La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?

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Welshrobby
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La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?

Postby Welshrobby » 22 Nov 2017, 9:24pm

My husband and I are planning to cycle La Velodyssee next June and will get ferry To Roscoff and cycle down to Hendaye. We then need to get to Santander for the ferry back . We thought we would cycle it and wondered if any one has done this Camping on way. Is a doable route for pensioners? We did cycle the Rhône valley all the way last summer. We always camp and carry everything in 2 panniers each.

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Re: La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?

Postby newbootclimbco » 24 Nov 2017, 8:08am

I was supposed to be doing this trip starting last September, but my mate a heart problems so we had to cancel. we intended to catch the small ferry to Como across from Santander then follow the coast up to Hendaye etc. Check out my post in Touring, Expedition ,Cycle return to cherborge from Santander. Theres loads of info ,check out route by, davidgalloway dated 12 july. I intend to try again in May 2018 ferry already booked etc. Anyone interested ?. PS i'm 66 also a pensioner. good luck.

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Re: La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?

Postby climo » 30 Nov 2017, 9:49pm

train.

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Re: La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?

Postby climo » 30 Nov 2017, 9:55pm

should have added https://www.seat61.com/
We, like many, took the train from San Sebastian to Hendaye. Cheap & easy. No direct experience of the train from San Seb east but I can't see why not though it might have to be a local train.

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Re: La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?

Postby robing » 2 Dec 2017, 7:51am

I've cycled through the Basque country a couple of times. Hendaye to San Sebastián and Vitoria was ok, but navigation can be tricky here. The other time I went from San Sebastian to Besain and the navigation was such a nightmare that I took the train! (The only time I've done this cycle touring!)

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Re: La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?

Postby bikepacker » 2 Dec 2017, 11:51am

Welshrobby wrote:My husband and I are planning to cycle La Velodyssee next June and will get ferry To Roscoff and cycle down to Hendaye. We then need to get to Santander for the ferry back . We thought we would cycle it and wondered if any one has done this Camping on way. Is a doable route for pensioners? We did cycle the Rhône valley all the way last summer. We always camp and carry everything in 2 panniers each.


The way I have used the last twice is to keep to the coast road at Hendaye and cross the border at the first point. It is by a filling station. Join the dual carriageway (not the motorway) which is straight-ahead shortly after the border. This is a wide road with a good shoulder to cycle on. You then climb up and eventually get to where the road enters a tunnel. Do not enter the tunnel, take the small road to the right it will take you through the villages and into San Sebastian. As an alternative, once across the border take the road on the right to the airfield and then follow a pretty route through the hills into SS.
There is your way. There is my way. But there is no "the way".

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Re: La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?

Postby albal1 » 3 Dec 2017, 9:36pm

Just completed it in reverse www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/sancher

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Re: La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?

Postby HobbesOnTour » 13 Dec 2017, 6:56pm

Hi,
A bit late to the party, but I did this in reverse a few years ago. I caught the train from San Sebastian to Hendaye because I was under a bit of pressure for time. I was glad that I did because it was quite hilly and the views from the comfortable train were very nice! :-). No problem bringing a fully loaded bike on the train.

As for the rest of the way to Santander, I pretty much followed my nose along the coast. Northern Spain is fantastic for cycling. Quiet roads (lots of traffic take the new motorways), lots of respect from the traffic that does pass you by. Very friendly people (although I thought the Basques were a little more direct than elsewhere). Great campsites, often with fantastic views over the sea and with some fantastic restaurants attached.

But.....! It is hilly! There's a lot of constant ups and downs and depending on the time of year it can be hot! But don't let that put you off. Plenty of stops, lots of water & it'll be fine.

As far as I know there is not an issue catching a bus and putting your bike in the luggage section if you find yourselves under pressure for time.

Enjoy!

Frank

P.S. The velodyssey is fantastic!