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Walking the Le Puy Camino from Cahors to Lectoure

Walking the Le Puy Camino from Cahors to Lectoure 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.

On this 4th section of Le Puy Camino, 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!

Trip Stats

129km

distance to walk

5

days of walking

difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1

Cahors
(Arrival)

Surrounded by a theatre of natural steep cliffs, Cahors is located on the shores of the Lot river. We recommend wandering around the old city as, at every corner, history hits visitors: the Valentré Bridge, Saint-Etienne Cathedral, medieval houses, carved doors of the seventeenth century, neo-classical buildings … This small-size city is one of the prettiest in the whole Le Puy Camino!

Day 2
32km

Cahors
to
Montcuq

We first climb up stone steps to Pech d’Angely from where we take a last look at Cahors down in the Valley before continuing through the Causses, a limestone plateau. We will then pass through Labastide-Marnhac and Lhospitalet before reaching the charming village of Lascabanes and its flower-decorated houses. Then, we continue the walk to Montcuq.

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

Day 3
14km

Montcuq
to
Lauzerte

The route we follow today goes up and down all the way to Lauzerte. We start seeing less woodland and more undulated farmland and cultivated fields, until the beautiful village of Lauzerte, with an ancient raised dovecote and Saint-Sernin church.

Day 4
25km

Lauzerte
to
Moissac

One of the easiest days, as there is no particular difficulty regarding the terrain itself. We walk through the quiet countryside, between crop fields, woodland and vines. We finish this stage in Moissac, home to UNESCO World Heritage Saint-Pierre abbey.

Day 5
21km

Moissac
to
Auvillar

The Camino follows the water all day long as we first start walking on towpaths along the Tarn river until the Lock of Espagnolette. We then continue towards the villages of Boudou and Malause, before being back on ancient towpaths, this time along the Canal of Golfech. The last effort of the day, to climb up the street when we enter Auvillar, is rewarded by the picturesque cobblestone plaza, with its ancient circular open hall and arcades.

Day 6
33km

Auvillar
to
Lectoure

Today we leave Le Lot region to enter Le Gers and its rich agricultural lands. The walk also passes through charming villages such as Flamarens or Miradoux before ending in Lectoure, an old fortified town with an impressive cathedral.

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

Day 7

Lectoure

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Cahors
to
Montcuq

Surrounded by a theatre of natural steep cliffs, Cahors is located on the shores of the Lot river. We recommend wandering around the old city as, at every corner, history hits visitors: the Valentré Bridge, Saint-Etienne Cathedral, medieval houses, carved doors of the seventeenth century, neo-classical buildings … This small-size city is one of the prettiest in the whole Le Puy Camino!

Section 2

Montcuq
to
Lauzerte

We first climb up stone steps to Pech d’Angely from where we take a last look at Cahors down in the Valley before continuing through the Causses, a limestone plateau. We will then pass through Labastide-Marnhac and Lhospitalet before reaching the charming village of Lascabanes and its flower-decorated houses. Then, we continue the walk to Montcuq.

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

Section 3

Lauzerte
to
Moissac

The route we follow today goes up and down all the way to Lauzerte. We start seeing less woodland and more undulated farmland and cultivated fields, until the beautiful village of Lauzerte, with an ancient raised dovecote and Saint-Sernin church.

Section 4

Moissac
to
Auvillar

One of the easiest days, as there is no particular difficulty regarding the terrain itself. We walk through the quiet countryside, between crop fields, woodland and vines. We finish this stage in Moissac, home to UNESCO World Heritage Saint-Pierre abbey.

Section 5

Auvillar
to
Lectoure

The Camino follows the water all day long as we first start walking on towpaths along the Tarn river until the Lock of Espagnolette. We then continue towards the villages of Boudou and Malause, before being back on ancient towpaths, this time along the Canal of Golfech. The last effort of the day, to climb up the street when we enter Auvillar, is rewarded by the picturesque cobblestone plaza, with its ancient circular open hall and arcades.

Map

Via Podiensis from Cahors to Lectoure

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: train (Approx. 1h30).
2 – Rodez: train (Approx. 2h15).



Getting Home

Toulouse
Bus to Agen (Approx. 45min). Then train to Toulouse (Approx 1hr).



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from €669

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

26km

per day (average)

7 days

(6 nights/5 walking days)

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from €789

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

18.5km

per day (average)

9 days

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