The Stevenson trail – North part

The Stevenson trail – North part

In the autumn of 1878, R.L. Stevenson, the young Scottish writer who would become famous for his book Treasure Island, settled into a small village to the south of Le Puy-en-Velay so to prepare an initiatory journey across Les Cévennes. One month later, he left Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille with his lone companion Modestine, the temperamental donkey which carried his baggage. His journey was to bring him in contact with the Cévenols, descendants of the Camisards who fought and were persecuted after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. For 12 days he traveled across Le Velay, Le Gevaudan and the Cévenol region to arrive in Saint Jean du Gard. He tells of this voyage in his book entitled Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes.
We propose a hike that leads you through the beginning of R.L. Stevenson’s travels. This journey begins at Le Puy en Velay, a magnificent city built around the three large boulders that dominate it and dedicated to the followers of the Virgin Mary. Young Stevenson himself was unaware of the city’s value, but you will discover it for him. You will cross Le Velay, a vast plateau more than 1000 meters in height and surrounded by mountains and farming regions, some of which yield the lentils that have become part of the region’s fame. You will then pass into Le Gevaudan, famous for the animal which terrorized the inhabitants of this area of valleys, forests, and streams. Though pleasant in summer, life in this region becomes hard in the winter months. Finally, you will arrive in the Allier Valley, visit the Trappist abbey of Notre Dames des Neiges, and finish the hike at Chasseradès, at the foot of the Goulet and Lozere mountains.

ECO’: Half-board accommodation in hotels with all the facilities

STANDARD : accommodation in 2 star hotels with terroir dinners

Eco’ tour description

Day 1 : Arrival at Le Puy en Velay
Day 2 : Le Puy – Le Monastier sur Gazeille (19 km)
Day 3 : Le Monastier– Le Bouchet St Nicolas (23 km)
Day 4 : Le Bouchet – Langogne (25 km).
Day 5 : Langogne – Cheylard L’Evêque (16 km)
Day 6 : Cheylard – La Bastide Puy Laurent (19 km)
Day 7 : La Bastide –Chasseradès (18 km) via the N.D. des Neiges abbey- Back to La Bastide by taxi
Day 8 : La Bastide – Tour ends after breakfast

Standard tour description

Day 1: Arrival at Le Puy en Velay
Day 2: Le Puy en Velay – Le Monastier sur Gazeille (19 km)
Day 3: Le Monastier sur Gazeille – Le Bouchet St Nicolas (23 km)
Day 4: Le Bouchet – Langogne (25 km)
Day 5: Langogne – Cheylard L’Evêque (16 km)
Day 6: Cheylard – La Bastide Puy Laurent (19 km)
Day 7: La Bastide – Chasseradès (12 km)
                  walking to N.D. des Neiges abbey and back in the morning(about 1.30 hours)
Day 8: La Bastide Puylaurent – End of the tour after breakfast

What’s included?

  • Accomodation and breakfast
  • Dinners according to description and selected range of services
  • Hotel to hotel luggage transfer along the trail.
  • A set of maps (1/25 000 scale) with the route marked on and detailed route notes describing the trail.
  • A daily itinerary together with information about facilities and places of interest along the trail.
  • Emergency assistance in English








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Group rate (5 and more) and CE, contact us.

Comfort: 3/4 star hotel - gourmet dinner (according todescription)

Standard: 2-star hotel - regional dinner (according to description)




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