Loop hike departing from Le Cheylard-l'Eveque in Lozere via the forest of Mercoire and of la Gardille, Espradels, the valley of Langouyrou, the woods of Fayart and Laubarnes.
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16km hike at Le Cheylard l'Eveque in Lozere
Distance: 14,58km, Elevation maximum: 1247m, Elevation minimum: 1067m, Elevation gain: 445m
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From L'Etoile at La Bastide-Puylaurent to Le Cheylard l'Eveque (20km). Take the road D906 (following the Allier, the ancient Regordane Way GR700 and the Stevenson trail GR70) towards Langogne. Leave the D906 on the left until the center of Luc then go up the small road and drive by the castle of the village, cross the forest of la Gardille and the small village of Espradels. (Google Itinerary)
At the "place de l'eglise" in Cheylard l'Eveque, follow the GR70 Stevenson common with the GRP Tour of Margeride. About 1km after Espradels, leave the GR70 and join a path to the left. Turn sharp left on a wide path; 500 m. further, turn right, cross a bridge, then continue left to join a road. Follow the road to the left (we leave the yellow mountain bike marking) and find two little bridge. Cross the left bridge and continue on the path. At the end of the path, take the road to the left towards "Les Pradels". Crossing Les Pradels and follow the left path downhill switchbacks. Cross the bridge on the Langouyrou. Follow the path up to the left. cross the bridge over the stream of Cheylard, go to the left of a ruined mill and walk up. Continue left at the cross-roads. At the intersection, turn left on a perpendicular path and then right to the road. Turn left on the D71 along a granite chaos on your left hand. Leave the D71 towards "Laubarnes" with the right path. Go through the hamlet and turn left on the road to Cheylard-l'Eveque. After a right turn, leave the road to take a path down to the left until the entrance of Cheylard-l'Eveque. Join straight "la place de l'eglise". A very nice little bistro ("chez Josette") is located next to "la mairie".
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Old romantic Hotel with beautiful grounds bordering the Allier River. L'Etoile Guest-House is located in La Bastide-Puylaurent between Lozere, Ardeche and Cevennes. Hiking trails GR7, GR70 Stevenson, GR72, GR700 Regordane (St Gilles), Cevenol, Margeride, GR470 Allier river trail, Ardechoise, Gevaudan and many hiking loops around. A mountain retreat in the South of France. The right place to relax.