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Le Puy (or Geneva) to SJPdP in Autumn

Crazy Kiwiman

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances SJPdP-SdC 2016, SdC-Fisterre 2016, Le Puy-SJPdP-Logrono 2017 Te Araroa 2018
Hi everyone

Thanks you so much for all the info I have from your Le Puy threads.

I am looking to walk from either Geneva or Le Puy starting at the end of September 2017 - through to SJPdP. I can not find much information about walking at that time of year and am wondering if it will be too cold by then.

As background, I have only done one pilgrimage to date - SJPdP to Finisterre last year (but am totally hooked). The weather was perfect so I have unrealistic expectations!! I camp most nights (free camp or campground) and usually walk about 35-50km per day (please don't judge - I just love the walking).

I would appreciate any tips about camping also!

Thanks in advance!
Nigel
 
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Thornley

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances x 2 , Norte x 2 , Le Puy x 3 , Portuguese x 2,
Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
Hi everyone

Thanks you so much for all the info I have from your Le Puy threads.

I am looking to walk from either Geneva or Le Puy starting at the end of September 2017 - through to SJPdP. I can not find much information about walking at that time of year and am wondering if it will be too cold by then.

As background, I have only done one pilgrimage to date - SJPdP to Finisterre last year (but am totally hooked). The weather was perfect so I have unrealistic expectations!! I camp most nights (free camp or campground) and usually walk about 35-50km per day (please don't judge - I just love the walking).

I would appreciate any tips about camping also!

Thanks in advance!
Nigel

If you have the time Nigel start in Geneva.
You will get some crap when finishing 2 months later but the start will be magic and you will laugh at the discomfort.
Allow 10 weeks walking plus the stop overs an there will be plenty in both France and Spain.
I envy you my friend.
 

Crazy Kiwiman

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances SJPdP-SdC 2016, SdC-Fisterre 2016, Le Puy-SJPdP-Logrono 2017 Te Araroa 2018
If you have the time Nigel start in Geneva.
You will get some crap when finishing 2 months later but the start will be magic and you will laugh at the discomfort.
Allow 10 weeks walking plus the stop overs an there will be plenty in both France and Spain.
I envy you my friend.

Thanks Thornley,

What do you think about walking through France during October / November months. Is it sensible at that time of year? (...for someone used to Melbourne weather?)

BTW, great list of past pilgrimages in your profile! - will add them all to my wish list.
 

GuyA

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2022
Can't comment on camping however if you have the time start the walk from Geneva. I walked from Rorschach Switzerland to Finisterre in 2014/2015 and of the 5 Camino routes my favourite was Via Gebennensis from Geneva to Le Puy. I don't quite know why other than the countryside was spectacular, people were super nice, less travelled route, small villages...
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Year of past OR future Camino
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-19
The weather in late September and first half of October is usually quite fine; the latter half of October and November can be wet and chilly. Once past All Saints Day/Toussaint (Nov 1), about half the gites will close for the season. Based on your general schedule, you will be at the lower elevations (past Figeac) by mid-October, which will help you with the temperatures.

I don't find camping in the rain to be very enjoyable, personally. But maybe the OP is made of sterner stuff.
 
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Thornley

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances x 2 , Norte x 2 , Le Puy x 3 , Portuguese x 2,
Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
Thanks Thornley,

What do you think about walking through France during October / November months. Is it sensible at that time of year? (...for someone used to Melbourne weather?)

BTW, great list of past pilgrimages in your profile! - will add them all to my wish list.

I'd start in September if going the whole way.
 

JAL

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2014
Le Puy-St. Jean 2015
Via Francigena 2016
Norte/Primitivo 2016
Via de la Plata 2017
Hi everyone

Thanks you so much for all the info I have from your Le Puy threads.

I am looking to walk from either Geneva or Le Puy starting at the end of September 2017 - through to SJPdP. I can not find much information about walking at that time of year and am wondering if it will be too cold by then.

As background, I have only done one pilgrimage to date - SJPdP to Finisterre last year (but am totally hooked). The weather was perfect so I have unrealistic expectations!! I camp most nights (free camp or campground) and usually walk about 35-50km per day (please don't judge - I just love the walking).

