Mediterranean Cévennes - Self Guided
Day 1: Arrival in Le Vigan
Transfer (10mins) to your auberge
We will meet you in Le Vigan* to drive you to your first B&B set just outside a quiet village in the foothills of the Cévennes. You stay here for two nights. The south facing rooms look over the valley and there are plenty of quiet corners to relax outdoors as well as a swimming pool.
Either on this first evening, or the following morning, we will discuss your holiday with you and answer any questions that you may have.
Day 2: Cévenol landscapes – sweet onions and chestnuts
3h30 walking, 10km / 6.3 miles, ascent/descent: 490m
A circular walk takes you through peaceful villages nestled in the Cévenol foothills. Passages through woods of evergreen oak are interspersed with fine views. The importance of silk production in previous centuries is evident both in the architecture and by the presence of numerous old mulberry trees. Ancient terraces are cultivated for the production of oignons doux (sweet onions) for which these valleys are now famous.
Day 3: Le Col de Peyrefiche
4h30 walking, 11km / 6.9 miles, ascent 330m, descent 620m
A gentle climb up through chestnut woods brings you to a pass with stunning mountain views. From here you flank the hillside on a tiny path before descending to the village of Saint André de Majencoules. Time for a village tour or a cool drink in the square before continuing to your riverside hotel.
Day 4: Bonperrier, walking in the steps of shepherds...
5h walking , 15km / 9.4 miles, ascent 615m, descent 600m
An exhilarating day’s walking lies ahead of you today, along one of the most famous “draille” (drovers’ paths) of the Cévennes, still used for the passage of sheep during the transhumance, the seasonal migration up to the high mountain pastures. You spend the night back in the valley in a gîte set just outside the village of Valleraugue.
Day 5: Les 4000 marches
6h30 walking, 14.5 km / 9.1 miles, ascent 1230m, descent 365m
Today’s walk follows one of the mythical footpaths of the Cévennes, ‘les 4000 marches’ (the 4000 steps). Don’t worry - the name doesn’t refer literally to steps – the path follows the line of a ridge out of Valleraugue to the summit of Mont Aiguoal. At 1567m altitude, this is second highest point in the Cévennes and from here the view stretches from the Alps to the Pyrénées and down to the Mediterranean. A challenging day but taken slowly perfectly possible, the views more than justifying your efforts!
A simple mountain hotel with delicious home cooking awaits you for the night.
Day 6: Return to the Valleys
6h walking, 17 km / 10.6 miles, ascent 255m, descent 1131m
Tracks lead you out of the village of L’Espérou through a magnificient forest of beech and silver fir and back into the sheltered valleys of the Pays Viganais. A comfortable B&B with pretty gardens, charming rooms and a swimming pool will be your oasis for the night.
Day 7: Departure Day
Transfer 10 mins
We will drop you into Le Vigan for your return to Nimes or Montpellier by public transport.
Why not consider an extra night to make the most of your last B&B and have a well earned rest at the end of your week's walking?
The above itinerary may be modified due to weather or terrain conditions, equipment concerns or the physical condition of the participants. The final choice of the walks will be decided by the guide who may adapt the programme for reasons of security.
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- A wind and waterproof jacket that is breathable (GORETEX or similar). Ponchos are not acceptable.
- A fleece (the mountain weather can be changeable and turn cold)
- A pair of walking trousers, a pair of shorts, t-shirts (choose modern breathable, fast drying materials rather than cotton)
- A change of clothes for the evenings
- A swimming costume and towel
- Water bottle (2 litre minimum per person).
- A pair of telescopic walking poles (highly recommended)
- Sun glasses and sun cream
- Sun hat
- Personal tolietries and a towel
- A pair of sandals/comfortable shoes (for the evenings)
- Small first aid kit (plasters, compeed, elastoplast, head ache pills, after bite etc)