From the 10th century to the present day, pilgrims have made their way to Santiago, Spain, along four traditional routes; Tours (Paris), Vézelay, le Puy-en-Velay and Arles. Follow a section of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Arles route) known in France as Le Chemin de Saint Jacques through the picturesque and stunning Haut Languedoc from Lunas to Angles.

Walk at your own pace along the Chemin de St Jacques route, through the unspoilt and relatively isolated Languedoc-Roussillon section. Starting at the beautiful village of Lunas, beside the River Orb, the path includes steep hills of Haut-Languedoc: initially the causses (dry, steep-sided limestone hills and gorges) and later vast areas of forest, largely conifers or beech. The section ends at Angles near the Lac de Raviege. Each day finishes at a lovely town or village with plenty of time to explore local amenities. The total distance is just under 100km and each day’s walking will be from 12 – 18 kms with total ascents of between 100 – 700 m.

Arrivals and Departures

We provide a group pick-up and drop-off at Beziers or Montpellier airports or train stations. For those travelling by other means, please let us know where you will meet the group. Other airports which service the area include Perpignan, Carcassonne, Castres and Toulouse.

Accommodation and Meals:

Accommodation along the route will be in comfortable 2-star hotels or chambre ‘d’hotes (B&Bs). Luggage will be transferred to each nights’ accommodation so a day-pack is all that is required for walking. The trip price includes 7 nights’ accommodation based on two people sharing. All rooms have ensuites. Please contact us regarding single supplements. Breakfasts are included plus 5 packed lunches and 4 evening meals.

Grades

You need to be a regular walker with a good level of fitness, able to walk for up to six hours at a steady pace. There will be some steep ascents and descents on typical mountain terrain.

Equipment:

Good walking boots. Poles are recommended. For clothing bring a good layering system as temperatures can vary considerably. Walking in shorts and t-shirts is the norm in summer, but a thin fleece and good waterproofs should be included in your day pack. Essential to your normal walking clothing are: sunhat, waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, fleece, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle (1 litre minimum) or camelback or platypus water carriers (or similar), 35 litre rucksack.

Insurance:

Insurance is compulsory. Evidence of insurance will be required. Please check with your insurer that helicopter evacuation is included and that there is no restriction to the height you can ascend. Please check that repatriation is included in your insurance.