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Walking the Geneva Way from Chavanay to Le Puy en Velay

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Stage 3
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112.0km
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8 days
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Chavanay to Le Puy en Velay Map
The final section features the mountains of Pilat, with leisurely strolls through the French countryside. This portion of Geneva Way will end in Le Puy en Velay, a beautiful and historic town, where the local cuisine and wines can be actively experienced after a full day's walk.

Highlights

The mountains of Pilat

Pilat’s hilly landscape is one of the most beautiful sceneries on the Geneva Way. The lush foothills, numerous ponds and lakes that are characteristic for this landscape will spoil you with a lovely rustic and pastoral atmosphere that looks like straight out of a storybook.

Chapelle Notre-Dame

This chapel in Montfaucon-en-Velay offers not only Romanesque capitals from the 12th century, but is also known for a special collection of art: It hosts 12 panels with illustrations by the Flemish artist Abel Grimmer, who illustrated the life of Christ in the setting of different seasons and the course of the year.

Le Puy-en-Velay

When you are entering Le Puy-en-Velay, you will be welcomed by sight of the beautiful “mountain of joy”, the Montjoie, in the north. But also the town itself, which has been an important place for pilgrims since the Medieval times, boasts an impressive view: two high basalt columns, the tower of the pilgrimage church and, nestled high on top of an extinct volcano, the Chapelle Saint-Michel-d´Aiguilhe will get you in the mood for exploring this historical town.

Chavanay to Le Puy En Velay
Geneva Way
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  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Specially chosen 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday or Pilgrim Pack
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  • Airport Pick-up
  • Additional Night
  • Dinners
  • Day Tours Available
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  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Itinerary

Day 1

CHAVANAY (Arrival)

Bienvenue! Chavanay is a small village on the foot of the Rhone vineyards. Relax here and sample some of the famous Rhone wines before you start your journey along the Geneva Way to Le Puy en Velay.


Day 2
26km

CHAVANAY
to
BOURG ARGENTAL

Today is a beautiful walk that will introduce you to the mountains of Pilat. The day will take you through the vineyards of the region before you start your gentle ascent up the mountains. In the mountains, you will pass the Croix de Sainte-Blandine before descending to the village of St Julien Molin Molette. Climbing out of this village you will cross the Col du Banchet before descending to Bourg Argental. Be sure to visit the Saint André Church.


Day 3
17km

BOURG ARGENTAL
to
LES SETOUX - CLAVAS

The walk today is shorter but gently uphill. Initially leaving Bourg Argental you will follow a disused railway. Climbing steadily past fields and through woodlands, some steeper climbs will come as you approach your stopover for the day Les Setoux, a quiet little stone house village.


Day 4
16km

LES SETOUX - CLAVAS
to
MONTFAUCON EN VELAY

A welcome reprieve from yesterday this undulating stage is much easier going. Walking over fields, on forest paths, and down quiet country roads, you will amble your way to Montfaucon-en-Velay. This quiet, picturesque village makes for a pleasant place to stop for the night. Take the opportunity to visit the Notre-Dame Church where there are 12 famous paintings by Abel Grimmer representing the life of Christ.


Day 5
18km

MONTFAUCON EN VELAY
to
SAINT JEURES

Another pleasant day of walking waits over the rolling hills of Velay. Arriving at Tence, you will cross the Le Lignon brook on an old stone bridge. Then slowly ascend to St Jeures passing the graveyard before arriving into the town. Here you can sample the famous “Red Pearls of the Monts du Velay” as well as other local gastronomic delights.


Day 6
17km

SAINT JEURES
to
SAINT JULIEN CHAPTEUIL

Today is more populated with small towns and villages. The walk to Araules is typical of the last few days but after this, you have a climb up to Raffe across fields and then the woodlands. The reward for this ascent is a panoramic view of the volcanic-shaped landscape that lies before you. Your final stop for today is St Julien Chapteuil. Here, be sure to visit the church of Saint-Julien which will provide you with an elevated view over the surrounding countryside.


Day 7
18km

SAINT JULIEN CHAPTEUIL
to
LE PUY EN VELAY

Today is your final day on the Geneva Way. Today you will arrive into the important pilgrimage town of Le Puy en Velay. With some gentle up and downs, the walk today is predominantly descending to Le Puy via a combination of country tracks by fields. Traverse woodlands and quiet country roads before coming into a more built-up area at Brives-Charensac. The rest of your route to Le Puy will be more built up. To complete your trip be sure to make your way up to the Cathedral atop a volcanic hill. Take time to wander around this historical and picturesque town and sample some of the local gastronomy.


Day 8

LE PUY EN VELAY

Au Revoir! Congratulations on having completed the Geneva Way! We hope you will return to continue on the Camino de Santiago Via Podiensis.



Chavanay to Le Puy en Velay Elevation

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