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Way of St. James in France

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The Via Gebennensis (The Geneva Route)

Unlike the other pilgrim roads through France which have followed more or less fixed itineraries for several hundreds of years, the Via Gebennensis is a "designer route," set up in the mid 1990s by the Association Rhône–Alpes des Amis de Saint–Jacques as a continuation of the GR 65 to enable pilgrims coming from Switzerland, Germany and Central Europe to walk to Le Puy in order to continue on to Santiago from there. It is therefore not a historic route but a bridging service between two points, a means of walking from Geneva to Le Puy–en–Velay on quiet, waymarked forest tracks, old lanes,footpaths and minor roads.

The Route, 350 km long, starts in Geneva and passes through innumerable very small hamlets, some villages large enough to have banks, post offices, restaurants and shops, but no place of any size between its starting and finishing points.It is rather solitary route where you are not likely to meet many other pilgrims at present though people living along the way report seeing at least one every day in the period April–September.


Via Podiensis (The Le Puy Route)

The old Via Podensis, this is one of the four main pilgrim routes through France, used by French pilgrims but also by others coming through Switzerland and from points further back in Germany, Austria, Poland and the Czech and Slovak republics. It joins the routes from Paris and Vézelay on the French side of the Pyrenees.

The Route, 739 km long, starting in Le Puy–en–Velay, passing through Conques, Figeac, Cahors, Moissac, Aire–sur–l’Adour and Navarrenx before it reaches the border town of Saint–Jean–Pied–de–Port. Once a fairly quiet route this is now becoming much more popular and accommodation may be problematic at busy times. Takes on average 4 – 5 weeks to walk the entire route.


Towns and villages along the way
Le Grand