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Connecting Le Puy and Arles routes

Karl G

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August and September 2019 - Arles
Does anyone have experience or knowledge of a trail that connects the Le Puy with the Arles route? It looks like there should be a way to do this near Pau or Oloron-Sainte-Marie.

I would like to walk the Le Puy - hopefully next Fall - but I really like the last bit of the Arles and I’m wondering if I can get the best of both worlds.

Thanks in advance!
 
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Glenshiro

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Navarrenx to Oloron is probably the shortest connection. The D2 southeast from Navarrenx, then the D27 to Prechacq-Josbaig where you pick up the GR78 to Oloron. It's just over 20k.
 

Karl G

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Navarrenx to Oloron is probably the shortest connection. The D2 southeast from Navarrenx, then the D27 to Prechacq-Josbaig where you pick up the GR78 to Oloron. It's just over 20k.
Thanks - I’m hoping to avoid the roads - is there a walking trail connecting the routes?
 

Glenshiro

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There isn't an off-road one - even the GR78 uses backroads. But you'll find that the Puy route also uses a lot of D roads, which are usually very quiet and almost traffic-free. (Watch out for La Poste van, though!)

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Karl G

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Hi there.

Here’s a link that might be useful


Navarrenx to Oloron.
Thanks but unfortunately the link requires the app or a registration.

However, after researching the advice from @Glenshiro I came across this handy site (see below) and, after zooming in near Proschacq Jobaig, saw that a slight refinement would be useful. The D27 and D29 intersect nearby and taking the D29 at that point leads across the river to the very close by GR 78.

Thanks all!

 
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Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
I've walked the Le Puy and quite a bit of the Arles - and I think you just have to do both! I can't quite see how you could cross from one to the other without leaving out bits.
 

Karl G

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August and September 2019 - Arles
I've walked the Le Puy and quite a bit of the Arles - and I think you just have to do both! I can't quite see how you could cross from one to the other without leaving out bits.
I did the first part of the Arles - Arles to Toulouse - and the last few segments - Oloron-Sainte-Marie to Somport - so I’ve covered most of it. Maybe someday I’ll do the rest but for now I’m leaning to doing most of the Le Puy and then repeating my favorite part of the Arles.

Time and body willing I’ll fill in the rest of both but revisiting the Valle d’Aspe before doing that is kind of like eating dessert first. 🙂
 

Kanga

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Time and body willing I’ll fill in the rest of both but revisiting the Valle d’Aspe before doing that is kind of like eating dessert first. 🙂

It is the bit we missed, we ran out of time once we got to OSM - so looking forward to this one day!
 
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Tandem Graham

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Bike: Mont St Michel-SdC. Budapest-Vezelay. Alicante-Burgos
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About 20km after Conques, on the Le Puy route there is a (poorly) marked path veering south which I was told (when I accidentally walked 3km along it) eventually links to the Via Tolosana.
All I really know is that it resulted in a long, sun exposed detour along a paved road, to refind the GR65/Puy route.
 
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Does anyone have experience or knowledge of a trail that connects the Le Puy with the Arles route? It looks like there should be a way to do this near Pau or Oloron-Sainte-Marie.

I would like to walk the Le Puy - hopefully next Fall - but I really like the last bit of the Arles and I’m wondering if I can get the best of both worlds.

Thanks in advance!
Hello. I connected by taking a bus to close to Pau. Then went on via the Somport route to Jaca and on
 

JabbaPapa

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Does anyone have experience or knowledge of a trail that connects the Le Puy with the Arles route? It looks like there should be a way to do this near Pau or Oloron-Sainte-Marie.

I would like to walk the Le Puy - hopefully next Fall - but I really like the last bit of the Arles and I’m wondering if I can get the best of both worlds.

Thanks in advance!
There are three "reasonable" options, plus a host of DIY ones.

The already discussed Navarrenx to Oloron is a good one.

There is a waymarked route towards Toulouse starting from the Le Puy route, commencing just before it reaches Laubarède, after Noaillac.

Otherwise, apart from DIY, the only "sensible" third option would be Le Puy > Langogne > Villefort > Alès > Nîmes > Saint-Gilles > Arles Way. But this would basically mean no Le Puy route at all.

