The renowned Camino

The French Way is one of the most popular routes among people walking the Camino de Santiago. This particular route dates back to the Codex Calixtinus from the 12th century and is by far the most known Camino route internationally.  In the Medieval times, thousands of pilgrims began walking the Camino Frances in order to reach the Tomb of the Apostle Saint James the Great. 

In more recent times the popular film "The Way", starring Martin Sheen, has rejuvenated interest in the French Way.

TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE

Walk the Camino de Santiago with Destiny of a Child
and raise vital money for Dogs For Good

Each walker will need to cover their Camino costs
and fundraise a minimum of £1,500 for the charity

The Key Facts:

  • This Camino will be held across two periods; 5 May 2018 - 12 May 2018 and 26 May 2018 - 2 June 2018 (if you would like to join us, you can choose your ideal dates at registration)
  • 8 days (6 walking)
  • 84 miles / 135 km
  • Challenging, hilly terrain through rural areas
  • Groups of 20 walkers maximum
  • You can download the full itineraries for both date ranges here

 

pricing:

  • Single room occupancy on the Challenge: €997
  • Shared room occupancy on the Challenge: €895
  • The price includes airport transfers, breakfast and dinner each day, hotel rooms, luggage transfer to your next hotel each day, and a guide
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit will be required when you register
  • Note: does not include flights, or additional fundraising requirement

 

Due Date Payment Type
On Registration 50% of your non-refundable deposit payable via Destiny of a Child website
31st Jan 2018 Registration Closes
31st Jan 2018 Remaining 50% fee due to Destiny of a Child
30th Apr 2018 £1,500 minimum fundraising amount payable to Destiny of A Child (via JustGiving or cheque)
30th June 2018 Any further donation amounts raised

The Camino frances Route: Day by day

Images courtesy of Follow The Camino - click to enlarge

DAY ONE: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - Arrival

You will be transferred around 18.30 from Biarritz airport to your hotel.

You will be booked into your hotel in the heart of this charming town, and will have the opportunity to relax and get to know your fellow walking before the challenge starts in full.

DAY TWO: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port To Roncesvalles (8h, 25km).

Never ones to shy away from a challenge, this first day is considered the most difficult of the Camino, as the route crosses the Pyrenees. We start with a steep climb, on through orchards and past country houses and then, later, through vast meadows, before weaving our way alongside leafy beech woods towards the border and the descent into Roncesvalles. 

DAY THREE: Roncesvalles to Zubiri (7h, 22km)

Today, the Camino crosses two beautiful mountain passes and continues on through beech and oak woods and meadows before coming to Espinal, where the panoramic views of the countryside with the Pyrenees in the background are a sight to behold. The river Arga runs alongside this part of the Camino and continues its course all the way to Larrasoana.

DAY FOUR: Zubiri to Pamplona (6h, 21km)

The Camino runs along the river Arga, at the foot of a group of hills covered in beech, oak and Scots pine. As we approach Pamplona, the landscape shows the obvious influence of civilisation; with its conifers, reforestation and farmlands guiding you into town.

DAY FIVE: Pamplona to Puente de la Reina (6h15, 24km)

When leaving Pamplona behind, you're also leaving behind the Atlantic area of Navarra. From here onwards, the landscape will be dominated by cereal crops, Holm oaks and Mediterranean brushwood. The Pamplona basin is left behind too when you cross the "Alto del Perdon".

DAY SIX: Puente de la Reina to Estella (6h15, 22km)

From Puente de la Reina, the Camino to Estella is very uneven and quite agricultural, meandering through picturesque farmland. Small towns and villages are dotted amongst cereal fields, vineyards and olive trees.

DAY SEVEN: Estella to Los Arcos (6h30, 21km)

Today you travel through the Rioja area of Navarra, walking though olive groves, wooded areas, cereal fields and, most importantly, the vineyards! From Villamayor do Monjardin to Los Arcos the route takes a drastically more remote turn; you'll cover 12km without coming across a single village. We think a fittingly serene end to a fantastic challenge.

DAY EIGHT - Los Arcos

No walking today (unless you fancy a meander through the town) - after breakfast, we bid you farewell!