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Walking Grand Tour of Lac Pavin ( Download : )
distance 4.85mi Vertical gain +732ft Vertical drop -735ft Durée 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A Grand Tour of the beautiful and mysterious Lac Pavin, passing by the Puy de Montchal and the Creux de Soucy chasm.

Puy de Sancy through the Chaudefour valley
distance 10.15mi Vertical gain +2976ft Vertical drop -2982ft Durée 7h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chambon-sur-Lac - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

The very secretive and beautiful Chaudefour valley is a classified natural site, closed up by the steep contours of a glacial cirque. Peaks, needles, plumbs are as many natural defences for an intact and preserved valley.

distance 32.19mi Vertical gain +8064ft Vertical drop -8064ft Durée 21h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Le Falgoux - 15 - Cantal

A beautiful three-day hike, sleeping in a bivouac, with interesting variations in altitude.

distance 4.57mi Vertical gain +676ft Vertical drop -676ft Durée 2h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Corbès - 30 - Gard

An easy walk with few real difficulties offering stunning panoramic views of the valleys of the Gardon in Saint-Jean and Mialet. On the trip you can discover the concretions and gours of the Grotte de Valaurie (300m of underground galleries) if the entrance is still open.

Walking The Colombières Gorges ( Download : )
distance 6.42mi Vertical gain +2287ft Vertical drop -2303ft Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Colombières-sur-Orb - 34 - Hérault

An exceptional circular walk above the torrent of Arles where you can discover a cave dwelling and a superb Cervennes collection in the hamlet of Fage.

Sentier des 1000 Marches - Saut et Lac de Vezoles
distance 10.36mi Vertical gain +2044ft Vertical drop -2034ft Durée 6h35 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Riols - 34 - Hérault

This trail is a marvel exploring the Saut de Vezoles and its lake with spectacular amenities.

Walking Les Corniches de Lauroux ( Download : )
distance 8.32mi Vertical gain +2119ft Vertical drop -2103ft Durée 5h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lauroux - 34 - Hérault

A beautiful walk, without major difficulty and well marked, that takes you through scrubland and forests, cliffs and limestone plateaus.

Walking Le Roc de la Vigne ( Download : )
Le Roc de la Vigne
distance 7.9mi Vertical gain +2152ft Vertical drop -2129ft Durée 5h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Puéchabon - 34 - Hérault

This trek works its way up from the Hérault valley to Roc de la Vigne. Leaving the village, off the beaten tracks, you'll explore Forêt Domaniale de Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert on cobblestone roads. Along the way, the remains of old farms, caves, a semi-troglodyte retreat and a breath-taking view from the top of Roc de la Vigne.

Walking The Chiloza falls ( Download : )
The Chiloza falls
distance 2.98mi Vertical gain +459ft Vertical drop -459ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A wander among the underbrush along the Couze Pavin, from bank to bank, flowing in cascades.

Puy de Lassolas and Puy de la Vache
distance 2.68mi Vertical gain +722ft Vertical drop -702ft Durée 1h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Genès-Champanelle - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A short hike to climb two volcanoes with their typical open craters to delight amateur geologists and curious hikers. A beautiful view from the top of the Puy de Lassolas on over the Chaîne des Puys to the north and Monts Dore to the south.

distance 4.15mi Vertical gain +1726ft Vertical drop -1726ft Durée 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A very beautiful hike in a conservation area.

Walking Lac Chambon - Murol ( Download : )
distance 7.32mi Vertical gain +1053ft Vertical drop -1040ft Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chambon-sur-Lac - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A circuit that forms a figure of 8 around Lac Chambon, with panoramic views of the lake and the Sancy range, the Valley of Chaudefour and a section through Murol via its castle.

La Montagne Noire via Cubserviès
distance 9.93mi Vertical gain +2172ft Vertical drop -2169ft Durée 6h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Roquefère - 11 - Aude

Exploring La Montagne Noire and one of the highest waterfalls in Europe.

distance 8.11mi Vertical gain +2782ft Vertical drop -2772ft Durée 6h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Étienne-de-Gourgas - 34 - Hérault

A hike in the foothills of the Larzac plateau overlooking Cirque du Bout du Monde and the village of Gourgas with a return journey via a beautiful forest path.

