Via Podiensis - Le Puy en Velay - France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
N 45° 02.589 E 003° 52.961
31T E 569517 N 4988123
Quick Description: Cette voie est un cheminement de 1530 km soit 750 km jusqu’à la frontière espagnole et 780 km de la frontière à Compostelle. This route is a 1530 km route, ie 750 km to the Spanish border and 780 km from the border to the Santiago.
Location: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Date Posted: 9/26/2017 1:35:32 PM
Waymark Code: WMWPEC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
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Long Description:
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"La via Podiensis (ou voie du Puy) est le nom latin d'un des quatre chemins de France du pèlerinage de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. Elle part du Puy-en-Velay et traverse le pays d'étape en étape jusqu'au village basque d'Ostabat près duquel elle rejoint la via Turonensis et la via Lemovicensis réunies peu avant.
Les trois chemins prennent alors le nom de Camino navarro1 et se prolongent jusqu'à Puente la Reina en Espagne, après le passage des Pyrénées et de la frontière par le col de Bentarte ou par Valcarlos, en amont du col de Roncevaux. Ils y retrouvent le Camino aragonés, prolongement espagnol de la via Tolosane, quatrième chemin venant de France. L'ensemble de ces quatre voies principales devient alors le Camino francés qui conduit jusqu'à Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle en Galice.
Avant le Puy, à partir de Genève, existe la via Gebennensis, qui recueille les pèlerins suisses et allemands et aboutit à la via Podiensis. Sa dénomination latine ne doit pas faire illusion : cet itinéraire moderne a été tracé dans les années 1980-1990 et n'a rien d'historique ; néanmoins les nombreux « hôpitaux » qui le jalonnent marquent de manière incontestable le passage des pèlerins d'antan.
De Genève à Pampelune, les deux chemins (via Gebennensis puis via Podiensis) sont balisés en tant que sentier de grande randonnée GR 65, avec quelques variantes locales: GR 651 par la vallée du Célé, GR 652 par Rocamadour."

"The Via Podiensis or the Le Puy Route is one of the four routes through France on the pilgrimage to the tomb of St. James the Great in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwest Spain. It leaves from Le-Puy-en-Velay and crosses the countryside in stages to the basque village of Ostabat. Near there it merges with two of the other routes, the via Turonensis and the via Lemovicensis which merge a little earlier.
The three then become the Navarre Route, passing via the French town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and crossing the Pyrenees and the Spanish border by one path or another to Roncesvalles in the Spanish province of Basse-Navarre. Together they serve as the principal pilgrimage route across Spain, known as the Camino frances. The fourth French route, the via Tolosane, crosses the Pyrenees at a different point (Somport), becomes the Aragonese Way when it enters Spain, and joins the Camino frances further to the west.
Before le Puy, the via Gebennensis leaves from Geneva, gathering Swiss and German pilgrims and feeding into the via Podiensis. Though it bears a Latin name, the via Gebennensis is a modern route laid out in 1980-90, though the numerous hospitals it passes testify to the passage of pilgrims along this route in earlier ages.
From Geneva to the Pyrenees, the two routes (via Gebennensis and via Podiensis) are waymarked as one of the French major hiking routes, the GR 65, with a few local variations or detours, including GR 651 through the valley of Célé and GR 652 via Rocamadour."
Recommended number of days to complete: 50.00

Distance in miles or kilometres: 1530 km

Shelters?: Yes

Designated campsites?: Yes

Number of designated campsites: 100

Permit Required?: No

Trail Website: [Web Link]

Best Season to Hike?: Summer

Coordinates of the other end's trailhead: Not Listed

Overnight parking fee: Not Listed

Permit Fees?: Not Listed

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