Welcome to the October 2019 newsletter of the Blue Mountains Australia Supporters of the Camino.
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CAMINO EVENTS in the Blue Mountains - October 2019.
Tickets are still available for some of the John Brierley weekend of events in Blackheath. An additional Meetup has been added on Sunday afternoon at Glenella. Bookings are essential as all venues have limited seating capacity. You can BOOK HERE.

* 5 Day Camino-like Training Walk:  22-26 October 2019 from Penrith to Blackheath. 
We have 23 participants registered so far.  You may choose to walk all 5 days or join in for a day or two along the route. Find more information of the 5 Day Camino-like Training walk HERE
Please REGISTER HERE your interest whether it be the full 5 days or just a day or two. 

There is no charge to register online or to join the walk.

The walking route is currently being updated.  Final maps and details will be emailed to those who have registered 2 weeks prior to the walk but you should book your accommodation soon.
25-27 October 2019  John Brierley Camino Weekend at Blackheath
Bookings are essential where indicated as seating capacity at venues are limited.

* CAMINO STORYTELLING:  Friday 25, 8.00pm-9.30pm.  Blue Mountains Supporters of the Camino are hosting a social evening with Camino Storytelling at Glenella Guesthouse, 56 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath.  BYO drinks.   Walkers on the 5 Day Camino-style walk will be on their 4th day and are invited to catch the train from Katoomba to Blackheath to attend the Storytelling at Glenella.  Bookings Essential

* WALK: Saturday 26, 8.30am-1.00pm,  an earlier start time to join in with the 5 day walkers (on their 5th day).  Meet at Katoomba Station (near the Station Bar) for walk to Blackheath. There maybe 2 options on this route, approx. 12-14kms taking about 4 hours with a break at Medlow Bath.  You also have the train option at Medlow Bath to Blackheath, so have your Opal card!   To have an idea of numbers to expect for Day 5 of walk, please register your interest  HERE.

Alternative Walk 9.00am-1.00pm, you may wish to do the shorter walk at 9.00am from Glenella Guesthouse, Blackheath to Medlow Bath return, This is approx. 7-8kms taking about 3 hours plus refreshment break at Medlow Bath.  There is no requirement to register for this shorter walk, just be at Glenella Guesthouse, 56 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath by 8.50am for 9.00am start.  Either walk will get you to Blackheath in time to grab some lunch and go to the extended Camino Meetup at 2.00pm.  You should endeavour to be at the RSL Hall  and seated by 1.50pm.

* CAMINO MEETUP: Saturday 26, 2.00-5.00pm.  The venue for this Camino Meetup is the RSL Hall, 2 Bundarra Rd, Blackheath (across the railway line). 
Please arrive early, doors open from 1.30pm.  If you have registered you should be seated by 1.50pm  This is an extended Camino Meetup with special guest, John Brierley  in Blackheath.  His presentation will be  Path of Self Discovery and Q&A.
The cost is $5.00pp for Camino Meetup (pay at the door, cash only) which includes tea/coffee and delicious homemade Santiago tart.  Bookings Essential
UPDATE: Although this event is now fully booked we have now added an additional Meetup on Sunday 27. John Brierley will be making his presentation Path of Self Discovery at this event also.

John is looking forward to meeting pilgrims and intending pilgrims and is happy to sign your Camino book/s, new and old copies.  However, if you are going to the Camino Dinner afterwards, you might like to take your Camino book there to be signed as some pilgrims are coming up just for the day. There will not be any Camino books for sale.

* CAMINO DINNER: Saturday 26, 6.30pm-10.00pm  Later on from 6.30pm there is a social evening dinner and Camino chatter held at Birdies Bistro at  Blackheath Golf Club, cnr Valley Rd & Brightlands Ave, Blackheath.   We anticipate John Brierley will join us giving you another opportunity to meet him and have your Camino book/s signed, new and old copies.  Dinner and drinks at your own cost, there maybe a 'specials' board available.  Bridies Bistro Menu   Bookings Essential

*Walk: Sunday 27,  9.30am-1.00pm  Grand Canyon Track, Blackheath.  Meet 9.30am at the Grand Canyon Loop Carpark (the 2nd carpark), Evans Lookout Rd, Blackheath.  This is approx 7-8km circuit from carpark meeting point and will take about 3.5 - 4hrs.   Arresting sandstone walls, ever-present waterfalls and abundant native plants line the awesome Grand Canyon track. This is a Grade 3 walk with short steep hills & many steeps. The historic loop track takes you into the heart of this World Heritage-listed landscape.  It's an intimate and adventurous track which walkers have trodden since 1907. You can read more on this walk HERE. No registration required.

