A 30-day, 770 km walk from Cosne-sur-Loire to Auch.
This expedition allowed us to link up some of our previous walks. We began in Cosne-sur-Loire, the place where we had joined the Loire in 2006, and three weeks later crossed our track of 2007 at Bergerac. A week after that we crossed our 2004 pilgrimage at Condom and ended two days later at Auch, which we had passed through in 2004.
From Cosne-sur-Loire we headed south, upstream to Fourchambault, where we joined the Way of Vezelay and left the river in favour of the Canal de Berry.
This took us into the old province of Berry, the country of George Sand, with its peaceful fields divided by great hedges, a part of France still relatively unvisited by tourists.
Pressing on into Limousin, passing from one pilgrim church to another, past Limoges and into Périgord, we crossed the Dordogne at Bergerac, the Lot at Castelmoron and the Garonne at Aiguillon. It was a land of plenty, full of vines and punctuated by bastide villages, relics of the Hundred Years’ War.
Despite the weather, which had been wet and got wetter, we arrived at our destination, Auch, in time to have a day of rest and sunshine before getting the train back to Paris.
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:
Cosne-sur-Loire to Fourchambault
Fourchambault to Loye-sur-Arnon
Bénévent-l’Abbaye to Flavignac
Bergerac to Castelmoron-sur-Lot
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.
You can also see this map using Google Earth and take a virtual flight along our route.