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The Way of Saint James

Discover us step by step

Would you like to discover the legendary pilgrim’s trail - the Way of Saint James?

Would you like to walk and discover our countryside and the residents and set yourself a personal challenge at the same time? Then this is the ideal place. If you want to respect the philosophical and spiritual spirit of this pilgrim’s trail, then this is the perfect place to start. The Grand Châtellerault tourist information centre accompanies you along each stage of your adventure in our area.

Why not take a few days to walk your first kilometres on the Way of Saint James.

A historical route, the main road that descends from Saint Martin de Tours to Saint Jacques de Compostelle, follows the Vienne river before leaving it to head for Poitiers and the Ligugé abbey. Châtellerault, one of the towns along the trail is home to a 17th-century statue that the pilgrims came to visit, after having passed through the ramparts of the historical town.

Hiking or cycling, the Way of Saint James leads from the Gallo-Roman site to Vieux Poitiers at the confluence of the Vienne and Clain rivers and the 732 chessboard, the battle of Poitiers.