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Accommodations and Services on the Le Puy Route

Dave

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Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
 
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Via de la Plata 2022
Wow @Dave that's a very impressive spreadsheet, fabulous info. This route has been on my bucket list for quite some time but it probably won't be walked this year (plans to do VdlP). Thanks for all your hard work :)
 

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Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
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lisagb

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2021
Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
Wow! Thank you so much!
 

LakeMcD

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Frances 15' Portuguese 16' GR10/Norte/Primitivo 17' Chemin LePuy 18' Salvador/Prim/Kerry Way 19'
Wow!! Thanks Dave this will be very helpful. Hope that you are well and work at school is still rewarding for you.

Gary
 
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DenWhite

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SJPdP - SdC August-September 2022.
Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
Great work. Hope to be able to put it to good use sometime in the not too distant future. With all my optimistic planning, regardless of birthdays, that should be in 5 + or - years?
 

CarolandPhil

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Camino Frances August 2019
Camino Frances August 2020
Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
Thank you so much, Dave. My hubby and I will be walking from Le Puy next May and I’m sure it will come in very handy. Merry Christmas🎄, Carol and Phil
 
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Excellent work Dave and BlackRocker57, this will make my Via Podiensis in May 2022 so much smoother.
Mind you, the weeks of work I've put into planning it so far seem to now have been a waste of time :)
 
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@Dave, a simply brilliant piece of work.

I tried something similar before I left, using guide books available to me. But no where near as comprehensive as you have achieved.

The feed back I would give is:
a) have you considered showing km between each locality listed and the cumulative km
b) elevation for each locality listed

I would be happy to assist with providing you with either/both of these.

Kia kaha (take care, be strong, get going when you can)
 

happymarkos

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Time of past OR future Camino
2018
Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
This is a wonderful resource
We walked it in 2014 and had very limited information.
Such a thoughtful project
🙏
Mark
 

kelleymac

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March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
thank-you!
 

Gabi Wehler

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Planning to walk the Camino Frances mid May 2018
Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
WOWOW. Amazing. Incredible detailed work. Must have spent many hours on this. Thank you for sharing.
 
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AnnieGoldCoast

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Camino Frances 2013, LePuy to St Jean 2014,
Pennine Way 2015, Camino del Norte 2016, Arles (2018)
Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
Hi Dave. This is fantastic thank you and appreciate all the work you have put in. It’s amazing.
We are Aussies and are desperate to get back walking. Our last trip was in 19 where we walked the st Francis of Assisi path Florence to Rome which I could highly recommend. It’s a little bit difficult and definitely remote but wonderful - walking through Tuscany. It takes about 20 days.
We are hoping to do Le Puy in late March early April. [ we can catch COVID at the local grocery store so see no reason not to get on a plane) I am 69 and DAN my husband 73 so time is going fast.
We did it in 2015 and just loved it so your research is fabulous thank you.
Do you think we will have much difficulty finding accommodation? And I am assuming sleeping bags would be a must?
Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated
Anne
 

Dave

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First: Camino Francés 2002; most recent: Norte/Primitivo 2019
I think you'll be fine! Keep an eye on the Easter holiday, of course, and make sure you're covered through that stretch. (A good time for demi-pension, not that there's ever a bad time!) A number of accommodations don't open until after that, but you should have more than enough accommodation options to meet your needs. Many of the snack bars seem to be more oriented towards peak walking times, so food options may be more limited mid-walk. That's the biggest thing I'd be mindful of. I'll be filling that part of the spreadsheet out more over the next few months.

Hope the weather's good!
Dave
 

vjpdx

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Time of past OR future Camino
2022
Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa.
Dave, @BlackRocker57, thank you so much! I'll be beginning at Le Puy around April 1st and I'm sure this will be invaluable!
 
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Hi @Dave and @BlackRocker57 What a fabulous resource. Thank you. We love the Le Puy way and will surely walk it again before too long.

Can you rustle one up for the Chemin du Piemont in time for our April camino? Just joking 😎

Just an update for you. You correctly noted Gite Lou Parpahlou in red as for sale. The owners are friends of ours and we exchanged emails the other day. I can let you know that it’s no longer operating as a gite.
 
