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Cluny Way

Cluny to Le Puy-en-Velay

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The Cluny Way (GR76), Chemin de Cluny in French, is the Camino de Santiago route starting in the historical town of Cluny, in Burgundy, and joining the Le Puy Way in Le Puy en Velay. Before you start your journey, you should take time to explore Cluny and its famous medieval abbey. From Burgundy, the Cluny Camino then crosses the Beaujolais hills winding its way through picturesque vineyards, traversing the Roannaise coast through the Forez mountains and passing the breathtaking gorges of the Loire River, finally reaching the spectacular volcanic landscapes of Velay. Your destination is the historic town of Le Puy en Velay, where you can join pilgrims on the Le Puy Camino.

Trip highlights

  • Admire the beauty of Cluny's famous Abbey
  • Walk across the colouful vineyards of Burgundy
  • Visit Romanesque chapels and majestic abbeys
  • Treat your tastebuds to authentic French delicacies

1 Cluny

Cluny Way, Caminoways, Cluny

You embark on your Camino journey from the town of Cluny. here there are a number of places you can choose to visit including: the Benedictine Abbey, la Tour des Fromages, Hotel-Dieu, the Museum of Art and Archaeology  and the Romanesque houses.

2 Cluny to Tramayes - 18km

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5h30 | +366m / -153m
The Abbey of Cluny is the starting point for walkers embarking on the Cluny Way of Camino de Santiago. This route is relatively easy until you reach the village of Ste Cecile where you will face a slight incline at the ridge between the valley of the Grosne and Vallouzin, before reaching Tramaye with its stunning viewpoint.

3 Tramayes to Ouroux - 16km

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5h | +690m / -700m
Today you will leave Tramayes and its 16th century castle to walk towards the village of Cenves. Further along the trail, you will make a stop at St Jacques des Arrets to visit the church where John Fusaro, painter of the school Lyonnaise, created a series of frescoes accounting the adventures of St James.

4 Ouroux to Propieres - 18km

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5h30 | +1024m / -821m
Today you will mostly be walking on forest paths, one of the highlights at this stage is Mont Saint-Rigaud, where the department of Rhone and Beaujolais Vert meet. Here you can catch some beautiful views of the Jura and the Alps.

5 Propieres to Le Cergne - 19km

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5h30 | +675m / -669m
From Propières you will shortly reach the pass of Echarmeaux at 712 meters. Here the landscape undulates, alternating with beautiful forest crossings. Here the “king of the forest” is the Douglas fir tree. After crossing the pass of Aillets and Escorbans of the of the Buche you will reach the small village of Cergne that was founded at the beginning of the last century.

6 Le Cergne to Charlieu - 16km

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5h | +196m / -561m
Today you have a relatively short days walking ahead of you on the way to beautiful Charlieu, At Charlieu you will have plenty of time to visit this richly historical town where you can explore the 9th century Benedictine abbey along with a number of churches, and museums.

7 Charlieu to Saint-Haon-le-Châtel - 22km

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6h | +519m / -358m
As this is a relatively long stage you can avail off a a short taxi transfer which will cut 5km off your journey. The abbey church of La-Bénisson-Dieu adorned in beautiful glazed tiles is the starting point of this stage. Along this stage you will reach the small village of Saint-Haon-le-Châtel situated on the foothills of the Madeleine. This village is a living museum of the Middle Ages.

8 Saint-Haon-le-Châtel to St-Jean St-Maurice - 21km

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5h30 | +168m / -205m
The first half of today will be dedicated to crossing the côte Roannaises, you will pass through AOC vineyeards growing on the Terres Rouges. In the afternoon, you will leave the vineyards to cross the plain of Roanne and join the Loire Valley in St-Jean St-Maurice.

9 St-Jean St-Maurice to Pommiers-en-Forez - 20km

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5h | +580m / -339m
Today you will begin walking from the Romanesque church of St-Jean St-Maurice via an undulating path which will take you to the villages of Bully and Dancé. Today you will finish up in the charming village of Pommiers and its impressive priory.

10 Pommiers-en-Forez to Montverdun - 21km

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5h10 | +443m / -339m
Today you will reach the pretty village of Pommiers where you can explorer its Benedictine priory built in the XIth and XIIth century. After passing a number of ponds you will head to Montverdun, a village adorned with monastic basalt buildings.

11 Montverdun to Montbrison - 16km

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4h30 | +91m / -73m
A relatively short days walking awaits you today, the path will take you between flat land and mountains to reach picturesque Montbrison. Here you will have plenty of time to explore the town, home to the Notre Dame College, the Convent of the Cordeliers and a selection of museums. On this way you will pass the village of Champdieu where you can see its Benedictine priory and church.

12 Montbrison to Marols - 22km

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6h30 | +734m / -292m
Here you will leave Montbrison to tackle the slopes of the Forez Mountains. From the vantage point of the Romanesque chapel of Montsupt you can marvel at the most spectacular panoramic views. Further, along the way you will reach St Jean Soleymieux, a town where once upon a time, pilgrims came to pray in the crypt of the 11th century church. This route will take you through scenic forest trails to reach the village of Marols.

13 Marols to Merle-Leignecq - 20km

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5h | +489m / -384m
A beautiful forest trail will take you to the highest point of the route between Montbrison and Le Puy en Velay, and the village of Montarcher. After this 1,165 metre ascent you will be rewarded by spectacular views of the the Velay and Vivarais. While passing through you can find the remains of the Way Bolène, an ancient route of Celtic origin which was also used in Roman times to connect Lyon and Aquitaine.

