Païolive woods

Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.

Technical sheet
A Les Vans walk posted on 07/10/13 by bernardino. Update : 09/08/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h00[?]
Distance Distance : 5.69mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 535ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 512ft
Highest point Highest point : 820ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 499ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Massif central
Location Location : Les Vans (07140)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.407686° / E 4.165826°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2839OT
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Park at the Chassagnes church square.
Head down due south through the village and reach a very broad stony track (1) by a short climb which joins another horizontal track.
Take it and reach the hermitage of Saint Eugene (2), then continue for about 200 m to reach a broad platform overlooking Chassagnes. Retrace your steps to then make a left along a blue marked trail that leads to a point of interest: La Gleysasse, views and cave (3).
Stay on the path that runs around the cliff and majestically overlooks the meandering Chassezac.
Then head on to a crossroads, turn right along the marked path (in Yellow) where a sign reads (4) “Les Trois Seigneurs” (at this point do not pay attention to the yellow cross on the right). “Les Trois Seigneurs” (The Three Lords) (5) is the crossroads with the GR4. Turn left, cross the road to reach the Les Clairières car park. Follow the Green markings along Le Sentier de la Vierge (6). This trail loops back to the car park.
Head back across the road to return to the Trois Seigneurs crossroads (5). Turn left on the GR4 Keep on this route for about 1 km until a Yellow-marked trail starts on the right (7) leading to the easily visible Chapel of Sainte Philomène.
At the chapel below the trail joins the car park.
Some more walks in Ardèche are available close to this walk.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.26 - alt. mi 0.26 - Chassagnes crossroads
2 : mi 0.98 - alt. mi 0.98 - Ermitage Saint Eugène
3 : mi 1.88 - alt. mi 1.88 - La Gleysasse
4 : mi 2.35 - alt. mi 2.35 - Crossroads
5 : mi 2.94 - alt. mi 2.94 - Trois Seigneurs crossroads
6 : mi 3.54 - alt. mi 3.54 - La Vierge
7 : mi 5.02 - alt. mi 5.02 - Crossroads for Sainte Philomène
D/A : mi 5.69 - alt. mi 5.69

Useful Information

No drinking water refill point.

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During the walk or to do/see around

The hermitage of Saint Eugène and the Chapel of Sainte Philomène on the route.
Païolive woods and its many rocks.
Further north, Thines and its hiking trails.

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