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BombayBill

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September 2022 Norte Primitivo
I came down the Le Puy route in 2018. I imagine it’s similar. Many of the gîtes were rural and so booking your meals with them was a must. However even in the more urban areas I booked Demi-pension as the meals were excellent and the camaraderie around the table was wonderful. The French etiquette á table is more formal than in Spain but was definitely part of the fun. No wine before the soup, fill your neighbor’s glass before yours, never offer superlatives concerning the food , better to say “the cheese is interesting but in my village we would ferment the cheese in a goat’s belly for 14 days before serving”.If your French is weak prepare in advance a few food questions , the French will fill in the rest.
 
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AnnieGoldCoast

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I think you'll be fine! Keep an eye on the Easter holiday, of course, and make sure you're covered through that stretch. (A good time for demi-pension, not that there's ever a bad time!) A number of accommodations don't open until after that, but you should have more than enough accommodation options to meet your needs. Many of the snack bars seem to be more oriented towards peak walking times, so food options may be more limited mid-walk. That's the biggest thing I'd be mindful of. I'll be filling that part of the spreadsheet out more over the next few months.

Hope the weather's good!
Dave
Thanks so much for your response. And yes I know Easter will be a problem. We hope to plan this trip as tightly as we can and not just wing it as we normally do. We will definitely be keeping a close eye on your excellent spread sheet.
Thanks again
Anne
 

AJGuillaume

Pèlerin du monde
Time of past OR future Camino
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
Just an update for you. You correctly noted Gite Lou Parpahlou in red as for sale. The owners are friends of ours and we exchanged emails the other day. I can let you know that it’s no longer operating as a gite.
We enjoyed our night at Lou Parpahlou in 2018. Laurence was a very welcoming host.
 
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Hi Dave. This is fantastic thank you and appreciate all the work you have put in. It’s amazing.
We are Aussies and are desperate to get back walking. Our last trip was in 19 where we walked the st Francis of Assisi path Florence to Rome which I could highly recommend. It’s a little bit difficult and definitely remote but wonderful - walking through Tuscany. It takes about 20 days.
We are hoping to do Le Puy in late March early April. [ we can catch COVID at the local grocery store so see no reason not to get on a plane) I am 69 and DAN my husband 73 so time is going fast.
We did it in 2015 and just loved it so your research is fabulous thank you.
Do you think we will have much difficulty finding accommodation? And I am assuming sleeping bags would be a must?
Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated
Anne
Bonjour Annie! the only issue you might have at the beginning [late March / early April] is finding places that are open but as you will see from the list a good number are open all year BUT you will need to call ahead, perhaps a day or two just to be sure that your hosts are there to welcome you. No need for sleeping bags on the Le Puy route unless you particularly want to carry one. What style of accommodation do you prefer? Shared rooms and shared facilities in a gîte d’étape OR a private room to yourselves [with or without shared bathroom facilities]?? Apols for the cross-posting …
 
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Hi @BlackRocker57 What a fabulous resource. Thank you. We love the Le Puy way and will surely walk it again before too long.

Can you rustle one up for the Chemin du Piemont in time for our April camino? Just joking 😎

Just an update for you. You correctly noted Gite Lou Parpahlou in red as for sale. The owners are friends of ours and we exchanged emails the other day. I can let you know that it’s no longer operating as a gite.
thanks for the update anamcara … duly noted! Has the gîte actually been sold?
 
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I think you'll be fine! Keep an eye on the Easter holiday, of course, and make sure you're covered through that stretch. (A good time for demi-pension, not that there's ever a bad time!) A number of accommodations don't open until after that, but you should have more than enough accommodation options to meet your needs. Many of the snack bars seem to be more oriented towards peak walking times, so food options may be more limited mid-walk. That's the biggest thing I'd be mindful of. I'll be filling that part of the spreadsheet out more over the next few months.

