This handy pocket-sized guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for the 1570km cycle route from Le Puy in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain following the original Pilgrim route. The route is described as 27 day stages and with the average distance covered in a day at 50km, cyclists of all abilities can complete this route.
This guidebook contains a detailed route description of the ever-popular Way of St James cycle route covering 1570km from Le Puy in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Using roads with a good surface for touring cyclists, this guidebook follows the original Pilgrim route as closely as possible and provides the opportunity to visit every major church and shrine along the way, with a few detours to outlying monasteries for good measure.
This guidebook splits the route into 27 easy day stages, some of which are shorter than others, to accommodate time taken crossing mountain ranges, or riding difficult roads, or because of fascinating places to visit. Information on places to stay along the stages as well as at the end of each are included so that cyclists may split the route according to their own needs and still have somewhere to stay. The average distance on most days is only 50km, easily within the compass of the moderately fit. Several variants are also given, to provide for both the fit and those who have a basic level of fitness. For those who want something extra, routes from Santiago to Finisterre and to Padron are also included.
The roads used are almost always surfaced in tarmac. In France they tend to be quiet country lanes, and even the short stretches of Routes Nationals are of good quality and not busy. In Spain there are few country lanes. Most of the roads are wide and fast and they usually have a narrow hard shoulder that doubles as a cycle lane. However, compared with English roads, most Spanish ones tend to be very quiet.
Ideal mid-May to mid-July. Not possible winter or mid-summer. Spring/autumn – possible bad weather; much accommodation closed.
Le Puy, Conques, Cahors, Roncesvalles, Burgos, Leon, Santiago
Mountain cycle ride (altitude up to 1300m+) with demanding and exposed sections. Average distance on most days 50km.
Conques, Moissac Abbey, church of Ste Quitterie, Eunate church, Astorga cathedral/museum, Burgos, Santiago cathedral