Via Podiensis (Le Puy route)

GR65: Medieval pilgrimage route across France to the Spanish border

Length 472.4 miles (760.2 km) with 48,950 feet (14,925 m) of elevation gain
Toughness 6/10
Walk Notes

The Via Podiensis (Le Puy route, GR65) is one of 4 pilgrimage routes through France linking up to the Camino de Santiago at the Spanish border

It follows the footstep of the Bishop of Le Puy who made the pilgrimage in 950/951 AD

Its about 30 days of walking. As in Spain, you need to obtain a créanciale (crédentiale) from a cathedral or French Tourist Office which allows you to use a network of pilgrim's hostels (gîtes d’étape) along the route.

There is variant of the route via Rocamadou (a pilgrimage site)

The Via Gebennensis from Geneva feeds in to the route, with pilgrims from Switzerland,Germany and beyond.


The most popular guides are the (in French) Miam Miam Dodo series, updated annually in December

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Start Le Puy, France Map Directions

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