Friday, October 01, 2010



Over the years people have asked me if I would organise and guide a group of people on the camino but I've resisted the temptation - until now. 
I've organised and planned countless camino walks for other people - telling them exactly how to reach their starting point, planning their daily walking stages, giving them links to bus and train schedules, and finding suitable accommodation. 
I realised that for the past 9 years I have been organising and leading groups of friends (and their friends) on different walks in Europe.

In 2001 I was the group leader of 10 people on a walk across England on the Coast to Coast. I was the liaison person between accommodation bookers and luggage transfers. I organsied the logistics of getting there from London and back again. I also organised a holiday in Egypt following on from the CtoC walk.

In 2002 I led three of us on the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles to Santiago doing all the planning and booking of trains and planes

In 2004 I organised a trip to London, Paris and a walk on the Via
Turonensis from Orleans to Pamplona, hired car to Lugo - booked accommodation in England, 35 nights in France, and 5 places along the way in Spain

In 2006 I was the organiser and group leader of 5 people on the Via Francigena from Lake Lausanne to Rome, leaving out a 200km section between Ivrea and Parma. I booked accommodation for 5 people for 30 nights and did all the bookings for planes, trains and a
ferry journey across Lac Leman.

In 2007 I again led a group of 3 on the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles to Santiago, arranged for a hired car from Santiago and booked accommodation so that we could drive back to
Pamplona stopping overnight at various places (Lugo, Oviedo, Castrojeriz, Santo Domingo do Silas, Roncesvalles). I even ended up being the designated driver!

In 2009 I organised a walk for 3 people from Lourdes to Somport; the Aragones Route to Pamplona, Camino Ingles to Santiago and a walk to Finisterre.
This one was a little tricky because one person only had two weeks leave so had to fly home from Pamlona. Two of us got a train to Lugo and spent a night there before travelling to el Ferrol where we walked the Camino Inles back to Santiago.
Then my companion went home while I walked on Finisterre, after which I served at the San Roque albergue in Corcubion for two weeks.

Amawalkers on the Camino
In March this year I spent a long weekend with a kindred spirit and fellow camino addict, Pam Stern, in Cape Town. We spoke about taking small groups of people on the Camino and by the time I left we had it all worked out!

This week we finalised the formation of AMAWALKERS ON THE CAMINO and will start taking small groups of enthusiastic, wanna-be pilgrims on the Camino Frances next year

 I have created a website, drawn up a walking schedule based on the best, most scenic sections of the Camino Frances (the Jacobean Route par excellence!) which will include a visit to St Jean Pied de Port,  drafted Registration, Booking forms and Indemnity forms. I have a spreadsheet with the accommodation and transport details and am now ready to take registrations for a walk from 29th May to 17th June 2011.
These walks will be for people who have a calling to walk the camino but don't want to walk it alone and need help planning a perfect 3 week camino experience.  Pam and I want to share our love and passion for the camino with like-minded people.  We don't want this to be a guided tour as such - rather we want to be mentors, allowing each person on our guided walks to experience the best camino possible.  Although one, or both of us will walk with the group, we want them to have lots of time for contemplation and reflection.  Walking a Camino can be a very spiritual experience and we would like to be facilitators rather than 'tour guides'. 

The walk will include all land arrangements, walking schedules, overnight stops including accommodation, transfers, transport where applicable.  A guide will walk with the group every day but participants don't have to walk with the group if they need alone time.  We will meet up at the end of the day and share our experience.  We will also discuss the following day's route, places we will pass through and what to see.

We have called our walk the 'Best of Both' - you will have the best of tradition and comfort on the camino. 
Join us - numbers are limited to 12 people.

amaWalkers on the Camino will use the services of the Camino Travel Centre which is based in Santiago for accommodation, transport and optional tours.

If you are planning to extend your holiday after the walk and have extra luggage, you can send this to the Camino Travel Centre who will store it for you for a small charge.
The Camino Travel Centre also offer airport transfers - a viable option for a group of 10 or more people.
Their most popular excursions are the Sunset Trips to Finisterre - what could be better than sitting at the End of the World to watch the sun go down over the Atlantic!


  1. This is brilliant! I'm so happy for you!

    Best of luck, and give me a hollar if you need a guide!

  2. Sil, this sounds wonderful - it's going to be very popular! I like that it's "guiding and mentoring" rather than "arranging" a camino for others.
    Well done, and buen suerte!


  3. Congratulations!!! From all I've read of your blog and entry's elsewhere out here in the internet are perfect for this job. You've been the person I always refer others too when they are looking for information or advice! So may as well make a job of it! I'll continue to recommend you to others!
    Buen Camino! Karin

  4. Thank you, peregrinos. I am really looking forward to sharing my love of el camino with like-minded people. I hope it doesn't become a job though - rather a labour of love!