The earliest recordings of pilgrims on the French Way of St James, or Le Puy Way, dates back to 950AD. However the popularity of the trail today can be traced to more recent times when the long distance GR65 hiking route was created in the 1970s. As more modern day travellers began to seek ways to Santiago, the French Way of St James stood out as the most spectacular, taking in some of the most scenic parts of France. Recently, every year many cyclists are also leaving for the great adventure.
The French Way of St James begins in Le Puy-en-Velay and travels across the high plateaus of the Massif Central, the volcanic highlands of Velay, through rustic villages, past impressive castles, quaint villages, a myriad of monuments and through picturesque French countryside. For today’s travellers it is one of the most beautiful of all the ways!