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. The pilgrimage continues…

Camino Routes across Europe

2021 – Scotland and the Pilgrimage of St Magnus. The walk through England in 2020 far exceeded my expectations so it didn’t take long to decide to continue across Scotland to the Orkney Islands and the pilgrimage of St Magnus.

2020 – The Holy Island of Lindisfarne. I’m staying in Britain this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It gives me the chance to make the ancient pilgrimage originating in the 7th century to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the cradle of British Christianity. My walk will take me along the pleasant Thames Path and then straight up England as far as Hadrian’s Wall. It is then just a few days to the coast where I can cross to the Holy Island at low tide.

2019- Shikoku 88 Temples. While visiting Temple 75 on Shikoku in 2015, I saw pilgrims walking this ancient pilgrimage and naturally added it to my plans. It has taken awhile to learn Japanese, chopsticks and Buddhism but the time has come to walk the 1200km around Japan’s fourth largest island. Like all Shikoku pilgrims I’ll be walking with Kobo Daishi (b 774), the founder of Shingon Buddhism, and any other characters I meet along the way.

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.

2017Via 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.

2016Camino 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…

The Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Photo 1990

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