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Walking the Le Puy Camino from Conques to Cahors

Walking the Le Puy Camino from Conques to Cahors map

The Le Puy Camino or Via Podiensis 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 Camino, 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 Camino 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 Camino. 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!

Trip Stats

144km

distance to walk

6

days of walking

difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1

Conques
(Arrival)

If there is any place that has always been linked to the Camino de Santiago on Le Puy Camino, 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 Camino, 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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How to get there

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.



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€)



Getting Home

Rodez: train (Approx. 2h15).



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from €775

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

24km

per day (average)

8 days

(7 nights/6 walking days)

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from €1015

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

18km

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10 days

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