Via Podiensis France

Via Podiensis France

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Yolandi and Marina will be exploring the Via Podiensis from 20 September to 5 October 2023 and will share their experiences daily.

VIA Podiensis


The Via Podiensis, Chemin le Puy or the Le Puy Route is all the same route and one of the four "hikes" through France on the pilgrimage of Saint James to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwest Spain.

In 950 or 951, Godescalc, bishop of Le Puy-en-Velay, set off on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. He was the first non-Hispanic to undertake the pilgrimage, leading a large caravan that included members of the clergy, their staff and servants as well as various nobles and gentlemen.

Therefore the Le-Puy route is known as the real start to the Camino Francés and ends at Saint-Jean-Oied-de-Port just before crossing the Pyrenees and the Spanish border. It starts from Le-Puy-en-Velay, France, and crosses the countryside in 6 stages.

Stage 1: Le Puy to Aumont-Aubrac
  • Total Nights: 5  l   Walking Days: 6   l  Total Distance: 92 km
Day Route Distance
1 Le Puy – Saint-Privat d’Állier 19,8km
2 Saint-Privat d’Állier – Saugues 27,3km
3 Saugues – Les Faux 21,2km
4 Les Faux – Aumont-Aubrac 21,2km
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Stage 2: Aumont-Aubrac to Conques
  • Total Nights: 6  l   Walking Days: 7   l  Total Distance: 115 km
Day Route Distance
1 Aumont-Aubrac – Nasbinals 25,7km
2 Nasbinals - Saint-Chély d'Aubrac 17km
3 Saint-Chély d'Aubrac – Espalion 24,5km
4 Espalion – Golinhac 26km
5 Golinhac – Conques 21km
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Stage 3: Conques to Cahors
  • Total Nights: 7  l   Walking Days: 8   l  Total Distance: 137.5 km
Day Route Distance
1 Conques – Decazeville 20km
2 Decazeville – Figeac 29km
3 Figeac – Cajarc 30km
4 Cajarc - Limogne en Quercy 18km
5 Limogne en Quercy – Lalbenque 22,5km
6 Lalbenque – Cahors 18km
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Stage 4: Cahors to Lectoures
  • Total Nights: 6  l   Walking Days: 7   l  Total Distance: 130 km
Day Route Distance
1 Cahors – Montcuq 32,5km
2 Montcuq – Lauzerte 15km
3 Lauzerte – Moissac 27km
4 Moissac – Auvillar 22km
5 Auvillar – Lectoure 33km
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Stage 5: Lectoures to Aire sur l’Adour
  • Total Nights: 6  l   Walking Days: 7   l  Total Distance: 114 km
Day Route Distance
1 Lectoure – Condom 32km
2 Condom – Montréal du Gers 16km
3 Montréal du Gers – Eauze 17km
4 Eauze – Nogaro 21km
5 Nogaro – Aire sur l’Adour 27,6km
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Stage 6: Aire sur l’Adour to Saint Jean Pied de Port
  • Total Nights: 7  l   Walking Days: 8   l  Total Distance: 168 km
Day Route Distance
1 Aire sur l’Adour – Arzacq-Arraziguet 34km
2 Arzacq-Arraziguet – Arthez de Bearn 30km
3 Arthez de Bearn – Navarrenx 32km
4 Navarrenx – Aroue 19,7km
5 Aroue – Saint Palais 19,2km
6 Saint Palais – Larceveau 14km
7 Larceveau – Saint Jean Pied de Port 19km
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