2022 edition: Via Podiensis Le Puy to the Pyrenees on the GR65

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This is the 2022 edition. 

Guidebook to the Via Podiensis (Chemin du Puy) pilgrim route along the GR65 through southern France to the Pyrenees. The 750km route links Le Puy-en-Velay with Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and the start of the Camino Francés to Santiago. Includes Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants.

ISBN 9781786311023
Published 11 Jul 2022
Pages
296
Size 17.2 x 11.6 x 1.7cm
Weight 350g


Seasons

Spring and autumn are ideal: pleasant temperatures and reasonable precipitation. Summer can be hot but it's less crowded and many businesses/attractions have extended opening hours. The route is technically feasible in winter but sees few walkers, and many services close.

Centres

There are very few towns exceeding (or even approaching) a population of 10,000. The major population centres are Le-Puy-en-Velay, Figeac, Cahors, Moissac, Condom and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Notable smaller places include Conques, Espalion, Rocamadour, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Lauzerte and Navarrenx.

Difficulty

No special equipment is required and the route is navigable by all walkers. It is easily scalable to ability, with regularly spaced accommodation and baggage transport available. Most days involve tiring ups and downs on uneven terrain but nothing technical.
Must See
The Aubrac plateau, a stunningly rugged high-level region; the Lot Valley, containing a series of 'the most beautiful villages in France', perched on the winding river; the Célé River Valley, featuring limestone cliffs, prehistoric cave paintings and more idyllic villages; the pilgrimage centres of Rocamadour and Conques; the Western Pyrenees

 

Overview

This guidebook describes in full the 735km Via Podiensis (GR65), a historic pilgrimage route through southern France from Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, where the trail meets the famous Camino Francés to Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Also detailed are 2 major variants: the Célé Valley (GR651) and Rocamadour (GR6 and GR46). Split into 28 stages, the full route takes 4 to 6 weeks to complete but can be divided into shorter sections - Figeac and Condom are well positioned to break the walk into three 2-week chunks. It can be adapted to suit all abilities, with regularly spaced accommodation and baggage transport available, and is best walked in spring and autumn, with May and September the most popular months. Abundant accommodation options offer a warm welcome to walkers and pilgrims and a chance to enjoy delicious home-cooked meals made with local ingredients.

Walking directions are accompanied by 1;100,000 maps showing the route line and the facilities available at different locations. Accommodation listings provide invaluable information on where to stay. There are useful town maps for Cahors, Condom, Figeac, Le Puy, Moissac and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, and a stage planning table listing intermediate distances between accommodation means the schedule can be easily customised to individual requirements.

The Via Podiensis leads pilgrims and walkers through the best of French village life, offering a unique combination of pleasant trails, quaint historic communities and cultural delights. It passes through charming Estaing, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie and Lauzerte, and visits pilgrim shrines including Conques and Rocamadour. Pilgrims carrying on to Santiago can either proceed directly from Saint-Jean on the Camino Francés or transition (via the GR10) over to the Camino del Norte - a skeletal outline of the routes linking Saint-Jean and Irún, Spain, is included in the guidebook.

Contents

Overview map of the Via Podiensis
Route summary tables
Map key

Introduction

The stories of St James and St Roch
The Via Podiensis: yesterday and today
Regions encountered along the route
A turbulent history

Planning your walk

Choosing your route
When to go
Preparation and planning
Being a pilgrim
Getting there and back
Where to stay


Tips for making the most of your walk
What to pack
Food and drink
Postal services and baggage transportation
Telephones and internet
Other local facilities

How to use this guide

Route descriptions
Route summary information
Walking directions and waymarking
Municipality information headings
Accommodation listings
Elevation profiles
Maps
GPX tracks
Planning tools