*Social Lunch 1.00-2.00pm  in the Glenella Guesthouse gardens - bring your own lunch to enjoy the tranquility of the rear gardens at Glenella before your journey home.   No booking required. 

*Additional Camino Meetup 2.00pm-4.00pm with John Brierley 

The afternoon program includes John Brierley's presentation Path of Self Discovery and Q&A  

 * Afternoon tea and Santiago tart

* Camino book signing - bring your Brierley Camino book/s (new and old) to be signed by John   

The Camino Meetup will be held at Glenella Guesthouse, 56 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath.  Cost is $5.00.  Numbers are limited so bookings are essential.   

HOW TO BOOK:  All of the venues have limited capacity so it is highly recommended to book early to reserve your place where indicated above with Bookings Essential.  Full list of events for the John Brierley Camino Weekend in Blackheath and BOOK  HEREThere is no charge to register online or to join the walks.

We are very excited to be hosting John Brierley in Blackheath, the Blue Mountains.  John will be a keynote speaker at the first National Conference in Adelaide, hosted by the Australian Friends of the Camino, 11-13 October 2019.  He has generously offered to address local Camino groups in Australia.  Both the Pilgrims of Sydney and Central Coast Camino groups have opted to come up to the Blue Mountains for a joint event.  We hope to see as many pilgrims here for this rare opportunity to hear and meet John Brierley, UK author of the Camino books, "A Pilgrims Guide...."  Make it a Camino weekend in the mountains!

For John Brierley's stay in the Blue Mountains, he will be generously hosted by Margaret and Rowan Bouttell of Glenella Guesthouse, 56 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath.   
5 Day Camino-like Training Walk, 22-26 October 2019
5 Day Camino-like Training Walk, 22-26 October 2019:  Summary of each day's walking distance and accommodation options
There is still time to register for this training walk via the trybooking link as outlined above. You still need to register your interest if only doing the Saturday morning walk from Katoomba to Blackheath.
Our September Activities
On the September Morning Walk we were joined by 11  walkers setting off from Glenella. Thank you to Chris who lead us. We welcomed 3 new walkers to the Blue Mountains Camino group. A lovely walk with clear blue skies. We enjoyed coffee's at the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath and returned to Glenella at Blackheath. We spotted a juvenile Tiger Snake who had been sunbaking on the path and scarred off on our approach a reminder that summer is on its way!
An enjoyable Camino Meetup later at Glenella, attended by 15 pilgrims and newcomers.  We all enjoyed hearing from those already planning their Camino's in 2020 and the experience's of those who have already completed 1,2 and even 3 Caminos. In the Glenella Theater we watched some of the highlights of Fi and Mark's 2300KM odyssey we caught up with how Johann and Tony are going along with Deb and Kerrie all currently on the Francis. We were joined by Chris who had lead us on our Morning Walk, who shared his and his Mums Camino experience.
You can read about Mark & Fi's epic adventure HERE and watch Chris & his Mum Dawn HERE
September Walk Blackheath to Medlow Bath and Return.
Facebook:  We have a new Facebook 'Group' page for BMASotC.  You can request to JOIN the group, once a member you can post Q&As, photos, start conversations and be more interactive than our normal Page allows.  The new Group is - Blue Mountains Camino Community. To request to join HERE.
We still have the Blue Mountains Aust Camino Supporters facebook page, where we continue posting events, articles and photos check it out HERE.
We hope you will check out the Group and ask to join. Thank you Kerrie for being an administrator. 
Who is on The Camino in 2019?
Last year saw many of our supporters walk the Camino…. is it your turn this year?? 
We are so thrilled to see so many of our supporters ON THE WAY board. BUEN CAMINO 
Drop us a note if
you are planning to start your Camino and which route and we will put you on the list. Also get in early and let us know if your are planning for 2020.  Email us 
Rosie doing Le Puy to SJPdP, there are several pilgrims starting from SJPdP include Carmen, Tony & Johann,  Kerrie & Deb, Tony Jacques is doing 2wks of CF from SJPdP before joining the Accessible Camino in SdC and be the 'pusher' of Graeme from Sarria,  DavidM in time plans to start from Madrid, Michael & Barbara are on the Via Francigena  and David & Anne walking in Switzerland ....  Buen Camino.
Tony and Graeme are underway, walking from Sarria as part of the Accessible Camino, inspirational pilgrams, pushers and supporters weaving their way to Santiago.
Johann, on the Camino Frances, you can follow Johann & Tony's journey HERE.
Tony ready for a wet walk from Villamayor de Monjardín.
Kerrie and Deb are on the Camino Frances at Alto del Perdon.
National Camino Conference 11-13 October 2019
El Camino - The Way Ahead
The Australian Friends of the Camino (AFotC) are hosting the first National Conference being held in Adelaide in October 2019.  There is a great line-up of speakers and entertainers.

