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Camino Le Puy Way: Stage 3
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Highlights

  • Exploring the natural landscapes of the Causses du Quercy, a protected environment.
  • Encountering L’Aiguilles de Cingle, an unusual octagonal column of rock that acted as a beacon to pilgrims
  • Appreciating the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims
  • Sitting on the terrace of a local restaurant and sampling the delicacies of the region such as saffron, truffles, walnuts and farm-raised Quercy lamb
  • Coming across picturesque villages along the trail, such as Montredon, Figeac, Cajarc and Cahors, capital of the Lot region

Stage 3 of the Camino Le Puy way takes you from the dramatically positioned town of Conques overlooking the River Lot, to the medieval town of Cahors. A journey through some of France's finest landscapes and prettiest villages.

On your journey from Conques to Cahors you will cross the Parc régional des Causses du Quercy and specifically the Causse de Limogne. Causses are the creation of the constant action of water which produces deeply-carved valleys, underground rivers, cliffs and depressions. All along the route are reminders of the past with stone crosses, Camino cockle shell engravings and representations of St. James. Of particular interest is L’Aiguilles du Cingle, an unusual high octagonal column of stone situated slightly to the south of Figeac which dates from the 13th century and is said to be a beacon that guided pilgrims on their way. Only one other construction of this kind has been found in France and it is to the west of Figeac.

The route also takes you through Montredon a picturesque village and where you can find the Church of St. Michael which still has it’s 14th century mural paintings. Cajarc, another town on your route and where you will spend a night, became famous due to the growth of saffron and barges made their way along the Lot River with spices, wood, wine and saffron. To this day many regional specialities of the area are made with saffron as it can be grown on the Quercy Causses.

DAY 1: Arrive in Conques

Arrive in Conques and settle in to your comfortable hotel. Spend some time looking around this town, a major monument of architectural heritage. It’s Abbey Church of St Foy houses an incomparable treasure of Romanesque sculptures and a large number of relics covered in gold, silver and precious stones.


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Conques


DAY 2: Conques to Livinhac

Today begins with a gradual climb to the Chapel St. Foy, built next to a spring whose natural water was supposed to cure eye complaints. Set out on the next part of the trail to St. Roch Chapel, where the statue of this saint carries a pilgrimage staff and from where, a mile or so later, you reach the village of Noaillhac.


Here the trail levels out and you begin making your descent into Decazeville and onwards into the village of Livinhac, which used to be known as the garden of Aveyron because of it’s fertile fields next to the River Lot.


Walk: 23km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Livinhac


DAY 3: Livinhac to Figeac

En route to Figeac a place full of rich history you will pass through the picturesque hilltop village of Montredon, in which stands the Church of St Michael where you can view 14th century mural paintings. You can also see the 11th century Church of St Felix where there is a tympanum of Adam and Eve with a serpent and a tree.


Continue on through the countryside (you are now in the Lot region) before arriving into the historic town of Figeac, founded in 830 around a Benedictine abbey and for the past 20 years recognised as one of France’s historic towns by the Ministry of Culture.    


Walk: 26km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Figeac


DAY 4: Figeac to Cajarc

You will have to begin walking early today as this is the longest walk of your tour at 30km. Have a big breakfast as sustenance, then begin by taking a path uphill to the L’Aiguille du Cingle. This unusual obelisk-type structure is said to have been built as a beacon guiding pilgrims. However another story relates that they were used as boundaries between abbot’s territories. There is one other structure such as this in France and it is to the west of Figeac.  


Continue walking past Faycelles and into Béduer. It is here where the landscape changes and you will come across many dolmens (megalithic tombs from the Neolithic period), plus dry-stoned walls and stone shepherds huts. The landscape here is quite wild and depending on the season, you will encounter carpets of orchids and the scent of herbs and wild strawberries.


Later arrive into Cajarc, a village that sits on the edge of the River Lot and that rose to fame due to barges that took spices, wine, wood and saffron along the river.


Walk: 30km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Cajarc


DAY 5: Cajarc to Limogne-en-Quercy

After yesterday’s long walk today is much easier and you enjoy walking at your own pace through this lovely rural area of France. First follow the meandering River Lot before arriving on the lush plain of Gaillac. Today you will cross the Quercy de Limogne. This area becomes very remote, so remember to take plenty of water and a packed lunch with you!  After a lovely day of walking past dry stone walls and huts and fields of purple orchids that are grown to produce saffron (these flowers bloom in the autumn) . Shortly you will arrive in Limogne-en-Quercy and check in to your welcoming accommodation.


Walk: 18km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Limogne-en-Quercy


DAY 6: Limogne-en-Quercy to Lalbenque

This particular stage of the walk takes us off the GR65 for a while so that we can spend an overnight in Lalbenque. First head through the hamlets of La Plane, Mas de Dégot and Mas de Vers. En route you will also see many more dolmen, dry-stone walls and shepherds huts, which are very typical of this area. Lalbenque itself has a church which was built in 1090 and is famed for its 17th century gilded wooden alterpiece. They also hold has a weekly black truffle market (every Tuesday) and a farmer’s market on a Saturday.


Walk: 28km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Lalbenque


DAY 7: Lalbenque to Cahors

Today is your final day of walking through these beautiful and ancient rural routes of France.  Firstly walk along a typical walled and semi-shaded lane. It is important to pay attention to signposts on this particular section. On arrival in La Marchande you will walk downhill from here into Cahors, which is surrounded on three sides by the River Lot and an important stop on this pilgrimage route.


Take time on arrival to discover the varying sights here such as Cathedral of St-Etienne with its amazing cloisters, several interesting churches and the Pont Valentré, the finest fortified medieval bridge in Europe


Walk: 21km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Cahors


DAY 8

Onward travel.

Please Note

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

Accommodation

On your 7 night, 8 day Conques to Cahors self-guided walk in France you will stay in comfortable 1 or 2* hotels. On occasion 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.


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.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 15-33km.


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.


Fewer Nights

It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.


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 Conques


The best way of getting to Conques is by taking a bus or a taxi from Rodez Airport. This airport has flights on Ryanair from the UK and Air France also fly here from Paris.



It is also possible to drive to Conques and park your car in the village where there are paying car parks.

Getting to Conques

The best way of getting to Conques is by taking a bus or a taxi from Rodez Airport (this is an unofficial website). This airport has flights on Ryanair from the UK and Air France also fly here from Paris.



It is also possible to drive to Conques and park your car in the village where there are paying car parks.



Getting from Cahors


Cahors Train Station is on the SNCF Toulouse to Paris line. You can take a train to Toulouse and fly home from here, or you could even take a train to Paris and fly home from there.


 

Included

  • 7 Nights in either 1 or 2* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 7 Dinners
  • Baggage transfers
  • Detailed maps, a guide book and information pack
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our area manager in France and our office

Excluded

  • Travel to Conques
  • Travel from Cahors
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Mountain rescue / emergency assistance

Undoubtedly you will have many questions concerning this tour. We hope the answers we provide below will go some way to answering your queries.

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 the average daily mileages are quite significant.

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

The path takes you over limestone plateaux 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.

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. 

What is the best airport to fly into?

The best way of getting to Conques is by taking a bus or a taxi from Rodez Airport (this is an unofficial website). This airport has flights on Ryanair from the UK and Air France also fly here from Paris. 

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 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 do the baggage transfers work?

Baggage transfers are included in this trip. Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 13kg per person.

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