventure List for 2019!

In 2020, all being well, I will be walking the Japanese Camino called the Kumano Kodo to experience the 88 temples that represent different aspects ...

Even Keen Walkers Can't Be Bothered To Venture Outdoors Sometimes!

  I was sitting in the comfort of my nice warm house on Thursday evening thinking "it's cold, it has been raining all day, and ...

DAY 2 CAMINO INGLES | FERROL TO PONTEDUEME

DISTANCE: 21.27 miles, 48k steps, 34km FERROL IS RIDDLED WITH DRUNKS I Left at 6.18am after a hot coffee in my room (love my jet ...

DAY 1 | CAMINO INGLES | GATWICK TO FERROL

Day 1 - Gatwick to Ferrol (Northern Spain) The day of Spanish people singing the Proclaimers, no campsites and a lollipop! GATWICK FUN... I open ...

Ep5 – The Camino Talk Show | With Pilgrim Norman Stephens

In this week's episode, we hear from Norman Stephens, a teacher from California who had a very different Camino to most. Today's show includes lots ...

Ep4 – The Camino Talk Show | With Pilgrim Luca Gaglio from Italy

A powerful interview with Luca from Italy who walked the Camino Frances in July 2018. He shares lots of tips and advice for newbie pilgrims ...

The Perfect Christmas Gifts for The Walker In Your Life

If you know a keen walker or you are friends with someone who would like to do more walking in 2019, why not buy then ...

How to Live Adventurously Every Day

One of my past-times is to indulge in YouTube videos. I watch all sorts of videos from people who have accomplished amazing things in their ...

Ep3 – The Camino Talk Show, with Sue Skelly

  INTERVIEW NOTES 1.20 - general intro 2.10 - How did you find out about the Camino? 3.30 - Was this your first Camino?  Sue ...

Ep2 – The Camino Talk Show, with Milena Suboticki

"To be first" by Gunnar Roalkvam To be first There is no point in being first, to arrive alone. It won’t become fun before the ...

CAMINO FRANCES | MONTE DO GOZO TO SANTIAGO DE COMPSTESTELA

CAMINO FRANCES | The day we celebrated! I was wide awake at 4.30am at “The Prison”.  By 5 am I decided to dismount from the top ...

CAMINO FRANCES | SALCEDA TO MONDTE DEL GONZO

The day we saw our first glimpse of Santiago DISTANCE:18 miles (lots of exploring today, 41k steps, 29km We started we the day with the ...

CAMINO FRANCES | BOENTE TO SALCEDA

The day we enjoyed a jacuzzi in the middle of nowhere DISTANCE: 12 miles Today was a nice short day. When did 12 miles become ...

CAMINO FRANCES | AIREXE TO BOENTE

The day I got shin splints and ate Spanish French toast. DISTANCE: 16.5 miles, 38k steps, 26km SUMMARY I spent most of the day walking ...

CAMINO FRANCES | FERRERIOS TO AIREXE

 The day of walking with cows, smiley dog faces, playing leapfrog and saxophone playing. DISTANCE: 18 miles, 41k steps, We no longer see storks nests, ...

CAMINO FRANCES | SAMOS TO FERRERIOS

The day of very few cafes, weird tombs and a lovely surprise. DISTANCE: 19.30 miles, 44k steps, 30.5 km Rachel and I left Samos after ...

CAMINO FRANCES | FONFRIA TO SAMOS

The day we use the luggage carriage service DISTANCE: 16 miles, 36k steps, 25km SUMMARY I giggled to myself as the host of the hostel ...

CAMINO FRANCES – LAS HERRIAS to FONFRIA

The day Rachel saw a snake!   A Thunderstorm is Brewing! We reluctantly left the Paradise Hotel in the dark at around 6.15am knowing that ...

Ep1 – The Camino Talk Show, with Erik Op Ten Berg

The Camino Breaks Hearts and Unites Hearts.  This is the very first episode of the Camino Talk Show with Julia Doherty and Erik Op Ten ...

CAMINO FRANCES – VILLAFRANCA – LAS HERRIAS

The day we escaped a smeggy hostel!!! DAY: Villafranca to Las Herrerias   We left the beautiful town of Villafranca whilst it was still dark.  ...
ACEBOK TO VILLAFRANCA ON THE CAMINO

CAMINO FRANCES – ACEBO TO VILLAFRANCA

 The day we swam in the river DAY: Acebo to Villafranca It's 6.30am as I write in my journal and I have been awake for a ...

