Walking the Le Puy Camino from Le Puy-en-Velay to Aumont Aubrac

Starting in Auvergne, famous for its green, dormant volcanoes, the Camino runs through green yet rocky, undulating landscapes. This leg may even seem to be more inhabited by grazing sheep and cattle than by man if it was not for its numerous medieval chapels, churches, towers and well-preserved towns that modern pilgrims encounter every day. 

View over Le Puy en Velay
An historical start in Auvergne
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Day 1

Le Puy-en-Velay
(Arrival)

Le Puy-en-Velay is the historical starting point of Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route, and this is where archbishop Gothescalk departed from, in 950 AD, being the first ever pilgrim to reach the tomb of the apostle in Santiago de Compostela. Nowadays, UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city remind us of this time. Le Puy-en-Velay has always been a important sanctuary city as it is home to the mysterious Black Virgin, which has drawn pilgrims from all over Europe since the Middle-Ages. The interest of Le-Puy-en-Velay is historical and cultural for sure, but the city also worth a visit for its picturesque location. Indeed, set between the Auvergne dormant volcanoes and the Rhone Alpes valley,the lively old city charms visitors with the great views it offers over the surrounding low mountains. And there is much more to discover about this unique place!

Day 2
24km

Le Puy-en-Velay
to
Saint- Privat d'Allier

Starting at Notre-Dame du Puy Cathedral, modern pilgrims feel a certain emotion when walking down the stairs that have been the starting point of thousands of pilgrims en route to Santiago for the last millennium. The day is spent through the rounded green mountains of the Velay massif, offering beautiful scenery all day long, before reaching Saint-Privat d’Allier.

Day 3
19km

Saint- Privat d'Allier
to
Saugues

This is a short enough walk but the consequent ascents and descents make it the most demanding stage of this first section. The rewarding side of it is that it offers wonderful views over the Velay massif and the Gévaudan plateau, and we also pass through picturesque villages and hamlets before arriving in Saugues.

Day 4
26km

Saugues
to
Les Faux

Today, we leave Saugues and its Tour des Anglais to continue up to reach Le Sauvage, a farm domain perched on top of a hill and dating back to the times of the Templars. The Camino then continues to enter La Lozère département at the Saint-Roch chapel and we conclude our day in Les Faux.

Day 5
19km

Les Faux
to
Aumont-Aubrac

From Les Faux, we reach Saint-Alban sur Limagnole and its Roman Church. Then, it is a steep climb up to Grazi?res-Mages. We then start our way down to Les Estrets through peaceful wood and farmlands. Finally, we reach Aumont-Aubrac, gateway to the mythic Aubrac high plateaux.

Day 6

Aumont-Aubrac

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Le Puy-en-Velay
to
Saint- Privat d'Allier

Le Puy-en-Velay is the historical starting point of Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route, and this is where archbishop Gothescalk departed from, in 950 AD, being the first ever pilgrim to reach the tomb of the apostle in Santiago de Compostela. Nowadays, UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city remind us of this time. Le Puy-en-Velay has always been a important sanctuary city as it is home to the mysterious Black Virgin, which has drawn pilgrims from all over Europe since the Middle-Ages. The interest of Le-Puy-en-Velay is historical and cultural for sure, but the city also worth a visit for its picturesque location. Indeed, set between the Auvergne dormant volcanoes and the Rhone Alpes valley,the lively old city charms visitors with the great views it offers over the surrounding low mountains. And there is much more to discover about this unique place!

Section 2

Saint- Privat d'Allier
to
Saugues

Starting at Notre-Dame du Puy Cathedral, modern pilgrims feel a certain emotion when walking down the stairs that have been the starting point of thousands of pilgrims en route to Santiago for the last millennium. The day is spent through the rounded green mountains of the Velay massif, offering beautiful scenery all day long, before reaching Saint-Privat d’Allier.

Section 3

Saugues
to
Les Faux

This is a short enough walk but the consequent ascents and descents make it the most demanding stage of this first section. The rewarding side of it is that it offers wonderful views over the Velay massif and the Gévaudan plateau, and we also pass through picturesque villages and hamlets before arriving in Saugues.

Section 4

Les Faux
to
Aumont-Aubrac

Today, we leave Saugues and its Tour des Anglais to continue up to reach Le Sauvage, a farm domain perched on top of a hill and dating back to the times of the Templars. The Camino then continues to enter La Lozère département at the Saint-Roch chapel and we conclude our day in Les Faux.

Via Podiensis from le Puy en Velay to Aumont Aubrac

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Fly In

Option 1 – Lyon
Lyon airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair or Easyjet (can book return flights).

Option 2 Bordeaux
Bordeaux airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair or Easyjet (can book return flights).

Option 3 – Marseille
Marseille airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair or Easyjet (can book return flights).



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Starting Point

From Lyon: Train to Le Puy-en-Velay (Approx. 2h30).



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Getting Home

Option 1 – Lyon
Train to Clermont-Ferrand (Approx. 2hrs). Then train to Lyon (Approx. 1h45).

Option 2 – Rodez
Train to to Severac le Chateau (Approx. 1h15). Then SNCF bus to Rodez (Approx. 20min).



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  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
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  • Airport Pick-up
  • Additional Night
  • Dinners
  • Day Tours Available
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  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

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