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Suggestions where to start. Le Puy or Geneva

Julene

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Year of past OR future Camino
Saint jean pied de port to santiago 2014 and 2016.
Le puy to saint jean 2018
Hi
I have walked the Frensch way twice starting at SJPDP to Santiago_Once alone and once with my 20year old daughter.
We are planning on walking in France next year.
I would love suggestions on whether we should start our walk in Geneva or in Le Puy.
We have aprox 4 weeks. Would mid April still be too cold?
I read that the way is not so well marked from Geneva?
Any suggestions??
 
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Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-19
Welcome to the Forum, Julene!

whether we should start our walk in Geneva or in Le Puy.
It depends on your preferences. From Geneva to Le Puy is approx 4 weeks. From Le Puy to SJPP is approx 5-6 weeks. There are fewer walkers, and therefore less infrastructure, on the Geneva section. However, "less" is different from "none". And if you walk the Geneva route this year, you can pick up your journey in Le Puy the next time.

We have aprox 4 weeks. Would mid April still be too cold?
Cold is a relative sensation. Mid-April still counts as early Spring in those parts, and much of both routes is at some elevation.

I read that the way is not so well marked from Geneva?
Nowhere else in Europe is as profusely marked as the C. Frances in Spain. But the route from Geneva is adequately (usually) marked. As everywhere off the CF, the walker is responsible for monitoring their own position with maps, Googlemaps or similar, and situational awareness.

Any suggestions??
There are huge sections of this forum devoted to both the Geneva and the Le Puy routes. They make wonderful winter reading. Blogs (mine, GitteHaare) are also very useful reading.
 

kaixo

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Frances 2012
Norte 2012
Geneva/Le Puy/SJPP/Bilbao 2015
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I travelled in June and July. It was extremely hot during the second week of July (40+°C).
You will be on the GR-65 the entire time.

The route from Geneva to Le Puy (Via Gebennensis) is well marked. I used the very helpful yellow guidebook from HERE (click on PATHS, then on the Guides we publish). It contains maps, elevation charts, accommodation lists, phone numbers, etc. I stayed in gites and accueil jacquaires. I highly recommend the camping in Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers. I walked for 13 days. I enjoyed this route for its beauty and solitude.
Chemin de Saint-Jacques.jpg

The crowds begin in Le Puy but thin out after Conques. I walked from Le Puy to SJPP (Via Podiensis) in 22 days. I used two guides...The Miam Miam Dodo and the Michelin Chemins de Compostelle. After Conques I was by myself most of the time. Stayed mostly in gites and accueil jacquaires. I stayed with the nuns in Vaylats and had a beautiful home to myself in Montcuq. Do stay with Vince in Espalais. Best meal was in Uharte-Mixe at l'Escargot.
Miam Miam Dodo.png Michelin Chemins de Compostelle.png

Enjoy your planning. Bon chemin.
 
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gittiharre

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CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
Hi. I walked both routes twice.
The Geneva route is fascinating, very well marked. Essential to have the yellow guidebook from the Association St Jacques de Rhone d'Alpes as it contains addresses and phone nos of Accueil Jacquaires. These are families who welcome pilgrims into their homes to eat and sleep. You leave a donation. There is also a good amount of gite communal accommodation along the route.
It is however challenging as there are considerable ups and downs on a daily basis and April could still see snow. Allow about 3 weeks for this route. It took me 18 days.
Le Puy route is lovely. Much busier with pilgrims and walking groups.
 

Julene

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Saint jean pied de port to santiago 2014 and 2016.
Le puy to saint jean 2018
Hi. I walked both routes twice.
The Geneva route is fascinating, very well marked. Essential to have the yellow guidebook from the Association St Jacques de Rhone d'Alpes as it contains addresses and phone nos of Accueil Jacquaires. These are families who welcome pilgrims into their homes to eat and sleep. You leave a donation. There is also a good amount of gite communal accommodation along the route.
It is however challenging as there are considerable ups and downs on a daily basis and April could still see snow. Allow about 3 weeks for this route. It took me 18 days.
Le Puy route is lovely. Much busier with pilgrims and walking groups.
Thank you for the info.
Think i will start in Le Puy.Hoping walking jn France will be as good as Spain.
 
