Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Walk
Many congratulations to Bill for completing such a tremendous feat as well as raising money for a very worthwhile cause
A message from Bill and Sheila Goodman
Camino Completed! Bill walked into Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday 13 May, and received the final stamp on his Certificate, (or Compostela) to confirm that he has completed the Camino. Bill thanks all who have supported him along the way. At least all those good wishes didn't add any extra weight to his 10kg backpack, but helped to keep him going nevertheless. 500 miles in 27 days adds up to a Very Long Walk, and a Very Hard Walk, too.
We are now collecting the sponsorship money that people have kindly promised. We`ll post the final total on this website, as soon as we can. On behalf of the East Lancashire Hospice,, thank you all very much.
Bill and Sheila Goodman
The Camino de Santiago or ‘The way of St. James’ is “a glorious amble across the north of Spain” according to one of the guide books, following an ancient pilgrimage route west to the magnificent Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.
Ancient star-gazing Celts went this way, heading towards the setting sun and the solar temple at Finis Terrae, the end of the Earth, or so it seemed to them. Later, a well-established Pilgrim Path has attracted travellers, walkers and tourists too, who set off from any number of points in
Europeand beyond. They converge on St. Jean Pied de Port, in Southern France, and walk, in long or shorter stages, all at once, or over a period of time, across or around the Pyrenees, to the city of , in Santiago de Compostela Northern Spain– a journey of 790 kilometers (500 miles).
A popular route, each year about 70,000 people follow the Camino and stay in hostels along the way. Some old pilgrim traditions survive, notably the scallop shell as a way mark to indicate the path to follow.
Today there is also a `Credencia` or Passport to be stamped along the way and presented at the end of the journey in order to receive the `Compostela` or Certificate of completing the Camino.