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French Camino Walk Sept 2019 

The Le Puy Chemin is definitely worth walking- lots of magnificent scenery, lots of history and historic buildings, amazing architectural structures for the times. Interesting paths through forests, farms, towns and cities. Plus interesting people along the way. The first 2 weeks are very steep, lots of going up and coming down steep rocky paths. We heard from other more seasoned hikers that they felt that the first 14 days of this Camino was the toughest hike they had ever done. So be prepared! It seems that 20km/day is a reasonable pace considering the hills and rocks, plus you also want to have time to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way as well as when you get to each days destination.

Sometimes the book/maps/apps overestimate how long it takes to get from town to town, - be warned!
This part of France seems to close fir the season from 1st October, not many places for food or accommodation are open. You can still find something but your choices are limited. Plus there are a lot less people doing the walk, so it could be quite lonesome.

The weather is still good though- not too hot or too cold.
Nearly everyone on a camino takes away something from it. In my case - a realisation that everyone is different, we all have our idiosyncrancies, and we all have our good points - appreciate diversity! And concentrate on the good in people.

Overall- it was a beautiful and worthwhile hike, can thoroughly recommend it. If anyone would like more information about this walk - I am always up for a chat! Au revoir,  A bientot.

Helen from Australian Brain Coaching

Never Give Up
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Never Give Up

Days 4 to 6 from Les Faux to "Cascade du Deroc"

Day 4

Scenes from day 4, only 20 kms today, quite an easy walk, a few hills, beautiful scenery

  

Day 5

Rest day!
The 27ks in day 3 was really tough on our legs. I was worried that I wouldn’t recover!
However, doing 21k on day 4 was good. Legs feel great again!
The moral to the story- never give up! Push through, you’ve done the training. Imagine how good you will feel when you have achieved that difficult goal!

Tourist Office in 16th Century Building

   

The area is famous for mushrooms, found this one on my walk

View from our room

Day 6

This is a photographic exhibition in an old cow barn. If you zoom in you can see lots of detail. Well, I thought it was interesting!

This is the type of track and scenery on Day 6

Tonight's Accommodation, pretty old, the walls are a metre thick.  It snows up here in winter, imagine their heating bills!

“Cascade du Deroc” I got lost trying to find it and ended up walking an extra 5 k!

Typical breed up in the Aubrac plateau. Pretty chunky dairy cows!

More images of Day 4, 5 and 6 in the Gallery below.

Click image to get the full view.  Then scroll through.

 

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The Map of the French Camino Walk

Below shows the map of the area of France where you walk the French Camino.  The blue line is the distance travelled from the starting point to the end.  The redline shows Helen's progress across France walking between 19kms and 25kms a day.  Staying at BnB's a long the way.  

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    Helen Wheels French Camino walk Sept 2019 starting Le Puy-en-Velay, 

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    Paris Gare de Lyon to Le Puy en Velay by train.

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    Gare de Lyon to Le Puy-en-Velay to Sauges on first three days of trekking on the French Camino.

    Day 4 to 6 from Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals.

    From Golinhac to Conques to Decazeville

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