Walking the Via Podiensis from Cahors to Lectoure
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.
On this 4th section of Le Puy Route, the Camino goes from beautiful Cahors to charming Lectoure and crosses both the Lot and Garonne Valleys. The green rounded hills of the area, added to a rich historical heritage, make this leg of the Camino a beautiful walking holiday for anybody seeking both natural and cultural sites. And with numerous medieval buildings at almost every stopover, the region has plenty to offer to modern pilgrims! As most walks are under 23 kilometres per day, and with a gently undulated terrain, anybody with an average level of fitness can walk these 123 kilometres!