- Length of trail 740 km, 460 miles
- Length in days 30 days
- Start of trail Le Puy-en-Velay
- End of trail Ostabat
- Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
- Hut tour grading T1, Walk
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.
- Rother, Norbert;Engel, Hartmut: Frankreich: Jakobsweg Via Podiensis
- von Le Puy-en-Velay nach Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port OutdoorHandbuch. 9. Auflage. Read more