Loop hike departing from La Garde-Guerin in Lozere via the GR72, the GR700 Regordane Way, Pourcharesses, the lake of Villefort and Morangies.
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13km hike at La Garde-Guerin in Lozere
Distance: 12,98km, Elevation maximum: 919m, Elevation minimum: 605m, Elevation gain: 434m
IGN Maps: La Bastide-Puylaurent (2738E). Mont Lozere Florac PN des Cevennes (2739OT). Largentiere la Bastide-Puylaurent Vivarais Cevenol (2838OT).
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From L'Etoile at La Bastide-Puylaurent to La Garde-Guerin (17km). Take the road D906 towards Villefort via le Col du Thort and Prevencheres. (Google Itinerary)
From La Garde-Guerin, at the stone cross, follow the GR72 and the GR700 Regordane Way (North) until a small road to Albespeyres. Cross the road and follow the path next to the golf. Cross the road D906 and take the track on the right which leads to a larger path. 300m. further, take a left. At the fork, take the path on the left. Walk by the ancient village in ruins and continue on until Pourcharesses. At the exit of the village, go down a road until the first hairpin turn. At that point, take the track which continues straight on. Reach the path around the lake and follow it on the left. When reaching the road, turn right. A little further after the small bridge over the stream of Morangies, take on the right a track which follows the ancient road near the lake's banks. Go back up to the medieval village of La Garde-Guerin via the Regordane Way. A little track climbs up to la Chapelle Saint-Loup right before the dam; nice view over the valley of the Altier. It will take 45 minutes to go there and come back.
It is possible to go to the lake with a bike, it is a downhill slope all the way to La Guarde-Guerin, and come back with the train. It is also possible to go to
Villefort with the train, however, the lake is 3km away from the station. Buy the topo-guide of the FFRP
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Old romantic Hotel, L'Etoile Guest-House is a mountain retreat in the South of France. With a beautiful park along the Allier River, L'Etoile Guesthouse is located in La Bastide-Puylaurent between Lozere, Ardeche and Cevennes. Many hiking trails like GR7, GR70 Stevenson trail, GR72, GR700 Regordane way, Cevenol, Allier river, Margeride, Gevaudan. Many hiking loops around L'Etoile Guesthouse. The right place to relax.