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Cluny to Le Puy - Pilgrims needed

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StephenChad

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Camino(s) past & future
Norte 2014
CF 2017
Le Puy to Moissac 2018
Just noticed this fine looking 320k trail has been recently upgraded with waymarks, picnic tables, dry toilets and accommodation.
A new guidebook has been published.
But they are short of pilgrims ....

 

Margaret Butterworth

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2013 (Pamplona to Burgos)
2014 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
2015 (Villafranca to Santiago)
2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
Note they have included "dry toilets" in their preparation of the Way.
 

gittiharre

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CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
Just noticed this fine looking 320k trail has been recently upgraded with waymarks, picnic tables, dry toilets and accommodation.
A new guidebook has been published.
But they are short of pilgrims ....

If they are serious about attracting pilgrims, the french need to start marketing their pilgrim routes in other languages and for hosts to learn a few basic language skills beyond french. I was fine, as I speak reasonable french, but if one doesn't it is quite isolating around the dinner table. There is so much potential and having more people on the trails would do something to keep rural France alive. Villages and small towns are closing down fast. On the Le Puy route, most of the french walkers are retired groups of french, hardly any young people. A splattering of Canadians, Germans, Swiss and others. There is a lot that could be done to attract more pilgrims, without overcrowding the routes in France.
 

brian560

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CF, VdlP 2016, Port. Central, Norte , Port. Coastal (2018).San Salvador and Primitivo (2019)
If they are serious about attracting pilgrims, the french need to start marketing their pilgrim routes in other languages and for hosts to learn a few basic language skills beyond french. I was fine, as I speak reasonable french, but if one doesn't it is quite isolating around the dinner table. There is so much potential and having more people on the trails would do something to keep rural France alive. Villages and small towns are closing down fast. On the Le Puy route, most of the french walkers are retired groups of french, hardly any young people. A splattering of Canadians, Germans, Swiss and others. There is a lot that could be done to attract more pilgrims, without overcrowding the routes in France.
Very true. My food options in rural France are limited to what I can point to.
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-18
If they are serious about attracting pilgrims, the french need to start marketing their pilgrim routes in other languages and for hosts to learn a few basic language skills beyond french.
I've heard it said that 85% of the walkers in France (at least on the Le Puy route) are French, so I suspect the best marketing target for the new route would be French hiking groups.
 

alhartman

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Camino(s) past & future
2005 2007 Frances
2016 Leon to Santiago
On my bucket list for a few years!! Barrier is my lack of decent French having retained almost none from High School.
And seeing what has happened to the Camino Frances, I will never, never, never suggest marketing of any of the remaining routes!!
But guess it is time to buy the new guide and keep dreaming.
I would follow-up with the RLStephenson/GR70 having been driven off by the July heat a few years ago after just 4 nites.
 

FLEUR

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Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018

HaraldS

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2011-2017: Home(Germany) to SdC via Cologne-Taizé-Le Puy-Somport-Camino Aragones-Camino Frances
I did the route in October 2014. Quite rainy, but nevertheless a marvelous experience. The responsable Confraternity, the Association Rhône-Alpes des Amis de Saint-Jacques publishes their Orange Guide since years which is a must on this way.
Some French skills are a big plus if you're walking there. Be aware that this is rural France, small villages, not many young people, the elder ones sometimes struggling with other languages than French. German was okay, occasionally.
I would definetly commence at Taizé, 11km north of Cluny. Participating in these endless meditative Taizé chants with thousands of young people is an unforgettable experience, don't miss that.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I walked the Le Puy in June 2018 as far as Auvillar and loved it. Gitti is correct in saying most walkers were groups of older French friends. I walked with two America friends, so we did not feel alone at the dinner table...a few of the French did speak some English. It was a great, memorable Camino, albeit different than Spain.
 

JabbaPapa

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I walked a different route in 1997 (IIRC -- could have been 1996, or '98 ?) via Beaujeu, Montbrison I think (?), and Monistrol.

It's a beautiful hiking area, though I'd hesitate to call these GR routes "caminos" or "pilgrimages" -- I certainly don't count my own hiking trip there among mine. There's nothing at all wrong with that of course, and these routes towards Le Puy could most certainly form a part of somebody's Camino who started from further away north than Le Puy but nevertheless wanted to follow that major route.

Though personally, if I were starting in the area near Cluny, I'd likely make my way towards the Vézelay route (with a likely detour via Beaujeu) rather than heading for Le Puy -- but to each his own !!
 

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