Camino Lebaniego Part 2 - Tropic of Nansa

After a night of noise and humidity in the Camino del Norte hostel in Serdio, a pilgrim strikes inland along the Rio Nansa to this next stop on the Camino Lebaniego; Cades - possibly the only village in the world that has suburbs. Read more

The Camino: A Personal Journey

Reflections of one couple's 500-mile pilgrimage on the sacred route, the Camino of Santiago de Compostela. Read more

Vignettes of Modern Spain

Walking the Camino in 2019 gave us the chance to see a slice of modern Spain in close up at measured pace. This provided some insights into aspects of recent Spanish economic developments. Read more

El Acebo - a stark example of modernisation

Before walking the Camino Frances in 2019, we travelled the route by car in 1988. One of the starkest contrasts came in the village of El Acebo, between Leon and Ponferrada. Read more

Respect for the medieval pilgrim

This blog looks at things the medieval pilgrim would have seen that we can still see today, and also reflects on their experience. Read more

The Way of Vezelay- Nevers to St Jean de Pied de Port

A brief summary of the French section of my pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 2016 Read more

Blessing of the Shoes

The vital importance of a pilgrim's walking boots! Read more

The Pilgrimage of William Wey to St James of Compostella

The story of the medieval English pilgrim who journeyed from Eton to Santiago via A Coruña in 1456. Read more

Having the Cathedral All to Myself

A visit to the Catedral de San Salvador in Oviedo, Asturias. Read more

The Coast of Death and Life

Finisterre is the end of the world and the end of the pilgrimage route, they say... Read more

The Yellow Arrows

The story of Don Elías Valiña Sampedro - often considered the father of the modern Camino, and inventor of the yellow arrows! Read more

The Camino Lebaniego Part 1 - Travels Without My Aunt

Most pilgrims on the Camino del Norte head west but if you have three or four days to spare, you can change direction just before you leave Cantabria and take the road less travelled - El Camino Lebaniego. This takes you into the foothills of the Picos de Europa and the Monastery of Santo Toribio Read more