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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 the 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. 

From Le Puy to Conques we follow the long-distance footpath ‘Sentier de St Jacques’, firstly through the dramatic gorges of the Allier river in Haute-Loire and then through the region of Lozère, across a large plateau and by numerous picturesque villages.  In the Aubrac region near Nasbinals the cattle graze the vast pastures, which in the early season are a mass of wild flowers.

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 10 to 12 miles.

This is a fantastic tour that has been enjoyed for many years and will be loved still for years to come especially for those wanting to sample this iconic walk.


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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    07 Sep 2017
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  • Itinerary
    07 Sep 2017 - 20 Sep 2017

    Day 1 - Le Puy
    We fly to Lyon and transfer by road to Le Puy for two nights.

    Day 2 - Le Puy
    Full day in Le Puy with a programme of walking and sightseeing.

    Day 3 - St Privat d’Allier
    Leaving Le Puy we walk out across open country to St Privat d’Allier. The distance is about 15 miles (24 km) with 700m (2300ft) of ascent.

    Day 4 - Saugues
    We descend into the Allier valley and out then continue on the level to Saugues. The distance is about 11.5 miles (18.5 km) with 750m (2450ft) of ascent.

    Day 5 - Les Faux
    Continuing across rural agricultural land we walk to Les Faux. The distance is approximately 17.5 miles (28 km) with 560m (1800ft) of ascent.

    Day 6 - Aumont-Aubrac
    The route continues across varying scenery to Aumont-Aubrac. The distance is about 14 miles (22 km) with 480m (1600ft) of ascent.

    Day 7 - Nasbinals
    This is the second longest day’s walking as we continue to Nasbinals, but it is over generally easy terrain. The distance is about 17 miles (27 km) with 560m (1800ft) of ascent.

    Day 8 - Nasbinals
    Local walk from Nasbinals or rest day if you prefer.

    Day 9 - St Chely d’Aubrac
    We descend to St Chély d’Aubrac. The distance is about 10.5 miles (17km) with 250m (820ft) of ascent and 620m (2000ft) of descent.

    Day 10 - Espalion
    We continue to Espalion. The distance is about 14 miles (22 km) with 300m (1000ft) of ascent and 700m (2300ft) of descent.

    Day 11 - Estaing
    An easy day walking to Estaing. The distance is about 8 miles (12.8 km) with 200m (650ft) of ascent.

    Day 12 - Espeyrac
    We continue to Espeyrac. The distance is about 15 miles (24 km) with 750m (2500ft) of ascent.

    Day 13 - Conques
    Finally we have an easy morning walk to Conques and have the afternoon to look around. The distance is about 8 miles (12.8 km) with 300m (1000ft) of ascent.

    Day 14 - -
    Transfer by road to Toulouse for the return flight to London.

  • Accommodation
    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 and airport transfers.
    • Half board meals.
    • Luggage transfers between the hotels.
    • 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
    • Arrival transfer by road (c2hrs).
    • Flights Heathrow–Lyon / Toulouse– Heathrow (c1hr 45mins), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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