I often build a rest day into my walking schedule, but for this section of the Chemin de Saint-Jacques du-Puy, I have paced the journey slowly, so that none of the days are exceptionally long or tiring.
Many of the villages you’ll pass through on this route are very small—barely larger than a cluster of houses—but several are worthy of a longer visit. Montcuq, Lauzerte, Moissac, Auvillar, Lectoure, La Romieu, Condom, Larressingle and Montréal all offer quaint side streets, ancient timbered houses, medieval halles (markets),—and sometimes a tower to climb—all enticing you away from the path for an hour or so.
It’s really worth taking the time to stop for a little while and soak up the character and history of these gorgeous villages.
If you have started your walk before Cahors—perhaps as far back as Le-Puy-en-Velay—you may be looking for an excuse to take a day off and allow your leg muscles some recovery time. In this case, Moissac is an ideal place to extend your stay to a second night. As well as giving you time for a leisurely visit to the cathedral and cloister, a longer stay will enable you to climb the hill to the Carmelite Convent, and follow the canal a short way to the bridge crossing above the Garonne River—sights that are sometimes sacrificed in the interests of conserving energy or time. And if you can time your visit to Moissac to coincide with the Saturday or Sunday market, so much the better!
The longest and hilliest day covers 24.5 kilometres (15.3 miles), climbing and descending several times between Lauzerte and Moissac. If this feels a little too strenuous and you have some extra time available, an overnight stay in Durfort-Lacapelette will break this part of your journey neatly into two.
Day 1 Cahors to Lascabanes (22.3 km/13.9 mi).
Day 2 Lascabanes to Lauzerte (23 km/14.4 mi).
Day 3 Lauzerte to Moissac (24.5 km/15.3 mi).
Day 4 Moissac to Auvillar (20.5 km/12.8 mi).
Day 5 Auvillar to Miradoux (17.3 km/10.8 mi).
Day 6 Miradoux to Lectoure (15 km/9.4 mi).
Day 7 Lectoure to La Romieu (19 km/11.9 mi).
Day 8 La Romieu to Condom (16 km/10 mi).
Day 9 Condom to Montréal (17 km/10.6 mi).
Day 10 Montréal to Eauze (16 km/10 mi).
Some walkers may find the last half of my suggested ten-day itinerary a little too relaxed. In this case, I have included a nine-day itinerary—but if you do choose this shorter itinerary, please don’t rush past La Romieu without visiting the church and cloister and climbing the tower!
Day 6 Miradoux to Marsolan (24 km/15 mi).
Day 7 Marsolan to Condom (26 km/16.3 mi).
Day 8 Condom to Montréal (17 km/10.6 mi).
Day 9 Montréal to Eauze (16 km/10 mi).
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…along the Chemin de Saint-Jacques from Cahors to Eauze?
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