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Walking the Via Podiensis from Conques to Cahors

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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 Le Puy Route, modern walkers enjoy various 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.

Le Puy Route 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

Le Puy Route 3/6 Day 1Conques

 If there is any place that has always been linked to the Camino de Santiago on Le Puy Route, Conques is surely one of them. Its UNESCO World Heritage Romanesque abbey has drawn pilgrims since the 9th century, as the church is home to the relics of Sainte-Foy. Nowadays, this medieval village set on the banks of river Dourdou, is still a popular place along the Camino and the scenery surrounding the town simply adds even more interest.

Le Puy Route 3/6 Day 2Conques to Decazeville (20km, 5h)

Once across the UNESCO World Heritage Bridge over river Dourdou, the day starts with a steady climb up to the chapel of Sainte-Foy. We then continue through woodlands and green hills, through the village of Noailhac and Saint-Roch chapel before reaching Decazeville.

Le Puy Route 3/6 Day 3Decazeville to Figeac (29km, 6h30)

As we leave the Aveyron region to enter Le Lot, we start seeing a change in thelandscape and feeling the influence of Les Causses high plateaux as we approach Figeac. Between Montredon and Figeac, we also walk on a whole stretch listed as a UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Le Puy Route 3/6 Day 4Figeac to Cajarc (32km, 7h30)

There are many ups and downs during this long walking day but it also means lots of beautiful views. Leaving the pretty town of Figeac, we quickly go up to the high plateaux. The rocky ground preserves the wilderness of the landscape and dolmens, shepherds' stone shelters and stone crosses are encountered. The leg of the Camino between Faycelles and Cajarc is actually listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. We arrive in Carjac, a pretty village on the banks of Le Lot River.

Le Puy Route 3/6 Day 5Cajarc to Limogne en Quercy (18km, 4h30)

Today is a peaceful walk as the Camino runs through the quiet woodland and farmland of La Causse. It is a relatively easy walk, where we can take our time to admire the surrounding wildlife and to wander through scattered isolated hamlets.

Le Puy Route 3/6 Day 6Limogne en Quercy to Lalbenque (22km, 5h)

We continue our way through the natural park of Les Causses, mainly along flat forest tracks. More dolmens and old shepherds' shelters can be seen today and after a very pleasant and enjoyable walk, we arrive in Lalbenque. Why not try the local delicacy: the high esteemed black truffle!

Le Puy Route 3/6 Day 7 Lalbenque to Cahors (18km, 4h45)

Today again, the area covered by the Camino is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. We will come across a good few 'caselles', the typical shepherds' stone shelters and we also pass through a few scattered hamlets. As we approach Cahors, we can enjoy great views over the medieval town, before reaching the final destination of this section.

Le Puy Route 3/6 Day 8 Cahors. End of the Camino

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

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Rodez is the nearest airport to Conques. However it is also possible to fly to Toulouse from UK & Ireland.

To France: Rodez or Toulouse

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

To Toulouse: BA, Aer Lingus and Easyjet fly to Bordeaux from UK & Ireland. Other companies fly from major cities in Europe. http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr/

To the beginning of the trip: Conques

From Toulouse: SNCF “T.E.R” bus to Rodez (Approx. 2h30). www.voyages-sncf.com. Then taxi to Conques.

From Rodez: Bus in the afternoon, Monday to Friday. Or Taxi to Conques (Approx. 50€)

Back home from Cahors

To Rodez: train (Approx. 2h15). www.voyages-sncf.com

To Toulouse: train (Approx. 1h30). www.voyages-sncf.com

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  • Distance:144 km
  • Duration:8 Days
  • Trip style:Self Guided
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