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Arles Route versus Le Puy

Stephen B

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014), Camino de Madrid (2017), Voie d'Arles (2018)
#1
Hello friends, I am looking at routes to take this spring - from early April to mid/late May 2018 and can't decide between the Le Puy route and the Arles route. Would be grateful for any thoughts. Thanks, Steve.
 

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Arn

Moderator
Staff member
#2
Le Puy is beautiful going thru some fantastic southern France countryside. While the Arles follows the southern coast of France thru some sizably larger towns ( Montpelier) before it enters the Pyrenees. Any special reason to consider these routes.
 

Stephen B

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014), Camino de Madrid (2017), Voie d'Arles (2018)
#3
Thank you Arn. I guess weather is a consideration, especially at that time of year. Plus I can do without a crowd. I enjoyed the Camino Frances for the fellow pilgrims when I did it in April 2014, but discovered when I did the Madrid Camino last year that the absence of traffic didn't trouble me at all. Besides my French is fine, so engaging with locals won't be awkward.
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-18
#4
Since there are fewer walkers on the Arles route, there is less infrastructure and longer stages. Check the current Miam Miam Dodo and do some planning.
 

Stephen B

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014), Camino de Madrid (2017), Voie d'Arles (2018)
#5
Thank you Kitsambler. Decision time is near. I also look forward to feasting further on your thoughtful blog.

Kind regards,

Steve
 

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kayagee66

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2016)
Le Puy - Roncesvalles (2016)
Figeac - Cahors (2017)
Stevenson Trail (2018
#6
i've walked the Le Puy route, and last year the Célé variant. Lovely walking. Although i believe the Le Puy route is one of the busier routes in France it is not so busy that i noticed it. You could walk all day and hardly see anyone until you arrived at your destination. Accommodation and food were excellent (i stayed in gîtes most times, no hotels). I walked both times in September which is supposed to be one of the busiest months. The other being May, the month with most holiday days.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Geneva to Irun then Norte to SDC 2015
#7
Hello Stephen
I'll second Arn and Kitsambler that the Le Puy route is a beautiful walk but add that when I walked over the Aubrac in 2015 it snowed heavily May 20,21 and 22nd. I thought this highly unusual but several locals said it wasn't. After the town of Aubrac when the path begins its lovely descent spring flowers were all around.
bon chemin
 

Stephen B

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014), Camino de Madrid (2017), Voie d'Arles (2018)
#8
i've walked the Le Puy route, and last year the Célé variant. Lovely walking. Although i believe the Le Puy route is one of the busier routes in France it is not so busy that i noticed it. You could walk all day and hardly see anyone until you arrived at your destination. Accommodation and food were excellent (i stayed in gîtes most times, no hotels). I walked both times in September which is supposed to be one of the busiest months. The other being May, the month with most holiday days.
Thanks Kayagee. I will be doing the route from mid-April to May. Hope the weather isn't too crazy. I guess it is always best to pack for the worst.
 

Stephen B

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014), Camino de Madrid (2017), Voie d'Arles (2018)
#9
Hello Stephen
I'll second Arn and Kitsambler that the Le Puy route is a beautiful walk but add that when I walked over the Aubrac in 2015 it snowed heavily May 20,21 and 22nd. I thought this highly unusual but several locals said it wasn't. After the town of Aubrac when the path begins its lovely descent spring flowers were all around.
bon chemin
Thanks for your insight Richard. I guess you just never know how the weather will be. In my two walks through Spain - the Frances in 2014 and the Madrid in 2017 - they were unseasonably warm and dry. Maybe this year in France it will get real.
 

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