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140 mile trail in the footsteps of Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey' through the Cevennes.
Map: Location of the RLS Trail in France Map Key Summary Table of Stages Map: The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail Preface to the Second Edition INTRODUCTION The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail Robert Louis Stevenson Travels with a Donkey in the Cvennes First Half of the Trail: The Massif Central Velay, Gvaudan and Vivarais Second Half of the Trail: The Cvennes and Le Parc National Des Cvennes Climate When to Go Travelling to and from the RLS Trail Public Transport in the Velay and Cvennes Accommodation Equipment Grandes Randonnes Waymarking and Navigation Maps Snakes Emergencies Language Money/Banks/Telephone Insurance Public Holidays and Time in France Stevensons Route by Cycle or by Car Club Cvenol Suggested Itineraries for Walking the RLS Trail How to Use this Guidebook PROLOGUE Part 1 Le Puy-en-Velay Part 2 Le Puy-en-Velay to Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille STAGE 1 Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille to Goudet STAGE 2 Goudet to Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas; Excursion to Lac du Bouchet STAGE 3 Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas to Pradelles STAGE 4 Pradelles to Langogne STAGE 5 Langogne to Cheylard-lvque STAGE 6 Cheylard-lvque via Notre-Dame-des-Neiges to La Bastide-Puylaurent STAGE 7 La Bastide-Puylaurent to Les Alpiers/Le Bleymard STAGE 8 Les Alpiers/Le Bleymard to Le Pont-de-Montvert STAGE 9 Le Pont-de-Montvert to Florac STAGE 10 Florac to the Gare de Cassagnas STAGE 11 Gare de Cassagnas to Saint-Germain-de-Calberte STAGE 12 Saint-Germain-de-Calberte to Saint-Jean-du-Gard EPILOGUE Part 1 Saint-Jean-du-Gard and Mas Soubeyran, Als and Nmes Part 2 Walking to Mialet or Als APPENDICES APPENDIX 1 Gtes dtape on or close to the RLS Trail APPENDIX 2 Other Long-Distance Walking Routes Encountered on the RLS Trail APPENDIX 3 Stevensons Itinerary APPENDIX 4 Bibliography APPENDIX 5 Useful Addresses, Telephone Numbers and Websites APPENDIX 6 Modern Treks Along the RLS Trail
Alan Castle is a writer and photographer specialising in the outdoors, walking, backpacking, mountain walking, trekking and travel in the UK, Europe and worldwide. His interests include UK and European long distance trails, challenge walking, Munroes and peak bagging and adventure travel- he leads several walking holidays throughout Europe each year. He is an occasional contributor to a number of walking magazines and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Austrian Alpine Club.