Hope the weather's good!
Dave
something else to do 👍🤣
 
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Thanks so much for your response. And yes I know Easter will be a problem. We hope to plan this trip as tightly as we can and not just wing it as we normally do. We will definitely be keeping a close eye on your excellent spread sheet.
Thanks again
Anne
if and when you want some specific recommendations for accommodations at particular places, I may be able to help you …
 
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I came down the Le Puy route in 2018. Many of the gîtes were rural and so booking your meals with them was a must. However even in the more urban areas I booked Demi-pension as the meals were excellent and the camaraderie around the table was wonderful. The French etiquette á table is more formal than in Spain but was definitely part of the fun. No wine before the soup, fill your neighbor’s glass before yours, never offer superlatives concerning the food , better to say “the cheese is interesting but in my village we would ferment the cheese in a goat’s belly for 14 days before serving” it. If your French is weak prepare in advance a few food questions , the French will fill in the rest.
The approach to meals in France is indeed wonderful, as is the hospitality and of course the food and wine. A meal is something to be shared and to take your time enjoying with family, friends and guests. I would describe the approach not so much as 'formal' but as a practice of 'l'art de la table' .

One definition is the art of preparing and presenting a meal in elegance and conviviality. And it applies to the simplest of foods. The French typically take pride in preparation and presentation even in the way a baguette and half a dozen croissants are placed directly on the table - who needs plates when you have those wonderful 'oil cloth' tablecloths so common in France.

In my experience, I think the French are very pleased to receive positive comments about their food and wine. Even if they gently dismiss this with a show of modesty - I suspect they would be happy on the inside. Sometimes their approach to food and wine can be interpreted as 'chauvin' but I have come to see that is just a reflection of their genuine appreciation of good food and wine and their own culture. One thing from the description from @BombayBill that resonates if to fill your neighbour's glass before yours. Always.

Until I walked the Le Puy Way in 2014, I had only visited some of the larger tourist destinations in France. I had no appreciation of the culture or way of life. Happily I have learned more since then - having married a Frenchman who, coincidentally, I met on the Le Puy Way. He does all the cooking in our household - a good outcome for us both.

We are looking forward to finally returning to France in late March. Fingers and toes crossed.
 
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@Dave, a simply brilliant piece of work.

I tried something similar before I left, using guide books available to me. But no where near as comprehensive as you have achieved.

The feed back I would give is:
a) have you considered showing km between each locality listed and the cumulative km
b) elevation for each locality listed

I would be happy to assist with providing you with either/both of these.

Kia kaha (take care, be strong, get going when you can)
Thanks Alwyn, am not sure how we can integrate that info. into a spreadsheet [as it stands] BUT I have done exactly that in my «track notes» … just completed after many, many months of work … in the process of updating some details with accurate 2022 data before I foist it on interested podiensists / Le Puy route enthusiasts 😉
 
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The approach to meals in France is wonderful, as is the hospitality and of course the food and wine. I would describe the approach not so much as 'formal' but a practice of 'l'art de la table' . One definition is the art of preparing and presenting a meal in elegance and conviviality. A meal is something to be shared and to take your time. And it applies to the simplest of foods. The French typically take pride in preparation and presentation even in the way a baguette and half a dozen croissants are placed directly on the table - who needs plates when you have those wonderful 'oil cloth' tablecloths so common in France.

In my experience, I think the French are very happy to receive positive comments about their food and wine. Even if they gently dismiss this with a show of modesty - I suspect they would be happy on the inside. One thing from the description from @BombayBill that resonates if to always fill your neighbour's glass before yours.

Until I walked the Le Puy Way in 2014, I had only visited some of the larger tourist destinations in France. I had no appreciation of the culture or way of life. Happily I have learned more now - having married a Frenchman who, coincidentally, I met on the Le Puy Way. He does all the cooking in our household - a good outcomes for us both.

No, not sold - Laurence and Patrice decided to keep the property but they are no longer operating the gite.
many thanks for that anamcara🙏
 
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thanks for the update anamcara … duly noted! Has the gîte actually been sold?
Not sold - but the owners are using the property now for another purpose. And, happily, this new chapter of their lives after almost 10 years welcoming pilgrims, is giving them more freedom to walk on the Way in France and elsewhere.
 
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Not sold - but the owners are using the property now for another purpose. And, happily, this new chapter of their lives after almost 10 years welcoming pilgrims, is giving them more freedom to walk on the Way in France and elsewhere.
👍 wonderful to hear … 10 years is a long time …
 
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We enjoyed our night at Lou Parpahlou in 2018. Laurence was a very welcoming host.
She really is a charming woman. We have become friends now with she and Patrice. My first meeting with them both was when I walked 8 days on the Le Puy Way by myself when we were living nearby while Domi stayed home minding our petit chien. My first night was at Gite Lou Parpahlou. Our friendship developed and Domi and I later took care of the gite - in August 2018 - so Laurence and Patrice could have a week off. Wonderful experience.
 

