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Walks and hikes in Ardèche

The diversity of landscapes and the exceptional wealth of natural environments make the Ardèche a privileged department for hiking.
With some 6000 kms of marked Ardèche trails there’s something for everyone.
Families can access must-see sites like the Pont d’Arc, while the more experienced will indulge in a more sporty practice in the Ardèche mountains.

Hiking in the Ardèche with your hosts

Set off to discover remarkable sites

Let yourself be guided by a host passionate about his region for the duration of a nature hike to discover, landscapes and cultural heritage.
The Ardèche is brimming with exceptional sites but also more secret places steeped in history and treasures.
These are all riches that your Villages de Gîtes hosts will be keen to help you discover from your holiday accommodation. Let’s go on a tour with your guide ?

1. Discover Southern Ardèche

Pascal your host at the Clé des Champs, takes you on hikes to discover magical places between the Gorges de l’Ardèche and Cévennes (gorges de La Beaume, La Drobie). Over time, he has imagined and enriched these tours as he has discovered them, combining visits to characterful villages (Balazuc, Labeaume, Chassiers,….), geological curiosity or singular places (hanging gardens, caves, cirques, waterfalls….)

? A passionate guide at your service.

2. Accompanied hiking in Ardèche

From the village de gîtes de la Fontinelle, Nicole and Jean Claude share with you their passion for hiking in their region’s most beautiful natural sites. Gorges de l’Ardèche, de Chassezac et de la Cèze or the bois de Païolive at Les Vans, so many enchanting places with an exceptional natural heritage to discover as you hike.

? The region’s most beautiful gorges.

Hiking in southern Ardèche

This region boasts a large number of must-see natural sites, all of which are exceptional places to explore.

The gorges are among the most visited natural areas. Numerous paths, sometimes equipped with handrails, allow you to skirt the rivers and enjoy grandiose views from landscaped belvederes.

One of the most beautiful hikes along the gorges is between the Bivouac du Gournier and the cirque de la Madeleine.

Must-see gorges and natural sites include:

  • Les Gorges de l’Ardèche, de Chassezac, de la Cèze…
  • Le Pont d’arc: a 54-metre-high natural arch unique in the world
  • L’Aven d’Orgnac: a grotto classified as a Grand Site de France.

And let’s not forget the Grotte Chauvet and its exceptional drawings and paintings. Some 36,000 years old, it is one of the oldest testimonies to cave art and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014.

For hiking and visiting other regions of France, don’t hesitate to discover the Villages de Gîtes

Walks to discover traditional villages

Located in the Rhône Valley, the department is made up of several small geographical regions that harbor countless small, unspoiled villages that are the starting point for beautiful walks and hikes accessible to the whole family.

In the montagne ardéchoise, in the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d’Ardèche, the spa town of Saint-Laurent-les-Bains, a pretty small mountain village, is the starting point for numerous walks. You can discover different types of landscape, from the chestnut groves of the Cévennes to the Ardèche plateau, which rises to an altitude of 1,500 meters and offers views of the Mont Mézenc and Mont Gerbier de Jonc.

L’Ardèche méridionale aux accents méditerranéens boasts numerous villages such as

  • Saint Martin, with its important historical and religious heritage, an ideal place to visit the Gorges,
  • Balazuc on the cliffside above the river, ranked among France’s most beautiful villages
  • Vallon pont d’arc where it’s good to stroll through its ancient streets typical of southern villages.

The Cévennes ardéchoises also boast a multitude of villages, including

  • Thines overlooking a wild valley with centuries-old chestnut groves and perched hamlets,
  • Naves and its hills of olive trees, a very pretty market town boasting numerous remains from the Middle Ages,
  • Les Vans, a thousand-year-old town whose architecture, streets and fountains make up a very rich heritage.