Then We Walked

How it all began

In 2013 Gerry and I took a holiday in Northern Spain. We set off in our camper and drove west along the coast from France and then headed south to Burgos. After a couple of days in Burgos we drove on to Leon, heading to the Atlantic coast at Vigo.

I kept seeing hikers… Gerry called them ‘shellers’ but they were of course pilgrims. I watched through the window as we drove along and by Leon I was very curious. By the time we arrived at the coast I was committed.

I sat on a beach of beautiful soft sand not far from Finisterre, paddling my feet in the clear water. As I put my hand into the sand it rested on a perfect shell… It’s the same shell gerry presented me with when I met him on the steps of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela the following October… and I blogged as I walked.

Mr Whale

I’m an English woman living in France,  I’m a wife, a mother, a singer and a walker.  I carried on blogging at the request of family and friends but decided to tidy things up a bit and create this… which I hope you enjoy reading… but it is still basically a few of my thoughts whilst walking.


Last year I took a group for a walk along the Camino Frances; a taster if you like.  It was for me a test to see if I would enjoy offering escorted walks.

It was a great success for both the pilgrims and for me and as a result I am starting this…


I’ve thought about this for a few years and it feels like now is the right time.  I’ll still walk my walks and I’ll continue to blog as I walk… but I’ll also add in a few escorted trips.  My hope is that love I feel for these ancient paths will be accessible to others and that after a short walk with me folks will feel inspired to continue on other adventures!

How to Use this Blog

I’ve tried to organise things to make navigation easy.  I have a catagory for each camino and all posts related to these caminos will be found via the menus above… or here

  • Camino Frances 2014 starts here
  • Camino Frances 2015 starts here
  • Via de la Plata 2016 starts here
  • Camino Frances 2017 starts here
  • Rota Vicentina 2017 starts here
  • Caminho Portuguese 2017 starts here
  • Camino Frances 2018 starts here
  • Camino del Norte 2018 starts here
  • Camino Primitivo 2019 starts here
  • Camino Portuguese (Central) 2019 starts here
  • Camino Lebaniego (ish) 2020 starts here

My latest entries are always found on the MOST RECENT POSTS link …with the newest entry first.

I welcome your thoughts, comments and feedback… and many thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “Then We Walked

  1. Hi Colleen, I’ll be thinking about you and following you step by step. Courage pour cette longue marche. I might join you one day, who knows.. I’m thinking about it. With love Christine Bigonneau

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