The Way of St James - Le Puy to the Pyrenees
GR65: The Chemin de Saint Jacques
By Alison Raju
Guidebook to the Way of St James pilgrim route, describing the 730km French section of the Camino de Santiago route from Le Puy-en-Valey in central France to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees, including pilgrimage history, points of interest, links to other routes and accommodation. Suitable for all abilities but basic fitness is required.
Seasonsnot recommended in winter but can be safely undertaken, adequately prepared, any time between late March and mid-late October
Centresfrom Le Puy-en-Velay passes through Conques, Figeac, Cahors, Moissac, Aire-sur-l'Adour to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Difficultyfar from flat but requires no specialist equipment and can be undertaken, with appropriate preparation, by anyone of average health and fitness
Must Seestarts in the volcanic Velay region of France, passes through the Margeride, over the Aubrac plateau, the causse before Cahors and the flat Landes region before reaching the foothills of the Pyrenees and the Basque country; interesting churches, cathedrals, historic monunments and vernacular architecture along the way
Alison Raju was a teacher of French, German and Spanish to adults and the author of three guides published by Cicerone Press: 'Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago): Pyrenees - Santiago - Finisterre', 'Vía de la Plata (Seville to Santiago)' and 'The Pilgrim Road to Nidaros (Way of St. Olav): Oslo - Trondheim'.View author profile
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