It is easy to think of cycling when you are not weighed down by the stuff of life!
It is easy to think of cycling when you are not weighed down by the stuff of life!

The Way in Stages

Having done a lot of research, the following is a possible suggestion of start and end points for walking the Camino Frances.

Stage From To Distance in km
Stage 1 Saint Jean Pied de Port Roncesvalles 21.2 km
Stage 2 Roncesvalles Larrasona 23.5 km
Stage 3 Larrasona Pamplona 12.8 km
Stage 4 Pamplona Puente la Reina (Gares) 20.1 km
Stage 5 Puente la Reina (Gares) Ayegui 20.4 km
Stage 6 Ayegui Torres del Rio 23.5 km
Stage 7 Torres del Rio Logrono 17.6 km
Stage 8 Logrono Najera 28.9 km
Stage 9 Najera Santo Domingo de La Calzada 18.3 km
Stage 10 Santo Domingo de La Calzada Belorado 19.9 km
Stage 11 Belorado Ages 23 km
Stage 12 Ages Burgos 18.9 km
Stage 13 Burgos Hontanas 26.4km
Stage 14 Hontanas Boadilla del Camino 28.5 km
Stage 15 Boadilla del Camino Carrion de los Condes 21 km
Stage 16 Carrion de los Condes Terradillos 22.4 km
Stage 17 Terradillos El Burgo Ranero 26.4 km
Stage 18 El Burgo Ranero Arcahueja 25.1 km
Stage 19 Arcahueja Villar de Mazarife 24. 9 km
Stage 20 Villar de Mazarife Astorga 26.5 km
Stage 21 Astorga Foncebadon 20.9 km
Stage 22 Foncebadon Ponferrada 24.5 km
Stage 23 Ponferrada Villafranca del Bierzo 21.1 km
Stage 24 Villafranca del Bierzo O Cebreiro 27.5 km
Stage 25 O Cebreiro Triacastela 18 km
Stage 26 Triacastela Barbadelo 22.5 km
Stage 27 Barbadelo Gonzar 22.6 km
Stage 28 Gonzar Melide 27.2 km
Stage 29 Melide Pedrouzo 28 km
Stage 30 Pedrouzo Santiago de Compostela 16.6 km

We, however, are going to be cycling most of it, finishing in Leon this time.  There is page after page of information on walking the Camino but much less on cycling it so this demanded a bit of time in thinking about how far we could reasonably travel loaded down with kit.  I am not used to touring on my bike with my own stuff; so used to being spoilt with the package tours who lug all the stuff of life in a van behind!  One site I did find useful was, a site which signposted other places to go to find out information.

We worked through the stages of the book and it seemed that about 3 walking stages equals one cycling stage and so wrote our itinerary based on this rule of thumb.  Importantly though, we have decided firstly to put in a spare day (just in case of mechanicals, medicals etc) and secondly to be flexible – I mean, who knows whether the hostels will be available at the places we land in?  And then there is wind, weather, hill climbs etc etc….

But you do have to have a skeleton plan to start with, it helps with booking those things which need booking such as flights  hostels, trains and so on.

A just in case note: cycling still qualifies you for the Compostela in Santiago.  It may be different experience from walking but you have still travelled there by your own efforts, and that is what the journey is about!