Route GuidesRoutes City GuidesCities Map Log in
Plan a trip

This is one of three long-distance rides across France inspired by the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela – or rather, not Santiago but Saint Jacques.

Taking a diagonal course from Metz to the Spanish border, the 1600km V56 is an exercise in country laning. Some 80% of it is on the quietest of quiet roads, with most of the remainder on rail trails and towpaths. It deliberately steers clear of cities, medieval Limoges being the one exception. As such, it’s a meandering and enjoyable exploration of la France profonde.

Each département is at a different stage of signposting the route. There are numerous gaps where a final route hasn’t yet been identified, or where it’s waiting on the construction of a new voie verte. We’ve filled the gaps here with the suggestions of’s route-planner, but bear in mind that they may not correspond to the final route, and that you won’t encounter signs along these sections.

Route map
Get the route
Open map
Download GPX track
Send to phone
Plan a trip


Ridden this route? Write a ride report and share your experience…