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Geneva Way – Chavanay to Le Puy en Velay 3/3

Walking Section 3 of 3

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Section 3 is the last stage of the Geneva Way, the Via Gebennensis, following in the footsteps of Helvetic and German pilgrims. The paths across the Pilat Regional Natural Park and the highlands of Velay are a real treat for walkers and cyclists. Your destination is spectacular Le Puy en Velay with its breathtaking UNESCO-listed cathedral perched on a volcanic peak: Notre Dame du Puy. The bishop of Le Puy was the first non-Spanish pilgrim to take the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the year 950. At Le Puy en Velay, pilgrims coming from the Geneva Camino can join the Le Puy Way or Via Podiensis and continue on their way to Santiago.

Trip highlights

  • Discover the wild beauty of the Pilat Natural Park mountains
  • Taste local delicacies along the way
  • Climb 268 steps up to the St Michel d'Aighuilhe chapel in Le Puy
  • Immerse yourself in the volcanic beauty of Le Puy en Velay

1 Chavanay

Chavanay is a small town with plenty of charm. Take some time to explore its pretty medieval streets and taste some of the local delicacies.

2 Chavanay to Bourg-Argental - 26km

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7h 30| +761m / -390m
Today you will leave the Rhone Valley and start your Camino journey with a bit of a climb. Enjoy beautiful views of the meandering river near the Calvary Chapel. The Camino de Santiago then leads to the Bessey apple orchards, St Appolinard and St Julien Molin, before descending to Bourg-Argental.

3 Bourg-Argental to Les Sétoux - 17km

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4h30 | +792m / -162m
Make sure you visit the 12th century St Andrew Church and its portal, a protected monument. After leaving the village following the D503 road, you will continue your Camino walk across the hills of St Sauveur en Rue before ascending to Col Tracol (1062 m). You will be staying the night in the hilltop hamlet of Sétoux.

4 Les Sétoux to Montfaucon - 17km

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3h00 | +246m / -497m
Today, the Camino trail takes you through various tiny hamlets such as Lhermet and Coirolles before reaching the Viallou forest. You will also walk to the beautiful hamlet of Chomats and finally reach Montfaucon en Velay, where you will be staying the night.

5 Montfaucon to St Jeures - 20km

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4h15 | +411m / -285m
Today you will leave Montfaucon by ‘Du Pont Stadium’. No main villages on this stage, across the granite plateau of Montfaucon, but the route passes by many farms. You will cross Tence and finally head to the small town St Jeures, where you will stay for the night.

6 St Jeures to St-Julien-Chapteuil - 21km

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5h30 | +357m / -606m
Today, the Camino takes you to Raffy, at 1276m, one of the highlights of the week. This section of the Camino rewards walkers with beautiful views of the volcanic peaks of the Meygal region. After the village of Monedeyres and its non consecrated church built by the locals, two routes can be taken to St Julien: the GR65 or the way of St James which is 3km shorter and offers yet more ‘wilderness’.

7 St-Julien-Chapteuil to Le Puy en Velay - 19km

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4h30 | +276m / -433m
Before continuing your Camino journey, visit the beautiful church of St Julien. The Geneva Way will take you today to St Germain Laprade and Brives Charensac before reaching the impressive city of Le Puy en Velay. Explore Le Puy’s historic centre and breath taking cathedral, a listed UNESCO World Heritage site.

8 Le Puy en Velay

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Nestled between the Auvergne volcanoes and the Rhone Alps valley, Le Puy’s lively old city impresses visitors with great views over the surrounding mountains. Make sure you explore the city before you leave! From Le Puy en Velay, pilgrims can continue their journey to Santiago along the Le Puy Way, one of the classic Camino routes in France.

St Clair-du-Rhône Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Le Puy en Velay Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Chavanay:
Best Option: Lyon airport (45km)
EasyJet flies directly to Lyon from London (Stansted & Gatwick) and Edinburgh. Aer Lingus has a direct flight between Dublin and Lyon. Other airlines also fly directly to Lyon from European capitals, including London Heathrow (British Airways), Madrid (EasyJet), Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly, with Air France), Frankfurt am Main (Lufthansa) and Porto (EasyJet). See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Geneva airport (170km)
Geneva international airport has direct flights from/to many European cities. EasyJet and Jet2 fly from UK, e.g. London (Luton and Gatwick), Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Belfast (seasonal) and Bristol; while Aer Lingus flies from/to Dublin. See www.skyscanner.com.
How to get back from Le Puy en Velay:
Best Option: Lyon airport (145km)
EasyJet flies directly from Lyon to London (Stansted & Gatwick) and Edinburgh. Aer Lingus has a direct flight between Dublin and Lyon. Other airlines also fly directly from/to Lyon, including London Heathrow (British Airways), Madrid (EasyJet), Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly, with Air France), Frankfurt am Main (Lufthansa) and Porto (EasyJet). See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Le Puy-en-Velay airport (12km)
Le Puy has a very small airport. Hex’Air has two daily flights from/ to Paris (Orly) www.hexair.com (only from Mon-Fri).

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Chavanay:
From: Lyon airport (45km)
The Rhonexpress (shuttle train) connects the airport with Lyon city centre and the train station (Lyon Part Dieu) (every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr.
There is a direct train between Lyon (Part Dieu) and St Clair-du-Rhône (every 2 hours/ day, approx. 30min. See www.voyages-sncf.co.uk. There are more train connections from Lyon (e.g. from the smaller Jean Mace station). St Clair is across the river from Chavanay (8kms approx.). The best option is to take a taxi.
From: Geneva airport (170km)
Geneva airport is very close to the city centre. You can take a bus or train to Cornavin station. See www.gva.ch.
From Geneva you can take a train to St Clair-du-Rhône via Lyon (Station ‘Part Dieu’ or ‘Perrache’) (every 2 hours/ day, approx. 3h-3h30). See www.voyages-sncf.co.uk.
Once you reach St-Clair-du-Rhône, Chavanay it’s only 8km away. The easiest way to get there is to take a taxi.
How to get back from Le Puy en Velay:
To: Lyon airport (145km)
There is a direct train from Le Puy-en-Velay to Lyon (Part Dieu) (3 times/ day, approx. 2h15). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
From the city centre (Part Dieu station) you can take the Rhonexpress to the airport (every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr.
To: Le Puy-en-Velay airport (12km)
Le Puy airport is approx. 12km from the city centre but there is no public transport. We recommend you book a taxi in advance. See www.taxis-graille.fr.

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