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Pilgrim's trail n° GR651 - a charming alternative in the Célé valley

The Via Podiensis between Cahors and Figeac splits into two at Béduer where you can decide to follow the GR651 towards the famous medieval village of Saint Cirq Lapopie.

On this atypical variant to the Way of St James you will find yourself between cliffs and rivers, flora and fauna, in the midst of a captivating landscape, that will make this part of your pilgrimage an exceptional moment.

Follow the red and white markings to Cabrerets and stop at the painted cave of Pech Merle, a place with many prehistoric drawings and original cave artwork not to be missed. The cave is a listed national monument as well as a major site of European palaeolithic art.

While continuing your walk you arrive at Bouziès from where the beautiful towpath leads along the Lot in the footsteps of river tradesmen towards Saint Cirq Lapopie. Discover this most beautiful of villages, its Gothic church, its artists, museums castle and mediaeval streets that so enchanted the artist Andre Breton that he "stopped wishing to be anywhere else".

Going back towards Cahors, you have two options - either follow the GR 36-46. Or, continue on to Esclauzels, Concots and, Bach to regain the GR65 or take the towpath to Bouziès, Saint Gery and Vers, continuing along the Lot valley.


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