This work offers full introduction to the Cevennes region and the best walking in the area. It covers 16 day-walks in the southern Cevennes (based around Le Vignan); 15 day-walks in the northern Cevennes (based around Florac); plus the 5-day trek around Mont Lozere. Although just across the River Rhone from Provence, the Cevennes is one of France's wild and unknown regions. Resembling the Scottish Highlands in places (similar in height at a maximum of 1567m, but warmer and with fewer midges), the region includes the 230,000 sq. km Parc National des Cevennes and the upper reaches of the Tarn gorge. First introduced to a wider world by Caesar's crossing and then by the young Robert Louis Stevenson and his Walks with a donkey (1879), the Cevennes still has much that can be freshly explored. Compared with Provence the landscapes are harsher, more mountainous, less populated. The weather is more extreme: winters are cold, windblown and snowy, summers are dry and hot. The Cevennes attracts the walker and explorer who has a taste for a more rugged and subtler landscape. This is Janette Norton's third Cicerone guide to France, following on from her Haute Savoie and Provence guides. Based in the north around Florac and in the south around Le Vigan, the guide explores the walking potential of the region in 31 half- to full-day walks and the well-known five-day circuit of Mt. Lozere.
'Best known as the area RL Stevenson roamed around with his donkey, this is otherwise a little-known area to British walkers and well worth exploring. The author's selection of over 30 walks gives an in-depth exploration of the area and the tour of Mont Lozere would make for an excellent backpacking trip.' (Outdoor Pursuits, Oct/Dec 2002)
The Cevennes Southern Cevennes Northern Cevennes A Short History of the Cevennes Cevenese Life Using the Guide Guidelines for Walking in the Cevennes Travelling to the Cevennes When to Go Accommodation Clothing and Equipment Flowers and Vegetation Wildlife Southern Cevennes Walk 1#Circuit de L'Arre Walk 2#Circuit des Maures Walk 3#Roc de L'Esparon Walk 4#Pic d'Anjeau/Rochers de la Tude Walk 5#La Cirque de Navacelles Walk 6#Sentier de la Trescoulade Walk 7#Sentier des Ruisseaux Walk 8#Circuit des Camisards Walk 9#Le Sentier des Anes Walk 10#Truc de Montaigu Walk 11#La Draille de la Transhumance Walk 12#Les Cascades d'Orgon Walk 13#Lac des Pises Walk 14#Circuit de Mont St-Guiral Walk 15#L'Abime de Bramabiau Walk 16#Vallee du Bonheur Northern Cevennes Walk 17#Round Mont Puecheral Walk 18#Sentier des Menhirs Walk 19#Walk around Le Pont-de-Montvert Walk 20#Sentier du Pic Finiels Walk 21#Ste-Enimie (Gorges du Tarn) Walk 22#Gorges du Tarn from La Malene Walk 23#Sentier des Couronnes Walk 24#Sentier du Tarn and Causse Mejean Walk 25#Sentier de Vernagues Walk 26#Le Chaos de Nimes Le Vieux Walk 27#Sentier de Fourques Walk 28#Sentier de Pompidou Walk 29#Round Barre-des-Cevennes Walk 30#Round Fontmort Forest Walk 31#Sentier des Cans Tour of Mont Lozere Day 1 #Florac to Mijavols Day 2 #Mijavols to Les Bastides Day 3 #Les Bastides to Le Bleymard Day 4#Le Bleymard to Les Laubies or La Fage Day 5#Les Laubies or La Fage to Florac Appendixes Appendix A#Glossary of local words Appendix B#Table of Walk Times Appendix C#Maps Appendix D#Tourist Offices and Syndicats d'Initiative Appendix E#Market Days
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Janette Norton has lived with her physicist husband, Alan, in the Geneva region for over 30 years, raising four children and working in the marketing field. Her love of mountain walking dates from the time she was a guide in her twenties, and the proximity to her home of the Alps and the Jura has enabled her to continue her passion. Now her family has grown up, she has branched out to walk in other areas of France such as Provence, the Cevennes and the Dordogne. This is Book 1 of the two-volume second edition of her first book, Walking in the Haute Savoie.