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Advice for a 'mature' pilgrim re the Vezelay route

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mgnswaus

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Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Muxia 2012. Arles to Puente la Reina 2013. Puente la Reina to SdC 2014 European Peace Walk 2016 Portuguese 2017 Ingles 2017
After a few thousand kilometres spent on various Caminos since 2012, I'd like to tackle this route as far as SJPdP. However, I no longer feel the need to be challenged by the very steep and tricky ups and downs such as the descent from Rochegude, the climb out of Cahors, the slippery scramble into Conques, the slate slide from the Iron Cross down to Molinaseca, etc. Been there and done that several times.
I love the energy of these pathways, but sadly my flexibility has deteriorated and I can physically no longer tackle such slopes. They are simply too dangerous for me. Is there anyone familiar with this route who could provide me with a list of sections to avoid on this basis, please? And, perhaps, the don't miss sections that they found most inspiring....
Thank you :)
 

lovingkindness

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
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Hello @mgnswaus
Here's a picture of profils for le Voie de Vézelay. I found this trail to be moderate to easy most of the way. I walked via Bourge (flatter route) in 2010-2011. I recall only one place where I had to scramble (I think it was near Bazas) but it is possible that I was off trail.


Voie%20de%20Vézelay%20verso-01_0.png
 

lovingkindness

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Past? Not enough.
Future? Sure!
Hello @mgnswaus ,

There is now a web site which covers the full Voie de Vézelay: https://www.voiedevezelay.eu

I have walked both North and South ways. I remember a few places quite steep.
On the North way:
Arrival in Gargilesse, along the river dam, up​
On the South way:
Arrival in Gargilesse, down into the village​
Common way:
The downhill after Cuzion, to the river​
The uphill to Eguzon, from the river​
The arrival in Crozant, up​
The way over St-Goussaud, up and down​
Just outside St-Léonard-de-Noblat, up​
From Périgueux to St-Astier, a lot of up and down​
The arrival in Port-Ste-Foy, down​
The last hundred meters into St-Sever, up​
From St-Sever to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, it starts to be hilly...​

If you download the KML file from the site I mentionned above and open it in Google Earth, you can right click on a track segment to see the elevation profile.

Buen Camino, Jacques-D.
 

mgnswaus

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Muxia 2012. Arles to Puente la Reina 2013. Puente la Reina to SdC 2014 European Peace Walk 2016 Portuguese 2017 Ingles 2017
Thank you so much, Lovingkindness and jdpiguet. You advice is very much appreciated. Merle 👣
 

Harington

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Vézelay/Francés 2011, Primitivo 2012, VdlP 2013, Via Domitia 2014, Inglés 2015, Francigena 2016
After a few thousand kilometres spent on various Caminos since 2012, I'd like to tackle this route as far as SJPdP. However, I no longer feel the need to be challenged by the very steep and tricky ups and downs such as the descent from Rochegude, the climb out of Cahors, the slippery scramble into Conques, the slate slide from the Iron Cross down to Molinaseca, etc. Been there and done that several times.
I love the energy of these pathways, but sadly my flexibility has deteriorated and I can physically no longer tackle such slopes. They are simply too dangerous for me. Is there anyone familiar with this route who could provide me with a list of sections to avoid on this basis, please? And, perhaps, the don't miss sections that they found most inspiring....
Thank you :)
It's really very gentle. I was pretty "mature" when I walked it - no difficulties.
 

Bend

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014/15)
Finisterre (2014)
Le Puy (2017/18)
Portugal (2019)
After a few thousand kilometres spent on various Caminos since 2012, I'd like to tackle this route as far as SJPdP. However, I no longer feel the need to be challenged by the very steep and tricky ups and downs such as the descent from Rochegude, the climb out of Cahors, the slippery scramble into Conques, the slate slide from the Iron Cross down to Molinaseca, etc. Been there and done that several times.
I love the energy of these pathways, but sadly my flexibility has deteriorated and I can physically no longer tackle such slopes. They are simply too dangerous for me. Is there anyone familiar with this route who could provide me with a list of sections to avoid on this basis, please? And, perhaps, the don't miss sections that they found most inspiring....
Thank you :)
This is a route I’m also interested in walking, and I’m not as young as I was! So far I’ve heard that a fair proportion is (or was) on the road (is this right?), and it’s quite isolated. I will check the links on this post and keep watching others’ views. For example, are there many regular albergues? Thank you!
 

Pscarmen

My Way is better than any highway!
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago (2019)
This is a route I’m also interested in walking, and I’m not as young as I was! So far I’ve heard that a fair proportion is (or was) on the road (is this right?), and it’s quite isolated. I will check the links on this post and keep watching others’ views. For example, are there many regular albergues? Thank you!
Right there with you. I leave in 26 days & am interested in parts of this route though my main goal is to do the Frances.
 
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