The Via Podiensis, leaving from Le Puy-en-Velay, is one of the 4 main routes leading to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This is the stage between the Domaine du Sauvage and Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole.

In the land of the Beast of Gévaudan, you arrive in Lozère after crossing the Margeride plateau. The town of Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole was a stronghold of the barony of Apcher and grew up around the 12th century castle. In 1764, Saint-Alban castle was one of the rallying points for organising the hunts for the Beast of Gévaudan.

In this last stage before arriving in Aubrac, you go through a land of streams and mountain plants. Soon you arrive in Les Estrets, a famous landmark, where you can visit the commandery of the Order of Hospitallers. Then there are 6.5 km to go before reaching Aumont-Aubrac and its famous priory, which was founded in around 1000 A.D.

Credit Gilles Reboisson