There's a semi DIY southwards from the environs of Decazeville, or better IMO Figeac, > Villefranche de Rouergue > Gaillac > Toulouse that seems to be somewhat attractive.
 
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Mera

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CF, Norte twice, Primitivo, Porto, Madrid
Does anyone have experience or knowledge of a trail that connects the Le Puy with the Arles route? It looks like there should be a way to do this near Pau or Oloron-Sainte-Marie.

I would like to walk the Le Puy - hopefully next Fall - but I really like the last bit of the Arles and I’m wondering if I can get the best of both worlds.

Thanks in advance!
Here is the map, in which you can see where the two come close to each other.
 

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Le Puy route 2014; Le Puy route continuation 2016; Le Puy route 2017; Le Puy route 2019 [incl. Célé]
Does anyone have experience or knowledge of a trail that connects the Le Puy with the Arles route? It looks like there should be a way to do this near Pau or Oloron-Sainte-Marie.

I would like to walk the Le Puy - hopefully next Fall - but I really like the last bit of the Arles and I’m wondering if I can get the best of both worlds.

Thanks in advance!
I’d say that your best bet is out of Navarrenx where you can connect with the GR78 at Préchacq-Josbaig [7.0km to the east of Navarrenx] but beyond Oloron-Sainte-Marie ... OR out of Arthez-de-Béarn to Pau [not sure that there is a GR or a GRP walking path] by commuter bus or taxi and pick up the GR78 / GR653 / GRE3 from there ...
 
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Karl G

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August and September 2019 - Arles
I’d say that your best bet is out of Navarrenx where you can connect with the GR78 at Préchacq-Josbaig [7.0km to the east of Navarrenx] but beyond Oloron-Sainte-Marie ... OR out of Arthez-de-Béarn to Pau [not sure that there is a GR or a GRP walking path] by commuter bus or taxi and pick up the GR78 / GR653 / GRE3 from there ...
Thanks - I've also since found a route from Lectoure to Auch along the Tour de Gascogne. It would be a long day - 35km - but would be a good option if seeing more of the Arles is the decision. It is nice hiking from Auch to Oloron Ste Marie.
 

jenny@zen

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2022 Via De la Plata
If your path from Lectoure takes you past Gite la Croisée de St. Cricq (just before Auch on the Arles Way) - it was a wonderful stop for us in 2016, warmly welcomed by Christine and Marco.

Likewise, some lovely towns and villages after Auch, including Marciac (we lived for a time nearby).

On thé Le Puy And Arles Ways, no bad choices!
 
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Le Puy route 2014; Le Puy route continuation 2016; Le Puy route 2017; Le Puy route 2019 [incl. Célé]
Thanks - I've also since found a route from Lectoure to Auch along the Tour de Gascogne. It would be a long day - 35km - but would be a good option if seeing more of the Arles is the decision. It is nice hiking from Auch to Oloron Ste Marie.
👍
 

Karl G

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August and September 2019 - Arles
If your path from Lectoure takes you past Gite la Croisée de St. Cricq (just before Auch on the Arles Way) - it was a wonderful stop for us in 2016, warmly welcomed by Christine and Marco.

Likewise, some lovely towns and villages after Auch, including Marciac (we lived for a time nearby).

On thé Le Puy And Arles Ways, no bad choices!
That’s great to know - and what an experience it must have been to live in small town France! 👍🏻
 

MaurizioC

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Mozarabe, Tolosana
Thanks - I've also since found a route from Lectoure to Auch along the Tour de Gascogne. It would be a long day - 35km - but would be a good option if seeing more of the Arles is the decision. It is nice hiking from Auch to Oloron Ste Marie.
....or GR46 to toulouse..... crossing GR65 near Varaire ( or at Rocamadour...or Saint Cirq Lapopie )
 
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JabbaPapa

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Rocamadour would be a detour in the "wrong" direction.

But there are a couple of possibilities from Moissac -- the canal cycling route, which would be waymarked, or some parallel DIY, or some combination of the two between that waymarked path and options geared more towards lodging and pilgrimage.

Or at Decazeville, you can choose between a number of local routes eventually making it to the Sentier leading from there to Villefranche de Rouergue, and from there a GR36 via Gaillac to Toulouse.
 

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