9 days
  • self guided walk
  • 8 nights guesthouses or hotel
  • 8 Dinners
  • 8 Breakfasts





Trip Code: SOG8095

Trip highlights

  • Experiencing the busiest section of the trail - marked by magnificent architecture, crosses, statues and grain silos
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims
  • Learning about the tale of the “Bête du Gévaudan” (Beast of the Gévaudan)
  • Viewing the contrasting landscapes and architecture along the walk

Traverse the centuries of time and the borders of Europe on the medieval pilgrim trail of Compostela. In the 9th century, the tomb of the apostle St James was unearthed in Compostela. The site became the focus of a pilgrim trail beginning in France, and crossing northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. This journey, also known as the ‘Way of St James’ winds its way across borders, following in the footsteps of thousands of medieval pilgrims through the beautiful Sierras of Navarre and Aragon. The route passes a multitude of churches and monasteries, resembling a travelling museum of Romanesque art. Several stages of this historic trail are included in our self-guided walking programs, enabling you to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims who have travelled through this route to Spain for over a thousand years on their way to Santiago de Compostela. On this stage from Aumont to Conques, cross the rugged countryside and the Aubrac plateau, the oldest European volcanic massif and walk through picturesque towns, past the roadside crosses, chapels, and looming fortresses that marked the way for the faithful in centuries past.

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We are working on a quote for a private transfer from Le Puy to Aumont-Aubrac - this will be an extra cost. Arrive in Aumont. Set at 1050m, Aumont is in the heart of Lozère and an important point on The Way of St James. The old town has preserved houses from the 16th and 17th century with sculpted stone facades. There is a statue here of the “Bête du Gévaudan” (Beast of the Gévaudan), the man-eating wolf-dog that terrorised the Lozère area in the late 1700s, and as a werewolf has inspired literature and popular culture since the mid 1800s.

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The plan this morning is to take the shuttle to Finieyrols (own expense) to reduce the walking by 16km. From Aumont-Aubrac in “Terre de Peyre” (land of stone), the Way of St James crosses some beautiful pine forests before joining the Aubrac plateau, a vast expanse of pastures punctuated by “burons” (in the Auvergne region this is a shelter where the cowherd lives and makes cheese during the summer). Here you are in the country of the famous Laguiole knife, an indispensable tool to cut the cheese of the same name. Arrive at your hotel/guest house in Nasbinals.

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This stage takes you through the heart of the Aubrac plateau, where the ancestral rite of transhumance is still practiced (the transhumance fair is on the Sunday nearest 25th of May). At lunch time, you can try the regional specialties at a buron or country inn, where local dishes are available such as the “aligot” (mashed potato with cheese and garlic), assorted cooked meats from the mountain or a good crepe omelette. In Aubrac you can see remnants of an ancient “Domerie” (name given to the hospital in Aubrac in medieval times). Overnight hotel in St-Chely d'Aubrac. Total ascent 200m, total descent 550m (highest point 1366m)

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We leave the country of the “Boraldes” (name given to the brooks descending from the Aubrac) to reach the Lot valley. Here you are near St-Côme d’Olt, listed among the “most beautiful villages of France”. There are remnants of numerous bridges constructed over the Lot river which made the pilgrims' crossings easier. Walk via St-Come d'Olt to Espalion and your accommodation. Espalion's lovely old stone bridge is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Total ascent 330m, total descent 715m (highest point 922m)

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A rest day to explore and enjoy this picturesque village. There are picturesque old tanneries along the riverfront, dating from when the leather trade was a major industry, until the beginning of the 20th Century. TBC is whether dinner is included - the usual hotel usually offers halfboard only.

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The walk continues on the Way of St James following the stream of the Lot river to the lovely village of Estaing, with its Gothic bridge and imposing chateau. There is one short, quite steep ascent at around the 4km point. The annual St Fleuret fair has been held in Estaing since the 14th century (on the first Sunday of July). On this occasion, a great procession travels through the village in period costume. Overnight hotel in Estaing. Total ascent 210m, total descent 255m (highest point 490m)

Meals:  B,D

Today is a straightforward walk, the last stage in the Lot valley. An ascent (approx 330m) is completed early on so you can enjoy the views across the hills as you walk along the plateau to Golinhac. Golinhac is remarkable for its church., which preserves the Roman foundations of a Benedictine priory, once dependent on Conques abbey. At the southern entrance of the village of Golinhac, there is a stony cross with a small sculpted pilgrim. In Espeyrac in 960, according to the tale, a pilgrim who became blind after a mugging, recovered sight by making an invocation to the patron saint of Conques. Overnight hotel in Golinhac. Total ascent 450m, total descent 120m (highest point 660m)

Meals:  B,D

The walk to Conques is very often one of the favourite stages for pilgrims as the view over the village is breathtaking if you come from the east. While descending into the deep valley of the Ouche, you will arrive near the Dourdou river (which flows into the Lot river, to the north) and discover this village with pointed roofs over which the towers of the Romanesque Abbey-Chruch Sainte Foy dominate. You can also admire the village's portal, a real treasure from Roman times. Relax in one of the many bars to experience the atmosphere of this lovely town. Total ascent 310m, total descent 660m (highest point 677m)

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Trip concludes after breakfast.

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  • 8 breakfasts, 8 dinners: Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by a chicken, red meat, fish or pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • 8 nights in a mix of accommodations - availability dependent - including guesthouses or simple hotels to comfort level hotels - all on a twin share basis, generally with ensuite facilities. On occasion facilities will be shared with one or two other rooms. The final trip price will depend on availability. Additionally, optional hotel upgrade (with pool) at Aumont available - supplement applies (Sally to advise if required - not currently included)
  • Digital information pack: navigational App (can be used offline) with route notes & maps.
  • Visitor tax
  • Baggage transportation (max 1 bag of 13kg per person - additional bags can be transported if supplement paid in advance, max 13kg per bag)
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Aumont-Aubrac and from Conques
  • Drinks and lunches daily
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided walking trip
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Excess baggage - arrangements can be made to carry baggage in excess of the 1 bag of 13kg limit. Please do not tie smaller bags onto your main luggage as they will be treated as extra bags. Excess baggage which has not been pre organised will be refused. A supplement applies for excess baggage. Please ask our office for details.



Daily walks are between 10 to 22km on well marked trails over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to mountainous. This is a well worn path where route finding is straight forward (refer below for further details on self guided walking). The main areas to concentrate on route finding are arriving and leaving towns. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness and walking endurance to participate fully in this holiday.

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