Our Way must begin with the drafting of a calendar with the available dates and our personal possibilities.
Our Way to Santiago must begin with the drafting of a calendar which takes into account the dates available (number of stages) which we programme depending on the route chosen and our personal problems.
The Way by Pedrouzo, in the vicinity of Santiago
A previous visit to an Association of Friends of the Way of Saint James, where we will receive the most complete and unbiased information, as well as the credential which we will have stamped daily along our route
This web will provide us with all the information required and there are many other guidebooks to resort to for consultation and planning. It is always recommendable to pay a previous visit to an Association of Friends of the Way of Saint James, where we will receive the most complete and unbiased information, as well as the credential which we will have stamped daily along our route.
The credential is essential as an accreditation of a pilgrim in order to spend the night in any of the Public network of Pilgrims’ hostels in The Way of Saint James and be able to request the Compostela on arrival at the goal of our pilgrimage if we have travelled 100 kilometres on foot or on horseback or 200 cycling.
The Way on foot
Our prime considerations must be adequate physical preparation and good equipment.
Travelling the many kilometres which cross Galicia in our pilgrimage requires adequate physical preparation and good equipment, which must be our prime considerations.
The Way on foot
Pilgrims on horseback
In order to obtain the Compostela, it is necessary to have travelled 100 kilometres on foot or on horseback or 200 cycling
For those who decide to go on foot, and have a sedentary life, we advise that they begin selective preparation a couple of months before beginning the Way. Take part in trekking progressively, preferably with the footwear we will use on the Way.
We can begin with walks of one hour and then progressively increase the time and distance until we surpass an average walk of about 20 kilometres (4-6 hours), which is what a stage between hostel and hostel measures on an average day of our pilgrimage.
The objective is to acquire stamina and joint mobility (be protected against the troublesome tendinitis), therefore, it is advisable and necessary to add gentle stretching before and after the walk. Moreover, once the preparation commences, look for routes with uphill and downhill stretches with greater or lesser intensity and on any kind of terrain. Hydration is also important during exercise. We can also be helped by a stick or one or two canes, which can reduce the overloading of the knees by 20% to 30% on slopes.
The Way on bicycle
With regard to this, it is preferably advisable to travel in company, be especially careful with the traffic and always comply with the rules of transit, such as cycling in single file and with the necessary safety equipment prescribed in the regulations. We must always take into account that we must cycle 200 kilometres in order to be able to request the Compostela (in the Office of the Pilgrim in Santiago de Compostela).
Two months before beginning the Way on foot, we must participate progressively in trekking.
In our planning of the extension of the stages it is advisable to study the profiles of each one of these, which is important besides the physical conditions of each participant. This option has its advantages such as being able to know places of interest near the route or make exceptional unhurried stops. On foot, the average speed is 4 or 5 kilometres per hour, which for a cyclist may be 12 or 13 kilometres per hour, 60 kilometres in about 5 hours.
The Way on horseback
As regards the pilgrimage on horseback, in order to be accredited with the Compostela, this requires having travelled the same distance as walking: 100 kilometres although those travelling on foot will always have preference over riders or cyclists regarding accommodation in the Public network of Pilgrims’ hostels in The Way of Saint James. The pilgrimage on horseback obviously requires special planning. In 2014 there were 1,520 pilgrims on horseback.