Secret France: The Ardeche

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On the Massif Central above the broad valley of the Rhone lies a walker's paradise of hills where the Ardeche, Loire and Haute Loire regions meet. This is a watershed for some of France's great rivers, a land of steeply terraced slopes, half-hidden valleys and tumbling streams. Large ruined farmhouses seem embedded in the landscape, where the bleat of goats and call of a wild bird are often the only sounds you will hear. Our Ardeche ramble unfolds with views across the Doux Valley from Le Crestet. During the tour you will walk through orchards and visit towns set amongst rugged hills. In late Spring, the fields are blanketed yellow with wild flowers, adding a special dimensions to departures during this time. The program also incorporates a number of highlights including a walk past the ruined Chateau de Rochebonne overlooking the River Eyrieux to the town of St Martin de Valamas and a walk along a well-graded former railway line to St Agreve.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Arrive Le Crestet DAY 2 Walk through orchards into wooded hills to Lamastre (3-4hrs) DAY 3 Walk to Lalouvesc via the village of Nozieres (6hrs) DAY 4 Walk to St Bonnet le Froid (6hrs) DAY 5 Rest day in St Bonnet le Froid or short circular walk (2-3hrs) DAY 6 A lightly undulating walk to St Agreve (5-6hrs) DAY 7 Walk to St Martin de Valamas passing the dramatic ruins of the Chateau of Rochebonne en route (4hrs) DAY 8 Return to St Agrève (4hrs) DAY 9 Follow an ancient mule-road to Lamastre (6hrs) DAY 10 Trip concludes
trip dates
Every Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday from 1 Apr to 3 Oct
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what's included
MEALS: *9 breakfasts, 9 dinners ACCOMMODATION: *9 nights in country hotels on a twin share with ensuite facilities where possible BACKUP & SUPPORT: *information pack including route notes & maps per room booked *luggage transfer *emergency hotline
Secret France: The Ardeche
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trip grading:
10 days
trip code:
US $1,640
Operated By Sherpa Expeditions
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