The Stevenson trail

Discover this historic road
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The famous Stevenson Trail, or GR70, is not to be missed! You too can follow in the footsteps of this writer and discover the four territories that make up this hiking trail, which stretches from the southern Massif Central to the deep Cévennes.

With its 250 km and exceptional diversity, your route promises to be full of surprises…

GR 70

The Stevenson trail

Do you have the time and the desire to explore authentic and unspoilt territories? The Stevenson Trail is for you.

The route links the southern Massif Central to the deep Cévennes, crossing Velay, Gévaudan, Mont Lozère and the Cévennes. 12 days of adventure,220 km of unspoilt nature, marked by the diversity and beauty of the landscapes, culminating in Mont Lozère, at an altitude of 1700 metres.

Robert Lewis Stevenson’s journey, now European Cultural Route, contributed to the birth of hiking and opened the doors to a sporting and leisure activity. Walk in his footsteps and let yourself be transported by the beauty of the landscape, with the sole thought of living in the moment.

Go at your own pace, lulled by the beat of your heart, the mind detached from everyday life, free to be yourself. It’s on foot, as close to nature as possible, that you’ll approach the soul of Cévennes country, a land deeply marked by the will to freedom inherent in the Camisarde soul.

4 routes

Between Auvergne and Languedoc-Roussillon

Le Velay

A soft, colorful blend of small volcanic reliefs and high agricultural plateaus. On one side, fields of green lentils, on the other, small stone walls seem to want to organize the landscape by underlining each pasture. In the middle of this green countryside, the lava gives the hamlets their red and black colors, and the Loire meanders quietly adding its touch of blue.

The Gévaudan

A legendary land where small valleys welcome wild forests lit by pastures and marshes, where silence hints at the murmur of numerous streams and moss carpets invite you to rest. Until the scent of raspberries and birch together awakens all the senses.

Le Mont Lozère

A strange bare massif, dotted with rounded granite chaos and punctuated by numerous fresh springs. A land in its own right, where broom intoxicates spring itself, and purple heather and blue bilberries herald late summer. At the summit of Finiels, time inevitably stands still for every traveler, leaving the eyes the pleasure of running from the Alps to the Pyrenees. The force of the place then inevitably permeates the hiker’s entire body before pushing him towards the blue volutes of the famous Cévennes.

The Cévennes

Deep and luminous at once, the Cévennes valleys gently invite you to idleness, to the nonchalance of midday. Schist paths glide through chestnut forests, plunging down to refreshing rivers before reaching the sun-drenched summits. Lauzes gradually give way to tiles on the roofs, and every little village you pass through has its own stories to tell, in exchange for yours of course.

In truth, I don’t travel, myself, to reach a specific place, but to walk: simple pleasure of traveling.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The association

Created in 1994, the Sur le Chemin de Stevenson association and its partners work for economic development around the GR70, respecting the environment and heritage that inhabit it, and help you organize your hike.

The Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre topo-guide will guide you along the way (Référence 700 – Edition FFRandonnée and Chamina Editions).

Association “Sur le chemin de R.L. Stevenson”

48220 Le Pont de Montvert
04 66 45 86 31

Idée de séjours

The Cévennes,an escape in 4 days, is possible with the GR 70.

Is 12 stages too much? Do you only have a few days to spare? The GR 70 can also be completed in several stages.

On this final stretch of the long-distance trail, you’ll travel from ridge to valley, with a sea of blue mountains on the horizon. A change of scenery, scenic beauty, contemplation and freedom take on their full meaning here.

  • Day 1 Florac – Cassagnas: 16 km
  • Day 2 Cassagnas – St Germain de Calberte: 15 km
  • Day 3 St Germain de Calberte – St Jean du Gard : 22 km
  • Day 4 St Jean du Gard – Alès : 24 km


    These 4 days of hiking are nonetheless technical, with plenty of ascent and descent. They require a good physical
    condition. The panoramic views and sumptuous landscapes of the Stevenson trail are well worth the effort!

    Robert Lewis Stevenson

    Famous writer and traveler, Robert Lewis Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh.

    Following a sentimental failure, Stevenson felt the need to isolate himself and so set out on a journey through the south of France, accompanied by a donkey named Modestine. This journey, he recounts in the book “Voyage avec un âne dans les Cévennes”. In his account, Stevenson recounts his crossing of the Cévennes on foot, undertaken in autumn 1878, with the donkey Modestine as his only companion. Despite a difficult start, the author eventually forged a strong emotional bond with the animal. From Le Monastier in the Haute-Loire, their journey lasted 12 days and ended in Saint-Jean-du-Gard, after a 200 km walk. Stevenson’s aim was twofold: to forget his heartbreak and to encounter the land of the Camisards.

    His travel diary was published in 1879 as “Voyage avec un âne dans les Cévennes”. This work made it possible to retrace his itinerary, now known as the Chemin de Stevenson (GR 70), offering hikers the chance to follow in the footsteps of the Scottish author-adventurer in love with France.

    An author known for his adventure and fantasy tales, Stevenson will be remembered for his many now-iconic works such as “Treasure Island” published in 1883 or “The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” released in 1886.

    I’d been looking for adventure all my life, an adventure without passion, as it happened, to the heroic travelers of the early days; and to find myself thus, in the morning, in a lost and wooded corner of Gévaudan, disoriented, as foreign to what surrounded me as the first man abandoned in the lands, was to see, fulfilled, a part of my waking dreams. Robert Louis Stevenson

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