The Via Podiensis

Stage 1 Le Puy-en-Velay to Montbonnet
Stage 2 Montbonnet to Saugues
Stage 3 Saugues to Domaine du Sauvage
Stage 4 Domaine du Sauvage to Aumont-Aubrac
Stage 5 Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals
Stage 6 Nasbinals to Saint-Côme-d’Olt
Stage 7 Saint-Come-d’Ôlt to Estaing
Stage 8 Estaing to Conques
Stage 9 Conques to Livinhac-le-Haut
Stage 10 Livinhac-le-Haut to Figeac
Stage 11 Figeac to Cajarc
Stage 12 Cajarc to Varaire
Stage 13 Varaire to Cahors
Stage 14 Cahors to Lascabanes
Stage 15 Lascabanes to Lauzerte
Stage 16 Lauzerte to Moissac
Stage 17 Moissac to Auvillar
Stage 18 Auvillar to Lectoure
Stage 19 Lectoure to Condom
Stage 20 Condom to Éauze
Stage 21 Éauze to Nogaro
Stage 22 Nogaro to Aire-sur-l’Adour
Stage 23 Aire-sur-l’Adour to Arzacq-Arraziguet
Stage 24 Arzacq-Arraziguet to Arthez-de-Béarn
Stage 25 Arthez-de-Béarn to Navarrenx
Stage 26 Navarrenx to Aroue
Stage 27 Aroue to Ostabat-Asme
Stage 28 Ostabat-Asme to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Célé Valley variant
Stage C1 Figeac to Espagnac-Sainte-Eulalie
Stage C2 Espagnac-Sainte-Eulalie to Marcilhac-sur-Célé
Stage C3 Marcilhac-sur-Célé to Cabrerets
Stage C4 Cabrerets to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
Stage C5 Saint-Cirq-Lapopie to Cahors

Rocamadour variant
Stage R1 Figeac to Lacapelle-Marival
Stage R2 Lacapelle-Marival to Gramat
Stage R3 Gramat to Rocamadour
Stage R4 Rocamadour to Labastide-Murat
Stage R5 Labastide-Murat to Vers
Stage R6 Vers to Cahors

Connecting to the Camino del Norte
The GR10
The Voie Nive Bidassoa

Appendix A Stage planning tables
Appendix B Useful sources of information
Appendix C English–French glossary
Appendix D Suggestions for further reading
Appendix E Major festivals along the way
Appendix A Useful sources of information
Appendix B English–Spanish–Euskera glossary
Appendix C Suggestions for further reading

 

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08/04/2022

Great Guide

I was really impressed by the quality of the guide, it has everything you need to know about walking the Norte.

11/25/2021

Worth the purchase

The book is well organized and full of all that is needed to have a successful Camino.

08/11/2021

Very Good

Wait a little White.

07/19/2021

It took a long time to arrive, but in the end it was worth the wait

I bought these for my Caminos in September 2021. The books seem full of content and details. The true test will be in using them to complete my Camino. I email Ivar when I did not receive the material in a couple weeks. He promptly responded and a few days later the books arrived. Shipping is slow as a result of the pandemic. Glad I purchased through Ivar!

12/29/2020

Great Guide

I love my guide books! The trails and history will not change. The ease of purchase and delivery was fantastic. Thank you!

05/29/2020

When you can't go to the Camino

I used the Cicerone guide to the The Camino Portugués when I walked from Santarém to Oporto earlier this year. I purchased it as an ebook as it was too heavy to carry. Cicerone Guides are great, informative and have gotten me back from a few alternative paths that I've ended up following. As I'm now grounded the guide to the Del Norte and Primitivo will have to do. Whilst it's not the same as walking, this guide can give you a great sense of what to expect and help you plan your next Camino when we're all on the other side of this. Ivar posted this promptly, but with the dreaded Carona it took a while to get to me, so when you can't go to the Camino go to teh Camino Forum Shop. Buen Camino

Camino Forum Store 2019 edition for the 2022 walking year: Cicerone: The Camino del Norte and Camino Primitivo (W/FREE Passport) Review
04/22/2020

camino del norte guide book

excellent service

01/01/2020

Guide book purchase

Easy to order and quick to arrive (UK). Great to receive a Credential too.

11/03/2019

Good books

Selections was easy and delivery rapid

11/03/2019

Book purchase

The Camino guides I ordered travelled all the way across the world to NZ much faster and arrived in good time and in great condition. Thank you for sending it with my credential. I would definitely purchase from you again. Cheers, Kas

01/24/2019

Northern caminok

A good book small and light with all the info you need

02/25/2018

Great book to support my research

The book has great maps, splitting the different legs is helpful for the planning. And very speedy delivery!

