Whatever your reason for walking, GUIDE TO THE CAMINO: ST-JEAN TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA will prove invaluable.
The book includes:
- preparation for walking the pilgrimage route
- lists of what to take with you
- a day-by-day guide to the trail (34 days)
- detailed maps
- 150 colour photos
- things to see and do
- details of local history and legends, fiestas and fairs
- recommendations of where to eat, drink and buy supplies
- information on comfortable ensuite accommodation in hotels, hostels and pensións including those run by monks, nuns and religious orders
- times of Pilgrims’ Masses
- daily ‘flashbacks’ to the authors’ time on the Camino
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Review Guide to the Camino
By LOUISE MASKELL, Herald Sun and Gold Coast Eye
GUIDE TO THE CAMINO
BY TRISH CLARK, PARATUS PRESS, RRP $29.95
My boots are by the door. I am so enthused by Trish Clark’s guide I have mentally packed my backpack. A day-by-day proposition, walking the pilgrim trail across the top of Spain is not for the faint-hearted. Even Clark needed two attempts after getting tendinitis part way through her first journey. Clark does the Camino in 35 days. As someone contemplating the walk, I savoured her details. Maps, food options, places to stay, and importantly the location of water fountains. LM
Verdict: worth its weight
It is a colourful production, informative, and most useful for any potential pilgrim. I will encourage others to buy the book!
David Strong SJ. Sydney
I’ve bought several books about the Camino and Trish Clark’s is by far the most helpful in one publication in almost every way, plus it’s so enjoyable to read – quite infectious! Again, a superb book! At least as good as any DK Travel Guide or Top Ten city guides we’ve got on our bookshelves.
Footsteps of Saints
People walk the Camino, a famous pilgrimage route in Spain, for a variety of reasons, not all of them religious. Australian travel author Trish Clark, who walked the route in 2010, tells her story in Guide to the Camino: St-Jean to Santiago De Compostela. She’s put together advice that’s ideal for any budding pilgrim. It includes maps, step-by-step directions, places to stay, handy phrases and even hints for the solo walker.
$22.99, Paratus Press.
Latte Magazine – Wanderlust
Camino Pilgrims’ Gift
It is an amazing experience to be crafting a review for a book entitled Guide to the Camino when it is literally one year since I set out to walk, as a pilgrim, 1200 kms across Spain from Granada to Santiago de Compostela. Trish Clark draws on her personal experience to deliver a first class resource for pilgrims who walk from St-Jean to Santiago de Compostela along the well-trod Camino Frances.
The Camino to Santiago de Compostela has drawn pilgrims since the ninth century. Pilgrims walk for many reasons, along a myriad of routes, with the aim of arriving at the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, believed to be the place where the Apostle Saint James is interred. The ancient Camino Frances has become something of a pilgrim-super-highway in recent decades, but it is only one of a multitude of marked paths to Santiago across Spain, and beyond, throughout Europe.
Trish Clark’s Guide to the Camino is extremely practical. It includes ten short introductory sections before providing a detailed thirty four day itinerary. The introductory pages cover useful information including: history, preparations, what to take and a helpful dictionary. Any reader, who is a pilgrim in preparation for the Camino, will find Trish’s recommendations useful. From my experience, when I was a novice pilgrim, I built up my Camino knowledge, based on the wisdom of others.
The core of the book is the detailed itinerary she provides for the Camino Frances. Each day’s walk is analysed under headings that direct the reader to important information about distance, altitude, trip notes, food, drink, accommodation, pilgrims’ mass and the character of the walk. The daily itinerary includes a flashback by the author as she weaves her own experience of the Camino within the text of her guidebook. The flashback reflections add a sense of Trish’s own Camino story. They illuminate the text, adding the personal dimension, without dominating the book, which succeeds in its aim to be a guide for future pilgrims.
When the author recommends accommodation, her focus is on places providing guestrooms with en suite bathroom. In these opening pages, she outlines her reasons for choosing this style of accommodation.
The itinerary includes route maps and elevation sketches, along with some small photographs. These visual features, combined with the clear textual information give Guide to the Camino an attractive, accessible and invitational appearance. Some readers may desire the inclusion of scale and distance on the maps, and metres above sea level on the elevation sketches, however, this did not detract from my positive reaction to this book.
Guide to the Camino is a terrific publication that merits close attention for would be pilgrims. It would be a valuable resource for anyone planning to undertake the Camino Frances; and it might even make it through the final cull of the packing list, to be the one printed resource, carried across Spain by a discerning and pack weight conscious pilgrim!