The pilgrims on foot walk on the Compostela ways of the Centre-Val de Loire region by taking long-distance GR® hiking paths and local routes marked out by these associations which are partly based on historical paths. The vocation of these GR® being essentially centered on hiking and tourism, their routes can quite often deviate, in our region, from the route of so-called associative paths (several tens of kilometers sometimes). These also make it possible to avoid certain lengths or dangerous passages. As the markings are, even today, specific to each department, it is necessary to follow the ways while remaining attentive to local specificities (see the pilgrims sites for more details).

In order to make reading easier in the field, the markup remains that of the GR® on the common areas, the rest having markings specific to local associations.

The pilgrimage to Santiago of Compostela is also increasingly practiced by bicycle, taking a route based on quiet roads and often therefore off GR®. Specific markings are in place and should not be confused with that of the footpaths.

When specific markup has been put in place by the pilgrims associations of the region, it is based on and complements, if necessary, the markup of long-distance hiking trails (GR®) identified in white and red by the French Federation of Hiking (FFRandonnée).

The pedestrian path marks

Eure-et-Loir and Loiret :

Loir-et-Cher :

The path may or may not be common with the GR®655. When not using the GR®, the route is marked with a sticker or a yellow arrow. See below the three corresponding markings :

Indre-et-Loire :

The path always follows the GR®.


Do not confuse the marking of the pedestrian path with the markup of the Vélo-Route.