Walking the Via Podiensis from Conques to Cahors
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 Le Puy Route, modern walkers enjoy various 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.
Le Puy Route 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.
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. And as most walks are of short enough length, anybody with an average level of fitness can enjoy them!