09/25/2017

mixed feelings

I have always been satisfied with the services of the Camino Forum, however as far as the book is concerned I was disappointed. To start with, -very heavy, with no elevation charts, and the maps might be nice as far as graphic design is concerned but not for the Camino. My free apps were much more helpful.

08/14/2017

Just what I was looking for:

Still doing the planning for the Norte, but walked the stage from Pasaia to San Sebastián in July. Maps and info are very accurate and concise. No extra gobbilty **** you don't need. It is small and light but offers all you need to know for a successful, enjoyable Camino.

08/14/2017

Concerned

We received the book in due time however, we had requested and paid for a second credential and it was not included in our package. I wrote you an email but never received a response. Having said that, the book appears to be very useful and we are looking forward to our next Camino in October

08/01/2017

Thank's Ivar. Exellent store.

Have studied the routes and etapas so far. The Camino itself starts next month.

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08/04/2022

Great Guide

I was really impressed by the quality of the guide, it has everything you need to know about walking the Norte.

11/25/2021

Worth the purchase

The book is well organized and full of all that is needed to have a successful Camino.

08/11/2021

Very Good

Wait a little White.

07/19/2021

It took a long time to arrive, but in the end it was worth the wait

I bought these for my Caminos in September 2021. The books seem full of content and details. The true test will be in using them to complete my Camino. I email Ivar when I did not receive the material in a couple weeks. He promptly responded and a few days later the books arrived. Shipping is slow as a result of the pandemic. Glad I purchased through Ivar!

12/29/2020

Great Guide

I love my guide books! The trails and history will not change. The ease of purchase and delivery was fantastic. Thank you!

05/29/2020

When you can't go to the Camino

I used the Cicerone guide to the The Camino Portugués when I walked from Santarém to Oporto earlier this year. I purchased it as an ebook as it was too heavy to carry. Cicerone Guides are great, informative and have gotten me back from a few alternative paths that I've ended up following. As I'm now grounded the guide to the Del Norte and Primitivo will have to do. Whilst it's not the same as walking, this guide can give you a great sense of what to expect and help you plan your next Camino when we're all on the other side of this. Ivar posted this promptly, but with the dreaded Carona it took a while to get to me, so when you can't go to the Camino go to teh Camino Forum Shop. Buen Camino

Camino Forum Store 2019 edition for the 2022 walking year: Cicerone: The Camino del Norte and Camino Primitivo (W/FREE Passport) Review
04/22/2020

camino del norte guide book

excellent service

01/01/2020

Guide book purchase

Easy to order and quick to arrive (UK). Great to receive a Credential too.

11/03/2019

Good books

Selections was easy and delivery rapid

11/03/2019

Book purchase

The Camino guides I ordered travelled all the way across the world to NZ much faster and arrived in good time and in great condition. Thank you for sending it with my credential. I would definitely purchase from you again. Cheers, Kas

01/24/2019

Northern caminok

A good book small and light with all the info you need

02/25/2018

Great book to support my research

The book has great maps, splitting the different legs is helpful for the planning. And very speedy delivery!

09/25/2017

mixed feelings

I have always been satisfied with the services of the Camino Forum, however as far as the book is concerned I was disappointed. To start with, -very heavy, with no elevation charts, and the maps might be nice as far as graphic design is concerned but not for the Camino. My free apps were much more helpful.

08/14/2017

Just what I was looking for:

Still doing the planning for the Norte, but walked the stage from Pasaia to San Sebastián in July. Maps and info are very accurate and concise. No extra gobbilty **** you don't need. It is small and light but offers all you need to know for a successful, enjoyable Camino.

08/14/2017

Concerned

We received the book in due time however, we had requested and paid for a second credential and it was not included in our package. I wrote you an email but never received a response. Having said that, the book appears to be very useful and we are looking forward to our next Camino in October

08/01/2017

Thank's Ivar. Exellent store.

Have studied the routes and etapas so far. The Camino itself starts next month.