GR65 - Via Podiensis

Description

  1. Length of trail 740 km, 460 miles
  2. Length in days 30 days
  3. Start of trail Le Puy-en-Velay
  4. End of trail Ostabat
  5. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  6. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

GR65Via Podiensis, Le Puy-en-Velay - Ostabat, 740 km, 30 days

GR65, Geneva - Le Puy-en-Velay - Ostabat, 1090 km, 44 days

The Via Podiensis is one of the main pilgrim ways in France. The start is in Le Puy-en-Velay, and for about a month, pilgrims walk southwest till they hit the Pyrenees in Ostabat, Basque Country. The trail is very attractive, taking in some of the best parts of France, like the Causse, the Aubrac plateau, the volcanoes of Velay. The trail is also dotted with many churches, old towns and other monuments. Not surprisingly, this route is one of the most popular and busy pilgrim ways in France.

The walking association FFRP did a great job to mark the whole way white-red, and describe it in a topoguide. As a bonus, an extra itinerary between Geneva and Le Puy - the Via Gebennensis - has been added to the GR65. The GR65 continues into Spain, where it is better known as Camino Francés.

Did you know that the European Long Distance Trail E3 follows practically the same itinerary between Santiago de Compostela and Le Puy? It diverges in Le Puy from the GR65 and heads north.

Visit Traildino's overview page for the Way of Saint James / Camino de Santiago.

Map

Map of GR65 West

Map of GR65 East

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2013
  • The Way of St James - France
  • This handy guidebook describes the 730km Way of St James pilgrim route from Le Puy-en-Valey in central France to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees. The camino route descriptions include the history of the pilgrimage, places of interest and accommodation. Suitable for all abilities but a basic level of fitness is required due to the distance. Read more
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United Kingdom
2013
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2013
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • GR65 Chemins de St-Jacques: Geneva - Le Puy-en-Velay
  • The Geneva to Le Puy-en-Velay long-distance footpath along one of the routes of the Way of St James, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. 650, covering a 340-km long section of this famous pilgrimage trail with topographic mapping from the IGN accompanied by detailed route descriptions, accommodation recommendations, special features on interesting local... Read more
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  • DuMont Wanderführer Wandern auf dem Jakobsweg von Trier nach Le Puy
  • Von Trier im Norden führt dieser Zweig des Jakobsweges durch Lothringen und das schöne Burgund bis in die Auvergne nach Le Puy im Süden, vorbei an Metz, Langres, Dijon und Cluny. Egal ob man gar bis Santiago pilgert, ein großes Stück des Weges läuft oder nur eine Tagestour macht: Jede der 37 Etappen ermöglicht ein perfektes Wandererlebnis.... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Jakobsweg von Trier nach Le Puy DuMont Wanderführer
  • Von Trier im Norden führt dieser Zweig des Jakobsweges durch Lothringen und das schöne Burgund bis in die Auvergne nach Le Puy im Süden, vorbei an Metz, Langres, Dijon und Cluny. Egal ob man gar bis Santiago pilgert, ein großes Stück des Weges läuft oder nur eine Tagestour macht: Jede der 37 Etappen ermöglicht ein perfektes Wandererlebnis.... Read more
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IGN
France
  • Villages Sur Les Routes de Compostelle
  • Cet ouvrage vous permettra d'admirer les plus beaux villages qui se sont développés, à l'époque médiévale, sur les quatre routes françaises de Saint-Jacques. Leur richesse architecturale et artistique m&#2... Read more
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France
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France
  • En Chemin Vers Compostelle
  • Cet ouvrage dévoile les plus beaux moments des pérégrinations des nombreux pèlerins qui foulent chaque année les sentiers de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle. Format : 190 x 208 mm, 432 pages. Read more
IGN
France
  • Livre - Les Routes de Compostelle en France
  • Ce guide retrace tous les éléments culturels et patrimoniaux des routes de Saint-Jacques dans toute leurs diversité (paysages, monuments, lieux symboliques) y apportant une notion nouvelle : la possibilité de parcourir ces chemin... Read more
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Maps

