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La Banne d'Ordanche
Distance12.98km Vertical gain+354m Vertical drop-351m Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Walking Païolive woods (Download : PDF)
Païolive woods
Distance9.16km Vertical gain+163m Vertical drop-156m Duration3h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Les Vans - 07 - Ardèche

Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.

The Colombières Gorges
Distance10.04km Vertical gain+651m Vertical drop-667m Duration4h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

The Puy de Sancy via the Courre Valley
Distance6.68km Vertical gain+526m Vertical drop-526m Duration3h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A very beautiful hike in a conservation area.

Loop on the heights of Mont Pilat
Distance9.65km Vertical gain+204m Vertical drop-205m Duration3h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron: the learning path
Distance10.45km Vertical gain+247m Vertical drop-251m Duration3h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Navacelles Cirque and Moulins de la Foux
Distance12.43km Vertical gain+553m Vertical drop-547m Duration4h50 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Mont de Pouilly, and the Hills of Solutré and Vergisson
Distance17.8km Vertical gain+618m Vertical drop-617m Duration6h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Solutré-Pouilly - 71 - Saône-et-Loire

Wonderful hike in Burgundy to discover "Solutré" (a landmark) and the "Rock of Vergisson”.

The Sainte Baume gorges
Distance6.44km Vertical gain+301m Vertical drop-300m Duration2h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Walking The Dolmen path (Download : PDF)
The Dolmen path
Distance4.89km Vertical gain+238m Vertical drop-243m Duration2h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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 The Chiloza falls (Download : PDF)
The Chiloza falls
Distance4.79km Vertical gain+140m Vertical drop-140m Duration1h40 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting 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.

The Méjean cliff path
Distance6.2km Vertical gain+662m Vertical drop-664m Duration3h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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!

Walking La Dent de Rez (Download : PDF)
La Dent de Rez
Distance13.39km Vertical gain+503m Vertical drop-503m Duration5h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

La Montagne Noire via Cubserviès
Distance15.98km Vertical gain+699m Vertical drop-696m Duration6h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Roquefère - 11 - Aude

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

Walking Mer des Rochers (Download : PDF)
Mer des Rochers
Distance4.78km Vertical gain+40m Vertical drop-46m Duration1h30 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting 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.

A loop hike from col du Chatoux in the Haut Beaujolais region
Distance14.56km Vertical gain+417m Vertical drop-416m Duration5h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

A circuit around Puy de Sancy
Distance13.84km Vertical gain+922m Vertical drop-922m Duration6h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A trip to highest point of the Massif Central.

The 4,000 Steps and the return by Aire de Côte
Distance25.37km Vertical gain+1366m Vertical drop-1364m Duration10h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting 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.

Sentier des 1000 Marches - Saut et Lac de Vezoles
Distance16.67km Vertical gain+623m Vertical drop-620m Duration6h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Riols - 34 - Hérault

This trail is a marvel exploring the Saut de Vezoles and its lake with spectacular amenities.

The Circuit around Py Froid
Distance12.23km Vertical gain+311m Vertical drop-306m Duration4h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Yzeron - 69 - Rhône

A very nice circuit around the Monts du Lyonnais to explore the climbing area at Py Froid.

Puy de Lassolas and Puy de la Vache
Distance4.31km Vertical gain+220m Vertical drop-214m Duration1h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

A walk between the Châtoux and the Joncin mountain passes
Distance8.32km Vertical gain+223m Vertical drop-223m Duration2h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Ville-sur-Jarnioux - 69 - Rhône

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

Puy-de-Dôme passing through the col de Ceyssat
Distance5.46km Vertical gain+392m Vertical drop-392m Duration2h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Grand Tour of Lac Pavin
Distance7.59km Vertical gain+220m Vertical drop-217m Duration2h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Les Corniches de Lauroux
Distance13.39km Vertical gain+646m Vertical drop-641m Duration5h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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 The Ibie Balconies (Download : PDF)
The Ibie Balconies
Distance10.83km Vertical gain+362m Vertical drop-358m Duration3h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Mount Gerbier de Jonc (1551 m), around it and up it
Distance15.77km Vertical gain+626m Vertical drop-620m Duration6h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

The Cuves de Duzon, a geological curiosity
Distance8.52km Vertical gain+484m Vertical drop-490m Duration3h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Corbès and the Grotte de Valaurie
Distance7.35km Vertical gain+206m Vertical drop-206m Duration2h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

On the trail of the Druids
Distance4.88km Vertical gain+206m Vertical drop-206m Duration1h55 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting 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.

