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Welcome to the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Newsletter September 2020.
 
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We hope this September newsletter finds you safe and well.

5-DAY CAMINO TRAINING WALK: This event is now fully booked. At the time of writing we still plan to proceed with the September 5 Day Camino Training Walk, Scheduled for 22-26 September 2020. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

MORNING WALK AND CAMINO MEETUP: For Saturday 26th of September our walk will start from the Katoomba Train Station. Please see below for more details. Due to COVID-19 there will be no Camino Meetup this month, however you are welcome to join us for an outdoor picnic at Glenella from 1:00PM details below. This will be the end of the 5-Day Camino Training walk and an opportunity to share in their celebration of having just walked from Penrith to Blackheath.

We look forward to seeing you on our 5-Day Walk or on the 26th for our walk from Katoomba to Blackheath.

BUEN CAMINO

 
Our August Camino Training Walk ~ Leura
34 walkers gathered at Bloome Park ready to explore lookouts, waterfalls and the beautiful views and gorgeous gardens around Leura. It was a glorious mountains day, far different weather than the previous weekend when we had snow and rain and it was very cold! 

There were 2 designated routes both routes were a little over 9KMs taking 3-3.30hrs. The Technical route went to Lyrebird Dell, Pool of Siloam and up the escarpment to Golf Links Lookout before continuing onto Sublime Point then returning to Leura Village via Leura streets. 
The Direct route left Bloome Park for Olympian Rock Lookout with a slight diversion to see the Easter Island-like statues from outside the Leuralla amphitheatre. The group then crossed the suspended Buttenshaw Bridge to Elysian Rock Lookout and onto Gordon Falls Lookout. We could see one of the Technical route group across the valley at Golf Links Lookout. Continuing through the 'cathedral' of teatrees and Lone Pine Memorial Gardens for a moment of quiet reflection before heading along Leura streets towards the Everglades a National Trust Property with a garden designed by Paul Sorensen. A refreshment break seated on the drystone wall of this magnificent property well worth a visit to wander around the enjoy the views out to the valley. On the return to Leura Village we admired beautiful gardens and spring blossoms and flowers. 

Several of the walkers from each group bid farewell until next month whilst many chose to have an informal lunch and beer in the large outdoor garden area of the Alexandra Hotel which was bathed in sunshine. A perfect ending to a beautiful day for walking. 
Thank you to everyone who made the trip up to Leura and to our walk leaders/sweepers including Johann, Margaret & Rowan, Sharise & Carlene.
Walkers on the Direct Route visiting, Olympian Rock Look Out, The Everglades, A Leura Garden on the Way and Gordon Fall Lookout.
Walkers on the Technical Route, Visiting the Lyrebird Dell, Pool of Siloam and Golf Links Lookout.
5-Day Camino Training Walk 
from Penrith to Blackheath
22 - 26 September 2020. 
Fully Booked
At the time of writing we are still planning to go ahead with our 5-Day Camino Training Walk from Penrith to Blackheath.
 
Thank you!  An over whelming response, 
this event is now Fully Booked.  

We look forward to walking at own pace or as a group together but safely apart as we walk in the spirit of the Camino here in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Enjoying the challenge of the journey together.

Penrith, at the base of the Blue Mountains, all the way to Blackheath near the top, finishing with the Camino Meetup at Glenella Guesthouse in Blackheath.  The walking distance is approximately 68-81kms depending on the route chosen.

Why? This is a great opportunity to experience the Camino spirit right here in the Blue Mountains, NSW.  If you’re thinking of walking a Camino in Spain or Portugal, or other pilgrimages elsewhere, what better way to try out your gear and see if you like long distance walking?  And if 5 days is too long you can join the group for fewer days or just one day along the route if you wish.  

How?  Please be aware this is not a ‘guided’ walk but rather a walk with a group of Camino friends travelling up the Blue Mountains.  Each registered person will be provided with the 5-Day Blue Mountains Camino Training Walk Information Package which includes PDF walking route guide and digital link with two optional routes; a technical route and the direct route.  The technical route can involve more bush walking and steep inclines up and down into some valleys whilst the direct route is no less scenic and has various bushy sections but may in parts involve more secondary road and pavement walking; it is a walk reminiscent of travelling a Camino in Spain.

Walking a Camino means you might walk on dirt tracks, concrete footpaths and roads as well as through paddocks and rural scenery.  You will encounter hills and steps as Penrith, our starting point is 25m above sea level, and Blackheath is 1065m.  Each days walk is a Station to Station walk for the convenience of start and end point.

Registration  Much effort and work had been made to improve all the tools provided to walkers for last year's walk, and following valuable feedback from pilgrims we have introduced a $25 donation at registration for 2020 walks.  This registration donation will go towards the ongoing development and mapping of the 5-Day walk.

