Conques – Cahors

France

Holiday overview

Destination

France


Type

Pilgrim Routes, Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 675 pp


Duration

6 nights


This seven-night walking tour is the third stage of the Way of St. James Pilgrim Route.

This eight-day, seven-night walking tour is the third stage of the legendary Way of St. James Pilgrim Route – one of the most famous pilgrimages in all of Christianity.

 

Price:

£675.00 per person

Single room supplement – £155

Supplement for solo walker – additional £25

 

Difficulty:

4 to 7 hours walking a day, easy route with 50 to 350 m of altitude change per day.

 

Luggage:

Your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation every day.

Day 1: Arrival at Conques (overnight and dinner).

 

Day 2: Conques – Decazeville, 20 km/12.5 miles.

Altitude at departure: 280m/924ft. After the bridge over the Dourdou, the route climbs up the charming Chapel of St. Foy, with one last look at beautiful Conques. Soon after, you have a choice of shorter or longer routes to bring you to the old mining town of Decazaville.

Altitude at arrival: 225m/743ft.  4 hours 30.

 

Day 3: Decazeville – Figeac, 29 km/18.1 miles.

Altitude at departure: 225m/743ft.

A short climb to the Saint Roch chapel (353m/1165ft) and then down to the Lot Valley and on to Livinhac (220m/726ft), followed by a fairly strenuous climb into the Lot department and the aptly named village of Montredon (‘the roundmountain’). The route takes you then to Figeac with its historic centre.

Altitude at arrival: 194m/640ft.  9 hours.

 

Day 4: Figeac – Cajarc, 30 km/18.7 miles.

Altitude at departure: 194m/640ft.

We reach Carjac by walking on the plateau that separates the Cele and Lot valleys. After Faycelles (319m/1053ft) and Beduer, the landscape changes. Menhirs and dolmens appear, along with charming dry-stone constructions which accompany us to Grealou (374m/1234ft) in the extreme south of the regional park of the Causses du Quercy; and then again into the valley of the Lot.

Altitude at arrival: 160m/528ft. 31.5 kms/19.7 miles. 8 hours 30.

 

Day 5: Cajarc – Limogne, 18 km/11.25 miles.

Altitude at departure: 160m/528ft.

Head southwards to cross a marshy plain in a meander of the River Lot to the lush pastures of Gaillac. Then it is up to the Causse de Limogne where stone is used for everything. Before reaching Limogne (famous for its truffle market), we pass by Mas de Pech (339m/1119ft) and the Mas de Borie.

Altitude atarrival: 300m/990ft. 4 hours 15.

 

Day 6: Limogne – Lalbenque, 24 km/15 miles.

Altitude at departure: 300m/990ft.

Continue across the Causse, skirting the village of Varaire and become one with the old Roman road (ancient paving stones still lie beneath the soil). At the D55, we leave the path to reach Lalbenque.

Altitude at arrival: 250m/825ft.  5 hours.

 

Day 7: Lalbenque – Cahors, 21 km/13.1 miles.

Altitude at departure: 250m/825ft.

There are a couple of options. Purists will return to the where they joined the D55, others will continue onwards via another path to join the main route further on. Then one more wild plateau before the descent into handsome Cahors.

Altitude at arrival: 122m/403ft. 4 hours 30.

 

Day 8: End of the trip after breakfast.