Walking and Cycling tours in France The Puy Route from Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and Roncesvalles

The Puy Route from Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and Roncesvalles

Chemins de France is our partner on the Way of Saint James and is an expert for more than 20 years on these pilgrimage routes.

The via Podiensis starts in Le Puy-en-Velay which has given its name to the route. The first French pilgrim was a bishop living in Le Puy who started the route in 950. Le Puy-en Velay is a unique place surrounded by the gentle rolling landscape of the Velay Mounts. Then the scenery turns to pastures at the Margeride Plateau, here is the region of Auvergne, the heart of France, a place with a rich History. 

Then the Saint James Way crosses the Aubrac Plateau, a rural and authentic area with wonderful scenery and charming villages to finally reach Conques, this marvellous medieval place unchanged for centuries.

From Cahors the picturesque hilly landscape of the White Quercy invites you on a crest footpath to discover the Bastides. A few km later while getting close to the Tarn Valley and Moissac you will appreciate the lush orchard of Gascogne. This land is punctuated with castles and medieval chapels and is proud of its renown gastronomy.

Between Aire-sur-Adour and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port the route winds its way through 2 distinct regions : the Bearn and the Basque Country. The walk first crosses the green wooded hilly landscape between Aire and Navarrenx and then climbs through the red and white villages up to Saint Jean Pied de Port.The Pyrenees range in the background,each day closer while approaching Ostabat which is the converging point of 3 routes of the Way of St James.The Sauvelade Abbey,the Navarrenx Bastide, Saint Palais are famous remarkable places.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN LE PUY-EN-VELAY. Le Puy is a lively cultural medieval city surrounded by low mountains. Its old charming center with numerous museums, the famous Cathedral, the 10th century cloister. If you arrive early you will enjoy these marvelous visits. Dinner and night in a 3 star hotel

Day 2

LE PUY-EN-VELAY TO SAINT PRIVAT. 24 km- 6 hours walk +646 m/-452 m.

Day 3

ST PRIVAT D’ALLIER - SAUGUES – 19 km - 5 hours walk-+715m/-665 m

Day 4

SAUGUES-LES FAUX – 26 km- 6 ½ hour walk.

Day 5

LES FAUX-AUMONT-AUBRAC 21 km – 5h15 walk. +435m/-511m

Day 6

AUMONT AUBRAC - NASBINALS 26 km – 6h30 walk +536 m / -404 m

Day 7

NASBINALS – ST CHELY D’AUBRAC – 17km, 4h30, +287 m / -655 m

Day 8

ST CHELY D’AUBRAC - ESPALION - 22 km – 5h30 walk +396 m / -863 m

Day 9

ESPALION - ESTAING - 11 km – 3 h00 walk

Day 10

ESTAING - ESPEYRAC - 25 km – 6 h00 walk

Day 11

ESPEYRAC - CONQUES - 13 km - 3h15 walk

Day 12

CONQUES – DECAZEVILLE. (or Livinhac) - 20km- 5h walk..

Day 13

DECAZEVILLE – FIGEAC. 28 km- 7 hour walk

Day 14

FIGEAC - CAJARC. 30 km - 7h30 walk

Day 15

CARJAC - LIMOGNE-EN-QUERCY. 18 km - 4h30 walk

Day 16

LIMOGNE-EN-QUERCY - LALBENQUE. 24km - 6 hour walk.

Day 17

LALBENQUE-CAHORS- 21 km - 5h15 walk

Day 18

CAHORS - LASCABANNES - 23 km – 6h00 walk

Day 19

LASCABANNES - LAUZERTE - 23 km - 5h30 walk

Day 20

LAUZERTE - MOISSAC - 25 km, 6h00 - 5h30 walk

Day 21

MOISSAC - AUVILLAR - 21 km - 5 h 00 walk

Day 22

AUVILLAR - MIRADOUX – 17 KM – 4H15 walk +692 m / -629 m

Day 23

MIRADOUX - LECTOURE - 15 km - 4H00 walk

Day 24

LECTOURE - LA ROMIEU - 19 KM - 5H00

Day 25

LA ROMIEU - CONDOM - 16 KM - 4H00

Day 26

CONDOM - MONTREAL DU GERS - 17 KM - 4H15

Day 27

MONTREAL DU GERS - EAUZE- 16 km - 4 h00 - +245 m / - 201 m

Day 28

EAUZE - NOGARO - 20 km - 5h00 + 281 m / - 329 m

Day 29

NOGARO - AIRE SUR ADOUR - 28 km - 7h00 + 335 m / - 346 m

Day 30

AIRE SUR ADOUR- ARZACQ - 34 Km – 8H30

Day 31

ARZACQ – ARTHEZ DE BEARN -28,5 Km – 7h15-

Day 32

ARTHEZ DE BEARN - NAVARRENX – 29 km – 7h30

Day 33

NAVARRENX – SAINT PALAIS – 27 km – 6h45

Day 34

SAINT PALAIS – LARCEVAUX – 17 km – 5h00

Day 35

LARCEVAUX - ST JEAN – 17 km – 4h15-

Day 36

SAINT-JEAN-PIED-DE-PORT-RONCEVAUX- 26 km - 6h30 walk

Day 37

End of the tour after breakfast

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Self guided WALKING
Level
THE PUY ROUTE-WAY OF ST JAMES
Duration :
37 Days
From :
3250 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

2 and 3 star hotels and guest houses- Half Board

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.

English speaking assistance for your reservation

 

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Starts in :Le Puy en Velay.

Ends in : Saint-Jean-Pied de Port

Access : Le Puy train station. (Paris - Lyon- Le Puy by TGV)

 

 

Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65

 

Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more ; combine with another section of the Way

 

See also :

Walking from le Puy to Aumont

Walking from Aumont to Conques

Walking from Cahors to Lectoure

Walking from Saint Jean to Logrono 

Walking from Saint Jean to Santiago de Compostela

 

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