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Beneath Mont Lozère

The Cévennes - the secret hills of the south
Extend your stay
If you are flying via historic Nîmes, why not add on a city break?
Starting point:

You begin with two nights at the atmospheric Auberge la Régordane in the exquisite fortified village of La Garde Guérin.

Day 1
Circular walk via Chassezac Gorge: 10km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 520m
Shorter option: 7.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 420m

The Chassezac Gorge is the focus of your first day, with a choice of two walks to take you right down to the river. In addition to the spectacular paths up and down the valley sides, you also follow part of an abandoned irrigation canal, and pass the ruins of a chestnut drying house.

Day 2
La Garde Guérin to Le Pont de Montvert: 16km, 6hrs; ascent 400m, descent 670m
Low-level option: 14km, 5hrs; ascent 180m, descent 450m

After a short transfer, you ascend Le Pic Cassini for far-reaching vistas of the Cévennes National Park and Mont Lozère massif, before taking some lesser-used paths to make your way down to source of the Tarn. You will follow the nascent river past the impressive Pont du Tarn, and several appealing picnic spots, before heading across moorland to reach Le Merlet, near le Pont de Montvert, your base for the next two nights. There is a lower-level alternative for the first half of the walk, heading past the low-key ski centre at Mas de la Barque instead of heading up Le Pic Cassini.

Day 3
Circular walk via Le Pont-de-Montvert: 13km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 550m
Circular walk via the 'Stevenson Trail': 17km, 6.5hrs; ascent/descent 600m

We suggest a scenic walk alongside the River Tarn and to the attractive old village of Le Pont-de-Montvert. Alternatively, you could choose a longer route along part of the 'Stevenson Trail' over open uplands and back through forest. During the summer holidays, you may see other walkers travelling with their bags strapped to the backs of donkeys, just as Robert Louis Stevenson did with his donkey, 'Modestine'.

Day 4
Le Pont de Montvert to Génolhac: 23km, 8.5hrs; ascent 650m, descent 1300m
Shorter option: 16km, 5.5hrs; ascent 350m, descent 1000m

Today's route is a long but lovely walk through the sleepy hamlets of Felgérolles and Masméjan, to reach the banks of the Alignon stream and a rarely used path up to L’Aubaret; there is the option to take a transfer to this point and shorten the walk. From here on you enjoy huge horizons and beautiful views interspersed with shady streams. After crossing an open plateau strewn with surreal rock formations, you descend an ancient paved track to the village of Génolhac. Your base for the last two nights is the welcoming Le Temps des Cerises.

Day 5
Circular walk via Montclar: 17km, 6.5hrs; ascent/descent 1050m
Shorter option: 11km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 500m

Your final day is spent on a circuit that takes you up from Génolhac through the pretty area of Montclar before descending via a village into a quiet valley. You then rise out of the valley once more to cross the Col de Valoussiere before the last section back to Génolhac. This route can be shortened to avoid a steep ascent.

Extend your holiday

To extend your time away and enjoy a real contrast to your walking holiday, you could add on a couple of nights in Roman Nîmes if you are flying via this intriguing city.

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A glorious spring walk....
Read Tim Jepson's inspiring account of his walk through the flower-filled meadows of the Cévennes...
A glorious spring walk in the Cevennes >
(The Telegraph, May 2014)