Camino Frances – Rabanal to Acebo

 The One Where We Let Stuff Go... Followed By Pure Pleasure! Just 10 miles today, but talk about being emotionally draining! The green butterfly stone ...

Camino Frances – Astorga to Rabanal

The day I held a hawk, had afternoon tea and prayed with Spanish monks Warning: Sorry about the video section of Rachel's blisters We left ...

The Camino Talk Show

When I was in the preparation stage of my first Camino, I became a little bit obsessed.  My fascination for the Camino drove me to ...

Camino Frances – Mazarife to Astorga

The Day We Taught Sue How To Play Pooh Sticks Weird witches hanging from the ceiling We all slept well last night in the small ...
EP6 - CAMINO FRANCES | The day I ate tripe! DAY: Leon to Mazarife

Camino Frances – Leon to Mazarife

The day I ate tripe! We left the monastery in Leon around 7 am with a new Camino friend (Sue from California). The walk across ...

Five Amazing Reasons Why I Love Geocaching

During our Adventure Geek walk on Monday evening, I got chatting to a fellow walker from Spain.  I am not sure how the conversation arose ...
EP5 - CAMINO FRANCES | The one with the cat and the river crossing DAY: Reliegos to Leon

Camino Frances – Reliegos to Leon

The one with the playful cat and the river crossing I went to bed rather late as I was watching the nail-gripping England vs Columbia world ...

A Camino Experience Through The Eyes of A Teenager

Hi everyone, It's Rachel here. I thought I would take the time to tell you 7 reasons why I love the Camino de Santiago and why I think ...
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New Camping Gear for the Camino Ingles Route

Thank you to Douglas A Johnson for this image. As some of you may know, I am heading back to Spain in October 2018 to ...
EP4- CAMINO FRANCES | The long and winding road DAY: Bercianos to Reliegos

Camino Frances – Bercianos to Reliegos

The very long and winding road This morning was super weird!  I woke early (about 5 am) and decided to creep out of our room ...
Camino Frances, Terradillos to Bercianos

Camino Frances – Terradillos to Bercianos

The day we unburdened Julie of 6 lbs! It took me a while to get off to sleep last night as there was a donkey ...

10 Essentials That You Should Always Take On Any Walk

Whether you are out for the day on a long hike, or you are joining your local walking club for a short 3-mile saunter across ...

The Camino is Completed… What's Next?

If I could have a £1 for every time I have been asked this question since my return from the Camino, I would be a ...

Camino Frances – Carrión de Los Condes to Terradillos

The day we met a lady carrying 16 pairs of knickers! Distance walked: 18miles / 28 km / 41k steps Jack and Andrew from Florida ...

Part 3 – Camino Frances | Day 1 – Travelling from the UK to Carrión De Los Condes

What a day! 18 hours of travelling was exhausting. Rachel had a fantastic prom night and Matt collected her about 11.30pm.  She was not tired ...

What Was That App That You Use For Local Walks?

After yet another message on Facebook asking me "What was that app you used for the walks, Julia?" I thought it was about time that ...

Ten Multipurpose Backpacking Items That Help Reduce Your Pack Weight

The old saying "work smarter, not harder" is not just a good motto to live by when working in a regular job, but it also ...

Is It Safe To Walk The Camino Frances Route as A Solo Female?

I am not going to lie, but I was absolutely terrified when I took my first solo hike along the Camino Frances route in October ...

12 Week Training Plan for The Cotswold Way

Do you need to train for The Cotswold Way?  The simple answer is yes.  If you are walking the trail in eight days (most common) ...

Accommodation Along The Cotswold Way

There are many different choices of accommodation along The Cotswold Way to suit a range of budgets and needs.  If you are intending to stay and ...
Darwin on the trail YouTube

Darwin On The Trail (YouTuber)

I was keen on learning more about Ultra-Light backpacking and stumbled upon a whole new world when researching on YouTube.  As some of you may ...

Should We Stop Trying To Hit 10k Steps A Day?

