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ROUTE ST JACQUES

A continuous walk from Le Puy to Conques with transported baggage.

Stop for a moment to consider that buron stone hut on the Aubrac plateau, or the ancient bridge over the Allier River. How many feet have passed this way through the centuries on their way to Santiago de Compostela? This is ‘la France profonde’, deepest France. You follow in the pilgrims’ footsteps between Le Puy and Conques, through summer pastures, forests of oak, beech and chestnut, between villages with bread ovens and small shops selling Cantal cheese and peppery green lentils. On the way you hear tales of the Beast of Gevaudan, brigands, the hostelries feeding the pilgrim masses and Our Lady of Lestours who watched over them.

Moving on most days, we stay in small simple hotels. Our bags are transported separately leaving us to carry only our day packs. Daily distances average from 10 to 12 miles. Please see our Holiday Information Sheet for exact details.

start in the distinctive volcanic town of Le Puy with a day to explore and walk to the chateau at Polignac. Setting out on our pilgrimage we head south west passing through the Allier and Lot valleys. We also cross the Aubrac plateau, vaguely reminiscent of Dartmoor. On arriving in the village of Estaing, on the banks of the River Lot, it is easy to see why it is considered one of the most picturesque in France. Conques makes a fitting finale to our walk. Beautifully situated above the river Dourdou it rivals Estaing in beauty and in character.

Having been trodden for over a 1000 years the paths we take are generally good underfoot. The terrain is largely undulating but varies considerably over the walk. Each day brings something new to enjoy. Be it the scenery, the history or the company of our fellow pilgrims. Every village has some historic jewel, that can be found in the remotest of places. On all levels this is a marvellous walk.




WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding.




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    Route St Jacques (Grade 5)
    Date
    03 May 2018
    Nights
    13

    Depart From
    London (Heathrow)
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    Available
    Price From
    £1,435
    Route St Jacques (Grade 5)
    Date
    24 May 2018
    Nights
    13
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    Depart From
    London (Heathrow)
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    Available
    Price From
    £1,435
    Route St Jacques (Grade 5)
    Date
    06 Sep 2018
    Nights
    13

    Depart From
    London (Heathrow)
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    £1,435
    Route St Jacques (Grade 5)
    Date
    27 Sep 2018
    Nights
    13
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    London (Heathrow)
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    Available
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    £1,435
  • Accommodation

    Double, twin-bedded and single rooms with hot and cold water (with en suite shower/wc possibly on six or seven nights).

    Sole Occupancy Supplement £250

    La Vieille Auberge

    We stay in country hotels, pensions and gîtes, which are simple but adequate and are typical for the area. Accommodation will be confirmed in a list which will be provided with your travel documents.

    A good example is La Vieille Auberge (pictured) in St. Privat, which is conveniently situated for our walking on the route, being very close to the path. This former coaching inn gives a warm welcome and has a bar and restaurant, serving local cuisine and specialities that use the high quality local produce such as cheese and veal. Bedrooms are basic but adequate; most have been renovated to include en-suite facilities, TV, phone, and free Wi-Fi. 

    For all accommodation continental breakfasts and dinners are included. Lunches are not included and are normally an en route picnic, or sometimes an opportunity to eat in a local restaurant.

    Accommodation is in twin bedded, double bedded and single rooms with hot water in simple country hotels or pensions. We hope that all clients will enjoy rooms with shower and WC for at least 6 or 7 nights. 

     

  • What's Included
    • Return flights from Heathrow to Lyon returning Toulouse to Heathrow (British Airways)
    • Airport transfers
    • Baggage transfers between hotels
    • Half board en suite accommodation
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Ancient reminders of the pilgrims that came before us, a chapel or a shrine by the road side.
    • Medieval Conques, a fitting finale to a great walk, a chance to see rural France at its best.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Return flights from Heathrow to Lyon returning Toulouse to Heathrow (British Airways)
    • Airport transfers by road c. 2 hours

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  • Private Group Enquiry

    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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