Our Thanks to Chris Osborne of Chris Osborne Adventures for the design of the route maps.  Thanks to the small band of walkers volunteering to re-walk the routes and updating of the walking route guide maps.  All due care has been taken to create the maps to be as accurate as possible, however there may be some last minute changes due to recent weather events.  For the 5-Day walkers, your feedback after the walk would be appreciated.
Please note that Glenella Guesthouse is fully booked with walkers doing 5-Day Camino Training Walk staying at their Albergue Glenella.  Walkers should refer to the accommodation suggestions in your Information Pack.
Our September Walk and Meetup Saturday 26th
Saturday 26 September 2020 Morning Walk:  Katoomba to Blackheath.  Meet at 8:50AM for a 9:00AM Start, just past the Station Bar (Pizza Place), near Katoomba Station.  Please do not block the access to the pedestrian crossing.
If you would like to attend please RSVP HERE Please note numbers are limited due to COVID-19, thank you for your understanding. The walks (Direct and Technical) will both be approx 10KM and take around 4 hours including a break at the the Hydro Pavilion at Medlow Bath. Please ensure you practice social distancing, bring your own hand sanitiser, mask and water bottle.

Saturday 26 September 2020 Glenella Guesthouse from 1:00PM. Due to COVID-19 there will be no Camino Meetup today, however you are welcome to join us for a BYO picnic lunch in the rear garden of Glenella Guesthouse. 
Please RSVP
HERE.    
PLEASE NOTE: This is a BYO Lunch and Rug Event.

The walkers on the 5-Day Camino Training Walk will be finishing their journey at Glenella (these walkers have a separate start time and start location on the day).
2020 Calendar of Events
Day and Date Time Location Event RSVP or Booking
Tues ~ Sat September 22nd ~ 26th 8:15AM for an 8:30 Start Penrith Train Station Five Day Camino Training Walk Fully Booked.
Saturday September 26th 8:50AM for an 9:00AM Start Katoomba Train Station Camino Training Walk Yes, Essential. Via Email*
Saturday September 26th 1:00PM Glenella Guest House Blackheath Picnic in the rear garden at Glenella. (BYO Lunch and Rug) Yes, Essential. Via Email*
Saturday October 31st 8:50AM for an 9:00AM Start Glenella Guest House Blackheath Camino Training Walk Yes, Essential. Via Email*
Saturday October 31st 2:00PM Glenella Guest House Blackheath TBC
Meet-up
Yes, Essential. Via Email*
Saturday November 28th 8:50AM for an 9:00AM Start Glenella Guest House Blackheath Camino Training Walk Yes, Essential. Via Email*
Saturday November 28th 2:00PM Glenella Guest House Blackheath TBC
Meet-up
Yes, Essential. Via Email*
All RSVP's HERE.
Our Badges are Now Available to Order
Our new Blue Mountains Camino Supporters cloth badge now available to order!  The badge measures 8cm in diameter.  The cost is $10 per badge + $2 postage for up to 4 badges in an envelope.  
 
Please  EMAIL US  once you have made your payment.  Remember to put your name in the details field. Thank you.
Money can be deposited directly into our new Bendigo Bank account:

Name:      Blue Mountains Camino Supporters
BSB:        633-000
Account:  173070897
 
Once you have attached your cloth badge (with glue or stitched) onto your backpack or hat, etc why not take a photo and email it or post a comment on our Facebook page or Facebook group.
 
Acknowledging the badge design concept by Jill Day with final design by Chris Osborne for Blue Mountains Camino Supporters
Inspiration, Books, Movies, Podcasts....
New to our Website are Book Reviews, thank you to Yvonne Reitsma for submitting our first Book Reviews, you can read these HERE. If you would like to submit a Book or Film Review, perhaps you have written a Camino inspired BLOG post you would like to share please EMAIL US, for inclusion in future Newsletters or on bluemountainscamino.com.au.

Check out The Australian Friends of the Camino (AFoTC) HERE.
 
You will find regular updates on Events on our  Facebook Page  and  Website
We also have the "Blue Mountains Camino Community" a private group on Facebook,  CLICK HERE to join.    This is where you can post and discuss all things Camino with the Blue Mountains Camino Community.

You can also  EMAIL US  anytime with any questions.  We are always seeking Camino and walking stories/tips and photos you might like to share. 
The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters is a community group, we aim to support those planning to start a Camino and Pilgrims who have returned from their Camino. By coming together regularly we hope to enable & encourage the Camino Spirit here in the Blue Mountains. We hold monthly Camino Meetups held on the last Saturday of the month except December at Glenella Guesthouse in Blackheath, hosted by Margaret & Rowan Bouttell. Prior to the Camino Meetup there is a Saturday morning training walk. 
Sharise Watson and Carlene Martin produce this Newsletter and manage the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Facebook Page. Kerrie Girdo manages our Blue Mountains Camino Community forum on Facebook. Bob Girdo is our video recorder and editor.  Tony & Ce Jacques co-ordinate and host the Tapas dinners & Camino movie events each year, Jerard & Enda Barry host an annual Feast of Saint James Dinner and also host Pilgrims at their Pop-Up Albergue in Wentworth Falls on special occasions.. Our website is managed by Johann Saure, Mark Johnson and Carlene.

 
We could always use your help!  Can you assist in some small way such as leading or sweeping a monthly Saturday morning walk or with the Camino Meetup, baking a Santiago Tart?  Or perhaps you have a suggestion for an event or training walk? Have you read a great book about the Camino or perhaps seen an inspiring movie or listened to a podcast about the Camino then please EMAIL US and let us know.

The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters was founded in 2015 by Tony & Ce Jacques and Margaret & Rowan Bouttell.  

The Blue Mountains Camino recognises the Darug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners of the Blue Mountains region. We pay respect to their Elders past and present. 
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