Chavanay to Le Puy en Velay

Stage 3 of 3

112.5km

8 days

Comfort

Popular time

july

Starting from

€1190

Overall

Distance:

15.8 min | 18.7km average | 26 max

Ascent:

304 min |626m average | 1050 max

Cardio:

2   2.5   3

Follow the Camino Preview Map Trip 641

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.

The mountains of Pilat

The mountains of Pilat

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

Chapelle Notre-Dame

Chapelle Notre-Dame

This 12th Century chapel in Montfaucon-en-Velay is known for a special collection of art. The Chapelle Notre-Dame: hosts 12 panels with illustrations by the Flemish artist Abel Grimmer, who illustrated the life of Christ in the setting of different seasons and over the course of the year.

Le Puy-en-Velay

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 mediaeval 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

Starting from € 1190

CHAVANAY

LE PUY EN VELAY

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Itinerary

Day

1

km

CHAVANAY

Bienvenue! Chavanay is a small village at the foot of the lush Rhone vineyard country. Relax here and sample some of the famous Rhone wines before you start your journey along the Geneva Way, or Via Gebennensis, to Le Puy en Velay.

Day

2

26 km

CHAVANAY BOURG ARGENTAL

Today is a beautiful walk that will introduce you to the mountain ranges of Pilat. The day will take you through the vineyards of the region before you start your gentle ascent up 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 here.

Day

3

16.7 km

BOURG ARGENTAL LES SETOUX - CLAVAS

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

Day

4

15.8 km

LES SETOUX - CLAVAS MONTFAUCON EN VELAY

A welcome reprieve from the path ascended yesterday, this undulating stage is much easier. 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

18.1 km

MONTFAUCON EN VELAY SAINT JEURES

Another pleasant day of walking waits along 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’ (red berries) as well as other local gastronomic delights.

Day

6

17.2 km

SAINT JEURES SAINT JULIEN CHAPTEUIL

Today’s route is more populated with small towns and villages than other sections of the Geneva Way. The walk to Araules is typical of the last few days, but after this you have a climb up to Raffe across fields and woodlands. The reward for this ascent is a panoramic view of the volcanic-shaped landscape 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

18.6 km

SAINT JULIEN CHAPTEUIL LE PUY EN VELAY

Today is your final day on the Geneva Way. With some gentle ups and downs, the walk today is predominantly descends into Le Puy en Velay via country tracks. 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 the local gastronomy.

Day

8

km

LE PUY EN VELAY

Au Revoir! Congratulations on having completed the Geneva Way! Le Puy en Velay has always been an important sanctuary city as it is home to the mysterious Black Virgin, which has drawn pilgrims from all over Europe since the Middle Ages. But the appeal of Le Puy en Velay goes beyond historical and cultural – the city is also worth a visit for its picturesque location.

How to Get There

Getting to Chavanay, France

To begin your Camino, it is best to fly into the airport in Lyon.

Fly into Lyon

Lyon Airport is served by all the major airlines across Europe, including Iberia/BA and Aer Lingus out of Dublin. From the airport, take the train to the town of Valence. Change trains and head for St Clair Les Roches. Then, disembark and head for the bus station on Gare St Clair- Les Roches. From there, you can get a bus to Chavanay. This journey will take about 4 hours.

    Getting home from Le Puy En Velay, France

    It is easiest to return from Le Puy En Velay via Lyon Airport or one of the airports in Paris.

    Fly home from Lyon

    In Le Puy En Velay, you can get a bus to Perrache Bus Station in central Lyon. This will take around 2 hours and 15 minutes. From there, it’s simple to get another bus to the airport (or we can arrange a private transfer).

      Fly home from Paris

      From the train station in Le Puy En Velay, head for St-Étienne Châteaucreux. Then, change for the line to Paris Gare de Lyon. This takes 4 hours and 30 minutes. From there, it’s simple to get to Charles de Gaulle, Orly, or Beauvais airports (or we can arrange a private transfer).

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