Camino for charity - pilgrimage for CAFOD

We invite you to walk the final 100 miles of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and in doing so raise funds for our work to make a real difference to the lives of those in need. 

The ‘route of the stars’, named because it lies beneath the Milky Way, takes pilgrims along the beautiful and peaceful countryside across the north of Spain, ending at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Give this amazing challenge even more meaning by fundraising for CAFOD as part of your spiritual journey.

All the information you need to get started is in our comprehensive Camino information booklet.

Please get in touch if you would prefer to have this booklet posted out to you.

Making a difference

Sponsorship raised through your Camino pilgrimage can make a crucial difference to CAFOD’s work with poor communities and help us to transform lives:

In Ethiopia £750 could provide the materials and know-how to build wells, water tanks and reservoirs, and to install and lay pumps, water pipes and taps to provide clean, safe water to entire communities.

In El Salvador £1,500 could provide a rural health clinic staffed by a skilled team to bring antenatal care and other life-saving health services to people living in remote places.

To help you organise the logistics of your journey CAFOD has teamed up with Macs Adventures!

Macs Adventures are an experienced walking and adventure tour company that specialise in organising and booking Camino trips. They can advise you on your best travel options, and if you so choose, book your accomodation along the way.

  • The most popular Camino journey for CAFOD pilgrims is the last 100km of the route of the 'Camino Frances'. See the Macs Adventures options for this part of the journey!
  • If you are thinking about a longer journey, please see iteneray of the 'Full Camino'
  • If you are still deciding on the length of your trip, please see the different stages that are available on the Macs Adventure website.

Macs Adventures are here to help you with your logistical plans and supply you with a pilgrim passport, and we are here to put you in touch with fellow pilgrims and support you with your fundraising plans.

For more details and an information booklet, please contact us on 0207 095 5329 or events@cafod.org.uk

Frequently Asked Questions 

Will I need to be physically fit?

You should be prepared to walk between 12 and 18 miles each day so generally it will take about 7-10 days. You will be carrying your own luggage along the route (so pack lightly!). The route is well maintained but paths range from well surfaced roads to less defined tracks, so a walking pole could be a good idea. People of all abilities complete the Camino each year, but some preparation and training is recommended beforehand to minimise the risk of injury on the journey.

Who is responsible for my wellbeing, and travel to the start?

You are responsible for your pilgrimage, your travel and your expenses. We will put you in touch with the other pilgrims in your group making travel plans, but you will need to make your own arrangements to travel to the agreed meeting point for CAFOD pilgrims. Many pilgrims purchase a return flight to Santiago and travel in a taxi or by bus to their start point at Piedrafita O Cebreiro.

What accommodation and food should I expect?

There is a variety of shelter at each stage along the route, some in the form of ‘Albergues and Refugios’; basic accommodation designed for pilgrims, consisting of a large room and washing facilities for between 4-40 people. They don’t take advance bookings, and operate a strict policy of early mornings. If they are very busy you may have to sleep on a roll mat rather than a bed, and though some have kitchens, the majority do not. This accommodation is quite cheap and can vary from 10-25 euros a night depending on where you are staying. There are also hostels which have bedrooms and bathrooms for smaller groups, costing around 20 euros, and a few hotels, which are substantially more expensive. Every town has a bar that serves the ‘Pilgrim’s Menu’ a three course meal with wine or water in the evening. There are small shops you can buy food in if your hostel has a kitchen, which also sell cold snacks such as bread and cheese for picnic lunches along the way.

What is the weather like?

Though this area is usually hot and dry, temperatures can range from 14-24 degrees. Mornings can be chilly so it’s advisable to prepare for that by bringing some thinner waterproof layers, such as a poncho.

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