Pilgrimage walking in France

Course code: 19127
Location: Beaumaris Senior Centre
Day/time:  Tuesday 2.15pm Weekly
Starts: 5-Feb  Ends: 30-Apr

This course is an extension of the 10-week program originally presented in 2016. It will incorporate many of the practical aspects of planning and preparing for the challenge of walking one or more of the charming and rustic long-distance trails in rural France : Chemin de Saint-Jacques du-Puy [GR65] and / or the RL Stevenson Trail [GR70]. Through guided activities and collaborative learning tasks, and by utilising a range of resources [guidebooks, websites and apps], participants will be actively involved in:

– planning daily stages to be walked [kilometres, elevation profile, trail conditions/surface]

– assessing the degree of difficulty of individual stages [trail topography]

– negotiating rest days as appropriate

– identifying suitable accommodation options [type, cost, location/situation]

– researching cultural highlights and historical places of interest

– physical preparation and training

– determining required gear and equipment [what and how to pack]

– learning about the day-to-day practicalities and what to expect along the path

– budgeting.

Expect to do some homework! The program will include guest speakers and a «Pilgrim Panel». A briefing session prior to commencement of the course will provide further details of program content and give participants the opportunity to opt-in or opt-out.

To ensure they get the most benefit from this program, participants should have some access to the following items: iPad / tablet OR smartphone, internet service at home, one or more guidebooks to the selected route [or willingness to purchase]

Participants should bring to each session: notebook and pencil or pen, iPad or tablet, any resource materials or guidebooks that they have already acquired, plastic sleeve or ziplock bag for handout materials.

Prerequisites: Enthusiasm! familiarity with iPad or tablet

Bronwen Perry

Last updated 3 November 2018