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On Foot, on Horseback or Cycling

Although most pilgrims undertake the Way of St. James on foot, more and more are doing so on horseback or cycling.

Cycling involves some diversions along the routes, which were originally designed for walkers. However, such diversions are equally well signposted and described in the corresponding manuals. In this case, you should pay special attention to the traffic (especially if travelling in a group), wear suitable clothing (tight with bright colours) and be prepared for possible breakdowns or repairs. A thorough service before leaving will save you trouble.

Travelling on horseback, for its part, needs the most preparation, which includes choosing the animal, taking it to the vet for an examination and vaccines, and training it while carrying a load in terrain similar to that of the pilgrimage. Naturally, the horse should be insured in case of accident. Furthermore, horse riders usually undertake a preliminary trip to arrange the places where the animal will spend the night and leave sacks of fodder for it to eat en route. During the pilgrimage, its feeding, hygiene, health and comfort should be taken into account on a daily basis.

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On Foot, on Horseback or Cycling
On Foot, on Horseback or Cycling

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