Lightfoot Guide to the via Francigena – Besançon to Vercelli


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Lightfoot Guides to the via Francigena are written for Walkers, Cyclists and Horse Riders The guide books provide specific information for each group enabling everyone to meet their personal goals. The complete, Edition 6, Lightfoot series for the via Francigena consists of four books: step by step guides from Canterbury to Besançon, Besançon to Vercelli, Vercelli to Rome and the Lightfoot Companion to the via Francigena describing the culture and history of key sites along the route. This 2nd volume traces 435 kilometers from Besançon at the foot of the Jura in France to Vercelli in the Piedmont region of northern Italy.
The route closely follows the 10th century route used by Archbishop Sigeric the Serious, but adapted to current conditions. The guide book contains many alternative routes to reduce total distance, avoid possible difficulties or to gain access to specific locations. The entire distance has been divided into 20 manageable sections of an average length of 22 kilometers. For each section full page scale maps are provided with detailed instructions for each significant junction. Accommodation and other vital facilities are listed for the entire length of each section.
The GPS coordinates for each instruction are available for immediate download.
Written by Paul Chinn and Babette Gallard, edition 6 was first published in April 2014.
Full colour; 244 pages;216 x 140 mm;288gm



The following relate to Edition 6.0

Path Blocked in the Lower GSB Pass
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A rockfall has been reported just south of Bovernier close to waypoint 5.18. Subsequent walkers have failed to encounter the problem.  It is possible that the hiker reporting the blockage had taken the right fork... Read More

Francis Geere
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I am desperately sad to announce the death of Francis. He has been a champion for the Via Francigena or the last 10 years and an aid and friend to me and many, many pilgrims... Read More

New Donativo Accommodation – Vercelli
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25 bed Ostello Sancti Eusebi supplied by Amici Della via Francigena in Vercelli. Address: Vicolo Alciati,4 13100 Vercelli Mobile: 3342386911 Email: Very clean – No charge – opportunity to donate Kitchen / washing... Read More

Revision to Stage 44
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The mayor of Les Hôpitaux Neufs has agreed that it is fine for pilgrims to walk beside the length of the Coni-Fer railway track. This allows some simplification of the route: At 44.030 do not... Read More

Select the edition for which GPS waypoints are needed:

Edition 3

Edition 4

Edition 5

Edition 6

NB The files are in Garmin GPX format. If you wish to translate for use on another device then we suggest using GPSBabel.

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Paperback, E-book

Another view of pilgrimage
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On Sunday we were luck enough to join the largest Hindu pilgrimage outside IndiaI. No sign posts, no footpaths, no guide books, no Gortex shoes (flip-flops were the order of the day) just 10,000 people... Read More

Babette Gallard and Paul Chinn
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We are just a couple of ordinary people that were lucky enough to make an escape from the world of business to our adopted home in France with our passions and energies still intact. We... Read More


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