From Crêt de l’Oeillon to Crêt de la Perdrix
Distance6.86km Vertical gain+184m Vertical drop-175m Duration2h25 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting 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.

Tour of the Puy Mary - GR400
Distance51.8km Vertical gain+2458m Vertical drop-2458m Duration20h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Le Falgoux - 15 - Cantal

A beautiful three-day hike, sleeping in a bivouac, with interesting variations in altitude.

The Cirque du Bout du Monde
Distance13.05km Vertical gain+881m Vertical drop-879m Duration5h50 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Étienne-de-Gourgas - 34 - Hérault

A hike in the foothills of the Larzac plateau overlooking Cirque du Bout du Monde and the village of Gourgas with a return journey via a beautiful forest path.

Lac Chambon - Murol
Distance11.78km Vertical gain+321m Vertical drop-317m Duration4h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

On the east side of the Causse de l'Hortus
Distance13.02km Vertical gain+351m Vertical drop-347m Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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 peak of Chenavari
Distance15.24km Vertical gain+548m Vertical drop-550m Duration5h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

The Sentier des Granges trail
Distance13.93km Vertical gain+744m Vertical drop-741m Duration5h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting 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.

Walking Rocher d'Abraham (Download : PDF)
Rocher d'Abraham
Distance13.65km Vertical gain+1044m Vertical drop-1045m Duration6h25 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Mayres - 07 - Ardèche

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

Moulin du Saut and Moulin de Tournefeuille mills
Distance7.78km Vertical gain+150m Vertical drop-151m Duration2h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Circular hike in the Chamelet woods
Distance13.07km Vertical gain+490m Vertical drop-489m Duration4h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Chamelet - 69 - Rhône

A lovely, easy walk through the woods above Chamelet.

Chames Patroux along "ruisseau du Tiourre" (stream) and through Combe Longue for the trip back
Distance14.49km Vertical gain+490m Vertical drop-481m Duration5h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Around Juliénas in Beaujolais
Distance18.06km Vertical gain+547m Vertical drop-552m Duration6h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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).

Beautiful views around Saint-Romain-de-Lerps
Distance10.28km Vertical gain+206m Vertical drop-200m Duration3h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Walking Le Roc de la Vigne (Download : PDF)
Le Roc de la Vigne
Distance12.71km Vertical gain+656m Vertical drop-649m Duration5h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting 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.

Siran. Cascade d'Autoire. Bonnefont Marais and fountains.
Distance9.04km Vertical gain+94m Vertical drop-99m Duration2h50 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Loubressac - 46 - Lot

A lovely hike beginning at the viewing point of the Cascade d'Autoire and the Château des Anglais and which, at the halfway point, crosses the Marais de Bonnefont.

On the roads of Southern Burgundy in Macon
Distance10.81km Vertical gain+236m Vertical drop-237m Duration3h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Chaintré - 71 - Saône-et-Loire

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

Puy de Sancy through the Chaudefour valley
Distance16.35km Vertical gain+901m Vertical drop-903m Duration6h50 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

The Way of St James. Stage 1. Puy-en-Velay / St Privat d'Allier
Distance23.6km Vertical gain+570m Vertical drop-361m Duration8h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Walking Rochebaron Castle (Download : PDF)
Rochebaron Castle
Distance9.18km Vertical gain+443m Vertical drop-447m Duration3h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Bas-en-Basset - 43 - Haute-Loire

Rochebaron Castle is the emblematic site in the Bas-en-Basset and Monistrol-sur-Loire area.
Beautiful views, first over the Loire and, on the return journey, over the Meygal massif.

Vallon d'Ardennes and the Tower of Arras in Arras-sur-Rhône
Distance12.73km Vertical gain+440m Vertical drop-438m Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.