The Chemin de Saint-Jacques has been guiding pilgrims from Le-Puy-en-Velay towards Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (the starting point of the Spanish Camino) since the tenth century.
Stage 1 visits Le-Puy-en-Velay, Chapelle de Saint-Roch and Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole…
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 eleven of France’s most beautiful villages and dining at three Michelin-starred restaurants.
Stage 2 visits Espalion, Conques and Estaing…
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.
Walk through picturesque villages, shady forests and gentle green hills…
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…
Stage 3 visits Cahors, Marcilhac-sur-Célé and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie…
Of course, there is no need to complete all 750 kilometres (470 miles) in a single trip—take it as fast or as slow as you like.
Stage 4 visits Auvillar, Montcuq, Moissac…
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
Stage 5 visits Navarrenx, Ostabat-Asme, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port…
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 2019 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 2019 edition
Maison au Loup (Le-Puy-en-Velay) – link updated
Gîte du Pont Eiffel (Monistrol-d’Allier) – link updated
Chez Marie en Aubrac (Aumont-Aubrac) – link updated
Lozère bus timetable – link updated
Gîte la Source St Hilarian (Espalion) – website removed
Chez Anne (Estaing) – link updated, phone updated 06 41 85 86 67
Les Rochers (Golinhac) – new listing
Au Nid Angèle (Conques) – website removed
Hôtel Foulquier (Decazeville) – link updated
La Grange de Bord (Montredon) – website removed
Aveyron bus timetable – link updated
Hôtel the Originals (Figeac) – link updated
History of the area (Faycelles) – link updated
Gîte Communale (Cajarc) – link updated
La Belle Epoque (Béduer) – link updated, (four rooms, eight people)
Volubilis (Béduer) – (four rooms, nine people), name changed to l’Antiqui’Thé
La Maison de Cécile (Béduer) – (two rooms, four people)
Célézen (Espagnac-Ste-Eulalie) – link updated, phone updated 05 65 38 90 09
Gîte d’Étape de Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (Saint-Cirq-Lapopie) – link updated
Les Croisières Fenelon (Cahors) – link updated
Figeac to Cahors bus line 910 – link updated
Online edition (Montcuq) – link updated
Le Jardin Suspendu (Moissac) – link updated
Mon Village et Vous (Auvillar) – website removed
Chàteau de Lastours (Auvillar) – phone number corrected to 05 81 78 00 01
Les Tournesols (Miradoux) – website removed
Les Tournesols du Gers (Montréal) – website removed
Festival Galop Romain (Eauze) – link updated
Café de France (Eauze) – link updated
Tarn-et-Garonne bus timetables – link updated
La Nouste Maïsoun (Barcelonne-du-Gers) – link updated
Hôtel de la Paix (Aire-sur-l’Adour) – link updated
Le Relais de Twickenham (Aire-sur-l’Adour) – website removed
Campground l’Orée du Bois (Arthez-de-Béarn) – link updated
Audio Tour (Navarrenx) – can no longer be downloaded, take a virtual visit here
Hôtel du Commerce (Navarrenx) – link updated, phone updated 05 59 66 22 54
O Petit Bonheur (Navarrenx) – phone number corrected to 06 79 68 63 34
Gîte Chez Bouju (Navarrenx) – website removed, book through airbnb
Gîte Ferme Arosteguia (Aroue) – website removed
Maison Arantzeta (Larceveau) – link updated
Buen Camino (Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port) – link updated and name changed to Le Lièvre et la Tortue
Occitanie bus timetables – link updated