Le Chemin du Puy in France Chemin du Puy from Conques to Cahors 1 week

Walking or Cycling
7 Nights
137 km
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Time To Go:
April to October
7 nights from €733

Chemin du Puy from Conques to Cahors 1 week

This section of Le Chemin du Puy from Conques, 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 and are a great starting and ending point for your Camino journey. If you can, we recommend spending a little extra time in these two towns, soaking up the atmostphere, the culture and enjoying the delicious local food and wines on offer.

This is a wonderful stretch of Chemin du Puy from Conques, taking walkers along forest tracks, lush farmland, and rolling hills where you will enjoy magnificent views. This section can be a little challenging so it does require a certain level of fitness.

There is plenty of beautiful countryside, history and culture for you to enjoy on this particular route.

In this section, pilgrims will cross the Causses du Quercy Natural Park. This is a park with unusual limestone canyons and cliffs, also interspersed with woodland areas. It is a true wonder of natural France and definitely makes your journey more special. Take some time here to enjoy the scenery!

On this section, also, you will also pass the 3,500-year-old dolmen of Pech Loglaire; as well as the oldest stone cross in the whole Le Chemin du Puy Camino Route. These sites make this a truly unique route for history and archaeology lovers.

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 which you will see all over the Camino.

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Map of the Chemin du Puy from Conques to Cahors 1 week

Itinerary of the Chemin du Puy from Conques to Cahors 1 week

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

You arrive in Conques.
20 km

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.

28 km

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.

31 km

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).

18 km
Limogne en Quercy
Limogne en Quercy

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.

22 km
Mas de Vers
Mas de Vers

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.

18 km

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.

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.


Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.


How to Get There

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


Rodez Airport 40km: 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.

Aurillac Tronquiere Airport 50km: The airport in Aurillac can only be reached by car. See https://www.caba.fr/aeroport/


Toulouse Airport 105km: There is a well-served train connection between Cahors and Toulouse-Matabiau (approx. 1h30 travel time). See www.voyages-sncf.co.uk. You can take the shuttle bus from Toulouse-Matabiau train station to Toulouse Airport. The bus is called “AERO” and departs every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr/en

Paris Airports 600km:
A direct train route from/ 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 http://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/homepage.
The way between Orly and d’Austerlitz is linked with metro: Take the metro (line 10) to Pont de Rungis and then the shuttle bus to the airport. See http://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/homepage

Whats Included

  • Included: Selected accommodation with private bathrooms, Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) and a 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising a support vehicle if needed. In 2021 we also offer a Free Postponement with every booking made
  • Not included: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional: Luggage transfers (On by default. One bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (On by default, where available), bike rental (On by default) and airport transfers, etc…

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Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. More details.

Have questions? Read our FAQ pages.

David, UK - May 2016
"Perfect arrangements. I asked the company to arrange a two week Camino, one week in France (Le Puy Way) cross the Pyrenees and then one week in Spain (The French Way). All went off without any problems. Good accommodation, set daily distances fair and my bag was delivered safely every day."
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