Figeac and its district, criss-crossed by paths

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Paths run from east to west through the district of Figeac, the main one being the GR 65, with its many alternative routes .  

Leading to Figeac the GR 65 offers the opportunity to discover some of the different types of villages of the Lot department.

  • Montredon : a picturesque village with its church Saint Michel and the Guirande chapel which has retained 14th century mural paintings.
  • Saint Félix : Adam and Eve are portrayed with the tree and the serpent on the tympanum of the 11th century church Sainte Radegonde.
  • The villages of Saint Jean Mirabel and Lunan (a detour of between 5 and 10 minutes off the GR 65) are worth visiting for their exceptional churches.

 

Leaving Figac the GR 65 makes its way via Cajarc and the Causse de Limogne while the GR 651 follows the Célé valley.

  • Faycelles a spectacular panorama over the Lot valley.
  • In Béduer the decision has to be taken : GR 65 or GR 651

The GR 65 crosses the Gréalou Causse (wayside stone cross, reputedly the oldest in the department of the Lot, dolmens) reaching the village of Gréalou (17th century Pietà in the Notre Dame de l’Assomption church) and then to Cajarc via the splendid Causse (dry stone walls, dry stone storage huts and shelters). Cajarc is situated in a loop of the river Lot under limestone cliffs and was a well known halt on the Way of Saint James.

The GR 651 takes the direction of Boussac, passing through Corn (typical, old Quercy style houses, a tower- vestige of the 15th century castle) and on to Espagnac (13th century church with 15th century modifications, ruins of the Val Paradis Priory, remains of fortifications) The path winds its way between blocks of rock and below the cliff (fortifications built in the 12th century so-called “château des anglais”) Leaving Brengues, the GR 651 continues to Saint Sulpice (troglodyte houses) before arriving in Marcilhac sur Célé (ruins of the Benedictine abbey church founded in the 9th century by monks from the Saint Amans monastery in Cahors.

Both itineraries are superb, they are the same distance (3 days) and have ample accommodation. They join up shortly before Cahors at the confluent of the Lot and Célé rivers.

Figeac is also the starting point of the GR 6 to Rocamadour.

Many of the pilgrims in the old days made a detour to visit Rocamadour, a shrine venerated since the early days of Christianity and the second most visited site in France.

Today’s pilgrims who wish to visit this marvellous site, can in two days reach Rocamadour by the GR 6 and from there in another two days take the GR 46 to Cahors, adding just one day to the direct route.

Virtually free of tarmac roads, the way is a delight, in particular the arrival at the foot of Rocamadour via the Alzou valley.