The Via Podiensis, also known as “the Puy Way”, is one of the 4 main routes crossing France and leading to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. It begins in Le Puy-en-Velay and crosses the Pyrenees at the Col de Roncevaux. This is the most popular route followed by pilgrims along the Way of St James. The Via Podiensis is named after the town of Le Puy-en-Velay, where the bishop Godescalc began his journey to Compostela in 950 A.D.

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The route from Le Puy-en-Velay to Conques features some of the finest stages on the Way of St James pilgrimage. Hikers go through 4 regions rich in flora, fauna and geological diversity, including the volcanic Velay, the Margeride plateau and the Lot Valley. A chance to experience breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and views in the Allier Gorges or the wild Aubrac plateau!