LIVE ON TRAIL Camino Frances : Espinal to Pamplona

DISTANCE : ~40KM

ELEVATION GAIINED : ~300 – 400M

DIFFICULTY : Easy but relentless

WOW!!! what a long day, we really set ourselves up for a long one! Haha! So generally really lovely walking conditions on lovely built paths making very pleasant walking indeed.

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A graveyard with lots of dinky stones with pagan symbology on, there is christian symbology over the top to represent how the christians changed things here.

 

We left Espinal and headed out to the woods towards Larrasoaña. The woods were very thick and dense, it really gave you a feel for the native forests here. There was lots of wild box bushes (Buxus sempivirens), scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), beech trees (Fagus sylvatica), Pyraneese oak trees (Quercus pirenaica), ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and many other woodland trees and shrubs. It was also very cool as we were under cover from the woods and following the river Erga most of the way.

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A litte artistic treat along the way- one of the many reasons why I love the Camino.

The walk continues alongside the river fòr most of the day. This was fantastic for the dogs as they love being in the water and it really does keep them cool and keep their energy up. Infact the whole day has been fantastic for the dogs- they had a brilliant time and many people tickled my heart and commented on how happy they are. As you can tell I love my dogs haha.

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An old church just before Arrasoaña.
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William and the dogs in the majestic woods.

We followed the camino untill it was 8km away from Pamplona and then we took a detour along the river which increased our mileage. I don’t like it when I can’t see any yellow arrows, but this riverside walk was beautiful, it was well marked and easy to follow untill Pamplona. I think it added avout 3 maybe 4 kilometers on to the walk. By the end of it we really were shattered so we just went straight to our cosy pension, got some take out bocodillos and salad and will be going straight to sleep!

In Espinal we stayed at apartmentos irati (70€) and in Pamplona we stayed in Pension leyre (50€) and they both accepted dogs. It was expensive though, but this is my birthday treat as I turn 30 soon and have been planning this for ages. I’m happy camping but William likes a more cosy set up and who am I to complain.

I am sorry for the lack of information and photos on here-I am still learning and I still need to invest in some better equipment like a battery pack so I can have my wicilocs on for 10-12 hours straight, which is how long I’m going for sometimes. Most of my photos are on a smart phone my Dad gave ne that has no sim card so I use it for a camera, it works great but I can not upload them to hear easy. I am going to do some more research and find out the exact elevations and kilometers and put it up in a much better format. I’m more restricted out here.

Thankyou all for your kind words- I’m amazed at how many people have commented and liked my posts. It really does mean lots and it makes me want to blog even more and more.

So for now I will say night night, its a shorter day tomorrow, nearly by half (26k) but with more elevation so a good night sleep is in order

 

3 Comments on “LIVE ON TRAIL Camino Frances : Espinal to Pamplona

  1. I know I am out of sync with your journey, but have just come across your blog, and look forward to reading the rest of it. You could have saved the extra 4km by climbing up to the church in Zabaldika, and then skirting the hill around to Arre.. but you did it your way, and yes, the river walk is great and shady. I look forward to reading more…

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    • Yea we decided to go the river way. I wasn’t quite aware how long the last few kms would drag on for. It was really pretty though, no regrets. Thanks for reading 😁

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