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Secondary route via Angoulême

Barbara

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Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
I'm planning a cycle Camino from my home near St. Savin in the Vienne. There is a secondary route runs along the river
Gartempe via Lussac le Château, le Vigeant, and Charroux and on to Angoulême. Where it seems to peter out around St. Aulnaye.
I was thinking to join up with the main Tours route or possibly the Vézelay route, then connect to the Somport route around Pau. Does anyone have any experience of passing through Angoulême, especially wrt reasonably priced accommodation, and pleasant minor roads between there and either Bordeaux or Marmande?
 
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I live next to the Grand Châtenet section
How about cutting across to St Jean d'Angely (two day cycle). Here you can pick up the Tours route.
 

Barbara

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Well, that's certainly an option. Angoulême to St Jean d'Angély would mean a longish backtrack though, and I was thinking more of cutting across from further south. I have looked at a map and Wikipedia. It seems an early route followed the river to Cognac, and then possibly Saintes. What I was hoping was to find someone who had some first or even second hand information, in particular the possibility of reasonably priced accommodation and anything interesting in the way of cultural/St. James related heritage.
 
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I live next to the Grand Châtenet section
I was thinking La Poste, Gencay, Aulnay then St Jean d'Angely. The GR65 route goes through st-Savin then joins the GR-655 the Tours route.
 

Barbara

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Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Ah, I think we have a confusion of places. Not helped by my mis-spelling of St Aulaye (south of Angouleme) as St Aulnaye.
I've actually already done something close to what you suggestt going through Gencay and picking up the Tours route at Melle (can't find La Poste btw)
The St Savin I am thinking of isn't anywhere near the GR 65. It's the world heritage site in the Vienne in Nouvelle Aquitaine and is on the GR48.
Are there two Gencay s as well? That would really confuse me.

However, the route I was planning takes me on the GR48 from 86310 St Savin to Charroux and then Angouleme and St Aulaye. I was thinking of a connection somewhere around Bordeaux if I got onto the Tours route, or alternatively joining the Vezelay or Le Puy routes
 
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I live next to the Grand Châtenet section
It's always fun when a country has two or more places with the same name.

Didn't realize you'd started the journey.
 

Barbara

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Oh, i haven't started yet. That was last time I was on the Tours route. Leaving in a couple of weeks.
 

FLEUR

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Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
I walked Aulnay to Saintes in 2017. Prior to that over the years I walked every stage from Saintes to Blaye but only as day stages returning to my (second) home base, nr Saintes.

Do contact me if you've questions about this area.
 

Barbara

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Thank you, Fleur. I'm really looking for information on the route south of Angoulême, and whether to head west and join the Tours route or more east and connect with the Vézelay route. There is historic precedent for both, but I need to consider the accommodation position, as in "Can I afford it" I'm starting from home, near St. Savin (that's the St. Savin in the Vienne, the world heritage site that no body has heard of)
 

FLEUR

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Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
World heritage sites in Saintes and Pons and many pilgrim connections. Auberge for pilgrims and Youth hostel in Saintes. Auberge in Pons too.
Air bnb might have a room in a home on offer in some areas.
 

Barbara

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Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Thank you Fleur. I hadn't considered air BnB. Good thought.
I'm interested in exploring the secondary routes, and have actually based this plan on an investigation into Saint James associations in south West and central France. I've cycled the Tours route some years ago, and walked the Vézelay route, it's joining them in a coherent manner that's of interest to me. I suppose it's going to come down to looking at pilgrim traffic at different periods and deciding if I want to be a tenth century or fifteenth century pilgrim. Or maybe just finding the pretty way.
 

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