What were medieval Pilgrim's motivations and gear?

Medieval pilgrim's gear

Le Puy – Conques, Les Faux to Aumont Aubrac This was the fourth day of walking and we knew that tomorrow was a rest day. The walking had been challenging but not too tiring. A grateful pilgrim appreciates a good rest when it presents itself or is planned for. We left the efficient and pleasant […]

Wet weather gear for Camino and other journeys

Sometimes - even plastic - when it rains!

PONFERRADA, CAMINO, SPAIN: Sometimes – even plastic – when it rains! .We left the hotel, walked past the Ayunamento, over the bridge and out through the suburbs of Ponferrada, the first of which was Compostilla, a lovely area with neatly spaced house blocks with large luxury houses. We passed a modern neo-Romanesque church with a […]

Boots on the Camino

Good friends in Obradoiro Plaza Santiago

Good friends in Obradoiro Plaza Santiago Well, they have been such good friends along with my feet. 300 odd kilometers along the famed Camino from Leon to Santiago, as well as two previous years of good walking. Boots are so important for a good walking journey. . It was only when we were walking up […]

Le Puy to Conques: walking gear – pilgrim’s passport

Notre Dame at Le Puy

Le Puy, France ON the GR65: – The next day we had a lot to do. Waking early we left the hotel in the dark to attend the 7.00 am service which would include a pilgrims’ blessing. I felt a sense of adventure as we walked up Mount Corneille and into the centre of old […]

Coast to Coast: walking gear

Early spring near Richmond, UK

Coast to Coast Walk – REETH to RICHMOND: The wind always seemed to blow in our faces. Still, mustn’t grumble. And anyway, who could really complain? Walking across open fields, exercising a thousand muscles; breathing in fresh spring air laden with a hint of farmyard aroma, and generally just being in the countryside, was the […]

You knew it would come in handy – 2

Via Francigena pilgrims - on horses!

When you meet pilgrims on horses, you need a camera… The next morning we left via Rue de Gare and walked to the railway station and through the underpass making our way to Route D’Evian which led to a combined cycle – walking path along the Rhone River. Although the path was flat, it was […]

You knew it would come in handy – 1

Mud and Rain in the UK

Well, you just knew that it would rain. After all, here we were on Offa’s Dyke in the middle of Autumn approaching a stile (gate in a fence) – and there are around 700 stiles to get over or through on this walk. The capricious showers don’t last very long, just long enough for you […]