We had intended to do a continuous 30-day walk, starting from Cluny in south Burgundy, passing through le Puy-en-Velay, then descending towards the Mediterranean, ending somewhere in the Languedoc, but circumstances (ill-health) intervened.
What we ended up doing was a twelve-day walk from Cluny, heading south over the Mountains of the Beaujolais to Saint-Étienne, on through the gorges of the Loire to le Puy, then a train ride back to Saint-Amand-Montrond in the Berry.
From there we took another twelve days to get to Tours by way of the Cher river and the Canal de Berry.
Contrary to our usual habit, we had several rest days. This was during the mountainous first section, when our health was at its worst.
The second section was as flat as a tack and had the added virtue of closely-spaced villages, so we had no need for rest days.
For those who like statistics there is a spreadsheet that gives details of this walk.
Our route for this year
All section maps show accommodation icons (either camping or hotel/gîte) for each night. By zooming in on a particular icon you can see the precise location of the establishment where we stayed.
You can also get a full screen view of this map in Google Earth and take a virtual flight along our route.
The diary has been broken up in to the following sections: