2005 Diary

Walking in France: On the way to le Bugue
On the way to le Bugue

A 51-day walk made up of two parts.

We started with a 19-day, 470 km walk from Blois to Angoulême, exploring the Loire and Cher rivers as far as Tours, and then turning south on the pilgrim’s Way of Tours to Angoulême.

This was followed by a 32-day, 710 km walk in the south-west.

From Terrasson we went down the Vézère and Dordogne rivers to Lalinde.

Walking in France: Loubressac in the Lot
Loubressac in the Lot

Catching the train back to les Eyzies, we proceeded upstream as far as Souillac, from where we made a loop in the upper Dordogne through Carennac, Loubressac, Collonges and Martel to Rocamadour.

We then continued south to the Lot river and the Gorges of the Aveyron, on our way to Albi and finally Revel, close to the Canal du Midi.

A quick visual summary of this walk can be seen in the yearly photo album. For the statistically inclined, there is also a spreadsheet that gives details of distances, costs etc.

Our route for this year

The diary has been broken up into the following sections:

Blois to Veigné

Veigné to Châtellerault

Châtellerault to Poitiers

Poitiers to Brioux-sur-Boutonne

Brioux-sur-Boutonne to Angoulême

Terrasson-Lavilledieu to Lalinde

Les Eyzies to Souillac

Souillac to Rocamadour

Rocamadour to Villefranche-de-Rouergue

Villefranche-de-Rouergue to Albi

Albi to Revel

To see icons for each night’s accommodation on this map, press the full-screen symbol at the top right and then tick the accommodation icon box at the top left. Zoom in on a particular icon to see its precise location. These accommodation icons are also shown on all section maps.

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