The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail
The GR70 through the Massif Central
By Alan Castle
A guidebook for walking in the footsteps of Stevenson as he travelled through France's Velay and Cevennes regions accompanied by his faithful donkey, Modestine. At 140km, this route is ideal for people new to walking holidays. Starts at Le Puy, finishes at St Jean de Gard. A great route with a historic and literary feel.
SeasonsPossible throughout the year, although requiring snow skills in winter. Best in spring and autumn, try to avoid July and August.
CentresLe Puy and St Jean de Gard at each end of the route. Also Florac, Fouzillac, La Bastide-Puylaurent, Pradelles, Le Pont de Montvert
DifficultySuitable for a first long-distance walking holiday. Mainly drove roads, bridleways and footpaths. Takes less than two weeks.
Must SeeAncient villages, a sence of history, deep gorges, stunning landcapes.
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Alan Castle has trekked and cycled in over 30 countries within Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australasia. A member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, he has written 18 guidebooks, several on long-distance mountain routes in France. An erstwhile national secretary and long-distance path information officer of the Long Distance Walkers Association, Alan now lives at the foot of the Moffat Hills in Scotland.View author profile
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