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Camino Le Puy Way: Stages 1 & 2
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Highlights

  • Walk Stages 1 and 2 of the Camino Le Puy Way from Le Puy to Conques.
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims.
  • Walking through the stark, high plateau of Aubrec.
  • Climbing the 267 steps up to the Chapel of St Michael d’Aiguilhe.
  • Having dinner on a café terrace looking out over the River Lot.

Walk Stages 1 & 2 of the Camino Le Puy Way and follow trails through the south west of France from Le Puy-en-Velay to Conques.

This section takes you through volcanic and contrasting landscapes, from the Velay Mountains, the Margeride and Aubrac plateaux, to the valley of the Lot, all of which are rich in history, culture and pilgrimage sites.

This section of the Camino Le Puy Way finishes in Conques, a village that clings to the walls of a steep ravine. Discover its narrow lanes and charming old, timber frame houses.

Day 1: Arrive in Le Puy-en-Velay

Arrive in the historic city of Le Puy-en-Velay which has been a pilgrimage centre since the Middle Ages. Spend time here exploring the sites within this city that is set in a volcanic plateau and is famed for its rocky peaks which rise out of the valley.


Dinner & Overnight: Le Puy-en-Velay


Day 2: Walk to St Privat d’Allier, transfer to Monistrol d’Allier

The walk today begins at the cathedral and from here, and as you follow the trail, you will see wonderful views over the whole area. This morning you will cross the Velay, an area famous for its lentils and black sheep. Later this afternoon arrive in St Privat d’Allier, from where you will receive a transfer 7km to the lovely village of Monistrol d’Allier.


Walk: 24 km


Dinner & Overnight: Monistrol d’Allier


Day 3: Transfer to St Privat, walk to Sauges

Transfer from Monistrol to St Privat to rejoin the Camino. During today’s walk you will pass through widely differing countryside, such as the Allier gorges and a volcanic plateau of great natural beauty. Climb a tiny chapel dedicated to St James perched atop a rocky belvedere and past the Madeleine Chapel, which was carved out of the rock in the 17th century.


Walk: 18 km


Dinner & Overnight: Sauges


Day 4: Walk to Les Faux

Today you discover the Margeride Plateau with its characteristic villages, secluded hamlets, ancient stone crosses and pastures hemmed in by stone walls. Each village has charming features such as granite houses with carved doorways and cottage gardens. 1km off the main track, you will come to the village of Les Faux and your accommodation for the night.


Walk: 26 km


Dinner & Overnight: Les Faux


Day 5: Walk to Aumont Aubrac

This morning continue across the plateau of the Margeride as far as Aumont, which is the gateway to the Aubrac. Between Le Rouget, which takes its name from the typical red-roofed houses of the area. See pretty hamlets, and churches with ‘comb-style’ belfries, before arriving in Aumont Aubrac, a small town and where you can see the former Benedictine priory and Romaneque church of Saint Etienne.


Walk: 21 km


Dinner & Overnight: Aumont Aubrac


Day 6: Walk to Nasbinals

Today is long day of walking once more but it is worth it as you leave behind the Margeride Plateau and begin to cross the Aubrac Plateau, a wide expanse of pastures, old barns, drystone walls, and swathes of wildflowers, depending on the season. Later arrive in Nasbinals, where there is a superb 14th century Romanesque church built of brown basalt.


Walk: 26 km


Dinner & Overnight: Nasbinals


Day 7: Walk to St Chely d’Aubrec

Begin your walk by making your way down the Boraldes Valley and then pass through the village of Aubrac, which was founded in 1120 by a Flemish knight, Adelard de Flandres. Cross the Aude and descend steadily into St Chely d’Aubrec, your final destination for today.


Walk: 17 km


Dinner & Overnight: St Chely d’Aubrec


Day 8: Walk to St Come d’Olt

At the heart of the village of St Chely d’Aubrec is the church, extended in the 19th century and which holds two incredible altar pieces, a copy of the painting The Descent from the Cross by Rubens and a 14th century bas-relief representing Christ and his Apostles. See these exquisite pieces of art before crossing the old bridge over the Boraldes River and continuing into the heart of the Lot Valley.


Walk: 16 km


Dinner & Overnight: St Come d’Olt


Day 9: Walk to Estaing

Today’s incredible walk between St Côme d’Olt and Estaing in the upper valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Pitched roofs of hand-hewn tiles called lauzes blend in harmony with bejeweled Romanesque churches along this pilgrim route to Compostela. On arrival in Estaing you cross the famous Pont Gothique and see the wrought iron cross and the statue of Francois d’Estaing.