Walking The Chemin des Amoureux ( Download : )
distance 4.36mi Vertical gain +833ft Vertical drop -820ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sorèze - 81 - Tarn

The Chemin des Amoureux (Lovers' Path) takes you up the Laudot valley toward Cammazes. You return on the GR7.

distance 7.72mi Vertical gain +1716ft Vertical drop -1706ft Durée 5h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Maurice-Navacelles - 34 - Hérault

A fairly conventional circuit that lets walkers admire the Cirque de Navacelles and hike in the gorges of La Vis. The ruins of the Moulins de la Foux are the ultimate goal of the hike, with beautiful explanations of these water mills and on the underground portion of the screw, not yet fully explored.

Walking The Megaliths of Minerve ( Download : )
The Megaliths of Minerve
distance 7.87mi Vertical gain +1453ft Vertical drop -1453ft Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Caunette - 34 - Hérault

This hike, at the start of La Caunette, will take you above Minerva and will let you discover the megaliths scattered along the route. You'll criss-cross vines, scrubland composed of gorse, thyme, brush, evergreen oak trees and the odd wood.

distance 4.83mi Vertical gain +492ft Vertical drop -495ft Durée 2h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Rocamadour - 46 - Lot

Beautiful course, above and in the Alzou valley, visiting two mills: the Moulin du Saut (fortified mill of the 12th century) and the Moulin de Tournefeuille.

distance 6.58mi Vertical gain +1004ft Vertical drop -997ft Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Pradons - 07 - Ardèche

A hilly walk through green oaks between Pradons and Lagorce. Beautiful views of the Ardèche cliffs on the final descent.

The Sentier des Granges trail
distance 8.66mi Vertical gain +2441ft Vertical drop -2431ft Durée 6h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Laboule - 07 - Ardèche

At the heart of the Monts D’Ardèche Regional Natural Park, Laboule is the ideal starting point for a walk with a variety of contrasting atmospheres. At the summit of the Sentier des Granges trail there is an unparalleled panoramic view (Mont Blanc, Mont Ventoux, Mont Bouquet, Mont Lozère...) a day’s walk across the third-highest summit of the Cévennes range (at 1,548 m) with its rocky mountains and luminous rivers.

distance 9mi Vertical gain +1608ft Vertical drop -1578ft Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - 07 - Ardèche

Between Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and Saint-Remèze, this hike should be done mid-season before it become too difficult to park in "gorges de l'Ardèche" after Pont-d'Arc.The walk offers beautiful view points over the Ardèche and Tiourre valleys, the Saint-Remèze plateau then Pont-d'Arc on the trip back.

distance 5.35mi Vertical gain +591ft Vertical drop -597ft Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Héand - 42 - Loire

Family-friendly walk in the hills of Saint-Héand among the horses and cows.

distance 7.91mi Vertical gain +1444ft Vertical drop -1437ft Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Arras-sur-Rhône - 07 - Ardèche

Hike near the Rhône, to the north of Ardèche. You will be surprised to find areas that are this "wild" so close to the Rhône Valley (Ardennes). At the end, the view of the Rhône and the Arras tower is a definite plus.

distance 7.92mi Vertical gain +1165ft Vertical drop -1142ft Durée 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Yzeron - 69 - Rhône

A very nice circuit around the Monts du Lyonnais to explore the climbing area at Py Froid.

