The Blue Mountains 5-Day Camino Training Walk
is offered in March AND September each year
JOIN our 5-Day walking adventure! The inaugural 5-day Walk was September 2017 and since then the 5-Day Walk has gained popularity with Camino and other Pilgrims each year. As we know, 2020 being an extraordinary year of course with no overseas travel due to coronavirus, so this is the perfect opportunity for many pilgrims to do the 5-Day Blue Mountains Camino Training Walk.
Since 2020, there have been two 5-Day Walks offered; an Autumn walk and a Springtime walk. The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters group walk over 5 days from Penrith to Blackheath, the distance is 68 to 81kms depending on the route taken.
When? 23-27 March and 21-25 September 2021
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 Portugal, or other long walks elsewhere, this is a great opportunity to try out your gear and see if you like long distance walking!
Please be aware this is not a ‘guided’ walk but rather a walk with a group of Camino friends travelling up the Blue Mountains. In parts it is 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. Penrith is our starting point and is 25m above sea level, and Blackheath is at 1065m.
You will be provided with maps and an information guide showing 2 walking routes - a DIRECT route and a TECHNICAL route. You can decide which route best suits your capabilities and whether to walk alone or in a group. Your opportunity to find your Camino family.
* The DIRECT route is mostly on paved roads and gravel footpaths with only a few bush tracks. Note there are hills and some steps. Penrith, our starting point, is 25m above sea level, and Blackheath, our end point, is at 1065m. The distances are between 11km and 13km, with only the first day at 21.5km. Total distance is 68km on the dedicated route.
* The TECHNICAL route includes some bush tracks and is only recommended for those with prior experience of bushwalking more than 15km. The distances are between 14km and 16km, with only the first day at 23.5km. Total distance is 81km on the dedicated route.
Remember: All walkers are responsible for their own personal safety and well being. If walking with a friend or in a group, you must practice appropriate social distancing and good hygiene at all times. Carry hand sanitiser in your bag/pack, carry a mask and highly recommended to wear a mask when catching public transport. If you are feeling unwell, please do not participate and if unsure, please get COVID-19 tested. Be COVID SAFE, download the COVID App. Protect yourself and others information Click Here
How hard is the walk?
The Summary of the 5-Day Blue Mountains 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 choice is yours.
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?
We ask each participant for a $25 donation to assist in the on-going development and mapping of the 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 via Trybooking for the 5-Day Blue Mountains Camino Training Walk. The Trybooking link will be advertised closer to the walking dates and open for registrations, generally 4-6 weeks prior to walk.
An information package will be emailed to you within a few days on receipt of your registration. The maps will be presented at the Welcome evening event the day before starting Day 1 of walk.
Summary of the 5-Day Blue Mountains 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 and check the cancellation policy should that be needed (hopefully not!). You may wish to base yourself in one (such as Glenella Guesthouse) or two locations and travel to and from start/finishing points each day.
THESE EXAMPLES BELOW OF INFORMATION PROVIDED TO REGISTERED WALKERS:
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 Blue Mountains Camino Training Walk
Previous 5-Day Blue Mountains Camino Training Walks conducted by the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters:
* 27-31 October 2020 - Penrith to Blackheath, 68-81kms depending on route walked. Thirteen walkers including some members from the Central Coast Camino Group, Jindabyne, Sydney and the Blue Mountains started on Day 1 from Penrith to walk all 5 days. With each day passing the group were joined by more walkers including several from the September 5-Day Walk increasing to 25 on Day 4. The October walkers experienced all seasons over the 5 days with snow drifts on Day 5 to the excitment of everybody! Again, 20 pilgrims were hosted at 'Albergue' Glenella which provided much Camino spirit and camaraderie just like on the Camino in Spain or Portugal. Evening events included special guest John Brierley, author of the 'A Pilgrim's guide to the Camino de Santiago', Zoomed in to chat to the pilgrims staying at Glenella and other walkers at home.
* 22-26 September 2020 - Penrith to Blackheath 68-81kms depending on route walked. Fifty registered to walk including 4 from interstate but due to COVID-19 restrictions they could not join us. Forty six pilgrims walk all or part of the 5 days, divided into 4 groups doing 2 different routes with a walk co-ordinator per group/day. Pilgrims came from across NSW including Newcastle, Alstonville in the Northern Rivers, Mudgee, Wollongong, Queanbeyan, numerous suburbs of Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Twenty pilgrims were hosted at 'Albergue' Glenella. Evening events included special guests Susi y Fermin of Casa Susi, Zoomed in from Tradbadelo, Spain to chat to the pilgrims staying at Glenella.
* 24-28 March 2020 - Due to COVID-19 restrictions, sadly the March 2020 autumn walk was cancelled.
* 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 below: Year 4 - October 2020 Day 1 walkers setting off from Penrith "The Gateway to the Blue Mountains"
Pic below: Year 4 - Sept 2020 Day 1 walkers having a break at Blaxland
************************ Pic below: Year 3 - October 2019 Day 1 walkers setting off from Penrith to Springwood.
Pic below: Year 2 - September 2018 Day 1 walkers setting off from Penrith to Springwood
Pic below: Year 1 - September 2017, two walkers extended by an additional day to Day 6 and finishing at Mt Victoria