Daily Stages for the Via Podiensis (Le Puy) Route

I’ve been doing my planning and prep for a hike along the Via Podiensis (Le Puy) route towards the Camino de Santiago. In comparison to the French Way, which stretches approximately 750km from St. Jean Pied de Port at the base of the Pyrenees, route planning information for the Via Podiensis is surprisingly sparse. The only decent book I have found so far, aside from the official GR65 maps, is the Cicerone guide, The Way of St James Part 1 – Le Puy to the Pyrenees.

I have to admit that the style of planning in the Cicerone book isn’t my favorite. Whilst it does contain great town information and route descriptions, it doesn’t make it easy to plan daily stages as distances between town are cumulative from 0km at Le Puy. Yes, I get that long distance hikes, and especially pilgrimage routes like The Way, are supposed to be a little less structured, but daily stages give you a loose guide to how long a route will take, and a general ideas of each day’s destination.

Last year, when I completed the French Way, I used the daily stages in the Village to Village Press guide, as rough way markers of progress. More often than not, I actually avoided the “official” end of stage towns as a way to avoid crowds or larger cities. I also learned a lot about the importance of starting slowly and allowing your body time to adjust to the daily rigors of hiking 20-30km per day.

My well loved daily stages of the the Camino Frances

The chart below is a breakdown of the distances between towns with cumulative distances from Le Puy, and suggested daily stages for a 30 day itinerary. There are a number of short days intended to, not only give your body a bit of a break, but also set you up to spend a little more time in the not-to-be-missed towns of Conques, Cahors, and Moissac. I relied heavily on the Cicerone guide for distances between towns and accommodation markers. If you want to customize your own stages, you can download the Numbers version here.

 

Day Start End Distance (km) Cumulative Distance (km) Distance to SJPP (km)

1

Le Puy-en-Velay Saint-Privat-d’Allier

23.5

23.5

724

2

Saint-Privat-d’Allier Sauges

19

42.5

705

3

Sauges Chapelle Saint-Roch

23

65.5

682

4

Chapelle Saint-Roch Aumont-Aubrac

24

89.5

658

5

Aumont-Aubrac Montgros

23.5

113

634.5

6

Montgros Saint-Chely-d Aubrac

20

133

614.5

7

Saint-Chely-d Aubrac Espalion

22

155

592.5

8

Espalion Golinhac

27

182

565.5

9

Golinhac Conques

21

203

544.5

10

Conques Livinhac-le-Haut

23.5

226.5

521

11

Livinhac-le-Haut Figeac

24

250.5

497

12

Figeac Cajarc

30.5

281

466.5

13

Cajarc near Varaire

24.5

305.5

442

14

near Varaire Junction near Le Pech

27

332.5

415

15

Junction near Le Pech Cahors

12

344.5

403

16

Cahors Montcuq

30.5

375

372.5

17

Montcuq Auberge de l’Aube Nouvelle

22.5

397.5

350

18

Auberge de l’Aube Nouvelle Moissac

16

413.5

334

19

Moissac Saint-Antoine

27.5

441

306.5

20

Saint-Antoine Espasot

28

469

278.5

21

Espasot Condom

30

499

248.5

22

Condom Eauze

33

532

215.5

23

Eauze Nogaro

20

552

195.5

24

Nogaro Barcelonne-du-Gers

32.5

584.5

163

25

Barcelonne-du-Gers Pimbo

31

615.5

132

26

Pimbo Pomps

26.5

642

105.5

27

Pomps La Sauvelade

26.5

668.5

79

28

La Sauvelade Chateau de Joantho

31

699.5

48

29

Chateau de Joantho Ostabat-Asme

27

726.5

21

30

Ostabat-Asme Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

21

747.5

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