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The GR65 - Via Podiensis

Le Puy to the Pyrenees on the Camino de Santiago with author Dave Whitson

Dave Whitson
Featuring Dave Whitson


Today Hannah is joined by Cicerone author Dave Whitson to talk about his new guidebook to the Via Podiensis (Chemin du Puy) pilgrim route along the GR65 through southern France to the Pyrenees. The 750km route links Le Puy-en-Velay with Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and the start of the Camino Francés to Santiago. Dave covers both the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants. Find out about all the Via Podiensis has to offer including the best of French village life, offering a unique combination of pleasant trails, quaint historic communities and cultural delights.

If you'd like to walk the GR65 yourself then you can get Dave's guidebook, Camino de Santiago - Via Podiensis, Le Puy to the Pyrenees on the GR65 here.

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About our guest

Dave Whitson is a high school History teacher in Portland, Oregon and a graduate of the University of Washington. He made his first pilgrimage in 2002 on the Camino Francés and was inspired to return with a group of his high school students, which he did in 2004. He has led a total of seven student pilgrimage trips, including five on the Camino de Santiago (four on the Francés and one on the Norte) and two on the Via Francigena. In addition, he has made long distance treks in Norway on the Pilgrim Road to Nidaros, in England on the North Downs Way to Canterbury, and in Turkey on the Lycian Way. All told, he has walked roughly 10,000 kilometers on pilgrim roads in Europe. Dave first walked the Camino del Norte and Camino Primitivo in 2008, returned with a student group in 2009, and then re-walked it in 2011 to ensure up-to-date route information for this guidebook.

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