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Walk Pont St. Esprit to Langogne on the GR4

Listed under Walking in Rhone-Alps, France.

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This trail is part of the European long distance trail network and in it’s entirety it crosses France from the Cote d’Azure to the Atlantic. I have completed several stages of it over the last couple of years and found it to be well marked and mostly well maintained.

On my first outing on it I took a week to walk between Pont St. Esprit and Langogne because I fancied a countryside stroll after walking in Nepal the previous summer. The partly paved trails between low stone walls, overgrown vineyards smelled of lavender and warm soil and were exactly the flavour I was hoping for and there were interesting ruined farmhouses and hamlets to poke around and diverse scenery including some spectacular gorges and ancient architecture.

I found the ‘real’ rural France I was looking for, ate local foods in old stone villages and farmhouses, tramped along roads laid by Romans and met hardly a soul on the road.

Towards the second half the trail becomes more wooded and shady. I came across some lovely places to stay along the route , especially in Les Vans where I stayed at the gite d‘etape. I also stayed at the gite at Loubaresse after walking on a Roman laid road from Thines. My insights would be that section between Salavas and Comps is steeper than you may anticipate, thought the view over Vallon is charming, the distance from Comps to Grospierres is further than you would think and the final leg to Langogne is also quite long.

Written by  Larry Piper.

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