Mikem72

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2022
Remarkable work! Thank you. I will be on this Camino in April. I’ll report any problems I find. Well done.
 

ttlong

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Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
Wow…this is fantastic!….my friend and I plan to walk a section of the Via Podiensis this summer and since we only want to walk approx 15 kms per day (we are in our mid sixties) it has been difficult finding a comprehensive resource to help us map out accommodations accordingly. This is perfect…thank you soooooo much Dave and @BlackRocker57!
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Wow…this is fantastic!….my friend and I plan to walk a section of the Via Podiensis this summer and since we only want to walk approx 15 kms per day (we are in our mid sixties) it has been difficult finding a comprehensive resource to help us map out accommodations accordingly. This is perfect…thank you soooooo much Dave and @BlackRocker57!
Tracey
Perfect. Thnx a lot for sharing
 

Dave

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Since you asked to report errors ect: the campsite in Béduer is still on your list, but it seems to be permanently closed now. From what I read on their website the owners have retired: https://www.camping-pech-ibert.com/.

Just in case you're still updating your amazing ressource :)
Dang! I was just there last summer. Sorry to hear that, but also happy for them. I hope they're able to find a buyer who will carry it forward. It's a nice little spot.

Thanks for the update!
 

vibs

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Via podiensis
Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
That is a fabulous spreadsheet for lodgings. What a lot of work. thanks.
I am new to the list and my partner and I (72 and 78 years old) are walking our second section of the Via Podiensis in June. We end up in Conques and I am having the devil's own time finding a way out of there hoping eventually to end up in a train station with a train to Paris.
Any suggestions?
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@vibs maybe the compostel'bus back to LePuy is an option? Then from Le Puy via Lyon to Paris by train.


I used it to skip two short sections in 2017 and it was very easy, just bought the ticket in the bus. For a return trip Conques-Le Puy it would probably be wise to book in advance, because many french hikers only walk Le Puy-Conques and I can imagine that there might be high demand.
 
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Dave

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@vibs maybe the compostel'bus back to LePuy is an option? Then from Le Puy via Lyon to Paris by train.


I used it to skip two short sections in 2017 and it was very easy, just bought the ticket in the bus. For a return trip Conques-Le Puy it would probably be wise to book in advance, because many french hikers only walk Le Puy-Conques and I can imagine that there might be high demand.
Agreed--this approach works great. You can catch the Compostel'bus or the La Malle Postale shuttle back towards Le Puy or southward to Figeac/Decazeville and pick up the train from there.
 

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Thanks so much for this valuable tool, using it now to fill in some scheduling holes!
 
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Hi all,

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've been working on, with support from @BlackRocker57. It’s a near-comprehensive spreadsheet, laying out all pilgrim-focused or pilgrim-adjacent accommodations on the Via Podiensis, including the Célé Valley and Rocamadour variants, as well as the two connecting routes to the Camino del Norte, the GR10 and Voie Nive Bidassoa. At the bottom of the sheet, you can also click over from the “Accommodations” tab to the “Services” tab, where I’m compiling bakeries, groceries, cafés, gear shops, and tourism offices along the way. There’s still a lot to fill in on that sheet, particularly with regards to opening hours in 2022, but that will trickle in over the next few months.

Here's the link: Le Puy / Via Podiensis Accommodations and Services

If you spot any errors, omissions, or other issues, I'd love to get feedback, either directly in response here or through a form I'm using to compile responses, linked in the spreadsheet's heading. Note that while I'm striving for comprehensiveness with pilgrim-focused accommodations, I'm not trying to exhaustively list every café or bakery in Cahors or Moissac! With the services, my priority is to capture all of the singleton grocery/bakeries/cafés in small villages, where you're really reliant on accessibility, and then to just sprinkle in some options in larger places. If you had a great experience at a place not listed, even in a larger town, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.

Happy planning!
Dave
Thank you so very much for providing this valuable resource. I am travelling a section of the Le Puy route next week and plan to complete in the future. I have pre-ordered your guidebook, look forward to reading.
 

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