Stevenson Trail - Stage 2 Auvergne
Stevenson Trail - Stage 2
Follow in Robert Louis Stevenson's footsteps across the wild Auvergne
Chasseradès to St Jean du Gard - Stage 2
This section of the walk, taken by Stevenson and Modestine, passes through ever-changing landscapes of lush woodlands, plunging valleys and boulder-strewn plains. A must for literature lovers and those with a sense of adventure.
You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.
Itinerary & Hotels
Arrival Chasseradès day 1
The Chaptal family run the charming Hôtel des Sources and the restaurant serves great meals on the terrace.
Hotel des Sources
A friendly, family run hotel situated at the heart of the dramatic Margeride region, and close to the sources of the Allier, Lot and Chassezac rivers. This really is a delightful location offering a calm and pleasant stay.
- Warm and friendly welcome
- Good regional food
- Quiet location
The proprietor, a member of the "Tables Gourmandes" association, prepares a range of local specialities which discerning food-lovers will particularly appreciate.
- Salade des Sources
- Charcuterie de Pays
- Assiette de saumon fumé
- Omelette aux champignons de saison
- Cuisses de grenouilles persillade
- Tête de Veau ravigote
- Ecrevisses à l'Amoricaine
- Escargots - ma façon
- Boeuf bourguignon aux cèpes
- Entrecôte grillée
- Confit de canard
- Poulet aux écrevisses
- Viande du jour
- Dessert aux choix (nougat glacé, coupe de glace, créme caramel, dessert du jour)
Chasseradès to Le Bleymard day 2
After passing through the little village of L’Estampe you climb the densely wooded hill of Goulet. This is the beginning of the Cévennes.
Hotel La Remise
A former coaching inn with a magnificent open fireplace, La Remise is located on an important geographical crossroads, the northern gateway to the Cévennes National Park, the edges of the Margeride region, the sources of the River Lot and the GR7 hiking route, following in Stevenson's footsteps.
- Comfortable hotel in an excellent location
- Convivial bar with shady terrace
- Gastronomic restaurant
The menus are carefully developed to use the local seasonal products and vary with the seasons. Trout, chestnuts and locally produced meat and charcuterie are all popular.
- Salade Stevenson (dés de jambon, bleu de pays, noix, tomates, marrons…)
- Croustillant forestier
- Joue de Porc confite et sa truffade
- Truite aux amandes et sa truffade
- Le plateau de fromages
- Coupétade sauce au rhum
- Gâteau de marrons
Le Bleymard to Pont de Montvert day 3
Climb the Finiels summit for impressive views, sometimes as far as the Mediterranean. Pont de Montvert has many fine 16th century houses built on rocks above the waters.
Hôtel Aux Sources du Tarn
Pont de Montvert
Located on the right bank of the Tarn, this picturesque village has three bridges and only 250 residents - our hotel, Aux Sources du Tarn, is a haven of peace and tranquillity. This is a friendly hotel, and a very short stroll leads to the village centre, seemingly unchanged since the times of Stevenson's voyage.
- Pretty bedrooms, all with en suite facilities
- Views over the river
- Excellent restaurant with river views
The dishes on the menu are all prepared using selected local produce, and prepared with the utmost care, under the leadership of the fully qualified chef. You can enjoy your meal in the comfortable restaurant or outside on the terrace overlooking the Tarn.
Pont de Montvert to Florac day 4
Most of today’s walk is along the Bouges ridge with views across the Cévennes. Florac spans the confluence of the Tarnon and the Tarn.
This is an excellent 3 star hotel, ideally situated on the fringe of the vast Cevennes National park. Florac is a delightful medieval town dating back to the 9th century, and, to this day, retains much of its medieval charm. Bedrooms are spacious and comfortably furnished. The hotel (as its name suggests) is located in a pretty park, a pleasant spot to relax. There is also an outdoor pool for an invigorating dip!
- Excellent 3 star hotel well located in this fascinating medieval town
- Superb gourmet restaurant
- Attractive park setting
- Outdoor swimming pool
Foie Gras de Canard cuit par nos soins, Compotée d"Oignons & Pain d"épices
Salade de Lentilles Vertes du Puy, Oeuf Poché & Pied de Porc
Le Rôti de Lotte en Croute de Jambon de Pays et sa Tapenade
Le Filet de Sôle Poêlé sauce Vierge
La Souris d"Agneau Braisée et sa Réduction aromatisée aux Herbes
Fromages Affinés par nos soins
Choix de Patisseries Maison ou Glace ou Sorbet
Florac to Cassagnas day 5
You quickly find yourself in the steep, red and rocky sided Mimente valley, which has dramatic views. Tonight’s accommodation is in the tiny village of Cassagnas, which has a permanent population of only 20 people.
Gare de Cassagnas
Located alongside of the Mimente river, on the edge of the village of Cassagnas, and at the crossroads of the footpaths, the Espace Stevenson was originally the village station and has been carefully transformed into a friendly and welcoming chambre d'hote.
- Peaceful location
- Friendly welcome
- Interesting menu prepared from local food
Traditional and generous cuisine based on local produce and served in the welcoming dining room or on the quiet terrace.
Cassagnas to St. Germain de Calberte day 6
You can, if you wish, detour up Mont Mars for a view over this heavily forested area. There are many chestnut groves, once the staple diet of the population.
Hotel le Petit Calbertois
St Germain de Calberte
Le Petit Calbertois is located about 4 km from Saint-Germain-de-Calberte, at the heart of the Cevennes National Park (720 m altitude). The hotel faces due south overlooking the entire valley, offering wonderful views of the lower Cevennes. Surrounded by chestnut trees and tall pines, it is the ideal place for nature lovers and hikers.The cosy rooms of the hotel offer breathtaking views of the Cevennes valleys. The peace and tranquillity of the location make it an ideal place for a pleasant stay.
- Two tennis courts
- Lovely swimming pool - great for a dip at the end of a day's walking
- Comfortable rooms and a warm welcome
- Locally sourced food
Locally sourced food makes for a consistently interesting menu -- local specialities include chestnuts, wild boar, pelardon (a local goat cheese) and honey.Try not to leave without tasting the salad au Pelardon because it is one of the best ways to taste the delicious goat's milk cheese from the mountains. For this special dish, Pelardon is breaded, heated in a thin layer of olive oil and presented on a fresh crispy salad .
St. Germain de Calberte to St. Jean du Gard day 7
Some of the walk is spent on the paved road ‘Corniche des Cévennes’, built for the military during the reign of Louis XIV. Descend from the Cévennes into the Midi and see the changes in the landscape. On reaching the lowest part of the walk you’ll find yourself in the land of the grape.
St Jean du Gard
It's at this wonderful 17th century coaching inn that Robert Louis Stevenson ended his voyage through the Cevennes, and it is therefore a fitting point to mark the end of your trek. The hotel has been wonderfully renovated. Bedrooms are very comfortable and are decorated in typically Cevenol style. There is an excellent restaurant, and after your meal, it's well worth exploring this lively town in the southern Cevennes.
- Wonderfully atmospheric 17th century coaching inn
- Very comfortable rooms in Cevenol style
- Excellent gastronomic restaurant
The restaurant is deservedly acclaimed and makes excellent use of local produce. There is a well stocked wine cellar too! As well as the main dining room, there is a pleasant covered terrace - ideal for a sunny breakfast
Route & Location
Customise Your Holiday
Extra nights are possible at Le Puy, St Nicholas, La Bastide, Chasserades, Florac or St Jean du Gard. Please call us for details.
You can combine this second stage with the first stage. Please call for details.