Refine your search for walks in Massif central

More criteria

Massif central walks

Walking Grand Tour of Lac Pavin ( Download : )
distance 7.81km Vertical gain +223m Vertical drop -224m Durée 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A Grand Tour of the beautiful and mysterious Lac Pavin, passing by the Puy de Montchal and the Creux de Soucy chasm.

Puy de Sancy through the Chaudefour valley
distance 16.34km Vertical gain +907m Vertical drop -909m Durée 7h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chambon-sur-Lac - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

The very secretive and beautiful Chaudefour valley is a classified natural site, closed up by the steep contours of a glacial cirque. Peaks, needles, plumbs are as many natural defences for an intact and preserved valley.

distance 51.8km Vertical gain +2458m Vertical drop -2458m Durée 21h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Le Falgoux - 15 - Cantal

A beautiful three-day hike, sleeping in a bivouac, with interesting variations in altitude.

distance 7.35km Vertical gain +206m Vertical drop -206m Durée 2h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Corbès - 30 - Gard

An easy walk with few real difficulties offering stunning panoramic views of the valleys of the Gardon in Saint-Jean and Mialet. On the trip you can discover the concretions and gours of the Grotte de Valaurie (300m of underground galleries) if the entrance is still open.

Walking The Colombières Gorges ( Download : )
distance 10.34km Vertical gain +697m Vertical drop -702m Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Colombières-sur-Orb - 34 - Hérault

An exceptional circular walk above the torrent of Arles where you can discover a cave dwelling and a superb Cervennes collection in the hamlet of Fage.

Sentier des 1000 Marches - Saut et Lac de Vezoles
distance 16.67km Vertical gain +623m Vertical drop -620m Durée 6h35 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Riols - 34 - Hérault

This trail is a marvel exploring the Saut de Vezoles and its lake with spectacular amenities.

Walking Les Corniches de Lauroux ( Download : )
distance 13.39km Vertical gain +646m Vertical drop -641m Durée 5h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lauroux - 34 - Hérault

A beautiful walk, without major difficulty and well marked, that takes you through scrubland and forests, cliffs and limestone plateaus.

Walking Le Roc de la Vigne ( Download : )
Le Roc de la Vigne
distance 12.71km Vertical gain +656m Vertical drop -649m Durée 5h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Puéchabon - 34 - Hérault

This trek works its way up from the Hérault valley to Roc de la Vigne. Leaving the village, off the beaten tracks, you'll explore Forêt Domaniale de Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert on cobblestone roads. Along the way, the remains of old farms, caves, a semi-troglodyte retreat and a breath-taking view from the top of Roc de la Vigne.

Walking The Chiloza falls ( Download : )
The Chiloza falls
distance 4.79km Vertical gain +140m Vertical drop -140m Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A wander among the underbrush along the Couze Pavin, from bank to bank, flowing in cascades.

Puy de Lassolas and Puy de la Vache
distance 4.31km Vertical gain +220m Vertical drop -214m Durée 1h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Genès-Champanelle - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A short hike to climb two volcanoes with their typical open craters to delight amateur geologists and curious hikers. A beautiful view from the top of the Puy de Lassolas on over the Chaîne des Puys to the north and Monts Dore to the south.

distance 6.68km Vertical gain +526m Vertical drop -526m Durée 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A very beautiful hike in a conservation area.

Walking Lac Chambon - Murol ( Download : )
distance 11.78km Vertical gain +321m Vertical drop -317m Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chambon-sur-Lac - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A circuit that forms a figure of 8 around Lac Chambon, with panoramic views of the lake and the Sancy range, the Valley of Chaudefour and a section through Murol via its castle.

La Montagne Noire via Cubserviès
distance 15.98km Vertical gain +662m Vertical drop -661m Durée 6h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Roquefère - 11 - Aude

Exploring La Montagne Noire and one of the highest waterfalls in Europe.

distance 13.05km Vertical gain +848m Vertical drop -845m Durée 6h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Étienne-de-Gourgas - 34 - Hérault

A hike in the foothills of the Larzac plateau overlooking Cirque du Bout du Monde and the village of Gourgas with a return journey via a beautiful forest path.

Walking The Chemin des Amoureux ( Download : )
distance 7.01km Vertical gain +254m Vertical drop -250m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sorèze - 81 - Tarn

The Chemin des Amoureux (Lovers' Path) takes you up the Laudot valley toward Cammazes. You return on the GR7.

distance 12.43km Vertical gain +523m Vertical drop -520m Durée 5h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Maurice-Navacelles - 34 - Hérault

A fairly conventional circuit that lets walkers admire the Cirque de Navacelles and hike in the gorges of La Vis. The ruins of the Moulins de la Foux are the ultimate goal of the hike, with beautiful explanations of these water mills and on the underground portion of the screw, not yet fully explored.

Walking The Megaliths of Minerve ( Download : )
The Megaliths of Minerve
distance 12.66km Vertical gain +443m Vertical drop -443m Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Caunette - 34 - Hérault

This hike, at the start of La Caunette, will take you above Minerva and will let you discover the megaliths scattered along the route. You'll criss-cross vines, scrubland composed of gorse, thyme, brush, evergreen oak trees and the odd wood.

distance 7.78km Vertical gain +150m Vertical drop -151m Durée 2h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Rocamadour - 46 - Lot

Beautiful course, above and in the Alzou valley, visiting two mills: the Moulin du Saut (fortified mill of the 12th century) and the Moulin de Tournefeuille.

distance 10.58km Vertical gain +306m Vertical drop -304m Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Pradons - 07 - Ardèche

A hilly walk through green oaks between Pradons and Lagorce. Beautiful views of the Ardèche cliffs on the final descent.

