The fourth section of the Le Puy Way takes pilgrims from the medieval town of Cahors to the walled hilltop town of Lectoure. This stretch of the Le Puy Camino route crosses the lush valleys along the Lot and Garonne rivers, quaint villages, hamlets and historic towns. The impressive cloisters of the 7th century Romanesque Abbey of Saint Pierre in Moissac are not to be missed. For more information on this section and to book a walking holiday with camioways.com visit www.caminoways.com
1 – Conques
Day one of your http//www.caminoways.com walk you will arrive in Conques, the starting point of your Camino journey. Conques has preserved its medieval architecture nearly intact and is one of the most stunning towns of the whole Le Puy Way. The town has been a destination for pilgrims for many centuries, as the Romanesque Abbey has the relics of Sainte Foy. Take at least half a day to wander its quaint cobbled streets, visit the cathedral and admire the magnificent scenery.
2 – Cahors to Montcuq – 29km
8h | +586m / -526m
From Cahors, the Le Puy Camino route climbs out of the town giving you a good view of Cahors in the valley below, before continuing to the Causses limestone plateau. On route you will pass the villages of Labastide-Marnhac, Hospital at and the pretty little village of Lascabanes with an interesting chapel. Lascabanes had a pilgrims hospital in the 15th century and the small church offers a pilgrim blessing everyday at 6pm. You will overnight in Montcuq, a hilltop town of quaint streets and a medieval feel. For great views of the town and surrounding landscape, walk up to the 12th century tower at the top of town.
3 – Montcuq to Lauzerte – 14km
3h30 | +403m / -464m
The Le Puy Camino route continues from Montcuq to Lauzerte. The trail passes through farmland until you reach the beautiful village of Lauzerte with its pretty medieval houses. Here you will find a modern statue of Saint James in the church of Saint Barthélmy.
4 – Lauzerte to Moissac – 25km
6h | +521m / -549m
From Lauzerte you make your way towards Moissac on quiet countryside tracks, crossing woodlands, farmland and vineyards. Your overnight stop stop for the night is the town of Moissac, by the Garonne River and its canals. Here you shouldn’t miss the Saint Pierre Abbey, founded in the 7th century, and its impressive cloisters.
5 – Moissac to Auvillar – 19km
5h15 | +373m / -332m
From Moissac, the Le Puy Camino follows the Garonne River, then crosses the canal at Malause before climbing up towards the town of Auvillar with nice views of the area. Auvillar is a town with cobbled streets a main square with wooden frame arched buildings, a unique circular market hall. Auvillar also has the title of ‘one of France’s most beautiful towns.
6 – Auvillar to Lectoure – 32km
8h | +692m / -629m
The Camino takes you through the village of Flamarens where depending on the time of year you are surrounded by hundreds of acres of sunflowers. Miradoux has an interesting Gothic church. From there you will cross lush fields before reaching Lectoure, a historic walled town with an impressive cathedral, ramparts and great views of the surrounding countryside.
7 – Lectoure
Before you finish your www.caminoways.com trip, make sure you explore the great town of Lectoure, designated ‘town of art and history’ by the French authorities and one of the oldest towns in Gers. Not to miss in this historic spa town: the ramparts, the Albinhac Tower, Bourreau Tower, the old castle of the Counts of Armagnac, the Diane fountain, the church of Saint-Gervais-Saint Protais and the Holy Spirit Church or Chapel of Saint-Gény. Lectoure is also in the Armagnac region so treat yourself to a tipple of the famous brandy or the deliciously sweet souffle d’Armagnac.
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