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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Le Puy Way: Stages 3 & 4
  • Self-guided walking tour on the Camino Le Puy Way from Conques to Lectoure. This delightful section of the Le Puy Way from Conques to Lectoure wanders through the natural landscapes of the Causses du Quercy, the luxuriant Lot region and the green round hills of the Garonne. On the first part of your journey from Conques to Cahors you will... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Le Puy Way: Stage 4
  • Self guided walking tour on the Camino Le Puy Way from Cahors to Lectoure. Follow the Camino Le Puy Way from the medieval town of Cahors, across the Quercy Blanc and on to Lectoure. Which sits high above the Gers River. This is stage 4 of the Le Puy Camino which stretches from Le Puy to St. Jean Pied de Port. Begin your journey in the town of... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Le Puy Way: Stage 1
  • Self-guided walking tour following Stage 1 of the Camino Le Puy Way. Le Puy-en-Velay is the start point of your journey on the Camino Le Puy Way to Nasbinals. A one week walk on the Le Puy Camino which continues through South West France to St Jean Pied de Port. Your walk takes you through the Velay Mountains and over the Margeride Plateau,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Le Puy Way: Stage 5
  • Self guided walking tour on the Camino Le Puy Way from Lectoure to Aire sur l'Adour. The Camino Le Puy Way stage 5 meanders through the regions of La Gers and Gascony. This region is renowned for its gastronomy. Your journey begins in the town of Lectoure which sits high above the Gers River, has a natural spa and a 15th century cathedral... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Le Puy Way: Stage 6
  • Self guided walking tour on the Camino Le Puy Way from Aire sur l'Adour to St Jean Pied de Port. The final stage of the Le Puy Camino runs from Aire sur l‘Adour to St Jean Pied de Port, where it joins the Camino de Santiago French Way. Your route takes you through the two distinct regions of Béarn and the French Basque and before concluding in... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Le Puy Way: Stages 1 & 2
  • Self-guided walking tour following Stages 1 & 2 of the Camino Le Puy Way. The combined Stages 1 & 2 of the Camino Le Puy Way are 12 days and include 11 nights in comfortable 1 and 2* hotels, 11 dinners, 11 breakfasts, baggage transfers, a guide book, maps, and a comprehensive information pack. Stages 1 & 2 of the Camino Le Puy Way follows... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Le Puy Way: Stages 5 & 6
  • Self guided walking tour on the Camino Le Puy Way from Lectoure to St Jean Pied de Port. The Camino Le Puy Way is a pilgrimage route that follows trails through rural south west France and along the Grand Randonnée 65. Stages 5 & 6 of this self-guided walking tour take you through the regions of La Gers and Gascony, cultivated landscapes of the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Le Puy Way: Stage 3
  • Self-guided walking tour on the Camino Le Puy Way from Conques to Cahors. Stage 3 of the Camino Le Puy way takes you from the dramatically positioned town of Conques overlooking the River Lot, to the medieval town of Cahors. A journey through some of France's finest landscapes and prettiest villages. On your journey from Conques to Cahors you... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Full Camino Le Puy Way
  • Self guided walking tour on the Camino Le Puy Way from Le-Puy-en-Velay to St Jean Pied de Port. Walk the Full Camino Le Puy Way from Le-Puy-en-Velay to St. Jean Pied de Port, where the Camino de Santiago French Way begins. This journey has been a pilgrimage route for hundreds of years and is filled with interest from start to finish. It is... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Le Puy Way: Stage 2
  • Self-guided walking tour Stage 2 of the Camino Le Puy Way. Stage 2 of the Camino Le Puy Way is 7 days and includes 6 nights in comfortable 1 and 2* hotels, 6 dinners, 6 breakfasts, baggage transfers, a guide book, maps, and a comprehensive information pack. This stage of the Camino Le Puy Way through the south west of France from Nasbinals to... Read more
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  • tom l 2013-01-08 17:08:46
  • gr65 guide in english?
  • is there a guide to the gr65 in english?
    thanks
    • Henk Nouws 2013-01-11 00:35:38
    • I'm afraid not ... Did you find this one? http://walkinginfrance.info/?page_id=3916
    • Ruaidhri 2013-05-13 20:16:33
    • Try the cicerone book the way of st James - France
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