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Le Puy Way – Conques to Cahors 3/6

Walking Section 3 of 6

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The third section of the Le Puy Way, the Via Podiensis, takes pilgrims from the magical village of Conques to medieval Cahors; with the Lot River wrapped around the city’s historic centre. Conques and Cahors are probably two of the most beautiful towns of the whole Le Puy Camino route.

This is a wonderful stretch of the Le Puy Way, taking walkers along forest tracks, lush farmland and rolling hills where you will enjoy magnificent views. Also on this section, pilgrims will cross the Causses du Quercy natural park and pass the 3,500 year old dolmen of Pech Loglaire; as well as the oldest stone cross in the whole Le Puy Camino route.

The Camino in France is marked as a GR Route with red and white stripes; as well as the traditional scallop shell and yellow markings.

Trip highlights

  • Retrace the steps of Medieval pilgrims in Conques
  • Feel the peace of Les Causses Natural Park
  • Spot the traditional 'caselle' sheep shelters
  • Raise a glass of Cahors' famous 'black' wine

1 Conques

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Today you will arrive in Conques, the starting point of your Camino journey. Conques has preserved its medieval architecture nearly intact and is one of the most stunning towns of the whole Le Puy Way. The town has been a destination for pilgrims for many centuries, as the Romanesque Abbey has the relics of Sainte Foy. Take at least half a day to wander its quaint cobbled streets, visit the cathedral and admire the magnificent scenery.

2 Conques to Decazeville - 20km

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5h | +787m / -898m
Today you leave the charming village of Conques walking down to the Dourdou River and crossing its medieval bridge. From here you will climb gradually to the chapel of Sainte Foy. The water from the small spring beside the chapel is said to cure tired eyes. You will get fantastic views of the village as you leave it behind. The Le Puy Way then takes pilgrims through forests and lush green fields to the town of Decazeville, where you will be stopping for the night. On your way, it is worth stopping in the village of Noailhac and the chapel of Saint Roch; where you will get great views of the surrounding landscape; a peaceful spot for a picnic break.

3 Decazeville to Figeac - 28km

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6h30 | +717m / -726m
Today, you will notice the change in the landscape as you move from the Aveyron region into Le Lot. You will be climbing steadily for the first part of the day and will reach a great viewing point looking back at Decazeville. Your stop for the night is the pretty town of Figeac.

4 Figeac to Cajarc - 31km

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7h30 | +650m / -702m
From Figeac, the Via Podiensis Camino route climbs up to a high plateau so there are many ups and downs today; but the climbing is rewarded with fantastic views. The landscape is quite wild and you will also pass ancient dolmens, stone shelters unique to the region and stone crosses, including the oldest on the whole route. Your stop for the night is the peaceful town of Cajarc on the banks of the Lot River. Check out its 19th century suspension bridge (which replaced the original medieval stone bridge).

5 Cajarc to Limogne en Quercy - 18km

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4h30 | +442m / -285m
Today’s walk takes you trough peaceful woods and the agricultural lands of La Causse. It is quite an easy day’s walk, allowing you plenty of time to pace yourself, enjoy the walk and take in the lovely scenery. There aren’t many services until Limogne so make sure you pack water and snacks.

6 Limogne en Quercy to Mas de Vers - 27km

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5h | +243m / -270m
The Le Puy trail follows mainly flat and peaceful woodland tracks today, as you continue your journey across the Les Causses Natural Park. On your way to Mas de Vers you will encounter more dolmens and stone structures. In Mas de Vers take the opportunity to taste the region’s most celebrated delicacy: the black truffle.

7 Mas de Vers to Cahors - 22km

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4h45 | +271m / -417m
From Mas de Vers your last walking day will take you to Cahors. You will again pass many stone shepherd shelters known as ‘caselle’, unique to the region. As you make your way down into medieval Cahors you will get fantastic views.

8 Cahors

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The small city of Cahors, surrounded by steep cliffs and the Lot River, is one of the nicest towns in the whole Le Puy Camino route. It is definitely worth spending an extra day to explore its historic centre, wander its quaint little lanes lined by wooden framed medieval buildings, go for a stroll along the Lot River, cross the iconic 14th century Valentré Bridge and pay a visit to Saint-Etienne Cathedral.

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.

Conques - 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, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Decazeville - 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.

Figeac - 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.

Cajarc - 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.

Limogne-en-Quercy - 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.

Mas de Vers - 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.

Cahors - 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.

Conques Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Cahors Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Conques
Best option: Rodez airport (40km away)
The nearest airport to Conques is Rodez airport, having some international and domestic destinations. With Ryanair, routes are served from London (Stansted), Brussels (S. Charleroi). With Airlinair there is a connection from Paris (Orly). See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Aurillac Tronquiere (50km away)
With Airlinair there is a connection from Paris (Orly) to Aurillc Tronquiere. See www.skyscanner.com.

How to get back from Cahors
Best option: Toulouse airport (105km)
The easiest way back from Cahors is via Toulouse Airport which is approximately 105 kms journey from Cahors. Aer Lingus offers flights to Dublin. London (Gatwick) is served by easyJet, London (Heathrow) by British airways. Jet2 offers flights to Manchester and Edinburgh. EasyJet also has many other routes from Toulouse, e.g. to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle), Milan (Malpensa), Rome (Fiumicino), Madrid or Porto. See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Paris airports (600km away)
The two airports in Paris (Charles de Gaulle [CDG] and Orly) belong to the major hubs in Europe and many airlines operate in Paris.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Conques
From: Rodez airport (40km away)
The easiest option is to take the bus (mon-fri): There is one bus per day, taking 1h-1h30. See www.tourisme-conques.fr.
To take the train to Rodez you will need to change in either Severac or Millau: Between Aumont-Aubrac and Severac le Chateau/ Millau, an “autocar” (coach bus) links the train stations, while between Severac or Millau and Rodez, a train connection is available. The complete route can be taken twice a day, one via Millau and the second via Severac. Travel time is 2h30 (via Severac) and 3h45 (via Millau)). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Unfortunately, there is no public transport service between Rodez town centre and the airport, but it is possible to take a taxi. See www.rodezairport.com.
From: Aurillac Tronquiere (50km away)
The airport in Aurillac can only be reached by car. See www.aeroport.fr.

How to get back from Cahors
To: Toulouse airport (105km)
To get back from Cahors you can take the train from Cahors to the main train station of ‘Toulouse-Matabiau  (approx. 1h30 travel time). See www.voyages-sncf.co.uk. You can get from the station to the airport by shuttle bus (“AERO”, departing every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See www.toulouse.aeroport.fr.
To: Paris airports (600km away)
A direct train route to Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz) is available (5 times/day, taking approx 5h15.). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
From/to CDG-airport from/to Paris d’Austerlitz: From the airport, take the RER train to St. Michel (Notre dame, 45min travel time). From this station, there is a metro (line 10) to Paris d’Austerlitz (10min). See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
The way between Orly and d’Austerlitz is linked with metro as well: Take the metro (line 10) to Pont de Rungis and then the shuttle bus to the airport. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.

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