The Way of St James from Le Puy-en-Velay in the Haute
Loire to the City of the Apostle in Galicia is a long-
distance footpath with a difference. People have been
walking it - as a pilgrimage route - for over a thousand
years and it has changed little in all that time. It
still passes through the same villages, climbs the same
hills, crosses the same rivers and visits the same
chapels, churches, cathedrals and monuments. Many of
those who walk the route are not experienced walkers.
This updated guide to the French section of the route -
the 730km Pilgrim Road from Le Puy-en-Velay to the
Pyrenees - provides all the information they will need to
tackle it. As well as detailed route descriptions,
practical information is provided about places to visit,
shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation. This new
edition offers extra route description from St Jean Pied
de Port to Pamplona and also St Palais to Irun to join
the Camino del Norte. It also includes a unique and
comprehensive listing of St James and other pilgrim
references along the way. A companion volume by the same
author, "The Way of St James - Spain", covers the Spanish
section of the route.
Alison Raju is a former teacher of French, German and Spanish to adults and the author of two other current Cicerone guides to pilgrimage routes: The Way of St James - Spain, and Via de la Plata. She is also the author of a forthcoming two-volume Cicerone guide to the Via Francigena, the historic pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome.