France - Walking the Puy Route from Le Puy to Aubrac.

France - Walking the Puy Route from Le Puy to Aubrac.

Self-guided walking trip on the Puy Route, including hotels, meals, luggage transfer, one guide book, maps, English speaking email or phone assistance.

 

The Way of St James, or the Camino to Santiago de Compostela is a series of  routes running across all of Europe with Santiago de Compostela as the final destination. Walking these routes will take you on medieval footpaths and preserved environment unchanged for centuries.

 The via Podiensis starts in Le Puy-en-Velay which has given its name to the route. This route is one of the most frequented in France and is on the Unesco World Heritage List.

The first French pilgrim was a bishop living in Le Puy who started the route in 950.

Gentle rolling landscape of the Velay Mounts, pastures in Margeride Plateau, here is the region of Auvergne, in the heart of France, a place with a rich History.

This self-guided walking tour is a short part of the Puy Route, but so authentic that it will make you want to continue the walk the year after!

Day 1

Arrive in Le Puy-en-Velay.
Le Puy is a lively cultural medieval city surrounded by low mountains. Its old charming centre with numerous museums, the famous Cathedral, the 10th century cloister. If you arrive early you will enjoy these marvellous visits

Day 2

Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint Privat. 24 km- 6 hours walk +646 m/-452 m.
Notre Dame du Puy Cathedral is the departure point for you just as thousands of pilgrims before. Today's walk ends in St Privat crossing the green mountain of the Velay massif with stunning sceneries all day long.

Day 3

St Privat d’Allier - Saugues – 19 km - 5 hours walk-+715m/-665 m.
Just after leaving St Privat, you reach the hamlet of Rochegude famous for its St James Chapel. The trail dives into the canyon of the Allier River which is the natural frontier between the Velay and the Gevaudan plateau. The ascent on the Saugues plateau is the most challenging of the week. (+500m).

Day 4

Saugues-Saint Alban – 26 km- 6 ½ hour walk.
From the famous Tour des Anglais of Saugues, the Way of Saint James reaches the solitary highlands of the Margeride plateau where heather, broom, bilberry, pasture land as well as giant bracken compose a marvellous wild scenery. A remarkable site today is the St Roch Chapel or l’Hospitalet Chapel built at 1280 metres on an isolated pass next to a hospital that was created for pilgrims. Depending on the season wild raspberries & strawberries line the path.

Day 5

St Alban-Aumont-Aubrac 15km – 4 hour walk. +435m/-511m.
From Saint Alban and its Roman Church, climb up to Grazières-Mages before starting the descent to les Estrets through quiet woods and farmlands and finally end your walk at Aumont-Aubrac, gateway to the mythic high plateau

Day 6

Trip ends after breakfast. Possible private transfer to Le Puy en Velay.

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Self guided WALKING
Level
THE PUY ROUTE-WAY OF ST JAMES
Duration :
6 Days
From :
480 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

2 star hotels and guest houses- Half Board

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.

English speaking assistance for your reservation

 

OPTION : Upgraded hotels : ask for our technical sheet.

 

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Starts in : Le Puy en Velay

Ends in : Aumont Aubrac

 

Access : Puy-en-Velay train station

 

Information : click on "ask for more information"

cecile@icietlanature.com

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 Aumont to Conques

Walking from Cahors to Lectoure

Highlights

.The famous Via Podiensis.

·The Wild Nature of Auvergne.

- Short discovery walk