Did you know that the 10k steps theory was actually a Japanese marketing campaign for the run up 1964 Toyko Olympics?  It was simply a way ...
Technology tips for the Camino Frances

Nine Things You Should Know About Technology On The Camino

I know, I know, I can hear it now, the Camino is meant to be a place where we can switch off and bask in ...

Walking Your Way to A Better You

Found this on my husbands Facebook account from 2009. His caption was "Like mother, like daughter". A few years ago I decided to change my ...

12 Week Training Plan for the Camino Frances

I am often asked "how much training do I need for the Camino?" and the answer is it varies from person to person.  Some people ...
Gear review of the multi-cool buff, which is perfect for the camino

The Must Have Gadget for Walking in the Camino Sun

As I type this blog we are in the final preparations of walking the Camino.  I already mentioned this particular gadget in last week's blog ...

Day 8 – The Cotswold Way – Final Day! I did it!!!

Pennsylvania to Bath Distance: A gruelling 14 miles! Weather: Horrible. Wet. Cold. Mud. Mud. Oh, did I mention mud? Terrain: Whoever said that the last ...

Four Helpful Tips for Walking in The Spanish Heat

As I prepare for my fourth Camino trip there is one thing on my mind, the heat.  All of my previous Camino's have taken place ...
day 7 The Cotswold Way

Day 7 – The Cotswold Way, Hawkesbury to Pennyslvania

Distance: 13 miles (31, 954 steps or 21 km) Weather: Pants! Boy did it rain hard today! Even my trekking umbrella did not stop me ...
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How Much Training Do I Need To Walk The Camino?

What are the hostels like?  Do I need to take a tent?  Do I need a sleeping bag?  What about going to the toilet?  What ...
Day 6 of the cotswold way

Day 6 – The Cotswold Way, Dursley to Hawkesbury

Distance: 14.47 miles (34,973 steps / 23km) Weather: Started off overcast and quite warm. By 12 noon the heavens opened and it rained all the ...

High and Low: How I Hiked Away From Depression Across Scotland

By Keith Foskett Click here to view on Amazon I am a Keith Foskett fan after devouring his first book about his Camino trip, The ...

127 Hours – Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Book review)

A totally inspiring and moving true story, which was cringe-worthy in parts. This book has some strong messages to take with you on your own ...
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Day 5 – The Cotswold Way, Painswick to Dursley (and Scary Cows!)

Distance: 21 miles (33km, 51,303 steps!) Weather: Weird! Rain, hail, sun, more rain! Terrain: A mix of woodland, road walking, country park and beautiful escarpments. ...
What is so special about the Camino?

What Is So Special About the Camino?

I am a big believer in fate, but I also believe that you create your own opportunities in life.   I was listening to My Camino ...
Day four of The Cotswold Way

Day 4 – The Cotswold Way, Birdlip to Painswick

Distance: 8.54 miles, 20.988 steps (short walk today) Weather: I looked out of the window this morning and sighed as it was very wet and ...

How Many Miles or Kilometres Should I Walk on The Camino Every Day?

When I first started planning my first Camino trip the daily mileage was a big concern for me.  I suffer from pains in my hips ...
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Day 3 – The Cotswold Way, Charlton Kings to Birdlip

Distance: 11.86 miles (28,574 steps) A slightly shorter day today, which I really needed! Weather: Absolutely lovely. Sunny, clear skies so we could see for ...

How to Cope With The Pilgrim Song (Snorers) On The Camino

I received a Facebook message from a local business person who was keen on learning more about the Camino, but he had one big worry ...
Day 2 The Cotswold Way

Day 2 – The Cotswold Way, Hailes to Charlton Kings

Distance: 17.71 miles, 42,901 steps Weather: We were truly blessed with a fabulous spring day. The sun was shining all day and we had clear ...

My Magic Eight Tips Formula for Blister and Pain Free Hiking Feet

If you have ever had a blister then you know how painful they are.  During all of my walking trips, I have encountered many people ...
Jetboil flash - why I love my backpacking stove

JetBoil Flash Backpacking Cooking System is Wicked!

If you are buying a cooking system for your backpacking adventures then the JetBoil Flash is certainly worth consideration.  Check out the video below, but ...