I would appreciate any tips about camping also!

Thanks in advance!
Nigel


Hi Nigel,

I walked (2015) from LePuy to SJPdP leaving LePuy in late September and arriving in SJPdP in late October. The weather (and the walk) were wonderful. Warm the first few days and cooling nicely over the following weeks.

John
 

gittiharre

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
Hi Crazykiwiman.
It is a wonderful route from Geneva right through and perfect as you will do the early parts in warmer weather. I am walking the Le Puy route in July for the 3rd time and have walked Geneva to Le Puy twice. My friend was thinking about taking a tent next time and we found lots of camping spots that would be suitable en route.
 

Crazy Kiwiman

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances SJPdP-SdC 2016, SdC-Fisterre 2016, Le Puy-SJPdP-Logrono 2017 Te Araroa 2018
The weather in late September and first half of October is usually quite fine; the latter half of October and November can be wet and chilly. Once past All Saints Day/Toussaint (Nov 1), about half the gites will close for the season. Based on your general schedule, you will be at the lower elevations (past Figeac) by mid-October, which will help you with the temperatures.

I don't find camping in the rain to be very enjoyable, personally. But maybe the OP is made of sterner stuff.

Wow, that's exactly the info I needed - thanks Kitsambler (for all your comments throughout the forum). I will move my dates to earlier.

I LOVE camping in the rain (as long as the rain stays on the outside!). I don't love packing up a wet tent and carrying the extra weight.
 

Crazy Kiwiman

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances SJPdP-SdC 2016, SdC-Fisterre 2016, Le Puy-SJPdP-Logrono 2017 Te Araroa 2018
Hi Nigel,

I walked (2015) from LePuy to SJPdP leaving LePuy in late September and arriving in SJPdP in late October. The weather (and the walk) were wonderful. Warm the first few days and cooling nicely over the following weeks.

John
Thanks John. Will take your advice and start earlier.

Looks like you've been busy! I hope to to Via Francigena next year. Will tap you on the shoulder for your tips there too!
 
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KatWanderlust

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Aragones (2008), Frances (2008 & 2010), Le Puy (2010), Portuguese (2013), Finisterre/Muxia (2010, 2013, 2016) & Del Norte (2016)
What do you think about walking through France during October / November months. Is it sensible at that time of year? (...for someone used to Melbourne weather?)

Hola Nigel,

As a fellow Melbournite you should be fine - it will get cold and sometimes rainy but nothing we're not used to here!
I walked Le Puy to Finisterre early September to mid-November back in 2010. September in France was gorgeous, warm sunny days which slowly changed to chillier temperatures (especially the mornings/evenings) however it was easily managed with good thermal layers, beanie, gloves and Goretex ; )

Buen Camino!
 

Crazy Kiwiman

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances SJPdP-SdC 2016, SdC-Fisterre 2016, Le Puy-SJPdP-Logrono 2017 Te Araroa 2018
Thanks Kat,
I have taken your advice and will book travel for late September.

Regards
 

kayagee66

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2016)
Le Puy - Roncesvalles (2016)
Figeac - Cahors (2017)
Stevenson Trail (2018
I walked from Le Puy last year beginning of September. Met a few wild campers. Occasionally they would camp in the grounds of gites, cheap and the use of toilets and showers, and the great communal French meals if they wanted.
 

Alastair Calder

Ap Hamilton New Zealand
Year of past OR future Camino
Have completed San Jean to Santiago in 2015 and Porto Santiago 2017 PlanningVia Podiensis 2019
Hi everyone

Thanks you so much for all the info I have from your Le Puy threads.

I am looking to walk from either Geneva or Le Puy starting at the end of September 2017 - through to SJPdP. I can not find much information about walking at that time of year and am wondering if it will be too cold by then.

As background, I have only done one pilgrimage to date - SJPdP to Finisterre last year (but am totally hooked). The weather was perfect so I have unrealistic expectations!! I camp most nights (free camp or campground) and usually walk about 35-50km per day (please don't judge - I just love the walking).

I would appreciate any tips about camping also!

