5 Day Camino-style Training Walk: Autumn 2020
5 Day Walk Camino-style from Penrith to Blackheath, 24-28 March 2020
It's on again this year, in fact we have two 5 day Camino-style walks for your diary!
* Autumn walk 24-28 March 2020 * Springtime walk 22-26 September 2020
JOIN our 5 day (or part thereof) walking adventure! Members and friends of the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters group will again be walking from Penrith, at the base of the Blue Mountains, all the way to Blackheath near the top, finishing with the Camino Meetup at Glenella Guesthouse in Blackheath. The walking distance is approximately 68-81kms depending on the route walked.
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 Portugal, or other pilgrimages elsewhere, what better way 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 along the route if you wish.
COST: A lot of effort and work had been made to improve all the tools provided to walkers for last year, and following valuable feedback from pilgrims, for 2020 we have introduced a $25 donation at registration. This registration donation will go towards the ongoing development and mapping of the 5 day walk route.
Following the success on the October 2019 5 day Camino-style Training Walk, a lot of effort and work has been made to improve all the tools provided to walkers. We have therefore introduced a Registration Fee of a $25 donation. There is no registration required to participate in Day 5 only, however you will not receive the 5 Day Walk Information Package.
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 registered person will be provided with the 5 Day Walk Information Package which includes PDF walking route guide and digital link with two optional routes; a technical route and the more direct route. The technical route can involve much more bush walking and steep inclines up and down into some valleys whilst the direct route is no less scenic and has various bushy sections but may in parts involve more secondary road walking, and is 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 1065m.
Many pilgrims participating in the 2019 5 day walk stayed at the Royal Hotel at Springwood, the Blue Labyrinth Bush Retreat at Woodford and Popup Albergue at Wentworth Falls whilst others travelled daily by train to the days starting point and caught the train to their accommodation base at Glenella Guesthouse or homes in the afternoon. Each days walk is a Station to Station walk for the convenience of start and end point.
On the evening of Day 4, 27 March 2020 there is a Camino Dinner being held at the RSL Blackheath-Mt Victoria sub branch hall, 2 Bundarra St, Blackheath. Pilgrims are invited to attend, however you are required to RSVP to reserve a place. More details about the Camino Dinner Click Here
There are daily photo albums of the 2019 5 day Camino-style walk on the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters facebook page, to view Click Here
Remember: all walkers are responsible for their own personal safety and well being. Buen Camino
Our sincerest thanks and gratitude goes to Chris Osborne of Chris Osborne Adventures for his countless hours over several weeks of walking, plotting and mapping the routes from Penrith to Blackheath. He has created beautiful easy to follow mapping systems at no cost to the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters group. Chris also created the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Pilgrim Credential and the Blue Mountains Camino 5 Day Walk map which is now proudly hangs on the wall in the Camino Corner at Glenella Guesthouse (picture below).
We also like to thank Margaret and Rowan Boutell of Glenella Guesthouse for hosting Chris Osborne during his extended stay in the Blue Mountains
- From Tuesday, 24 March 2020 08:30 to Saturday, 28 March 2020 13:00