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Walking La Banne d'Ordanche ( Download : )
distance 8.06mi Vertical gain +1161ft Vertical drop -1152ft duration 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Orcival - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A hiking trail in the Auvergne summer pastures, on a summit overlooking the spa resort of La Bourboule.

distance 7.72mi Vertical gain +1814ft Vertical drop -1795ft duration 4h50 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 Païolive woods ( Download : )
distance 5.69mi Vertical gain +535ft Vertical drop -512ft duration 3h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Les Vans - 07 - Ardèche

Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.

distance 4.15mi Vertical gain +1726ft Vertical drop -1726ft duration 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A very beautiful hike in a conservation area.

Walking The Colombières Gorges ( Download : )
distance 6.24mi Vertical gain +2136ft Vertical drop -2188ft duration 4h25 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.

Walking The Chiloza falls ( Download : )
The Chiloza falls
distance 2.98mi Vertical gain +459ft Vertical drop -459ft duration 1h40 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.

La Montagne Noire via Cubserviès
distance 9.93mi Vertical gain +2172ft Vertical drop -2169ft duration 6h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Roquefère - 11 - Aude

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

Walking The Méjean cliff path ( Download : )
distance 4.37mi Vertical gain +2251ft Vertical drop -2264ft duration 3h40 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 6mi Vertical gain +669ft Vertical drop -673ft duration 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Valla-en-Gier - 42 - Loire

An easy walk to enjoy as a family. Very popular in summer, it is worth the detour to admire the panoramic view over the Alps and the summits of Mont Blanc, the Lyonnais mountains and the Giers valley, the Vercors massif and those of northern Vivarais. With a wealth of flowers in spring, you can gather bilberries in August and raspberries in September. Unless you choose to go ski touring or cross-country skiing here in winter.

Walking The Sainte Baume gorges ( Download : )
distance 4mi Vertical gain +988ft Vertical drop -984ft duration 2h35 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 duration 3h35 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.

distance 11.06mi Vertical gain +2028ft Vertical drop -2024ft duration 6h35 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”.

Walking La Dent de Rez ( Download : )
La Dent de Rez
distance 8.32mi Vertical gain +1650ft Vertical drop -1650ft duration 5h00 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.

distance 4.57mi Vertical gain +676ft Vertical drop -676ft duration 2h35 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.

distance 9.05mi Vertical gain +1368ft Vertical drop -1365ft duration 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sainte-Paule - 69 - Rhône

From Col du chatoux (or col du Chêne), this hike goes through woods along the ridge line offering wonderful views:
-over the Saône and eastern Beaujolais valleys
- over Azergues Valley to the west.

Sentier des 1000 Marches - Saut et Lac de Vezoles
distance 10.36mi Vertical gain +2044ft Vertical drop -2034ft duration 6h15 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.

The 4,000 Steps and the return by Aire de Côte
distance 15.77mi Vertical gain +4482ft Vertical drop -4475ft duration 10h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Valleraugue - 30 - Gard

From Valleraugue, the famous trail of the 4,000 Steps up to the Mont Aigoual observatory.
To make this route into a loop, follow the GR6 on the long descent to the forest towards Aire de Côte, before finally crossing the chestnut groves above the village of Berthezène.

distance 8.6mi Vertical gain +3025ft Vertical drop -3025ft duration 6h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A trip to highest point of the Massif Central.

Walking The Dolmen path ( Download : )
distance 3.04mi Vertical gain +781ft Vertical drop -797ft duration 2h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux - 69 - Rhône

This path is very pleasant in the Autumn, with a magnificent view of the monts d'Or, Lyon and the Rhone valley.
This route can be extended in the direction of Yzeron or Thurin.
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Walking Les Corniches de Lauroux ( Download : )
distance 8.32mi Vertical gain +2119ft Vertical drop -2103ft duration 5h20 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 Mer des Rochers ( Download : )
distance 3.4mi Vertical gain +180ft Vertical drop -180ft duration 1h40 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.

Walking Grand Tour of Lac Pavin ( Download : )
distance 4.85mi Vertical gain +732ft Vertical drop -735ft duration 2h45 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 Lassolas and Puy de la Vache
distance 2.68mi Vertical gain +722ft Vertical drop -702ft duration 1h45 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 3.39mi Vertical gain +1286ft Vertical drop -1286ft duration 2h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Orcines - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

Just above Clermont-Ferrand, the inescapable climb to Puy-de-Dôme through the col de Ceyssat is a short but intense hike with an astonishing view over Clermont-Ferrand, the chaîne des Puys, paragliders and Millevaches.

Caution, it's a very popular walk so be sure to do it during week days for a bit of peace and quiet.

distance 7.6mi Vertical gain +1020ft Vertical drop -1004ft duration 4h15 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.

distance 5.17mi Vertical gain +732ft Vertical drop -732ft duration 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ville-sur-Jarnioux - 69 - Rhône

A scenic walk between the mountain passes of Col du Châtoux and Col du Joncin.

distance 4.26mi Vertical gain +604ft Vertical drop -574ft duration 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Véranne - 42 - Loire

An easy hike along the ridges of Pilat linking three major summits, via trails through forests and moors. Along the way we discover magnificent views of the Alps, the Massif Central and the Rhône Valley.

