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Camino del Norte

Saint Jean de Luz to Hendaye

18th September 2022

Cross country to Hendaye
-the border with Spain

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The modified coastal path


We returned to Saint Jean de Luz, and headed out of the town on the other bank of the estuary. Our attention was grabbed by a sign to the local church, Saint Francois Xavier, a modern church with a rowing boat shaped altar, a ships wheel on the pulpit, and the standard sailing ship hanging from the roof. This had the added advantage that there was a sign to the coastal path next to it, which we took. We later discovered that other pilgrims had missed this turning, and been forced to walk along the busy roads, rather than taking this pleasant newly made cross-country path. (The cliff-top path had been closed because it is too dangerous due to erosion.) On the way, we found a camp site set up for a wedding party, with flowers that we recognized from the church in Saint Jean de Luz that we had visited the day before! We looked around a visitor centre describing the geology of the locality and the biodiversity of the area, and then continued on the clearly eroding clifftops to see the "two twins" stacks in the sea. Then after a pause for a snack at a conveniently shady picnic table, down to the beaches for a barefoot walk through the waves, to end up at Hendaye, and round the railway goods yards the Spanish border. Sue had a discussion with the police guarding the old bridge complete with barbed wire blockade, we looked across to Spain and its railway goods yards, and then returned to base.

SORRY,
STILL
WORKING
ON THIS


Pilgrim stamps


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Map of route

Our route



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