JOIN our 5-day (or part thereof) walking adventure! Members of the Blue Mountains Supporters of the Camino group (BMSotC) will be walking from Penrith, at the base of the Blue Mountains, all the way to Blackheath, near the top, finishing with a social event at Glenella Guesthouse in Blackheath. 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 whether to walk alone or in groups on the day. It is up to each person, and their abilities, as to which route they would like to take.
This is not a bush walk (although there are bushy sections possible as part of the route) but more a walk reminiscent of travelling a Camino in Spain including staying in albergue-style (communal) accommodation if preferred. 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 1,065m.
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The 5 day walk from Penrith up the Blue Mountains to Blackheath, NSW
It's on again, 25 - 29 September 2018
A camino-style walk from Penrith to Mt Victoria seemed a good idea, so in September 2017 a small team from the Blue Mountains Camino Group embarked on a project to prepare a guide for this walk, and then test the route. And so the Inaugural 5-day Camino Training Walk was born. Accommodation along the way, Camino-style. Most days offered 1 or 2 alternative routes, with a few select bush walks thrown in for good measure. Total distance walked from Penrith to Mt Victoria - approx 85km. Maps and pdf guide provided.
After the success of the inaugural 5 day walk in 2017 a few changes have been made and tweeked for this year's walk to be held Tuesday 25 to Saturday29 September 2018 from Penrith to Blackheath. This will reflect walking from village to village rather than in day blocks making it more accessible to people who may only wish to walk particular sections.
This year we're officially finishing at Blackheath in time for the 4.00pm Camino Meet-up at Glenella Guesthouse on Saturday 29 September. Then we'll kick our heels up, imbibe stuff, eat pizza or other takeout food.
Remember: all walkers are responsible for their own personal safety and well being.