After Saint-Privat-d'Allier, the path first leads uphill via Combriaux to Rochegude. From there you have a beautiful view of the Allier gorge and the certainty: "I have to go down there!
Before the descent, we visited the Chapelle Saint-Jacques dating from 1328 and, as in all churches, we let our songs sound. With a German group we sang 'donna nobis pacem' in canon.
In the choir of the simple chapel there is a statue of St. James.
Here a view into the valley. You can see the further course of the path. At first steeply downhill to Monistrol-d'Allier - and on the other side of the valley up again!
The descent begins. Donkeys greet at the wayside.
Monistrol-d'Allier is reached, the river is crossed. After a refreshment in the café, the steep ascent begins.
The path leads through small hamlets ...
... via the Chapelle de la Madeleine ...
... up to the plateau. Broom everywhere.
These are the "Spanish women". We met them on the first day. The conversation is a bit laborious because of my lack of Spanish.
The stage finish, Saugues, lies ahead of us. The medieval tower is already visible in the centre of the town.
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We stayed overnight in the Gîte Margeride. There a pilgrims' menu awaited us.
In Saugues we visited the 15th century Eglise Saint-Médard, which has an octagonal bell tower. In the church there is, among other things, a romanesque Madonna that is worth seeing.
The Tour des Anglais keep is the remains of a castle built in the 14th century.