Category Archives: rural

St Olav Waterway …beyond those steps!

Remember those steps? Here they are from the top! In preparation for our pilgrimage the week after next, and in view of the fact that we will set off from Turku in the evening, I thought I’d better see what … Continue reading

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St Olav Waterway – it’s official!

The St Olav Waterway was officially opened yesterday! And, as the milestone waymarker reminds us, its only 1200km from Turku Cathedral to the shrine of St Olav at Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim. In the Middle Ages this was Northern Europe’s most … Continue reading

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A peregrine adventure in Finland

After midsummer I’m going to be walking the first part of the soon-to-be opened St Olav Waterway, joining Finland to the St Olav Pilgrimage to Trondheim via Sweden. Yesterday, I had the brilliant idea to test out the first half … Continue reading

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Another pilgrimage ❤️

I’d love to be planning to walk the Way of St James again. Another camino … Oh Yes I really would! Those two days on Jakobsweg in southern Germany over Easter just whetted my appetite for more … but deep … Continue reading

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Day 31: Camponaraya – Villafranca del Bierzo

Today was different. For the first time on the Camino I woke up to rain! Setting off to walk in the rain means packing things differently, because while you know you’ll get wet on the way, you want to do … Continue reading

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Day 9 Villamayor de Monjardin to Viana (via Torres del Rio)

Today was a toughie! I covered 19km from Villa Mayor de Monjardin to Torres by middday …but then came the long, long hike to Viana. It was steep and it was hot, very hot, (37C) and we had barely enough … Continue reading

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Day 8: Lorca to Villamayor de Monjardin

Today’s walking was a bit tough for me, especially the last hour when the temperature was over 30C and my the mountain path up was tough. I was so tempted to stop at Azqueta, which looked lovely. And actually one … Continue reading

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