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Way of St James Cyclist Guide: A Cyclists' Guide from Le Puy En Velay to Santiago De Compostela: Le Puy to Santiago - A Cyclist's Guide (Cicerone Cycling) [Paperback]

John Higginson
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26 May 2005 Cicerone Cycling
A guidebook for anyone planning to cycle the Way of Saint James Pilgrim route from Le Puy in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. By using roads with a good surface for touring cyclists, this guide attempts to follow the original pilgrimage route as closely as possible and offers the opportunity to visit every major church and shrine along the way with a few detours to outlying monasteries for good measure. The average distance on most days is only 50km, easily within the compass of the moderately fit. The guide includes routes from Santiago to Finisterre and Padron for those cyclists who want that little 'extra', while several variants are mentioned to cater for the fit and not-so-fit pilgrim. There is a comprehensive kit list and an English-French-Spanish list of essential words for the journey, as well as details of accommodation in gites d'etape, chambres d'hote, hotels, refugios and hostals.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852844418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852844417
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.8 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Higginson is a retired headmaster and lecturer who has explored much of Europe by bike. He has also written the Cicerone cycle-touring guide to The Danube Cycleway and Cycling the River Loire.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Out of date and poorly written 11 Jun 2011
By Garrett
I recently used this guide (May/June 2011) for the pilgrimage between St Jean Pied de Port and Santiago.
The guide was written in 2007 and is out of date (mainly due to a massive road building program by the Spanish); roads have been turned into motorways (which don't allow bicycles) or re-named due to the new roads.
There is a question mark on the mileages given in the guide; the author states that the mileages are plus or minus 5 km, which is unacceptable in my opinion.
The guide does not give any idea of the size of towns or villages on the route which was unhelpful.
The guide also does not include street plans of the larger towns or cities like Pamplona or Leon; all it says is find the tourist office for a local map - it actually acknowledges that the Pamplona tourist office is impossible to find (it's currently in a porta-cabin in front of the cathedral)!! Would it have been so difficult to add city street plans?
I met another couple who had the same guide and they commented on the general negative tone of the author.
I eventually did not trust this guide and treated all information with suspicion, which certainly added a bit of adventure to the pilgrimage.
The authors route descriptions could be mis-leading ie not very clearly written - which caused me one day to go 6 or 7 km in completely the wrong direction, luckily a local saw I was way off and corrected me.
I have given this guide two stars as it does give the outline of the route.
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There are better books for those walking the Camino de Santiago but if you are to ride a bike on the route this guide is a very useful. One has to deviate from the walkers route from time to time and the author has shown the alternative safe routes. Riding the entire walking route is possible, but there is occasional conflict with walkers at narrow sections and the writers route is a very enjoyable alternative for those on two wheels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide 9 Jun 2014
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Good guide. Well written and I really enjoyed. Very fast delivered and well packed. Looking forwh for my trip next year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Camino trail 24 July 2010
Good basic guide for the route. Will need more detailed - Michelin type - maps to go with it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your guide to cycling the Camino 3 Mar 2012
I am currently getting ready to cycle the camino and this book has been a brilliant place to start planning. I will also be bringing it with me. It has all the basic information even down to where to get off your bike and walk as the road is dangerous. Places to stay and things to look out for on the road and in all the villages you pass. It has basic maps of the routes and the route is broken down into stages. It also has a list of things you will need.It is without doubt a brilliant book for the first timer and makes it all manageable. The book is also small enough to pop into your bag to bring with you. I am really excited about my upcoming trip after reading this book. If your cycling the camino get your hands on this book its a must.
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