Thanks in advance!
Nigel
Interesting , looking at walking Le Puy to SJPDP departing in mid April any thoughts anyone on weather . Cheers Alastair NZ
 

Crazy Kiwiman

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances SJPdP-SdC 2016, SdC-Fisterre 2016, Le Puy-SJPdP-Logrono 2017 Te Araroa 2018
Interesting , looking at walking Le Puy to SJPDP departing in mid April any thoughts anyone on weather . Cheers Alastair NZ
It will still be pretty cold in April mate, and you may get snow etc when you are on the Massif Central area. Also a lot of accommodation is closed in the off season. It is a good walk with plenty of towns. I much prefer Spain over France for its friendliness and you will notice the difference as you cross the Pyrenees. Hope you are tramping Te Araora before you leave home??
 
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JAL

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2014
Le Puy-St. Jean 2015
Via Francigena 2016
Norte/Primitivo 2016
Via de la Plata 2017
I left Le Puy late September and the weather was ideal, Sunny and warm to start and cooler-wetter as I got into the French Basque country. I have walked several caminos now and LePuy to sjpdp was the best, just magical. Great food, crazy beautiful scenery, nice people. Ahhh magnifique. I met an Italian guy named Franco who has walked 20 Caminos and he also said LePuy was the best
 

AJGuillaume

Pèlerin du monde
Year of past OR future Camino
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
We're currently on the Camino del Norte, after having walked the Gebennensis and the Podiensis. The Gebennensis was magical, but don't expect many people around. The Podiensis was fantastic.
And the Norte is proving to be quite beautiful too!
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Again, soon as possible!
We're currently on the Camino del Norte, after having walked the Gebennensis and the Podiensis. The Gebennensis was magical, but don't expect many people around. The Podiensis was fantastic.
And the Norte is proving to be quite beautiful too!

Buen Camino!
 
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Sunrayrob

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Camino Frances 18 September - 21 October 2017
Oxfam Trailwalker 2013
Hi everyone

Thanks you so much for all the info I have from your Le Puy threads.

I am looking to walk from either Geneva or Le Puy starting at the end of September 2017 - through to SJPdP. I can not find much information about walking at that time of year and am wondering if it will be too cold by then.

As background, I have only done one pilgrimage to date - SJPdP to Finisterre last year (but am totally hooked). The weather was perfect so I have unrealistic expectations!! I camp most nights (free camp or campground) and usually walk about 35-50km per day (please don't judge - I just love the walking).

I would appreciate any tips about camping also!

Thanks in advance!
Nigel
Hi Crazy Kiwiman, we are looking at walking Geneva/Le Puy to SJPDP in September next year and would very interested to hear about your experience.
 

Thornley

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances x 2 , Norte x 2 , Le Puy x 3 , Portuguese x 2,
Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
If you guys have the time start in Geneva.
Everyone we met on the GR65 from Le Puy that commenced in Geneva were in awe with the scenery and everything associated with the path before Le Puy.
 

AJGuillaume

Pèlerin du monde
Year of past OR future Camino
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
If you guys have the time start in Geneva.
Everyone we met on the GR65 from Le Puy that commenced in Geneva were in awe with the scenery and everything associated with the path before Le Puy.
I concur. We walked from Geneva (and a little bit beyond that on the other side of lake Geneva) to SdC in 2018. The Gebennensis is beautiful.
 
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Mark L

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Year of past OR future Camino
Done : Le Puy to SJPdP in 2020.
Planned : Saint Jean to Santiago in 2021
Wow, that's exactly the info I needed - thanks Kitsambler (for all your comments throughout the forum). I will move my dates to earlier.

I LOVE camping in the rain (as long as the rain stays on the outside!). I don't love packing up a wet tent and carrying the extra weight.
If you get as far as Figeac and have need of help, just drop me a message and I can help out also can help with local advice (up as far as SjPP) and French language. I live in Cajarc so am always happy to assist Pèlerins where I can having got to SjPP myself last year and hopefully further into Spain (allowing for the obvious) this year.

good luck
 

Kanga

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
@Mark L - lucky you. I thought Cajarc was lovely and would be a great place to live.
 

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