Camino Le Puy Way: Stage 3

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  • 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.
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What To Expect

You can either complete Stage 3 of this pilgrimage route as a self-guided walking tour in its own right, or you may complete more or all of the sections at the same time. This particular section is graded as moderate as the average mileage per day is 23km. However the ascends and descends are not that significant, so as long as you have a good fitness level you can complete this tour. You will stay in comfortable hotels whilst enjoying the camaraderie of fellow pilgrims and travellers.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travelers, A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Spiritual Journeys, Personal Growth, Historical Journeys

Activity Level & 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

The route is well waymarked 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. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go! 

Accommodations

On this 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, and again, a supplement is payable. 

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 grocery stores, cafes and restaurants en route.

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 partner in France and our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel to Conques
  • Travel from Cahors
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Mountain rescue / emergency assistance
Extras
  • Additional nights before or after the holiday

When To Go

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. Bookings from October onwards are subject to a supplementary charge as an out-of-season bag transfer service is required.

Getting to the Start

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 the End

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.

Luggage 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.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Conques Day 2 Conques to Livinhac 13 miles / 21 km Day 3 Livinhac to Figeac 18 miles / 29 km Day 4 Figeac to Cajarc 20 miles / 32 km Day 5 Cajarc to Limogne-en-Quercy 11 miles / 18 km Day 6 Limogne-en-Quercy to Lalbenque 13 miles / 20 km Day 7 Lalbenque to Cahors 16 miles / 26 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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