The Chemin de Saint-Jacques has been guiding pilgrims towards Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (the starting point of the Spanish Camino) since the tenth century. Today, tens of thousands of walkers make the journey every year.
Will you be among them?—crossing the wide open spaces of the Aubrac region, climbing the foothills the Pyrénées, passing through eight of France’s most beautiful villages and dining at two Michelin-starred restaurants.
Visit Le-Puy-en-Velay, Chapelle de Saint-Roch and Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole between Le-Puy-en-Velay and Aumont-Aubrac…
People walk the Chemin de Saint-Jacques for a variety of reasons—sometimes for the physical challenge, sometimes as a walking meditation, often for religious reasons.
If you are not an experienced long-distance walker, this is the perfect walk to cut your teeth on. There is almost always another walker in sight—someone to chat with and compare blister stories with…
Visit Espalion, Conques and Estaing between Aumont-Aubrac and Figeac…
Of course, there is no need to complete all 700 kilometres (450 miles) in a single trip—take it as fast or as slow as you like.
Walk through picturesque villages, shady forests and gentle green hills…
You’ll find everything you need to plan an itinerary, book accommodation and much more in an I Love Walking in France digital guidebook.
Some of the information is also available here on the website—
- What to expect on this walk
- Map of the path and its location in France
- My suggested itinerary, including tips for sightseeing and market days
- A list of all the towns and villages where you’ll find accommodation and the distances between them
- Practical tips for walking safely and considerately
Inside an I Love Walking in France digital guidebook, you’ll also find—
- A complete packing list covering all the essential items you’ll need to take and a few optional extras
- Useful French phrases to help you book a taxi, book a room, ask about breakfast, order dinner, buy a train ticket and understand directions
- Dozens of photos
Each village has a dedicated section covering—
- Population (because a village of 35 will not have an ATM not matter how badly you need one)
- Accommodation—what will you find, hotels, chambre d’hôtes, gîtes or campgrounds… including website links
- Available services—cafés, bakeries, grocery stores, doctors, pharmacies, banks and ATMs
- Train and bus services, including website links to check or download timetables
- Taxi phone numbers
- Tourist Office location and website
- Market days and other festivals
- A brief history of the village and details of museums, churches and other attractions
Visit Cahors, Marcilhac-sur-Célé and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie between Figeac and Cahors…
I Love Walking in France digital guidebooks are provided in PDF format, allowing you easy access to all website links or, if you prefer a paper copy, print only those pages you want to carry.
Download the 2017 edition of each section individually and start planning!
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING…
The only unanswered question after reading Melinda Lusmore’s guidebook, Le-Puy-en-Velay to Aumont-Aubrac on the Chemin de Saint-Jacques du-Puy, is, “When do we leave?” Seriously! Everything else is answered. Besides furnishing some historical details, personal experiences, points of interest, local customs, mileage, elevation, where to sleep, where to eat and shop, and fantastic photography, she even provides up-to-date links to many of the services you might need while you’re walking; train schedules, bus schedules, luggage transporters. You name it! She’s thought of it all and delivers it in an easy-to-use, charming, well-written and refreshingly light guidebook. I confess! Walking in France was never on my Bucket List…until now. So…“When do we leave?”
Michael Byrd (Appalachian Trail hiker at ATatDusk)
Thanks for a very informative guidebook. I am a novice walker in my fifties and was quite anxious about setting out on my first walk in France. This guidebook, with the lovely photos and information, really smoothed the path for me and helped to eliminate any anticipatory fears and concerns. Like you, I am now able to say I LOVE WALKING IN FRANCE and am planning a return trip!
Rita Wise on The Chemin de Saint-Jacques du-Puy from Aumont-Aubrac to Figeac and Figeac to Cahors
This book covers a 163km section of the GR65, The Way of Saint James, a world famous 1500km pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. Melinda writes a cheerful and amusing story as she enjoys the numerous villages en route with their historical and gastronomic delights. The text is enhanced with many outstanding photographs taken by the author and her daughter.
Whether you are a pilgrim or just enjoying the sheer pleasure of long distance walking in France you will find this guide book a very useful (almost essential) companion. The book is not track notes and is made to be used with TopoguideRef 651 and/or the IGN topographic maps for the area.
As an e-book it is full of essential web links which will save most users many hours of web searching, taking a lot of ‘the grunt’ out of researching the walk. To me this was perhaps its most appealing attribute.
While the book suggests an itinerary of eleven days the trip can be easily tailored to meet the walker’s needs as contact details are provided for all accommodation close to the path. A table summarises the services in each village while the village descriptions start with the details of services available. There is information on train bus and taxi services and even services to transport your luggage each day.
For those who may be new to the joys of long distance walking in France Melinda’s guide books provide a basic packing list and many useful hints.
Aumont-Aubrac to Figeac guide should be the start of your walking adventure along the GR65.
Sam Lees on The Chemin de Saint-Jacques du-Puy from Aumont-Aubrac to Figeac
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your guidebook. I am most impressed with the information packed pages on each individual town along the way; the efficient list of facilities would be most helpful. The inclusion of relevant websites on each area is good—it saves doing a lot of research and reinventing the wheel.
Barbara Reid on The Chemin de Saint-Jacques du-Puy from Aumont-Aubrac to Figeac and Figeac to Cahors
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Revisions to the 2017 edition
The Chemin de Saint-Jacques du-Puy from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Aumont-Aubrac
Le Repos du Pèlerin (Monistrol d’Allier) – new internet link
The Chemin de Saint-Jacques du-Puy from Aumont-Aubrac to Figeac
Hôtel des Voyageurs (Saint-Chély-d’Aubrac) – new internet link
Gîte de Grèzes (Saint-Chély-d’Aubrac) – website removed
The Chemin de Saint-Jacques du-Puy from Cahors to Eauze
Montcuq website – new internet link
Gîte d’Étape Chez Annick (Montcuq) – internet link corrected
Camping Municipal Saint-Jean (Montcuq) – new internet link
Villa Lucerna (Lauzerte) – website removed although reservations can be made through some hotel booking agencies
Gîte la Baysse (Saint-Martin) – new internet link
Opening hours (La Romieu) – new internet link
La Maison d’Aux (La Romieu) – internet link corrected
Maison d’Artiste (La Romieu) – internet link corrected
Le Perrouet (La Romieu) – new internet link
L’Antichambre du Cardinal (La Romieu) – new internet link
Au Clair de l’Eau (Condom) – new internet link