Walking The Ibie Balconies ( Download : )
distance 6.73mi Vertical gain +1188ft Vertical drop -1175ft duration 3h55 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 On the trail of the Druids ( Download : )
distance 3.03mi Vertical gain +676ft Vertical drop -676ft duration 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Fayet-le-Château - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

Nature walk between meadows, forest, streams and ancient mills, a site rich in history. Pass through amazing places that are linked to druidic rituals and gatherings.

Walking The peak of Chenavari ( Download : )
distance 9.47mi Vertical gain +1798ft Vertical drop -1804ft duration 5h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Meysse - 07 - Ardèche

A beautiful hike with a great diversity of the volcanic Coiron landscape. The top of this volcanic peak offers a view over the Castle of Rochemaure and the Rhône Valley, the Lavezon valley, the Baronnies, Mont Ventoux, and the Vercors.

Mount Gerbier de Jonc (1551 m), around it and up it
distance 9.8mi Vertical gain +2054ft Vertical drop -2034ft duration 6h00 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 5.29mi Vertical gain +1588ft Vertical drop -1608ft duration 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Tournon-sur-Rhône - 07 - Ardèche

A nice family-friendly walk in the forest which starts from Duzon bridge leading to a galaxy of stones at the Cuves de Duzon, a geological curiosity. The river has effectively bored out several “cauldrons" and flows through a narrow crevice that the path follows.

Walking Lac Chambon - Murol ( Download : )
distance 7.32mi Vertical gain +1053ft Vertical drop -1040ft duration 4h10 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.

distance 8.06mi Vertical gain +1171ft Vertical drop -1158ft duration 4h35 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...

The Sentier des Granges trail
distance 8.66mi Vertical gain +2441ft Vertical drop -2431ft duration 5h45 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.

Puy de Sancy through the Chaudefour valley
distance 10.16mi Vertical gain +2956ft Vertical drop -2963ft duration 6h50 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 8.12mi Vertical gain +1608ft Vertical drop -1604ft duration 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chamelet - 69 - Rhône

A lovely, easy walk through the woods above Chamelet.

distance 6.39mi Vertical gain +676ft Vertical drop -656ft duration 3h25 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 4.83mi Vertical gain +492ft Vertical drop -495ft duration 2h35 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 9mi Vertical gain +1608ft Vertical drop -1578ft duration 5h20 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.

Walking Rocher d'Abraham ( Download : )
distance 8.46mi Vertical gain +3428ft Vertical drop -3432ft duration 6h25 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Mayres - 07 - Ardèche

You are at the heart of the Ardèche. View of the Cevennes and the Gerbier de Jonc.

Walking Le Roc de la Vigne ( Download : )
Le Roc de la Vigne
distance 7.9mi Vertical gain +2152ft Vertical drop -2129ft duration 5h10 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.

distance 11.22mi Vertical gain +1795ft Vertical drop -1811ft duration 6h30 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).

The Rochefort to Rontalon loop
distance 8.87mi Vertical gain +1913ft Vertical drop -1906ft duration 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Martin-en-Haut - 69 - Rhône

A beautiful circular walk through the varied and undulating landscapes of this part of the Monts du Lyonnais, taking you through the pretty, shady valley of the Bâtie stream and along the Rontalon botanical trail. The route follows an old railroad track from the early twentieth century, before climbing up through a Mediterranean style forest and past some market gardens. End by visiting the medieval village of Rochefort where you can visit the remains of the keep and the chapel.

The Way of St James. Stage 1. Puy-en-Velay / St Privat d'Allier
distance 14.67mi Vertical gain +1870ft Vertical drop -1184ft duration 8h05 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.

The roof of the Rhône: Mont Saint-Rigaud
distance 9.5mi Vertical gain +1683ft Vertical drop -1696ft duration 5h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Monsols - 69 - Rhône

A hike on the highest summit of the Rhône Department.

distance 7.91mi Vertical gain +1444ft Vertical drop -1437ft duration 4h40 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.

Walking Tour of Lake Salagou ( Download : )
distance 16.79mi Vertical gain +1073ft Vertical drop -1056ft duration 8h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Clermont-l'Hérault - 34 - Hérault

At the heart of the Languedocian hinterland, Lake Salagou is a perfect place for a hike and all sorts of sports activities in the fresh air.

distance 6.71mi Vertical gain +774ft Vertical drop -778ft duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chaintré - 71 - Saône-et-Loire

A hike along the balconies in the south of Burgundy through the vineyards.

Walking Rieussec ( Download : )
distance 4.51mi Vertical gain +778ft Vertical drop -778ft duration 2h40 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.