Walking The Méjean cliff path ( Download : )
distance 4.37mi Vertical gain +2251ft Vertical drop -2264ft Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Pierre-des-Tripiers - 48 - Lozère

Perhaps the most beautiful walk along the Causse Méjean, which traditionally starts out from Le Rozier.
Here, by starting on the cliff top, there is less vertical drop, as you stay between 870 and 720m the whole way.
As well as breath-taking scenery, you can see vultures circling above you and even below you on the cliffs!

distance 6.39mi Vertical gain +676ft Vertical drop -656ft Durée 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Romain-de-Lerps - 07 - Ardèche

A lovely hike offering beautiful views of the Rhône Valley, the Alps and the Ardèche. A 15-minute drive from Valence, this hike leads you around the beautiful surroundings of this small village. Note that Saint-Romain-de-Lerps is one of the classic walks in the area, because there is a beautiful lookout point with a chapel, 2 orientation tables and a picnic area alongside.

distance 13.4mi Vertical gain +2320ft Vertical drop -2329ft Durée 8h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Villevocance - 07 - Ardèche

Climb and ramble along the ridges above Annonay. Beautiful view of the Alps and Pilat.

The Way of St James. Stage 1. Puy-en-Velay / St Privat d'Allier
distance 14.67mi Vertical gain +1870ft Vertical drop -1184ft Durée 8h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Le Puy-en-Velay - 43 - Haute-Loire

Twenty to thirty thousand walkers set out from Puy-en-Velay every year to do the pilgrimage along the Way of St. James. Discover the Way of St. James by doing the first stage by foot. You can return to Puy-en-Velay in the evening in a special coach.

distance 11.22mi Vertical gain +1795ft Vertical drop -1811ft Durée 6h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Juliénas - 69 - Rhône

A hike in Beaujolais through vineyards and forests, starting from Juliénas near Belleville. This hike can be shortened or lengthened (see description).

Mount Gerbier de Jonc (1551 m), around it and up it
distance 9.8mi Vertical gain +2054ft Vertical drop -2034ft Durée 6h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sainte-Eulalie - 07 - Ardèche

This trail goes around and climbs up the Gerbier de Jonc whose summit offers a view over the Ardèche mountains.

distance 4.14mi Vertical gain +548ft Vertical drop -551ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Villeneuve-de-Berg - 07 - Ardèche

An easy family walk to the "Forêt des sens" (forest of senses), arboretum and interpretive trail created under the impetus of the municipal children's council. A few welcome benches punctuate this playful and instructive walk for all ages.

distance 3.81mi Vertical gain +331ft Vertical drop -338ft Durée 2h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Joseph - 42 - Loire

This hike is primarily along clear paths with views over le Pilat and Sainte-Catherine. An easy trek with some slight up and downhill slopes. Be careful, as non-stone tracks can get muddy in the rainy season.

Walking Rochebaron Castle ( Download : )
Rochebaron Castle
distance 5.7mi Vertical gain +1453ft Vertical drop -1467ft Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bas-en-Basset - 43 - Haute-Loire

Rochebaron Castle is the emblematic site in the Bas-en-Basset and Monistrol-sur-Loire area.
Beautiful views, first over the Loire and, on the return journey, over the Meygal massif.

distance 7.61mi Vertical gain +2159ft Vertical drop -2159ft Durée 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Appolinard (Loire) - 42 - Loire

Another original way to get to this beautiful viewpoint that is the Saint-Sabin chapel on a small bluff in the heart of the Pilat Park, pouring into the Rhône Valley, with some of the best views of the Alps and pre-Alps (especially across the south). At the chapel, many signs and indications tell the story of the place and its flora.

Walking Mer des Rochers ( Download : )
distance 3.4mi Vertical gain +180ft Vertical drop -180ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sauve - 30 - Gard

A journey through both geological time and history, exploring the medieval village of Sauve and the chaos of the Mer des Rochers.

distance 8.06mi Vertical gain +1171ft Vertical drop -1158ft Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lauret - 34 - Hérault

Circuit on the eastern slopes of the Causse de l'Hortus visiting its sites of interest: Lafous mill, Embruscalles lake, Mas Neuf, the archaeological site of the Causse rock with a view of the entire Gard plains and the pre-Alps beyond, Mont Lozère, Aigoual and more...

Walking La Dent de Rez ( Download : )
La Dent de Rez
distance 8.32mi Vertical gain +1650ft Vertical drop -1650ft Durée 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Gras - 07 - Ardèche

The high point of Basse-Ardèche, this promontory (719 m) offers a beautiful panorama of the Cévennes, Mont Lozère, the Alps, the Baronnies, Mont Ventoux and the Ridge of Montmirail.

