The GR1

When it comes to Spanish walking there are few people more knowledgeable than my Spanish friend Juan Holgado.  I had fallen in love with Spain when I walked across it in 2011 on the way to Budapest so when Juan suggested that I have a look at the GR1 I jumped at the idea.  Juan has just about walked every Spanish long distance trail and rates the GR1 as the countries best.  I did it for the first time in 2012 and after subsequent trips in 2013 and 2014 have now written the first comprehensive guide to the route for Cicerone.  This page is designed to answer some basic questions about Spain's best long distance walk and keep readers up to date with its development.



What is the GR1 Sendero Histórico?
What's walking the GR1 like?
What's the countryside like on GR1 Sendero Histórico?
What is 'Históric' about the GR1?
What's the accommodation like on the GR1?
How do I find my way on the GR1?
Some GR1 Q & As
A GR1 Radio Interview
GR1 Accommodation Updates
GR1 Updates to the description
On the GR1 with Rebecca and Barry
New Zealanders on the GR1
A Norwegian on the GR1
A guest blog from Stephen Mulvey
A Dutchman on the GR1

If there are other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch and I'll do my best to answer them.  If you want to know more about my trips along the GR1, and other journeys, then have a look at the walk diaries page.  If you want to buy the book then go to:
Spain's Sendero Historico: The GR1: Northern Spain - Picos to the Mediterranean (Trekking) http://www.johnhayeswalks.c
om/2015/11/finding-your-way-along-gr1.html

16 comments:

  1. This is a good guide to a good walk. Recently completed Section 1 and enjoyed it immensely. The guide worked well. The accommodation recommended was great. The maps suggested were spot on. The especially helpful tip was to install the Rangefinder App with downloaded kebabs GPS maps. These were excellent - always knew exactly where we were within metres. Thank you John for the obvious care and attention to detail.

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    1. Hi John

      So pleased you enjoyed it. Section 1 is perhaps the most challenging from an accommodation point of view so it's great to hear that you were able to make it work. I'm also getting lots of feedback from the accommodation hosts telling me that the extra business from GR1 walkers is very welcome.

      Please feel free to share you comments on Amazon!

      John

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  2. Greetings
    Im planning on doing the gr1 and sureste next year. The sureste finishes at benavente. It looks like puerto tarna is a very small village, is there a more convenient town that is accessible on the gr1 from benavente?
    I've ordered your book so maybe getting to puerto tarna is addressed
    Thanks
    Kevin
    Ps..just finished the via francigena which i heartily recommend

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    1. Hi Kevin

      Getting to the start of the walk is discussed in the guide. From Benavente you can get the train (I think or bus) to Oviedo and then a train and a bus to the nearest accommodation. The last bit, up to the pass itself (Puerto Tarna is just a pass) needs a taxi.

      Lots of different places to start the walk - one option for you would be to catch the narrow gauge train from Leon which takes to close to various points along the route.

      When you get the book, have a look and if you have any questions then I'll try to answer them.

      Also check for updates on the this blog, both route and accommodation updates.

      John

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    2. Thanks john
      Will check updates for accommodation..always an important consideration!
      Looking forward to doing this route.
      Kevin

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  3. Just to the other side of Puerto Tarna is Redes Nature Reserve (Parque Natural). For me is one of the most beautiful areas in Asturias for walking. Less rocky than Picos de Europa offers nice walkings along forests and gorges. Actually it should´t be difficult to reach Caso (Campo de Caso, Campu Casu in local spelling) from Oviedo. From Caso to Tarna you can get a taxi I suppose. You also can you to Tarna from León. I suppose thereís still buses to Riaño from León. From Riaño to Tarna I think you have a stretch of this route, or at least there´s a walk up to Puerto Tarna. Miguel from Santiago

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  4. We've just walked to Liguerra de Cinca with a booking and we're told that we had to walk back to Mesón de Cinca. They accommodation in Liguerra seem to be purely a wedding venue now?

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    1. Hi Sin

      Sorry to hear about the extra walking. It's amazing that they didn't honour the booking. Have just looked at the website and it looks new with a fresh emphasis on weddings. It may be that they have changed there business approach which would be a shame. I'll update the section in the blog on GR1 accommodation. Many thanks for letting me know. Enjoy the rest of your hike. John

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  5. Hi,
    I am walking the part from riglos tot graus at the moment and am enjoying it immensely, so beautiful and quiet. I just game from liguërre and they still offer accomodation and campsite with bungalows, at meson. But from there you can also get a bus to ainsa (around 6 pm) and a bus back early in the morning. 15 minutes drive. Ainsa is a pretty town with bars, restaurants, hotels, hostals, shops,..

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    1. That's a very helpful update Elke, someone thought that the hotel at Liguërre is now only open for weddings but the bungalows on the campsite look like a good option. Hope you having good weather, I'm in Seville at the moment and it's been raining for 24hrs.

      Thanks for the update.

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  6. Hi, we can offer some clarity re ligüerre de cinca - weekends from March to July inclusive are for weddings only but there is camping and bungalows in meson as elke says. We're here now though and struggling to be able to get meals as the restaurants at either cinca or meson aren't open today / tonight due to low numbers of people.
    Lilly

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  7. Thanks for the update Lilly, I'll include it in the accommodation list. Hope you managed to find some food and that the rest of the trip is going well. Enjoy the gorge tomorrow.

    John

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  8. Hi there, getting ready to do the GR1. I've downloaded the IGN app + maps (free!) and am just looking for your GPX in the hope that I can add it to the IGN maps. You mention that "The GPX trail for the route is available for free download from the Cicerone website once you've bought the guidebook" and I have registered the book but can't see where to find the GPX - any ideas please? Muchas Gracias

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    1. Hi Giles

      There is a helpful FAQ on the Cicerone blog that deals with this https://www.cicerone.co.uk//faq/view.cfm/faq/81

      If that doesn't work let me know.

      You definitely need the route, those Spanish maps are not much use without it.

      Have a great trip and let me know how you get on

      buen caminar!

      John

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  9. Hi, John
    Just got your latest Via del Plata adventure via Cicerone! I couldn't get the link to this working on your blogs pages so I'll come in here on the GR1 page. Well done - you two never stop! Debby and I have just got back from cycling the Danube (source to Budapest and loved it), followed by the Tour de Mont Blanc - busy but superb. I'm afraid we chickened out of your recommended Munich Venice walk - must be getting old.
    Warm regards, Rob and Debby McColl, NZ

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    1. Great to hear from you again

      Doesn't sound like you're getting old, so you're cycling as well. Maybe you'll have to do the Ruta Vía de la Plata.

      Keep in touch

      John

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