The Cevennes is an area of extraordinary diversity and hiking in the Cevennes is a fascinating journey from megalithic to modern times. The Cevennes is characterised by narrow valleys and steep slopes. It has never been a homogenous administrative or geographical space, yet has a strong self-identity that touches universal themes like f.i. man’s struggle to master nature (dams, irrigated terraces and aqueducts).
Below you will find an example of a (model) hiking vacation tour in the Cevennes National Park. This is a trek of 7 days and 6 nights. You can start the tour in Alès, this is the gateway to the Cevennes. On the first day of walking you can go by taxi to the start of the trail. Below you will find only the walking days.
Day 1. Cevennes Panorama. 12 miles-18 kms
You walk to Mialet across the mountain crest with outstanding views eastwards over the entire garrigues as far as Mont Ventoux in Provence and beyond to the Alps; northwards to Mont Lozere, south-westwards to Mont Aigoual and southwards to Pic St Loup and the Mediterranean. The grande finale is Mas-Soubeyran and The Musee du Desert – a shrine of tolerance. Night near Anduze.
Day 2. La Fage. 9.5 miles-14.5 kms
Great views continue today, with more hill-crest walking and an orientation table with spectacular views soth westwards to Mount Aigoule. Descending into the valley, you see chestnut groves and a working farm before arriving at the Grotte des Camisards and the Pont des Camisards. Night near Anduze.
Day 3. Mialet to St Jean du Gard. 5.5 miles-8 kms
Today you walk only the morning, along the Gardon Valley and follow the GR 61 to St Jean. There's plenty to do in the afternoon. Night in St Jean du Gard.
Day 4. Corniche des Cevennes. 10 miles-15 kms.
Climb an ancient drovers' trail, walked by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1878, to a memorable 360 degree panorama. Night in St Jean du Gard.
Day 5. The Gardon Valley. 9.5 miles–15 kms.
Morning transfer to the Medieval bijou village of Vezenobres, known locally for hosting the annual "Fig Fair". You walk part of the St Gilles Way, the fourth most important pilgrimage route of Christendom, and enjoy the good life in the Mediterranean garrigue. Night in Vezenobres.