On the road to Santiago de Compostela

The Puy route: the GR65

4 steps: 4 days walk
Positive elevation 1000m

The Puy route, or GR65, is the traditional way to get to Santiago de Compostela. Its notoriety will allow you to make fabulous encounters and easily find all the necessary services during your trip, while discovering marvelous bucolic landscapes. 

For beginners or those with little time, we offer an itinerary varying from 2 to 4 days. 

Departure: Limogne-en-Quercy

Lake and laundry in Limogne
Lake and laundry in Limogne
Lot Tourisme - C. Novello

The itinerary that we suggest starts from the charming village of Limogne-en-Quercy. Located in the heart of the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park, you will discover sublime wooded landscapes and an astonishing local heritage made up of surprising dry stone constructions, characterful architecture (butterfly washhouses, Quercy houses, etc.), and beautiful dolmens! 

The Limogne Botanical Trail

The Limogne botanical trail is a short alternative to the GR65. Located in the heart of undergrowth, this very pleasant 700-metre path will allow you to learn more about the many species of local flora, particularly rich in the Causses du Quercy.

Stage 1: Limogne - Mas de Vers (22km)

Pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela
Pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela
A. Astruc

Immerse yourself in the heart of the Caussenard landscapes during this first stage! Particularly preserved and composed mainly of oak forests and open countryside, you will succumb to the moving authenticity of this territory.

On your way...

Keep your eyes wide open on your journey! Territory with an extremely rich local heritage, here are some nuggets that will delight you: 

  • The dolmens of Joncas then of Ferrières-Haut, shortly after your departure from Limogne, bear witness to a history dating back several millennia.
  • The Varaire butterfly washhouse, which will take you back to the time of the washerwomen in the heart of this strikingly charming hamlet. 
Ferriere Dolmen
Ferriere Dolmen
U.Palmer

Stage 2: Mas de Vers - Cahors (22km)

Hiker arriving in Cahors via Pech de Fourques
Hiker arriving in Cahors via Pech de Fourques
Mr Cochet

This stage with more marked relief will slowly abandon the wooded landscapes to offer you spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. The arrival in Cahors will be the highlight of your hike, with a panoramic view of the city gradually opening up to you.

You can then discover the famous Valentré bridge and the Saint-Etienne cathedral, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites as part of the Santiago de Compostela routes. 

The butterfly washhouse

Lot washhouses flourished between 1800 and 1950, as in the rest of France. In the Lot, these witnesses of the past are still present and have been preserved. Some washhouses in the Lot even have their own specificity with their stone slab in the shape of a "V", and which respond to the sweet name of "Butterfly washhouses". Very beautiful examples are visible in Varaire a few dozen meters from the GR65, but also in Aujols, a small village south of Cahors and Saint-Cirq Lapopie, near Lalbenque.

Stage 3: Cahors - Lascabanes (24km)

Stopover gîte in Lascabanes on the GR65
Stopover gîte in Lascabanes on the GR65
Mr Cochet

Here you are on your way to Quercy Blanc! Here the landscapes will change radically, starting with a good climb on the side of the cliff to leave Cahors. The marvels will continue to unfold before your eyes, with in particular charming villages and bastides all dressed in white. 

Labastide-Marnhac castle

On your way, at the entrance to the village of Labastide-Marnhac, you will see a castle with various architectural styles. Do not hesitate to pass through its gates if they are open in order to enjoy a well-deserved break while discovering a delightful place!

Stage 4: Lascabanes - Montcuq (17km)

Church of Montcuq
Church of Montcuq
Mr Cochet

Welcome to the heart of Quercy Blanc! Here the forests begin to part with some of their oaks to introduce new species of trees. They are also more discreet, to give way to rural paintings with distant and hilly views. 

On your way...

To fully enjoy your walk, do not hesitate to stop and take the time to observe the treasures you will find on your way:

  • On leaving Lascabanes, a stunningly preserved gariotte will appear in front of you. A little further on, the chapel of Saint-Jean-le-Froid will move you with its serenity. 
  • In Montcuq, the 24 meter high tower will offer you a superb view of the village located at its bedside. At the same time, the exhibitions set up in the monument will allow you to learn more about medieval times, the Lot heritage and... Nino Ferrer! 

The next step...

Here you are at the end of your journey within the Cahors valley of the Lot destination. If you have taken a liking to these daily escapades, you can continue your journey by taking the direction of Lauzerte. You will then leave the Lot department by the village of Montlauzun, perched at the top of a flowery hill with many sunflowers and occupied by our famous sheep in dark glasses.

Useful information

You will find all the practical information concerning your itinerary (accommodation, services, transport) in our pilgrims guide.

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