Walking Puech Pounchut ( Download : )
distance 5.53mi Vertical gain +1296ft Vertical drop -1109ft Durée 3h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Meyrueis - 48 - Lozère

This walk is located on the north side of the Aigoual massif in the Cevennes.
At the summit of the hike you will have a beautiful view of the Causse Mejean and the Valley of Jonte. On a clear day looking west you can see the Millau viaduct.

distance 11.06mi Vertical gain +2028ft Vertical drop -2024ft Durée 6h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Solutré-Pouilly - 71 - Saône-et-Loire

Wonderful hike in Burgundy to discover "Solutré" (a landmark) and the "Rock of Vergisson”.

distance 10.96mi Vertical gain +1581ft Vertical drop -1568ft Durée 6h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Alba-la-Romaine - 07 - Ardèche

This lovely hike offers magnificent viewpoints over the Montmirail Dentelles, Mont Ventoux, the Baronnies, the Vercors, the Montagne Ardéchoise, the Coiron, the Necks of Sceautres, of Roche Chérie, of Roche, and a 360° panoramic view from the summit of Croix Juliau.
The superb medieval hamlet of Roche is well worth the detour.

The roof of the Rhône: Mont Saint-Rigaud
distance 9.5mi Vertical gain +1683ft Vertical drop -1696ft Durée 5h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Monsols - 69 - Rhône

A hike on the highest summit of the Rhône Department.

distance 6.26mi Vertical gain +1411ft Vertical drop -1404ft Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Thurins - 69 - Rhône

Varied itinerary: Forest on the climb toward the Crêt de Py Froid then at the start of the descent. The landscape opens out on the descent, becoming more rural. A little walking on the road.

distance 7.21mi Vertical gain +922ft Vertical drop -919ft Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Christo-en-Jarez - 42 - Loire

A circuit primarily on small paved and sunny roads.

distance 6.25mi Vertical gain +16ft Vertical drop -16ft Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert - 42 - Loire

An open-to-the-sky Sunday stroll in the sun Canal du Forez.

distance 8.6mi Vertical gain +3025ft Vertical drop -3025ft Durée 6h35 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A trip to highest point of the Massif Central.

Walking The Ibie Balconies ( Download : )
distance 6.73mi Vertical gain +1188ft Vertical drop -1175ft Durée 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - 07 - Ardèche

A walk amid holm oaks along the capricious Ibie river, whose water doesn’t always flow overground.

Walking The Sainte Baume gorges ( Download : )
distance 4mi Vertical gain +988ft Vertical drop -984ft Durée 2h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Montan - 07 - Ardèche

A splendid medieval village, a hermit and his cave, a valley in the limestone hills and the views of the Rhône Valley and Mont Ventoux.
Prepare yourself for a nice, family-friendly hike, which will suit everyone.

distance 6.49mi Vertical gain +810ft Vertical drop -823ft Durée 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron - 07 - Ardèche

A route starting at a hilltop village, Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron, with a wonderful, panoramic 180° view over the Ardèche mountains and plains, from Villeneuve de Berg to the Col de l'Escrinet (the Cham du Cros, Rocher d’Abraham, Montagne Sainte-Marguerite, Mont Lozère). In addition, educational panels depicting the history, geology and life on the Coiron adorn this hike.

Walking Rieussec ( Download : )
distance 4.51mi Vertical gain +778ft Vertical drop -778ft Durée 2h45 Extreme Extreme
Starting point Starting point in Salavas - 07 - Ardèche

From the banks of Ardèche, to the balconies of Salavas, but fairly challenging in the bed of Rieussec. There are stringing points.
ATTENTION: Some sections can quickly become very dangerous for hikers who are ill-equipped or not trained for this kind of more technical hike. Therefore, please take care.

Walking Païolive woods ( Download : )
distance 5.69mi Vertical gain +535ft Vertical drop -512ft Durée 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Les Vans - 07 - Ardèche

Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.