Route 4 – Biarritz to Burgundy

A reverse pilgrimage from Biarritz to La Charité-sur-Loire. About 880km. June 2011


The Via Lemovicensis is the pilgrimage road from Vézelay to Compostela via Limoges, Périgueux and St-Jean-Pied-de-Port.  We did the French part of the route in reverse, for a better chance of a following wind, stopping at La Charité-sur-Loire (having cycled from Vézelay to the Loire on a previous trip). We used Eurostar and direct TGVs via Paris to get to the start and back from the end of the ride, which gave us a view of France at its most quiet and countrified in the Basque Country, Béarn, Armagnac, the Dordogne, the Lot, the Limousin and the Berry; with stops for pelota, foie gras, Limoges porcelain and George Sand.


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270 out of 360 degrees achieved


St Jean Pied de Port


St Jean le Vieux




Labastide d’Armagnac


In the Pays d’Albret (Andiran)





The Canal du Midi near Agen, towards evening




Lola the goose dog, Sorges

 Lola the truffle dog

St Jean de Cole

Resistance martyrs remembered. Les Merles



Bernardaud guided tour, Limoges. The intelligent questions came from the ladies of the group



Poulidor, St Léonard de Noblat

St Léonard de Noblat



In the Limousin


Not shy enough to be a Limousine


Paul at La Châtre. Wounds healed by this stage




A rather private priory. Orsan