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 the statistically-inclined, there is a spreadsheet that gives details of this walk.
The diary has been broken up in to the following sections:
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.