Can anybody recommend a good guide book for the via Podiensis from Le Puy to SJPdP? It can be in French if there are more available. I live in New Zealand, though, and am not sure about postage at the moment.
thanks in advance
thanks in advance
Thank you very much Kanga. Will check online re these books. I used to have a Camino gps app that shows the actual Camino but couldn’t find any for the le Puy route. Once in France will see whether I can find a map for the path. All covid dependent anyway. Not looking good in Europe at the mo. France very badI used the Miam Miam Dodo books, even though they are in French. Simple and very easy to understand. They list all accommodation and food within 5km of the Via, set out on "mud maps", and come in three books, the first from Le Puy to Cahors, the second from Cahors to SJPDP and the third using the Célé Valley variant. I bought mine direct from the publisher's website here, but they are probably available on other websites as well. I also used a map book that I purchased from the Cathedral in Le Puy (they have them all). But my information is now well out of date, and today I would probably simply download an app - if you search you will find plenty, and you will probably get recommendations here from those who have walked more recently than me.
I think it is important to take Chrissy’s advice especially since this damn pandemic. It will be difficult to know exactly where services and gites are still open and operating for a good while. Having a few sources especially on a route like this will be important. When I walked in 2015 I used a small Michelin guide that was totally inadequate. Should have bought the Dodo. The representative in the pilgrim office in Paris told me to but I spoke no French and thought I couldn’t use it. Found out when I was just days out of SJPP it would have been easy ugh. Now that is an app and in English get it. There were lots of little villages I walked through that ended up having no services or shops or restaurants that were only open a few hours a day. It is a wonderful Camino even though I couldn’t speak French and barely a soul spoke English. Do some planning and watch the markers. I can tell you I walked more than a few days were I couldn’t find one shop or cafe open. A fantastic route no matter what.I used both the "Lightfoot Guide to the Via Podiensis" and the Miam Miam Dodo app. They worked well together and offered a few differing lodging options to consider.
Try the free Windy Maps GPS app with downloadable maps so you don’t need data. Has every trail under the sun including the Le Puy.Thank you very much Kanga. Will check online re these books. I used to have a Camino gps app that shows the actual Camino but couldn’t find any for the le Puy route. Once in France will see whether I can find a map for the path. All covid dependent anyway. Not looking good in Europe at the mo. France very bad