Walking the Via Podiensis from Conques to Cahors

From Conques to Cahors, this 3rd section links two of the prettiest cities of the whole Le Puy Route. Leaving the cobbled streets of Conques, the Camino runs through the gentle hills of the Aveyron region before continuing into Le Lot. Walking along wall-lined tracks on high plateaux, drinking coffee on shaded terraces in peaceful villages, sightseeing UNESCO World Heritage sites, this is part of the daily experiences one can enjoy during this walking holiday.

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Trip Highlights

Conques

In this town, it seems like time has stopped in the 12th century. Its Saint Faith Abbey Church was built around that time and the surrounding houses look fitting to that period as well. Therefore it is really interesting just to wander around the town and feel like you have traveled in time.

But if you want to take a break from that or if you want dinner the Charlemagne is a good restaurant you can go to.

 

 

Cajarc

Cajarc is a beautiful little commune on the Camino. It even has a little Eifel tower and really nice places near the river Lot that is going through the village. If you want to take a break and get something to eat, the restaurant La Pause is a good option to go for.

 

Cahors

When you arrive in Cahors you can not only visit the Cathedral but you can also go to the beautiful river Valentre or see the Winery Mas del Perie.

Itinerary

Day 1

Conques
(Arrival)

If there is any place that has always been linked to the Camino de Santiago on Le Puy Route, Conques is surely one of them. Its UNESCO World Heritage Romanesque abbey has drawn pilgrims since the 9th century, as the church is home to the relics of Sainte-Foy. Nowadays, this medieval village set on the banks of river Dourdou, is still a popular place along the Camino and the scenery surrounding the town simply adds even more interest.

Day 2
20km

Conques
to
Decazeville

Once across the UNESCO World Heritage Bridge over river Dourdou, the day starts with a steady climb up to the chapel of Sainte-Foy. We then continue through woodlands and green hills, through the village of Noailhac and Saint-Roch chapel before reaching Decazeville.

Day 3
29km

Decazeville
to
Figeac

As we leave the Aveyron region to enter Le Lot, we start seeing a change in thelandscape and feeling the influence of Les Causses high plateaux as we approach Figeac. Between Montredon and Figeac, we also walk on a whole stretch listed as a UNESCO World Heritage sites.

An option to split into two  days, with a stop over in Livinhac-le-Haut.

Day 4
32km

Figeac
to
Cajarc

There are many ups and downs during this long walking day but it also means lots of beautiful views. Leaving the pretty town of Figeac, we quickly go up to the high plateaux. The rocky ground preserves the wilderness of the landscape and dolmens, shepherds’ stone shelters and stone crosses are encountered. The leg of the Camino between Faycelles and Cajarc is actually listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. We arrive in Carjac, a pretty village on the banks of Le Lot River.

An option to split into two day. Stopover in Grealou.

Day 5
18km

Cajarc
to
Limogne en Quercy

Today is a peaceful walk as the Camino runs through the quiet woodland and farmland of La Causse. It is a relatively easy walk, where we can take our time to admire the surrounding wildlife and to wander through scattered isolated hamlets.

Day 6
22km

Limogne en Quercy
to
Lalbenque

We continue our way through the natural park of Les Causses, mainly along flat forest tracks. More dolmens and old shepherds’ shelters can be seen today and after a very pleasant and enjoyable walk, we arrive in Lalbenque. Why not try the local delicacy: the high esteemed black truffle!

Day 7
18km

Lalbenque
to
Cahors

Today again, the area covered by the Camino is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. We will come across a good few ‘caselles’, the typical shepherds’ stone shelters and we also pass through a few scattered hamlets. As we approach Cahors, we can enjoy great views over the medieval town, before reaching the final destination of this section.

Day 8

Cahors

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Conques
to
Decazeville

If there is any place that has always been linked to the Camino de Santiago on Le Puy Route, Conques is surely one of them. Its UNESCO World Heritage Romanesque abbey has drawn pilgrims since the 9th century, as the church is home to the relics of Sainte-Foy. Nowadays, this medieval village set on the banks of river Dourdou, is still a popular place along the Camino and the scenery surrounding the town simply adds even more interest.

Section 2

Decazeville
to
Figeac

Once across the UNESCO World Heritage Bridge over river Dourdou, the day starts with a steady climb up to the chapel of Sainte-Foy. We then continue through woodlands and green hills, through the village of Noailhac and Saint-Roch chapel before reaching Decazeville.

Section 3

Figeac
to
Cajarc

As we leave the Aveyron region to enter Le Lot, we start seeing a change in thelandscape and feeling the influence of Les Causses high plateaux as we approach Figeac. Between Montredon and Figeac, we also walk on a whole stretch listed as a UNESCO World Heritage sites.

An option to split into two  days, with a stop over in Livinhac-le-Haut.

Section 4

Cajarc
to
Limogne en Quercy

There are many ups and downs during this long walking day but it also means lots of beautiful views. Leaving the pretty town of Figeac, we quickly go up to the high plateaux. The rocky ground preserves the wilderness of the landscape and dolmens, shepherds’ stone shelters and stone crosses are encountered. The leg of the Camino between Faycelles and Cajarc is actually listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. We arrive in Carjac, a pretty village on the banks of Le Lot River.

An option to split into two day. Stopover in Grealou.

Section 5

Limogne en Quercy
to
Lalbenque

Today is a peaceful walk as the Camino runs through the quiet woodland and farmland of La Causse. It is a relatively easy walk, where we can take our time to admire the surrounding wildlife and to wander through scattered isolated hamlets.

Section 6

Lalbenque
to
Cahors

We continue our way through the natural park of Les Causses, mainly along flat forest tracks. More dolmens and old shepherds’ shelters can be seen today and after a very pleasant and enjoyable walk, we arrive in Lalbenque. Why not try the local delicacy: the high esteemed black truffle!

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Fly In

Option 1 – Toulouse
BA, Aer Lingus and Easyjet fly to Bordeaux from UK & Ireland. Other companies fly from major cities in Europe (can book return flights).

Option 2 – Rodez.
Ryanair fly from Dublin and London. www.ryanair.com. Air France also fly from Paris. www.airfrance.fr (can book return flights).

Option 3 – Lyon
Lyon airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair or Easyjet.

Option 4 – Bordeaux
Bordeaux airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair or Easyjet.

Option 5 – Marseille
Marseille airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair or Easyjet.



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Starting Point

1- Toulouse. SNCF “T.E.R” bus to Rodez (Approx. 2h30). Then taxi to Conques.

2 – Rodez. Bus in the afternoon, Monday to Friday. Or Taxi to Conques (Approx. 50€)



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Getting Home

Rodez: train (Approx. 2h15).



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