14 Merle-Leignecq to Retournac - 28km

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7h30 | +710m / -1105m
Today you will begin waking to the Andrable, a small picturesque river with a number of remaining mills. Further along this trail you will notice the landscape change as you enter the department of the Loire Haute-Loire, Valprivas, the valley of Ance and gorges of the Loire.

15 Retournac to Saint-Vincent - 25km

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7h | 1016m / -969m
The gorges of the Loire Valley trace their paths in the middle of ancient volcanoes. Today you will discover a world of nature, rich in culture and history on the way to Artias Regnier and Roche.

16 Saint-Vincent to Le Puy en Velay - 22km

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6h | +672m / -618m
Today you will walk through charming hamlets and villages, crossing the Emblavez basin, through lush grassland and cropfields. Here you will reach the Lavoûte-sur-Loire, the river that twists around the magnificent Chateau de Polignac, before reaching the “city of the Virgin.”

17 Le Puy en Velay

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You have reached your destination, Le Puy en Velay, nestled between the Auvergne volcanoes and the Rhone Alps valley, this lively old city impresses visitors with great views over the surrounding mountains.

Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Cluny - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Tramayes - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Ouroux - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Propieres - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Le Cergne - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Charlieu : Relais de l'Abbaye - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Saint-Haon-le-Châtel - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

St-Jean-St-Maurice-sur-Loire - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

St-Germain-Laval - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Montverdun - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Montbrison - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Marols - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Merle-leignec - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Retournac - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

St-Vincent - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Le Puy en Velay - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses and relaxing country homes.

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How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

 

Cluny

For all connections given below, it is necessary to take the bus (line 7) between Cluny and Mâcon-Loché (for TGV, the highspeed trains) or Mâcon ville (for regional trains). See http://www.cg71.fr/jahia/Jahia/site/internet_cg71_v2/reseau-buscephale (timetable for “ligne 7” on the right). Availability of the route at least 5 times/ day with an approx. travel time of 30min from/ to Gare TGV (Mâcon-Loché) and 35min from/ to Gare SNCF (Mâcon ville). Please check carefully what stations you need for your trip!

Lyon Airport 85km: The Rhonexpress connects the airport with the city centre and the train station (named Lyon Part Dieu)(every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). A well-served train connection between both stations (Mâcon ville and Mâcon-Loché)  and Lyon (Part Dieu) exists (travel time approx. 30min (TGV) and 45min (TER)). See http://www.voyages-sncf.com/

Paris Airports 360km: A well-served direct train route between Mâcon ville and Mâcon-Loché and Paris (Gare de Lyon and Bercy) is available (taking approx 1h40 with TGV and 4h20 with the regional train). See http://www.voyages-sncf.com . Especially according the route from/ to the airport CDG, it is recommended to take a train/ bus from/ to “Gare de Lyon”. For the way to airport Orly, it makes no difference.
From/ to CDG-Airport from/ to Paris “Gare de Lyon”: Take the bus line 4, which departs every 30min (travel time 15min).
See http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/public-transport
The way between Orly Airport and Gare de Lyon or Bercy includes two changes: Take the metro (line 14) to “Bibliothèque François Mitterrand”, then the metro (line 10) to Pont de Rungis and afterwards the shuttle bus to the airport. See http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-orly/public-transport

 

Charlieu

Lyon Airport 80km:
– The Rhonexpress connects the airport with the city centre and the train station (named Lyon Part Dieu)(every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See http://www.rhonexpress.fr/ .
– A train connection between Roanne and Lyon (Part Dieu) exists (hourly, approx. 1h20). See http://www.voyages-sncf.com/ . The way between Charlieu and Roanne can be taken by bus, 2 lines (“ligne” 208 and 214) serve the route between the towns, taking between 40-50min with regular departures from mon-fri (less on saturday and sunday). See http://www.loire.fr/jcms/lw_886668/horaires . SNCF offers additional buses (autocars) from the station “Puilly-sous-Charlieu”, close to Charlieu. See http://www.voyages-sncf.com/

 

Montbrison

Lyon Airport 80km: The Rhonexpress connects the airport with the city centre and the train station (named Lyon Part Dieu)(every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See http://www.rhonexpress.fr/ . A train connection via Saint Etienne (Chateaucreux) between Montbrison and Lyon (Part Dieu) exists (regular departures, approx. 1h40). See http://www.voyages-sncf.co.uk/

St. Etienne Airport 25km: 
The best option from/ to airport is to take the coach bus (ligne 111): There are only a few connections firectly from/ to the airport, but it is possible to get on/ off at the stop “Rond Point Colonna”, close to the airport. (almost hourly departures, excepting sunday. travel time 30-40min). See http://www.loire.fr/jcms/lw_886668/horaires and look for “ligne 111”.
It is also possible to take the well-served train route from/ to Buthéon (via Saint Etienne, [approx. 1h40]) or Saint Etienne [approx. 55min] directly. The way between the stations can be taken by taxi (30min from/ to St Etienne and 5min from/ to Buthéon). See http://www.saint-etienne.aeroport.fr/gb/practical-informations/24-Access-airport/ for further information.

 

Le Puy en Velay

Lyon Airport 145km: The “Rhonexpress” (shuttle train) connects the airport with the city centre and the train station (named Lyon Part Dieu)(every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr. A direct train connection between Le Puy-en-Velay and Lyon (Part Dieu) exists (3 times/ day, approx. 2h15). See www.voyages-sncf.com.

Le Puy-en-Velay Airport 12km: The airport is approx. 12km far from the city centre and cannot be taken by public transport. A taxi might to be book in advance. See www.taxis-graille.fr.