France - Walk on the Puy Route from Le Puy en Velay to Conques.

France - Walk on the Puy Route from Le Puy en Velay to Conques.

Self-guided walk on the Puy Route - From Le Puy to Conques

The via Podiensis, also called the Puy Route, is the most famous route of the Way of saint James in France. It starts in Le Puy-en-Velay which has given its name to the route and ends in Saint Jean Pied de Port.

This section of the Way crosses the gentle rolling landscape of the Velay Mounts, the pastures of the Margeride Plateau, here is the region of Auvergne, the heart of France, a place with a rich History.

Then the  GR65 crosses the Aubrac Plateau, a rural and authentic area with wonderful scenery and charming villages to finally reach Conques, this marvellous medieval gem unchanged for centuries.

Day 1

Arrive in Le Puy-en-Velay.
Le Puy is a lively cultural medieval city surrounded by low mountains. Its old charming centre with numerous museums, the famous Cathedral, the 10th century cloister. If you arrive early you will enjoy these marvellous visits.

Day 2

Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint Privat. 24 km- 6 hours walk +646 m/-452 m.
Notre Dame du Puy Cathedral is the departure point for you just as thousands of pilgrims before. Today's walk ends in St Privat crossing the green mountain of the Velay massif with stunning sceneries all day long

Day 3

St Privat d’Allier - Saugues –19 km - 5 hours walk-+715m/-665 m.
Just after leaving St Privat, you reach the hamlet of Rochegude famous for its St James Chapel. The trail dives into the canyon of the Allier River which is the natural frontier between the Velay and the Gevaudan plateau. The ascent on the Saugues plateau is the most challenging of the week. (+500m).

Day 4

Saugues-Les Faux – 26 km- 6 ½ hour walk.
From the famous Tour des Anglais of Saugues, the Way of Saint James reaches the solitary highlands of the Margeride plateau where heather, broom, bilberry, pasture land as well as giant bracken compose a marvellous wild scenery. A remarkable site today is the St Roch Chapel or l’Hospitalet Chapel built at 1280 metres on an isolated pass next to a hospital that was created for pilgrims. Depending on the season wild raspberries & strawberries line the path.

Day 5

Les Faux-St Alban-  Aumont-Aubrac - 21 km, 5h15 +435 m / - 511 m
From les Faux head towards Saint-Alban sur Limagnole with its Roman Church, a steep climb up to Grazières Mages before starting your descent to Les Estrets through quiet woods and farmlands. Arrive at Aumont-Aubrac, gateway to the mythic Aubrac plateaux.

Day 6

Aumont-Aubrac- Nasbinals – 26 km- 6 to 7 hour walk.
From Aumont Aubrac called the “stone land” and a traditional resting place for pilgrims before the high mythic plateau of Aubrac, the Way of Saint James crosses through groves of pines before reaching endless pasture lands dotted with traditional stone huts called burons. Welcome to the land of the Laguiole knife, a must to cut the local cheese also called Laguiole!

Day 7

Nasbinals-St Chely d’Aubrac- 17 km- 4 to 5 hour walk.
The scene takes place in the heart of the Aubrac Plateau where ancestral transhumance is still alive (generally late May). For those who love gastronomy why not taste a local dish such as aligot, mountainous cooked pork meat, or excellent cepe omelets...

Day 8

St Chely d’Aubrac-Espalion-22km- 5 to 6 hour walk
We leave the “Boraldes” countryside, the name given to the river that descends off of the plateau, and reach the Lot Valley and one of the most beautiful villages in France called St Come d’Olt. There remains the traces of several bridges thrown over the Lot River for pilgrims.

Day 9

Espalion-Estaing -11 km- 3 to 4 hour walk
The Way of Saint James follows the banks of the Lot and reaches the charming medieval village of Estaing with its impressive castle.

Day 10

Estaing-Espeyrac – 25 km, 6 to 7 hour walk
Today's walk goes through woods and countryside leaving the Lot Valley once in the village of Golinhac and its incredible Roman church that once depended upon the Conques Abbaye.

Day 11

Espeyrac-Conques- 13 km, 3 to 4 hour walk
Conques is a often a favourite for pilgrims on the via Podensis and is considered a jewel with the three towers of the Sainte Foy Basilica standing out of the town's pointed roofs. Its portal is an unforgettable Roman treasure. Night in Conques.

Day 12

Trip ends after breakfast

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Self guided WALKING
Duration :
12 Days
From :
1250 €

Included : (see details in Dates and prices section) :

2* and 3* star hotels and Guest Houses,

Half Board.(breakfasts + dinners)

Luggage transfer,

An English road book and a map.

English speaking phone  Assistance 


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Starts in :Le Puy-en-Velay

Ends in : Conques.

Easy travel back to Le Puy-en-Velay with a shuttle



Access : Le-Puy-en-Velay train station.

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Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cécile : +33 5 58 48 71 65


Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more, combine with another section of the Way of St James !

This section of the Puy Route also exists in a soft-walking version in 17 days.


See also :

All the Way of Saint James walks

Walking from Le Puy to Aumont

Walking from Conques to Cahors

Walking from Conques to Cahors via the Cele Valley





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Curiosities of Le-Puy-en-Velay

The wild beauty of  Plateau d'Aubrac.

Conques and its famous Roman Abbey.

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