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Walking the Via Podiensis from Aumont Aubrac to Conques

Walking the Via Podiensis from Aumont Aubrac to Conques map

The Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route was taken for the first time in 950 AD when the archbishop of Le Puy-en-Velay walked to the tomb of Saint James, opening the first non-Spanish route to Santiago. Along Via Podiensis, modern walkers enjoy varied, incredible landscapes and a rich medieval architectural heritage, as the Camino runs through some of the most typical rural French areas, and crosses towns and cities full of history.

Via Podiensis begins in Le Puy-en-Velay, a city set in a volcanic landscape, 130 kilometres South West of Lyon, in France. It continues through south-western France to the foothills of the Pyrenees, where this Camino joins up with the French Way.
On our 2nd section of Via Podiensis, the Camino runs between Aumont-Aubrac and Conques. The area the Camino crosses is almost legendary on Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route as it goes through the austere high Aubrac plateau, an isolated landscape, home to green and dormant volcanoes. The second half of the walking holiday enters the livelier Lot valley. The many ups and downs during the walk make it demanding but we have split the days in short enough stages so it is feasible for anybody with a reasonable level of fitness. It is also a high rewarding section, with stunning views and beautiful villages!

Trip Stats

113km

distance to walk

days of walking

difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1

Aumont-Aubrac
(Arrival)

Aumont-Aubrac is a typical village of the area.  You will see the transition between the rounded hills of Allier département and gateway to the high plateau of mythic Aubrac, and its endless austere and inspiring volcanic lands, part of the Massif Central. The town has always been strongly linked to the Camino, as back in the medieval times this is where pilgrims coming from the East on Via Podiensis rested before facing the upcoming stark and isolated lands of Aubrac.

Day 2
27km

Aumont-Aubrac
to
Nasbinals

As we leave Aumont-Aubrac, we start our way towards the inspiring Aubrac high plateau, walking on walled tracks, with endless flat grassland surrounding us. Typical Aubrac cows grazing there bring life between sleepy villages and farmhouses. The walk ends up in Nasbinals, a charming village with a Romanesque church.

Day 3
17km

Nasbinals
to
Saint-Chély d'Aubrac

Today, the Camino reaches one of its highest points as we climb up to 1370metres before walking down to the historic hamlet of Aubrac, a legendary stage on Via Podiensis. The whole walk between Nasbinals to Saint-Chély d’Aubrac is listed at the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

 

Day 4
22km

Saint-Chély d'Aubrac
to
Espalion

Soon after crossing over Saint-Chély Bridge, we leave the typical scenery of the Aubrac to enter chestnut and beech woods. After this, we notice a more populated area and we reach medieval Saint-Come-d’Olt, one of the “prettiest villages of France”. It is then a nice stroll, climbing up a bit before getting down to the charming village of Espalion, on the banks of the Lot River.

Day 5
27km

Espalion
to
Golinhac

Along the walk, the area is home to well preserved treasures from the past, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site list. First, we head to the beautiful Romanesque church of Béssuéjouls and its upper chapel hidden in the 11th century steeple. Then, we reach Estaing, a medieval village topped by its impressive castle. We then continue along the Lot River, before climbing up to Montégut. The Camino then runs through woods and countryside before reaching yet another pretty village, Golinhac.

An option to split into two  days, with a stop over in Estaing.

Day 6
21km

Golinhac
to
Conques

Countryside and peaceful woodland will be our backdrop all day long during this easy walk. We have some time to wander around the charming village of Espeyrac on the bank of the river and to admire the old castle in Sénergues. Finally, we arrive in Conques, one of the nicest towns on the whole Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route!

Day 7

Conques

After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Aumont-Aubrac
to
Nasbinals

Aumont-Aubrac is a typical village of the area.  You will see the transition between the rounded hills of Allier département and gateway to the high plateau of mythic Aubrac, and its endless austere and inspiring volcanic lands, part of the Massif Central. The town has always been strongly linked to the Camino, as back in the medieval times this is where pilgrims coming from the East on Via Podiensis rested before facing the upcoming stark and isolated lands of Aubrac.

Section 2

Nasbinals
to
Saint-Chély d'Aubrac

As we leave Aumont-Aubrac, we start our way towards the inspiring Aubrac high plateau, walking on walled tracks, with endless flat grassland surrounding us. Typical Aubrac cows grazing there bring life between sleepy villages and farmhouses. The walk ends up in Nasbinals, a charming village with a Romanesque church.

Section 3

Saint-Chély d'Aubrac
to
Espalion

Today, the Camino reaches one of its highest points as we climb up to 1370metres before walking down to the historic hamlet of Aubrac, a legendary stage on Via Podiensis. The whole walk between Nasbinals to Saint-Chély d’Aubrac is listed at the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

 

Section 4

Espalion
to
Golinhac

Soon after crossing over Saint-Chély Bridge, we leave the typical scenery of the Aubrac to enter chestnut and beech woods. After this, we notice a more populated area and we reach medieval Saint-Come-d’Olt, one of the “prettiest villages of France”. It is then a nice stroll, climbing up a bit before getting down to the charming village of Espalion, on the banks of the Lot River.

Section 5

Golinhac
to
Conques

Along the walk, the area is home to well preserved treasures from the past, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site list. First, we head to the beautiful Romanesque church of Béssuéjouls and its upper chapel hidden in the 11th century steeple. Then, we reach Estaing, a medieval village topped by its impressive castle. We then continue along the Lot River, before climbing up to Montégut. The Camino then runs through woods and countryside before reaching yet another pretty village, Golinhac.

An option to split into two  days, with a stop over in Estaing.

Map

Via Podiensis from Aumont Aubrac to Conques

How to get there

Fly In

Option 1 – Lyon
Lyon airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair or Easyjet (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

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

Option 4 – Marseille
Marseille airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair or Easyjet (can book return flights).



Starting Point

1 – Rodez. SNCF bus to Severac le Chateau (Approx. 20min). Then train to Aumont-Aubrac (Approx. 1hr15).

2 – Lyon. Train to Clermont Ferrand (Approx 2h30). Then train to Aumont-Aubrac (Approx. 1h45).



Getting Home

Rodez
Bus from Conques on mornings, Monday to Friday (Approx. 7€). Or taxi to Rodez Airport (Approx. €50)



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from €670

For active walkers of a reasonable fitness level who want a more challenging walk

23km

per day (average)

7 days

(6 nights/5 walking days)

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from €790

For pilgrims who would rather not rush, and instead go at their own pace and take in the French scenery

19km

per day (average)

8 days

(7 nights/6 walking days)

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