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The Cévennes - Golden Hills of the South

On the trail of Robert Louis Stevenson
 
Self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking with your luggage transported is the free and easy way to experience this wild and varied scenery. You’ll enjoy rewarding, full days of walking in the uplands and a great mix of accommodation.
The Cévennes - Golden Hills of the South. 6 nights
The Cévennes - Golden Hills of the South. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Cévennes

Unspoiled, the mountains of the Cévennes National Park are older than both the Alps and Pyrenees, cut by ancient limestone gorges and coated in broom and open grassland that glow golden in the sun.

It’s been almost a century and a half since Robert Louis Stevenson passed through the Cévennes on his Travels with a Donkey, but the storybook scenery hasn’t changed. By leading across the wild uplands as well as the lower valleys, our challenging but rewarding route promises very varied walking, with each season bringing its charms, be it the vivid broom of spring, colourful expanses of heather in high summer or ripening chestnuts in autumn.
Unlike Stevenson, you won’t need to spend nights in a sleeping bag to enjoy it: we’ve picked out comfortable guesthouses and traditional local hotels where you can look forward to a warm welcome and delicious, regional cuisine.
 

2021

We are currently unable to take new bookings for this holiday, but hope to be able to do so again soon.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
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  • Arrival in La Garde-Guérin
    Night 1: at Auberge La Régordane (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk from La Garde-Guérin: 9.5km, 4.5hrs; shorter option: 7km, 3.5hrs
    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.
    Circular walk from La Garde-Guérin: 9.5km
    The Chassezac Gorge
  • Choice of walks from La Garde Guérin to Le Pont-de-Montvert: 13.5km or 15.5km

    High-level option: 15.5km, 6hrs
    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.

    Low-level option: 13.5km, 5hrs
    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.
    River Tarn
    High-level option: 15.5km
    Low-level option: 13.5km
  • Choice of walks from Le Pont-de-Montvert: 13km or 17km

    Circular walk via Le Pont-de-Montvert: 13km, 5hrs
    We suggest a scenic walk alongside the River Tarn and to the attractive old village of Le Pont-de-Montvert.

    Circular walk via the 'Stevenson Trail': 17km, 6.5hrs
    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'.
    Le Pont-de-Montvert
    Circular walk via Le Pont-de-Montvert: 13km
    Circular walk via the 'Stevenson Trail': 17km
  • Le Pont-de-Montvert to Génolhac: 22km, 8.5hrs; shorter option: 15km, 5.5hrs
    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.
    Le Pont-de-Montvert to Génolhac: 22km
    The route to Génolhac
  • Circular walk via Montclar: 17km, 6.5hrs; shorter option: 10km, 3.5hrs
    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.
    Circular walk via Montclar: 17km
    The route to Montclar
 

Accommodation

You stay mostly in guesthouses rather than hotels (see our page about chambres d’hôtes for more information), but all your accommodation is welcoming and comfortable, offering great regional cuisine.
 

Extend your stay

 

Autumn 2021 & 2022

Unfortunately, we are unable to take new bookings for this holiday for September 2021 and for the duration of 2022.
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 dinners
    5 picnics
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • transfer on day 4
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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