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Stevenson Trail - The Practical

Des remerciements spéciaux vont à Jean-Jacques et Renée Bonnardel,
mes compagnons de marche pour ce voyage

En vérité, je ne voyage pas pour atteindre un endroit précis mais pour marcher simple plaisir de voyager - Robert Louis Stevenson

 

For background information and maps on the Stevenson trail, see my earlier report of September 2015

  Date From To

Time
Hrs/Mins

Km

Cum

  Sat 30 Apr

Travel to Le Puy en Velay
Eurostar ETD Ashford 07-55 hrs ETA Lyon Part Dieu 13-00 hrs (£73)
ETD Lyon Part Dieu 14-24 hrs ETA St Etienne 15-09 hrs
ETD St Etienne 15-53 hrs ETA Le Puy en Velay 17-20 hrs (€ 18.60)
Hotel Bristol, Le Puy en Velay

     
  Sun 1 May Sightseeing in Le Puy en Velay
Hotel Bristol, Le Puy en Velay
     
1 Mon 2 May Le Puy en Velay Le Monastier sur Gazeille
Auberge Les Acacias
4-20 20.75  
2 Tues 3 May Le Monastier sur Gazeille Le Bouchet St Nicolas
Chambres d'Hotes L'Houstaou
6-18 28.38 49.13
3 Wed 4 May Le Bouchet St Nicolas Langogne
Hotel de la Poste
6-00 28.56 77.69
4 Thurs 5 May Langogne

Cheylard l'Évêque
Le Refuge du Moure

3-37 17.17 94.86
5 Fri 6 May Cheylard l'Évêque La Bastide PuyLaurent
Hotel La Grande Halte
5-29 26.72 121.58
6 Sat 7 May La Bastide PuyLaurent Chasseradès
Hotel Des Sources
2-39 12.0 133.58
7 Sun 8 May Chasseradès Le Bleymard
Hotel La Remise
3-56 19.0 152.58
8 Mon 9 May Le Bleymard Pont de Montvert
Auberges Des Cévennes
4-36 18.76 171.34
9 Tues 10 May Pont de Montvert Florac
Hotel Des Gorges Du Tarn
3-37 17.86 189.2
10 Wed 11 May Florac Le Cauvel
Le Château de Cauvel
5-14 25.53 214.73
11 Thurs 12 May Le Cauvel St Étienne Vallée Française
Château de Cambiaire
4-13 19.39 234.12
12 Fri 13 May St Étienne Vallée Française St Jean du Gard
Hotel Oronge
2-43 13.77 247.89
13 Sat 14 May

ETD St Jean du Gard 09-00 hrs ETA Alès 09-55 hrs (by Bus)(€ 1)
ETD Alès 10-26 hrs ETA Nîmes 11-16 hrs (by Bus) (€7-50)
Hotel Abalone, Nîmes

     
14 Sun 15 May ETD Nîmes 09-55 hrs ETA London Luton 10-55 hrs Ryanair Flight FR3257      
           
 

GPS Statistics

Day To Distance Time Elevation in meters
   
Km
Elapsed
Hrs-Mins
Moving
Hrs-Mins
Gain Loss Max Min
1 Monastier sur Gazeille 20.75 5-43 4-20 613 352 982 627
2 Le Bouchet St Nicolas 28.38 8-00 6-18 829 537 1,218 765
3 Langogne 28.56 7-00 6-00 390 703 1,238 901
4 Cheylard l'Évêque 17.17 5-06 3-37 433 224 1,241 910
5 La Bastide PuyLaurent 26.72 7-13 5-29 675 780 1,247 972
6 Chasserades 12.0 3-04 2-39 461 219 1,310 1,020
7 Le Bleymard 19.0 4-38 3-56 546 643 1,413 1,068
8 Pont du Montvert 18.76 5-48 4-36 622 806 1,638 877
9 Florac 17.86 4-35 3-37 192 721 1,091 540
10 Le Cauvel 25.53 6-56 5-14 803 582 965 549
11 St Étienne Vallée Française 19.39 5-31 4-13 447 919 972 252
12 St Jean du Gard 13.77 3-49 2-43 482 587 605 185
 

Total

247.89

   

6,393

7,073

   
 

The route and the stops are almost identical to my September 2015 trip, but with four variations

On Day 2, to Le Bouchet, we took the GR40 just before Ussel and rejoined the GR70 at Bargettes; this added about 3 km to the walk

On Day 5, when we reached Rogleton, we took the route via Notre Dame de Neiges to La Bastide PuyLaurent; this added 4.15 km compared with September 2015, but meant that the side trip of 7.73 km from La Bastide to visit Notre Dame de Neiges the following day was not necessary, making an overall saving of 3.5 km.

On Day 8, to Pont de Monvert, due to the high winds, rain and fog we did not climb Cap de Finiels, instead taking the lower route.

On Day 9, due to the bad weather, we took a taxi to Col de Sapet, and walked from there; this shortened the distance and saved 675 meters of hard climbing, but it gave us the opportunity to do the longer route into Florac via Bedoues.