Day 1 – The Cotswold Way. Chipping Camden to Hailes

https://youtu.be/CZihiko909M Day 1/8 of The Cotswold Way - Chipping Warden to Hailes Distance: 18.98 miles (45,525 steps) (we got lost a few times!) Weather: perfect! ...
weekly hiking tip podcast

Weekly Hiking Tip – Podcast by Dan Feldman

click here to visit on iTunes I love to listen to podcasts in the car, on a walk or even on a full hike.   Let ...

Into The Wild – Film Review

Wow!  This film is based on a true story and it certainly made me feel incredibly emotional as I watched this young man go through ...
The Knightley Way

Bedpans, Pink Baths, Beautiful Scenery and a Spooky Shrine…

Left to right, Helen, Diana, Julia In preparation for the 102-mile walk along The Cotswold Way, I knew I needed to get some hill training ...

The Best Lightweight Day Pack for Hikers

I absolutely love my Sea to Summit Lightweight Daypack and here are the reasons why:- * It packs up very small. Dinky is probably the ...

Should I Wear Boots or Trail Runners?

A few weeks ago, I purchased some new Solomon Hiking Boots.  You know the old phrase:- "If it ain't broke, don't try and fix it!" ...

There Is No WiFi In The Forrest, But You Will Find A Better Connection

My Camino Podcast - Dan Mulllins I was listening to Dan Mullins on "My Camino Podcast" when he quoted "There is no WiFi in the ...

I Love My New Trekking Umbrella

My Amazon purge lasted for three weeks, but I was really keen to buy a trekking umbrella.  I spent lots of time online, and watching ...

My Top Twenty SmartPhone Travel Apps

In true Adventure Geek Style,  I thought I would share with you my top iPhone applications that I currently use for hiking and travelling.  I know we ...

Lost My Mojo

It's Friday morning and my "Adventure Geek Day".  I love these days as I have my new office and I can look out of the ...

Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

Julie and I visited the Adventure Show in London last weekend.  The show was not that exciting.  It was rather like a show for adventure ...
My arriving at a hostel routine

Gear for Ensuring A Good Nights Sleep When Hostelling and Hiking

In this week's video, I will showcase the items and routine that I have when arriving at a hostel.  In my opinion, the sleep routine ...
The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett

The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett

Click to view on Amazon A Thru-Hiking Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail After reading Keith's previous book which talked about his journey along the ...
5 hiking and backpacking items that I love

Five Gadgets That I Adore for All My Hiking Trips

  Last week I put together a video of the five items that I had purchased that were a complete waste of money.  (see here).  ...
The Outdoor Station Podcast

The Outdoors Station

Listening to podcasts is a great way to improve your skills, knowledge and become inspired.  I listen to many podcasts, but on the Adventure Geek ...
The Camino Way, Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain

The Camino Way, Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain

By Victor Prince Over the next coming weeks and months, you will start to see a variety of book, gear, film and podcast reviews on ...
Overweight, Undertrained and Terrified

Overweight, Undertrained and Terrified: A Camino Diary

by Connor O Donoghue Over the next coming weeks and months, you will start to see a variety of book, gear, film and podcast reviews ...

Five Hiking Items That I wish I Hadn't Purchased

 In this week's video, I am going to share with you my five gadgets that I purchased, but never actually used.  I am sure ...
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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 ...

My Final Thoughts Before We Set Sail

As I type this blog it is 5.30am and only 24 hours before we leave for our second adventure on the Camino Frances route.  I ...

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've Just Got To Tell You About My New Camino Gadget!

This couple gave us £5 for a coffee I love my gadgets and my latest backpacking toy is one that got me more excited that the ...

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 ...

A Brilliant way to Personalise my Camino Rucksack!

  How do you make your rucksack stand out from the crowd? After watching "The Way" I really didn't want our rucksacks disappearing or being ...

What Have I Bought for the Camino This Month?

I have not written a blog on my latest purchases for a while, so I thought I would give you an update.  It has become ...

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 ...

What Gadgets Have I Bought This Week?

As a modern day pilgrim, I do not feel that you have to suffer to walk the Camino.  If there are gadgets and items that ...

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 ...

Can you Carry Trekking Poles on an Airplane?

With all the latest developments in security at airports nowadays, it suddenly dawned on me that I may not be allowed to carry my Nordic ...

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 ...