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The Cevennes, on the eastern flank of the Massif Central is the only inhabited French National Park. It boasts great natural beauty and is almost totally unspoilt, a walkers' paradise! Depopulation has left a region full of sad romantic ruins and whilst the Cevennes always provide fairly rugged terrain, hiking in this part of France is not unduly demanding.

As you head south in the Cevennes, the limestone plateaus and deep canyons of the Massif Central give way to more Mediterranean landscapes. Discover rolling fields dotted with granite boulders and medieval stone villages, valleys of chestnut forests, wildflowers and ruined castles, and the twisting reaches and breathtaking gorges of the Tarn, one of France’s prettiest rivers. Start your French Camino in Le Puy en Velay in the Auvergne and from there make your way south.

In the autumn of 1878, Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) set out to walk a trail across the Cevennes - accompanied by "a small grey donkey called Modestine, the colour of a mouse with a kindly eye". It took this pleasing pair eleven days to complete the trip, and the book that Stevenson wrote about their journey ‘Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes’ has since become a travel classic.

Stevenson should have put this French region ‘on the map’, but despite the account of his travels through this beautiful region, it remains little known. Inns where Stevenson stopped still exist and at Notre Dame des Neiges the monks are still praying and brewing! We have taken the liberty of replacing Stevenson’s donkey with less troublesome methods of baggage handling during your walking holidays. Start planning your walking holiday on Stevenson's Trail, GR70 or RLS Trail today.

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Local Connections in the Cevennes

We place great emphasis on researching, planning and crafting innovative itineraries to ensure you get the very best experience out of your trip in the Cevennes. We believe relationships are important and have been working with many of our hoteliers and local suppliers for years. This means that they know exactly what our travellers expect.

Great Value & Quality Holidays in the Cevennes

Our active holidays in France's Cevennes region are well priced offering great value for money. Included in your package are comprehensive route notes, maps & guide books along with bag transfers and locally run accommodation. When you book, your trip will be fully organised by a dedicated member of our in-house team, so you will always know who you are dealing with. We take the stress out of organising your trip in France.

Personal Experience in the Cevennes

Our team have been walking and cycling in the Cevennes for over 4 decades. We are passionate about France, active holidays and delivering exceptional service. Combined, we’ve travelled to virtually every corner of the UK & Europe and bring a multi-disciplined, multicultural and whole-hearted love of all things travel.

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