The path of Régordane (Saint-Gilles) allows walkers to follow a thousand-year-old path, once used by merchants, mule drivers, knights but also pilgrims going to the tomb of Saint Gilles or to the Black Madonna of Puy-en -Velay. This route was also the scene of the exploits of William of Orange, liberating Nîmes from the Saracens. It's a story…

It is from Puy-en-Velay that you await 240 km of trails to reach Saint-Gilles-du-Gard along the Chemin de Régordane, the GR ®700.

TECHNICAL SHEET

GR®700 REGORDANE WAY (SAINT-GILLES)

  • Departure: Le Puy-en-Velay
  • Arrival: Saint-Jean-du-Gard
  • Distance: 240km
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Means of transport for departure: Puy-en-Velay SNCF station
  • Means of transport for the return: shuttle/bus to Alès
  • Website : www.chemin-regordane.fr
  • Mobile application: Régordane – GR®700

Recommended steps on the Régordane GR®700 path:

  • Stage 1: From Puy-en-Velay to Costaros: 20 km
  • Stage 2: From Costaros to Langogne: 25 km
  • Stage 3: From Langogne to La Bastide-Puylaurent: 24 km
  • Stage 4: From La Bastide-Puylaurent to Villefort: 22 km
  • Stage 5: From Villefort to Genolhac: 14 km
  • Stage 6: From Genolhac to Portes: 14 km
  • Stage 7: From Portes to Alès: 24 km
  • Stage 8: From Alès to Ners: 17,5 km
  • Stage 9: From Ners to Saint-Chaptes: 15 km
  • Stage 10: From Saint-Chaptes to La Calmette: 18 km
  • Stage 11: From La Calmette to Nîmes: 19 km
  • Stage 12: From Nîmes to Générac: 16 km
  • Stage 13: From Générac to Saint-Gilles-du-Gard: 12 km

Le Puy-en-Velay, departure from path of Régordane

Puy-en-Velay brings together many major hiking routes. Departure from the mythical path towards Saint-Jacques of Compostela, the town of Puy-en-Velay is a real crossroads Great Hikes® for walkers.

Its famous Via Podiensis is used by thousands of pilgrims each year and the Régordane path also starts from the volcanic highlands of Puy-en-Velay. Traveling the Régordane path means tackling 3 departments: Haute-Loire, Lozère and Gard, true hiker's paradises.

In the land of volcanoes, in Gévaudan, between Cévennes and the Mediterranean, the Régordane path is a millennia-old route of pilgrimage and exchange. Admire its landscapes, discover its historical stories, walk its trails…

The Chemin de Régordane, a historic route

Aancient transhumance path, crossing villages among “the most beautiful in France”, Régordane’s path is one of the greatest pilgrimages in Western medieval Christianity.

The Chemin de Régordane is a route that links many monuments inscribed on the list of World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO such as the Puy en Velay cathedral and the abbey church of Saint Gilles du Gard.

This hiking trail offers great preserved spaces as well as a remarkable diversity of landscapes with strong identities : Velay, Margeride, Mont Lozère and the Cévennes (world heritage), Gardonnenque and the Garrigues, Costières and the Camargue. It is also rich in cultural and architectural heritage such as castles, churches, museums, not forgetting the arenas of Nîmes and the abbey church of Saint-Gilles.

Take the Régordane route, it is crossing lands populated by legends: those of William of Orange and the Charroi of Nîmes, the brigands of Mandrin, the beast of Gévaudan, the goat of Monsieur Seguin or Pierre and the wolf.

La Régordane invites the traveler to meet countries, people and their history. Finally, it is a path that has been quoted in one of the oldest songs Gesture, the cart of Nîmes, the 12rd century.


PRACTICAL TIPS

Plotting on an IGN map, description of the route, references to accommodation, restaurants, more generally all practical services, presentation of emblematic elements and reading of the landscapes, the Topoguide, light and easy to slip into the bag, is the tool essential to ensure peace of mind!


FAQ

Why does the Chemin de Régordane have this name?

Régordane is the name of the path followed by Guilhem in the song of gesture of Cart of Nîmes. This name could take the name of the mountain which blocks the horizon of the traveler who leaves Nîmes and ventures into the Cévennes. “Regordane” would seem to evoke a notion of steep relief and deep valleys.

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