Walk: 16 km


Dinner & Overnight: Estaing


Day 10: Walk to Espeyrac

This morning includes a 350 m ascent to Golinhac were you will find the Church of St Martin set on the site of a 9th century Benedictine abbey. From here pass through small hamlets and spot wooden balconies of old riverside tanneries, window boxes full of colourful geraniums and prosperous bourgeois town houses.


Walk: 25 km


Dinner & Overnight: Espeyrac


Day 11: Walk to Conques

Walk through woods and then veer off on a lane that directs you alongside the woods and which undulates between fields. Pass Fontromieu and the Church of Saint-Marcel before arriving in Conques, a village that rises steeply from a conch-shaped valley.


Walk: 13 km


Dinner & Overnight: Conques


Day 12: Onward Travel

Bid farewell to the Camino Le Puy today. After breakfast check out of your hotel and make your onward journey.


Accommodation

On your 11 night, 12 day Le-Puy-en-Velay to Conques self-guided walk in France you will stay in comfortable 1 or 2* hotels. On some occasions you may not have en suite rooms.



Alternate accommodation


You might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.



Single Rooms & Solo Walkers


If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.  Solo walkers are also welcome with a solo supplement payable.

Time of Year

The Camino Le Puy is best enjoyed from May to October but you can walk at any time of year. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website. Bookings from October onwards are subject to a supplementary charge as an out-of-season bag transfer service is required.


Meals

Daily breakfasts and dinners at your hotels are included. Breakfasts are buffet-style and dinners will be the “meal of the day” at the hotel. If you want a choice for dinner you can pay a supplement. You can order packed lunches at your hotel the evening before (ranging from €7 to €10) or you can buy lunch in shops, cafes and restaurants en route.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 15-31km. The walk is extremely well way-marked and you will also be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day. On the Le Puy Camino you will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is marked with white and red painted arrows but please take care at intersections. There will always be other walkers around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.


Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included in the Camino Le Puy trip. Your bags should be left in the reception of your accommodation every morning. Your bags will then be transferred onto your next nights’ accommodation.


Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are walking the whole route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to Le-Puy-en-Velay


The closest international airport to Le-Puy-en-Velay is Lyon Airport which is approximately 150km away. Many flights from the UK and other gateways in Europe fly into Lyon. From here you can take a train to Le-Puy-en-Velay which takes approximately 2 and a half hours. Up to date schedule and fare information can be found on the SNCF website. 



You can also drive to Le-Puy-en-Velay. Parking is available in an underground car park and costs approximately €17.50 per week.



Getting from Conques

From Conques you can either take a bus or a taxi to Rodez Airport (this is an unofficial website). This airport has flights on Ryanair from the UK and Air France also fly here from Paris.  



 


 

Included

  • 11 Nights in 1 or 2* hotels
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 11 Dinners
  • Baggage transfers
  • Detailed maps, a guide book and information pack.
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and our local partners

Excluded

  • Travel to Le-Puy-en-Velay
  • Travel from Conques
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the holiday
  • Single room supplement if single room required.
  • Solo traveller supplement (if applicable)

What happens if I can’t walk/cycle a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is suitable for most people that are in good physical condition. It is rated moderate as there are some elevation gains and losses and on a couple of days there is significant mileages to be walked. However Stage 2 is definitely less mileage per day than Stage 1.

What type of trails does this section of the Camino Le Puy Way follow?

The path takes you over plateau's and over volcanic landscapes which may be rocky at times. The areas you walk through are often quite remote although you will pass small hamlets and villages from time to time. As you are following the GR25 there will be waymarkers and also Camino pilgrimage signs from time to time.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Camino le Puy Way is extremely popular.   We will always try and accommodate late bookings but realistically you need to book at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

When is the best time of year?

The tour operates between May and October although we recommend travelling in May or June when spring wild flowers are at their peak, or in September/October when the autumn colours are stunning.  July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved to your next nights accommodation. All baggage transfers are included in the package price. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 13kg.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling/trekking gear such as good walking/cycling boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

What is the best airport to fly into?

Lyon Airport is the closest international airport which is accessible to Le-Puy-en-Velay by train. For train schedules please visit the SNCF website.

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