An essential guidebook for anyone planning to walk the Way of St James.
The 778km Pilgrim Road from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees on the French side to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain and finally to the 'end of the earth' at Finisterre on the Galician coast. A companion volume by the same author, The Way of St James (Le Puy to the Pyrenees), describes the French section of the route through to the Pyrenees.
As well as giving directions for walking the route, the book also provides information on places to visit along the way, the history of the pilgrimage and the availability of practical facilities such as shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation. Unlike existing guides (in any language) this one contains: details of the walker's continuation from Santiago to Finisterre (75km) and a comprehensive listing of St James' and other pilgrim references along the way (as an Appendix). It also contains a list of suggestions for further reading, a glossary of geographical and other useful terms, and a series of sketch maps covering the entire route to help the user in planning his or her journey. ?
Alison Raju is a former teacher of French, German and Spanish to adults and the author of four pilgrim guides for walkers published by Cicerone Press: Way of St James: Le Puy to the Pyrenees (2nd edition 2003), Way of St. James: Pyrenees-Santiago-Finisterre (3rd edition 2003), Vía de la Plata: Seville/Granada-Santiago (2nd edition 2005) and the Pilgrim Road to Nidaros (Oslo-Trondheim, 2001). At present she is preparing a walker's guide to the Via Francigena, the 1970km pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome, following in the footsteps of Sigeric, the tenth-century Archbishop of Canterbury. The guide will be in two volumes: Canterbury to the Great St Bernard Pass and the Great St Bernard Pass to Rome.
A chance viewing of a television programme in the early 1970s lead to Alison’s interest in the Pilgrim Road to Santiago, at that time barely known in Britain. A walker most of her life she had the opportunity to walk the 1000-mile camino from Le Puy-en-Velay to Santiago all in one go in 1990, a time which coincided, fortuitously, with Cicerone Press looking for an author to write an original guide in English to the Spanish section of the route. Since then Alison has walked and explored many of the pilgrim roads through Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal) as well as those she has written about.
Her other interests include music and she plays the French horn.