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Traveler66

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2103-SJPD à SDdC; 2014 - Le Puis à SJPD. (2016 Liboa - SDdC)
Hi
I have walked the Frensch way twice starting at SJPDP to Santiago_Once alone and once with my 20year old daughter.
We are planning on walking in France next year.
I would love suggestions on whether we should start our walk in Geneva or in Le Puy.
We have aprox 4 weeks. Would mid April still be too cold?
I read that the way is not so well marked from Geneva?
Any suggestions??
Hi
I have walked the Frensch way twice starting at SJPDP to Santiago_Once alone and once with my 20year old daughter.
We are planning on walking in France next year.
I would love suggestions on whether we should start our walk in Geneva or in Le Puy.
We have aprox 4 weeks. Would mid April still be too cold?
I read that the way is not so well marked from Geneva?
Any suggestions??
Thank you for the info.
Think i will start in Le Puy.Hoping walking jn France will be as good as Spain.
If your walking in France...I highly recommends the Way from Cluny to SJPDP, and beyond, Yhe Cluny Way is fantastic: Bourgogne, Beaujolais...the wide Loire Valley...amazing. Sufficient accommodations and very well marked. Pick up a guide at the Tourist Office, Cluny - it’s sll your need for cheap
Hi
I have walked the Frensch way twice starting at SJPDP to Santiago_Once alone and once with my 20year old daughter.
We are planning on walking in France next year.
I would love suggestions on whether we should start our walk in Geneva or in Le Puy.
We have aprox 4 weeks. Would mid April still be too cold?
I read that the way is not so well marked from Geneva?
Any suggestions??
 

Traveler66

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Year of past OR future Camino
2103-SJPD à SDdC; 2014 - Le Puis à SJPD. (2016 Liboa - SDdC)
Cluny! The Bourgogne (hills) Mountains, The Beaujolais Mountains (hills), The wide Loire River Valley...quiet, well marked, Pilgrims remain a happy surprise to the villagers. Clean, new mayor managed village Gîtes most of the way; a night or two in a Chateau. A very unused and memorable Chemin. I purchased my 2017 guide booklet at the Tourist Office in Cluny. It’s all you’d need to randonnée to Le Puis. The local wines and meals in these regions are worth ANY detour.
 

Julene

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Saint jean pied de port to santiago 2014 and 2016.
Le puy to saint jean 2018
Cluny! The Bourgogne (hills) Mountains, The Beaujolais Mountains (hills), The wide Loire River Valley...quiet, well marked, Pilgrims remain a happy surprise to the villagers. Clean, new mayor managed village Gîtes most of the way; a night or two in a Chateau. A very unused and memorable Chemin. I purchased my 2017 guide booklet at the Tourist Office in Cluny. It’s all you’d need to randonnée to Le Puis. The local wines and meals in these regions are worth ANY detour.
Thank you so much for the suggestion. I have looked at a few sites. Where did you end and do you think we should start in Cluny in stead of Geneva and go all the way to SJPDP? Also suggestion for best time to go. Were thinking of going in April but if it is too cold still can move it forward to May.
 

Traveler66

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2103-SJPD à SDdC; 2014 - Le Puis à SJPD. (2016 Liboa - SDdC)
First, I do not know the Camino from Geneva. Yet by beginning in Cluny, perhaps the most historic former Benedictine House in Europe, you add 15 - 17 days to the Le Pui - SJPdP Chemin. Cluny is a town worth a couple of days exploration. As you’ll be in low mountains quite a bit, beginning later may be better. Forewarned, you will not be surrounded by fellow Pilgrims. I often had the 4 - 6 person Gîtes to myself. There are many inexpensive alternative small hotels easily found and booked by town tourist offices. Bon Chemin! This is a Road Less Travelled.
 

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