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Walking the Via Podiensis from Aumont Aubrac to Conques

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The Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route was taken for the first time in 950 AD when the archbishop of Le Puy-en-Velay walked to the tomb of Saint James, opening the first non-Spanish route to Santiago. Along Via Podiensis, modern walkers enjoy varied, incredible landscapes and a rich medieval architectural heritage, as the Camino runs through some of the most typical rural French areas, and crosses towns and cities full of history.

Via Podiensis begins in Le Puy-en-Velay, a city set in a volcanic landscape, 130 kilometres South West of Lyon, in France. It continues through south-western France to the foothills of the Pyrenees, where this Camino joins up with the French Way. Read more

Via Podiensis 2/5 Day 1Aumont-Aubrac

Aumont-Aubrac is a typical village of the area.  You will see the transition between the rounded hills of Allier département and gateway to the high plateau of mythic Aubrac, and its endless austere and inspiring volcanic lands, part of the Massif Central. The town has always been strongly linked to the Camino, as back in the medieval times this is where pilgrims coming from the East on Via Podiensis rested before facing the upcoming stark and isolated lands of Aubrac.

Via Podiensis 2/5 Day 2Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals (27km, 7h)

As we leave Aumont-Aubrac, we start our way towards the inspiring Aubrac high plateau, walking on walled tracks, with endless flat grassland surrounding us. Typical Aubrac cows grazing there bring life between sleepy villages and farmhouses. The walk ends up in Nasbinals, a charming village with a Romanesque church.

Via Podiensis 2/5 Day 3Nasbinals to Saint-Chély d'Aubrac (17km, 4h30)

Today, the Camino reaches one of its highest points as we climb up to 1370 metres before walking down to the historic hamlet of Aubrac, a legendary stage on Via Podiensis. The whole walk between Nasbinals to Saint-Chély d'Aubrac is listed at the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Via Podiensis 2/5 Day 4 Saint-Chély d'Aubrac to Espalion (22km, 5h30)

Soon after crossing over Saint-Chély Bridge, we leave the typical scenery of the Aubrac to enter chestnut and beech woods. After this, we notice a more populated area and we reach medieval Saint-Come-d'Olt, one of the "prettiest villages of France". It is then a nice stroll, climbing up a bit before getting down to the charming village of Espalion, on the banks of the Lot River.

Via Podiensis 2/5 Day 5Espalion to Golinhac (27km, 7h)

Along the walk, the area is home to well preserved treasures from the past, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site list. First, we head to the beautiful Romanesque church of Béssuéjouls and its upper chapel hidden in the 11th century steeple. Then, we reach Estaing, a medieval village topped by its impressive castle. We then continue along the Lot River, before climbing up to Montégut. The Camino then runs through woods and countryside before reaching yet another pretty village, Golinhac.

Via Podiensis 2/5 Day 6 Golinhac to Conques (21km, 5h15)

Countryside and peaceful woodland will be our backdrop all day long during this easy walk. We have some time to wander around the charming village of Espeyrac on the bank of the river and to admire the old castle in Sénergues. Finally, we arrive in Conques, one of the nicest towns on the whole Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route!

Via Podiensis 2/5 Day 7Conques. End of the Camino

After breakfast we bid you farewell.

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Le Puy Route 2/5

Rodez is the best located airport both to get to Aumont-Aubrac and to get back home from Conques. It is also possible to fly to Lyon and then fly back from Rodez airport.lay. Rodez airport is also an option for flying back from Aumont-Aubrac.

To France: To Rodez or Lyon

To Rodez: Ryanair fly from Dublin and London. www.ryanair.com. Air France also fly from Paris. www.airfrance.fr

Lyon: Virtually, every companies fly to Lyon. www.lyon.aeroport.fr

To the beginning of the trip: Aumont-Aubrac

From Rodez: SNCF bus to Severac le Chateau (Approx. 20min). Then train to Aumont-Aubrac (Approx. 1hr15). www.voyages-sncf.com

From Lyon: Train to Clermont Ferrand (Approx 2h30). Then train to Aumont-Aubrac (Approx. 1h45). www.voyages-sncf.com

Back home from Conques

To Rodez: Bus from Conques on mornings, Monday to Friday (Approx. 7€). Or taxi to Rodez Airport (Approx. €50)

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  • Duration:7 Days
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