Guided Hiking Tours On The GR 70, Hike The Stevenson Trail, France
GR 70 Hiking
Self Guided Hiking
  • Tour The GR 70,
Hike The Stevenson Trail, France
  • South Central France
In 1878 Robert Louis Stevenson had no tour guides for his twelve-day hike through the then economically depressed area of south central France, south of Lyon.  
Stevenson walked on roads and trails that were once part of the
Roman system of trails that went through France and into Spain.  
  • GR 70
This trail is now the Grande Randonnee, GR70
hiking trail which connects to other trails that continue south over the Pyrenees to Spain.  
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South Central France
Roman roads made connections to Arles and Glanum,  two Roman towns of the first century.  Roads connect to back roads between Les Baux, St Remy.       The GR 6 runs near Eygaleires
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Hike The Stevenson Trail  on a 12 Day Inn to Inn Walk Through Central France.
Take a guided tour of the
GR70 trail through France. This 12 day guided walk follows the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail, the RLS 70, from the Upper Loire Valley to the Parc Nacional des Cevennes near Montpellier in southern France.
Hiking Trails in Southern France
  • Self Guide or Guided
For This Hike In South Central France you can make all your arrangements or you can hire tour Guides that will book the inns and make other arrangements for you.  Some agencies make the arrangements for the lodging and then you self guide.  The hike is popular in summer and therefore accommodations ahead are recommended.
Stevenson was without guides.  He bought a pack burro to carry his equipment and he kept a journal of his experience.  He later turned the journal into a book in which he wrote about his hike  with a small burro named Modestine, an account that would later inspire John Steinbeck who wrote about his travels with a dog named Charlie.  Stevenson's book has inspired many others who hike along his path.  
The best time for this hike is between March and November.  The high elevation portions could have snow in winter.  The trails and accommodations could be crowded from mid June to mid September.

The tour guides provide the lodging and information about meal options or you can make these arrangements on your own.  This is a self guided hike, once the hiker reaches the trail.  The trails are well marked, some, having been used since Roman times, are still marked with Roman stones.  Shepherds commonly use the trails accompanied by their Pyrenees mountain dogs when they move their flocks to seasonal grazing land.
Hiking trails in the Pyenees
Roman Julian Bridge near Lacoste Provence.
Grande Randonnee, GR70 hiking trail connects to trails that continue south over the Pyrenees to Spain passing many ruins from Medieval times.  
To the north east in Provence the old Roman roads and bridges remain such as Julian Bridge near Lacoste.
The trails continue south over the Pyrenees to Spain, an ancient route of  pilgrimage
The trail now called the RLS 70 Trail goes south from Haute Loire , the upper Loire Valley to the Parc Nacional des Cevennes, a trip of 120 miles.  Stevenson's book was published in 1879 and titled, Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes.
Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, was a Scotsman and has remained a popular figure in British literary lore .  The hike that follows his path is called a literary tour or literary hike.  Hikers often carry a copy of the book with them as they hike and they attempt to identify places that Stevenson mentions.  
Other Grande Randonnee Hikes
Roman Aqueduct near Arles
GR 66 – The Aigoual,  GR 67, The Cévennes  GR 68 ,Mont Lozère
Guided Hiking Tour Providers for the GR 70, Robert Louis Stevenson Trail France
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  • Lodging
Make arrangements beforehand to lodge in the inns along the way.  Stevenson camped and he lodged during his hike.  He averaged about 10 miles each day.
Trails continue south to the Pyrenees
Hikers start in the village of Puy en Velay in the Haute Loire and they hike south through 3000 foot mountains, through villages, and into the Parc Nacional des Cevennes.  The hike ends in the town of St. Jean du Garde in the Sevennes after crossing the 5000 foot mount Lozere.  
Stevenson started in Le Monastier 15 miles south of Le Puy en Velay and hiked about 120 miles during his 12 days.  That remains a god target for the modern hiker, who will do about 10 to 12 miles a day through the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Tour guides can arrange for transportation and for parking of a guest's vehicle or independant travelers can make these arrangements via email to the inns.  You can make your arrangements for lodging at inns located in small villages along the way.
These sites are a good place to start a search for information
Take a Guided Hiking Tour on the GR 70 trail and hike the Stevenson Trail through France as you follow the trail of Robert Louis Stevenson.  Stevenson in 1878 had no tour guides for his twelve-day hike through south central France, south of Lyon.
Guided Hiking Tours on the GR 70 trail will hike the Stevenson Trail through France.  The trail follows the hike taken by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Stevenson in 1878 when he hiked with a donkey named Modestine for twelve-days through South Central France.
Hiking Trails in Southern France go through the Pyrenees to Spain
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