It's on again this year, in fact there are two 5 day Camino Training Walks from Penrith to Blackheath, distance 68-81kms
* Autumn walk 24-28 March 2020
* Springtime walk 22-26 September 2020 (details TBA)
When? Autumn walk 24 - 28 March 2020
Members of the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters [BMCS] will be walking over 5 days from Penrith, at the base of the Blue Mountains, all the way to Blackheath, near the top. This is a great opportunity to experience the Camino spirit right here in Australia. If you’re thinking of walking a Camino in Spain, or other long walks elsewhere, this is a great opportunity to try out your gear and see if you like long distance walking! And if 5 days is too long you can join the group for fewer days or just one day if you like.
Please be aware this is not a ‘guided’ walk but rather a walk with a group of Camino friends travelling up the Blue Mountains. Each person joining will be provided a PDF walking guide showing possible walking routes and you can decide which routes to take and whether to walk alone or in a group on the day. The walking distance is approximately 68-81kms depending on the route walked.
This is not a bush walk (although there are bushy sections possible as part of the technical route option) but more a walk reminiscent of travelling a Camino in Spain. Walking a Camino means you might walk on dirt tracks, concrete footpaths and roads as well as through paddocks and rural scenery. You will encounter hills and steps as Penrith, our starting point, is 25m above sea level, and Blackheath is at 1065m.
How hard is the walk?
The Summary of the 5 Day Camino Training Walk below provides the distance for each route. Each day you have the option of 2 routes – a direct or a technical route. You do not have to commit to the same option each day.
The direct route is the shorter and easier option, and is Grade 2 or Grade 3 as per the NSW National Parks grading system.
The technical route includes bush tracks and requires prior bushwalking experience, and Grade 3 or Grade 4.
Grade 2: No bushwalking experience required. The track is hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section(s) and occasional steps.
Grade 3: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.
Grade 4: Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep.
How much does it cost?
Each participant is asked to donate $25 to the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters group to assist in the on-going development and mapping of the 5-Day Walk route and to provide the necessary tools to each walker.
If you are unable to attend you can transfer the registration to another person. However, we cannot refund the $25 registration donation.
How to Register?
Registration for the 5 Day Camino Training Walk, 22-26 September 2020 to be advised. Please email if you have any questions.
Summary of the 5 Day Camino Training Walk
Please note all walkers are responsible for their own personal safety and well being. It is advisable to book your accommodation early.
Elevation for the Direct and Technical routes for Day 3 of the 5 Day walk, note the dip around 7-9 kms of the Technical route.
Pic: Wall map in the Camino Corner at Glenella Guesthouse shows the routes for the 5 Day Camino Training Walk
Previous 5 day Camino-style training walks conducted by the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters:
* 22-26 October 2019 - Penrith to Blackheath approx 84kms. Twelve pilgrims commenced on Day 1 with 8 pilgrims completing all 5 days. On Day 5 Katoomba to Blackheath, the numbers swelled to about 30 joining the last day.
* 25-29 September 2018 Penrith to Blackheath
* 22-29 September 2017 the inaugural 5 day walk Penrith to Blackheath. Six pilgrims set off on Day 1 with many others joining in to do lesser days. After arriving at Blackheath, two pilgrims continued onto Mt Victoria.
Pic: October 2019 Day 1 setting off from Penrith to Springwood.
Pic: September 2018 Day 1 setting off from Penrith to Springwood
Pic: September 2017 extended end of Day 5 to Mt Victoria