UPDATE:  If you would like to attend the conference, it is recommended you contact the organisers ASAP HERE.

If you would like a pdf copy of the program, please email us at

There are several members of BMSotC attending the conference and we look forward to their feedback.  
**Become a member of AFofC and get your Australian Pilgrim Credencial from them too - 
                   UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR 2019 DIARY
Check individual event listings for details on our website, facebook and newsletter.

11-13 October - AFOTC National Conference in Adelaide  

22-26 October - 5 Day Camino-style Training Walk from Penrith to Blackheath

25 October,  8.00-9.30pm - Camino Storytelling at Glenella

26 October,  8.30am - Saturday morning walk from Katoomba Station to Blackheath to join in on the last day of the 5 Day Camino-style Training Walk. Alternatively, there is shorter walk  from Blackheath to Medlow Bath and return, starting at 9am from Glenella

26 October,  2.00-5.00pm - Extended Camino Meetup with special guest, John Brierley at RSL Hall Blackheath.  The Camino Meetup now has a Waiting List.  If you booked tickets and find you can't attend, please 'return' tickets via the trybooking link OR email us so we can re-allocate the tickets.

26 October,  6.30pm-10.00pm - Camino Social Dinner at Birdies Bistro, Blackheath Golf Club

27 October,  9.30am-1.00pm - Sunday morning walk of the Grand Canyon Loop depending on demand, weather permitting

27 October,  1.00pm-2.00pm - Social lunch in the Glenella Gardens.  BYO lunch

27 October, 2.00pm-4.00pm - Camino Meetup with special guest, John Brierley at Glenella, BOOK HERE.

29 November - End of Year Camino Dinner.  Venue and details to be advised. 
Help is required to organise this event.   Please email us, love to hear from you!
You will find regular updates on Events on our facebook and website.  We welcome you to share your Camino photos on facebook, search and LIKE us 
Facebook:  bluemtnsaustcaminosupporters  AND
a new Facebook 'closed group' for Q&A forum, you need to request to join 
Blue Mountains Camino Community 

Camino Meetups, dinner events & newsletter organised by Tony Jacques, Margaret & Rowan Bouttell, Carlene Martin and Sharise Watson.  Website by Mark Johnson and Carlene who also does the facebook page.  Kerrie Mackaway-Girdo is joint administrator of the new facebook group. There are  others making valuable contributions  enabling the Blue Mountains Supporters of the Camino group to keep active.

However, we could always use your help!!  If you can assist in some small way such as leading (or sweeping) a Saturday morning meetup walk,
help with a Saturday Camino Meetup at Glenella,  bake a Santiago tart, etc. please contact us!

Your stories and photos are always welcomed contributions for the newsletters and facebook posts. Please send them in!  
We welcome your feedback or suggestions -  email us
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