BASQUE BIKEPACKING: VUELTA DE VASCO

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biggaygibbon
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BASQUE BIKEPACKING: VUELTA DE VASCO

Post by biggaygibbon » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:44 pm

I want to head out to do this route at the end of September. Going to get the ferry from Plymouth to Santander. Has anyone ridden the Camino del Norte as this looks a good way to get to the start of the Vasco loop. If there are any other suggestions for linking it up and/or making as longer loop incorporating the ferry port at Santander please let me know.

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Re: BASQUE BIKEPACKING: VUELTA DE VASCO

Post by middleagedmadness » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:40 pm

You could just get the ferry straight to Bilbao,unless you want the extra time on your bike from Santander ,if I remember right it runs from Portsmouth ,last time I used it it was about a 30hr crossing

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Re: BASQUE BIKEPACKING: VUELTA DE VASCO

Post by pistonbroke » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:28 pm

Plenty of options on wikiloc, this one takes you to Bilbao via a couple of short ferries
https://www.wikiloc.com/mountain-biking ... r-14793768
I've heard that the Camino is hard work in this area, overgrown sections and steps up and down cliffs.

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Re: BASQUE BIKEPACKING: VUELTA DE VASCO

Post by biggaygibbon » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:48 am

I live in N Devon so want to go from Plymouth as just a short train to the ferry port and away. Hence starting in Santander.

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Re: BASQUE BIKEPACKING: VUELTA DE VASCO

Post by pistonbroke » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:13 am

Are you looking to ride to Vitoria to start or just pick it up in Bilbao? If you're riding SW out of Bilbao, there's a traffic free route along a Via Verde to Sodupe. We use it on the Tarragona-Bilbao trip I organise and it's the best way into Bilbao. Don't know if you know Bilbao but the ride along the riverside from Portugalete to the Guggenheim is fab, just make sure you follow the 1 way system as you'll get an ear bending from the police even on a bike.

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Re: BASQUE BIKEPACKING: VUELTA DE VASCO

Post by biggaygibbon » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:01 pm

I was going to pick up the route in Bilbao (just using the gpx from the bikepacking website). It is joining it up to Santander that is the trick. I don't mind plotting a route and winging it but if there is an established loop and trails that would be less risky.

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Re: BASQUE BIKEPACKING: VUELTA DE VASCO

Post by pistonbroke » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:42 pm

The wikiloc route I posted takes you virtually to the Bikepacking route in Bilbao. I'd be inclined to stay on the west side of the river not taking the transporter bridge at Portugalete, it's a nice quiet cycleway. As I said, if you've not seen it, a visit to the Guggenhiem is a must, strange the Bikepacker route bypasses it.

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Re: BASQUE BIKEPACKING: VUELTA DE VASCO

Post by biggaygibbon » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:40 pm

Thanks. That wikiloc route looks like the Camino del Norte route

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