Routes and hiking trails
GRs ("grande randonnées") and GRPs ("grande randonnées de pays") in the Lozère
The Stevenson Trail
On September 22, 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson, a young Scottish writer, left Monastier-sur-Gazeille on foot for Saint-Jean-du-Gard with his donkey, Modestine.
On his return to Scotland, Stevenson described his trip in his journal and called it Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes.
The 250 km route through the Massif Central from Puy-en-Velay to Alès is the best known and most well travelled of the hiking trails in the region Crossing four departments: Haute-Loire, the Ardeche, the Lozère and the Gard.
With your other half, with your friends or family, with a donkey, on a bike or on horseback, rediscover Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1878 route, now the GR 70.
Find out more: View or download the brochure.
In the footsteps of Pope Urban V: a papal hike through the Lozère
Whether it’s a spiritual quest, an urge to discover unusual sites or simply a new trail through the Lozère: follow Pope Urban V as a pilgrim or as a hiker.
Step by step, down the path to understanding the life of the Pope who was known as “The Blessed”.
The Grande Randonnée GR 670, or "Chemin Urbain V" is 329 km. long, a fortnight’s walk if you go the whole way from Nasbinals to Avignon through Mende, Florac, Vézenobres and Uzes.
You can also divide it into several sections of historical interest, for example from Mende to Florac or Mende to Saint-Jean-du-Gard.
The FFRP Topo Guide has been available since July 2015.
Visit the website of the Association du Chemin d'Urbain V.
Tour of Mont Lozère:
Mont Lozère is 1,700 metres high with mottled, bare granite peaks. Cattle are raised here and it’s also the main source of water for the Lozère: springs and streams feed the basins of the Tarn and Lot and as well as rivers flowing to the Mediterranean.
The GR 68, which circles the mountain, runs from Villefort over the northern slopes towards the ski resort of Bleymard and the spa of Bagnols-les-Bains. It rejoins the Col de la Loubière, then descends to Florac over the limestone ridge of Eschino d’Ase. From Florac, it crosses the forests of Bougès as far as the Col de la Croix de Berthel and Villefort. The landscape is very varied and the route runs through many hamlets and villages.
- Distance: about 115 km.
- Average length of the hike: 5-6 days.
Other trails Chemins de Promenades (walks) and Randonnées (hikes) around Mende:
We divide them into: Walks (balades) and hikes (randonnées).
The difference in this classification is the level of difficulty.
Length of the route : 8.7 km
Depuis la place du Foirail de Mende, suivre les panneaux directionnels jaunes jusqu'au parcours acrobatique puis suivre les panneaux directionnels bleus jusqu'à l'arrivée. Sentier N°2 ...4h average
Length of the route : 1.4 km
Cet itinéraire de 3 km (aller/retour) est commun à la première partie du sentier d'interprétation. Il est composé de 14 petites stations, chacune d'entre elle matérialisée par une ...1h20 average