Each night we sit down to decide where we want to walk to the following day. There is a combination of factors that figure into this calculation: miles, elevation gain, surfaces we will walk, weather, availability of housing, how we are feeling in terms of energy level, blisters, etc. And making sure there is time to take in the beauty around us.
For example, if there’s a beach on the route, we definitely want to take time to pull off our shoes and walk the beach barefoot. All in all, we are finding we are that walking 8 hours a day – 9 at most – is a good pace for us.
On Tuesday, we walked from Castro Urdiales to Liendo – Hazas, a small village 14.5 miles and 8 hours hiking away. This was not a long day, but we had considered walking through to Laredo, which would have proven too taxing.
Check out our photos of this day. And, yes, we enjoyed a nice hotel stay 😊.
On Wednesday we walked from Liendo to Santoña, a charming town that is still a major fishing village. Our trek included barefoot beach walking the full length of Laredo and a short ferry ride that dropped us at Santoña. This hike 5 hours, 10.7 miles, and only 750 feet elevation. A relatively easy day. Photos of our walk to Santoña follow.