By the GR® 65, Geneva – Le Puy-en-Velay, your mobility will lead you to the start of the Via Podiensis. It’s the access of pilgrims and walkers coming from northern and central Europe to arrive in Haute-Loire, in Le Puy-en-Velay.
The town of Le Puy-en-Velay, in Haute-Loire, is the departure of the Via Podiensis, Way of Santiago de Compostela. To reach it, coming from Geneva, your mobility will put you on the path followed, since the ancient times, by the pilgrims and walkers coming from countries of the northern and central Europe. They arrived in the Marian city of Le Puy Sainte-Marie, before pursuing their mobility towards Santiago de Compostela.
From the banks of the Lake Geneva, it’s a mobility of about fifteen days, which will lead you in Haute-Loire. After moving away from the Rhône, by crossing the Haute-Savoie, you will come back and go along the river at the edge of the regions of Ain and Savoie. The crossing of the region Isère will drive you from the Rhône to the viaduct of Chavanay. The crossing of the Pilat Regional Natural Park will lead you to the borders of Haute-Loire, near Tracol. You will cross the GR® 7.
After having crossed massifs where dominate the fire tree and the spruce, you will arrive in front of the Mont Mézenc, Lizieux and the Meygal’s chain. All these volcanic summits are the witnesses of ancient geological times. The « sucs » (specific volcanoes of Massif Central) of Mézenc – Meygal will attract your look. As many ancient pelean volcanoes, of which the rock making them is named phonolite, the stone that rings. Indeed, knocked with a metal object, it sends back a bell sound. Cracked in slices, it becomes flagstones and covers the roofs of the region.
In front of you the chain of Devès, another volcanic formation which you will have to pass if you take the Via Podiensis. The town of Le Puy-en-Velay introduces itself to you. Surrounded from all sides, it will amaze you by the presence of volcanic boulder which arise from it and hold here the millennium chapel of Saint-Michel, the statue Notre-Dame de France and, of course, its cathedral, partly built on the hollow.