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Walking Trail 654 – Road of Saint Jacques de Compostella

The walking-trail 654 (WT)  connects around 1 750 km, Belgium to South west of France, from Namur by Châlons-en-Champagne to link Montréal-du-Gers (Midi Pyrénées area).

All roads lead to Compostella

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The walking-trail 654 uses the Vezelay way, from Namur to Vezelay the it follows its way from Via Lemovicensis until Montréal-du-Gers. It catches up the walking trail 65, another track that continues toward Spain to reach the Cathedral of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostella.

Rising up the Meuse and the Marne (rivers), crossing the Ardennes forest, then Champagne and Burgundy vineyards, German and Flemish pilgrims were numerous to take that road from Vezelay to St Jacques de Compostella.

During 30 days of trail, the walker leaves for their footsteps.

A trail marked out by exceptional sites

This itinerary is marked out by famous sites listed as a UNESCO World heritage such as :

  • gr-654-collegiale-notre-dame-en-vaux-chalons-vezelay-compostelleThe Namur bell tower
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral, the St Remi ancient basilica and the Palais du Tau in Reims
  • Church Notre-Dame en Vaux in Châlons-en-Champagne
  • The Basilica Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Vézelay
  • The Church Saint Leonard in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat
  • The Cathedral Saint-Front in Périgueux

The different steps around Châlons-en-Champagne

Condé sur Marne – Châlons en Champagne (20 km)

  • Condé sur Marne – Juvigny (8 km)
  • Juvigny – Recy (6 km)
  • Recy – Châlons en Champagne (6 km)topo-guide-gr-654

Châlons-en-Champagne – La Chaussée sur Marne (24 km) 

  • Châlons-en-Champagne – Pont de St-Germain la Ville (14 km)
  • Pont de St-Germain la Ville – Pogny (5 km)
  • Pogny – La Chaussée sur Marne (5 km)

More information on the topoguide GR 654

For the pilgrims who want to find accomodation and to get the official stamp, it is advise to go at the front desk of the Church Notre Dame en Vaux.