Challenge Training Plan

Camino de Santiago Training Plan

Thanks to our challenge partners, Follow The Camino, we can share with you their fantastic tips and plans for your pre-Camino training.

You can read their full guide here, but a distilled version is below.

Train for your Specific Route

The training you do is should be led by which stage of the Camino you are planning to walk, but always remember that any preparation before your challenge date will be a massive benefit to you during the journey and will reduce the chances of injury!

Start at the bottom: Footwear

The first thing you will need to consider for walking the Camino is your footwear. You can either wear hiking shoes or boots, but this is based on your personal preference. Boots are heavier which may be uncomfortable for some people, particularly in the summer and while walking on the more level sections. We recommend using hiking shoes on the Camino Pilgrimage as they are light, durable and discrete. The shoes will also last 2 – 3 years so they are definitely worth investing in.

One foot in front of the other

The best way to begin your training is to just start walking! It sounds simple, but trying to fit in an hour every day, with longer hikes at weekends over varying terrain is really the best way to get started.

Follow the Guide

You can use Follow the Camino's excellent training guide below, or find a PDF downloadable version on the original article here.