In 1990 I visited Santiago de Compostela as a tourist and saw some pilgrims finishing the Camino. I returned in 2016 as a pilgrim, walking from my home in Weybridge, UK along the Camino Frances. The experience was so overwhelming that I returned to the Camino in 2017 to walk along the Via Podiensis from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Pamplona. In many ways, this was even better.
2018- Via Francigena. Starting 28 May, I will walk from my home in Weybridge, UK to Rome. I’m fortunate to live close to the Pilgrims Way so I can follow this ancient footpath along the North Downs to Canterbury and onwards to Dover for the boat to France. The route from Canterbury follows the pilgrimage undertaken by archbishop Sigeric in 990. The archbishop kept a blog of his 79 stages and I will do the same.
2017 – Via Podiensis. I will walk the Path of Power, one of four Camino routes in France, from Le Puy-en-Velay down to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the start of the Camino Frances. I’ll continue over the Pyrenees to Pamplona where I joined the Camino last year. The distance is about 820 Kms over mountainous and often desolate terrain, with climbs and descents equivalent to climbing Everest twice. I’ll be following in the footsteps of Bishop Godescalc of Le Puy who walked to Compostela in 950AD, the first recorded pilgrim from beyond the Pyrenees.
2016 – Camino Frances. I’m walking from my home in Weybridge to Santiago de Compostela. It’s been my intention for many years to undertake this pilgrimage about now. The time has come…