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Has anyone walked from Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette to Avignon to Camino del Piamonte?

The Kolbist

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past: Frances, inland Portuguese, Fatima
future: Del Norte, coastal Porugues, Englis
Hi,

Planning to walk in the future one Marian apparition to another in Shrine of our Lady of Lasalette to Lourdes via Avignon. It's a long shot but has anyone walked this route or have any information if its even doable. thanks.
 
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Isca-camigo

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Various ones.
I copied this text from the La Salette website after translating it into English

'It is also possible to get to the sanctuary on foot, like the old pilgrims, by following many marked paths, for example, from Valbonnais (north); Valgaudemar (south-east) or Corps (south-west).
All these routes allow you to discover the surroundings of the sanctuary, particularly rich in alpine flora and fauna, as well as to have some breathtaking views and admire the landscapes of medium and high mountains.'

I cant help you with the route to Corps, which would be heading in the right direction for the Via Domitia (GR653D) https://www.gr-infos.com/en/gr653_D.htm but would say if you can get there it would be about 35km according to google earth to Gap, and then you are on the route to Avignon. My suggestion after that is stay on the route and go to Arles and take the Chemin Arles and follow it to Toulouse and take the connecting route up that goes to the Via Piamonte https://www.caminodesantiago.me/com...-gr-chemin-toulouse-to-sb-de-comminges.49402/ .
I am being a bit vague but will try to find my book which does a Chemin St Jacques from Arles to Logrono via the Mediterranean and would cross the start of the Via Piamont.

+ If you couldn't find connecting trails between Corps and Gap then this is the road you would be walking

This link is to the tourism office of Corps, they have online map which you can move about and zoom in on, it may be a way of creating your own route.
 
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Isca-camigo

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Various ones.
In my rush to find info I forgot to say what a beautiful way to go from Marian Sanctuary in the Alps to Marian Sanctuary in the Pyrenees. If you do go via the coast to the start of the Piamonte I then you will have a very beautiful route once you get to the foothills of the Pyrenees. And from my book ( the Chemin Catalan) it seemed the route from St Gilles to Montpellier (Mediterranean side) was a lot more off road or next to various canals than the Arles way to Montpellier.
I walked from Montpellier ( Grabels) on the Chemin de Arles and it was stunning once you got into the Haute Languedoc. There is a detour route you see on maps occasionally from St. Gervais Sur Mare to the Via Piedmont which if it exists would probably give you the best of the Arles and Piedmont but finding info is elusive, it may be worth searching the forum, someone may posted something 4 or 5 years ago.
I found this link to a GR route which actually goes through your sanctuary and if you follow it south then it will bring you quite close to the Via Domitia https://www.gr-infos.com/gr50.htm.

+ The route from St Gervais Sur Mare to Capestang on the Via Piedmont. https://www.minervois-caroux.com/fr/bouger/randonnees-caroux-herault/saint-jacques-de-compostel.html
 
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The Kolbist

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Year of past OR future Camino
past: Frances, inland Portuguese, Fatima
future: Del Norte, coastal Porugues, Englis
thanks Isca-camigo... will try to study this... we might visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of Lasalette this fall and will try to gather more info... thanks again
 

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