The Sentier des Granges trail
distance 13.93km Vertical gain +744m Vertical drop -741m Durée 6h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Laboule - 07 - Ardèche

At the heart of the Monts D’Ardèche Regional Natural Park, Laboule is the ideal starting point for a walk with a variety of contrasting atmospheres. At the summit of the Sentier des Granges trail there is an unparalleled panoramic view (Mont Blanc, Mont Ventoux, Mont Bouquet, Mont Lozère...) a day’s walk across the third-highest summit of the Cévennes range (at 1,548 m) with its rocky mountains and luminous rivers.

distance 14.49km Vertical gain +490m Vertical drop -481m Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - 07 - Ardèche

Between Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and Saint-Remèze, this hike should be done mid-season before it become too difficult to park in "gorges de l'Ardèche" after Pont-d'Arc.The walk offers beautiful view points over the Ardèche and Tiourre valleys, the Saint-Remèze plateau then Pont-d'Arc on the trip back.

distance 8.61km Vertical gain +180m Vertical drop -182m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Héand - 42 - Loire

Family-friendly walk in the hills of Saint-Héand among the horses and cows.

distance 12.73km Vertical gain +440m Vertical drop -438m Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Arras-sur-Rhône - 07 - Ardèche

Hike near the Rhône, to the north of Ardèche. You will be surprised to find areas that are this "wild" so close to the Rhône Valley (Ardennes). At the end, the view of the Rhône and the Arras tower is a definite plus.

distance 12.74km Vertical gain +355m Vertical drop -348m Durée 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Yzeron - 69 - Rhône

A very nice circuit around the Monts du Lyonnais to explore the climbing area at Py Froid.

Walking The Méjean cliff path ( Download : )
distance 7.03km Vertical gain +686m Vertical drop -690m Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Pierre-des-Tripiers - 48 - Lozère

Perhaps the most beautiful walk along the Causse Méjean, which traditionally starts out from Le Rozier.
Here, by starting on the cliff top, there is less vertical drop, as you stay between 870 and 720m the whole way.
As well as breath-taking scenery, you can see vultures circling above you and even below you on the cliffs!

distance 10.28km Vertical gain +206m Vertical drop -200m Durée 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Romain-de-Lerps - 07 - Ardèche

A lovely hike offering beautiful views of the Rhône Valley, the Alps and the Ardèche. A 15-minute drive from Valence, this hike leads you around the beautiful surroundings of this small village. Note that Saint-Romain-de-Lerps is one of the classic walks in the area, because there is a beautiful lookout point with a chapel, 2 orientation tables and a picnic area alongside.

distance 21.57km Vertical gain +707m Vertical drop -710m Durée 8h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Villevocance - 07 - Ardèche

Climb and ramble along the ridges above Annonay. Beautiful view of the Alps and Pilat.

The Way of St James. Stage 1. Puy-en-Velay / St Privat d'Allier
distance 23.6km Vertical gain +570m Vertical drop -361m Durée 8h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Le Puy-en-Velay - 43 - Haute-Loire

Twenty to thirty thousand walkers set out from Puy-en-Velay every year to do the pilgrimage along the Way of St. James. Discover the Way of St. James by doing the first stage by foot. You can return to Puy-en-Velay in the evening in a special coach.

distance 18.06km Vertical gain +547m Vertical drop -552m Durée 6h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Juliénas - 69 - Rhône

A hike in Beaujolais through vineyards and forests, starting from Juliénas near Belleville. This hike can be shortened or lengthened (see description).

Mount Gerbier de Jonc (1551 m), around it and up it
distance 15.77km Vertical gain +626m Vertical drop -620m Durée 6h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sainte-Eulalie - 07 - Ardèche

This trail goes around and climbs up the Gerbier de Jonc whose summit offers a view over the Ardèche mountains.

distance 6.67km Vertical gain +167m Vertical drop -168m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Villeneuve-de-Berg - 07 - Ardèche

An easy family walk to the "Forêt des sens" (forest of senses), arboretum and interpretive trail created under the impetus of the municipal children's council. A few welcome benches punctuate this playful and instructive walk for all ages.

distance 6.13km Vertical gain +101m Vertical drop -103m Durée 2h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Joseph - 42 - Loire

This hike is primarily along clear paths with views over le Pilat and Sainte-Catherine. An easy trek with some slight up and downhill slopes. Be careful, as non-stone tracks can get muddy in the rainy season.

Walking Rochebaron Castle ( Download : )
Rochebaron Castle
distance 9.18km Vertical gain +443m Vertical drop -447m Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bas-en-Basset - 43 - Haute-Loire

Rochebaron Castle is the emblematic site in the Bas-en-Basset and Monistrol-sur-Loire area.
Beautiful views, first over the Loire and, on the return journey, over the Meygal massif.

distance 12.25km Vertical gain +658m Vertical drop -658m Durée 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Appolinard (Loire) - 42 - Loire

Another original way to get to this beautiful viewpoint that is the Saint-Sabin chapel on a small bluff in the heart of the Pilat Park, pouring into the Rhône Valley, with some of the best views of the Alps and pre-Alps (especially across the south). At the chapel, many signs and indications tell the story of the place and its flora.

Walking Mer des Rochers ( Download : )
distance 5.47km Vertical gain +55m Vertical drop -55m Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sauve - 30 - Gard

A journey through both geological time and history, exploring the medieval village of Sauve and the chaos of the Mer des Rochers.

distance 12.98km Vertical gain +357m Vertical drop -353m Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lauret - 34 - Hérault

Circuit on the eastern slopes of the Causse de l'Hortus visiting its sites of interest: Lafous mill, Embruscalles lake, Mas Neuf, the archaeological site of the Causse rock with a view of the entire Gard plains and the pre-Alps beyond, Mont Lozère, Aigoual and more...

Walking La Dent de Rez ( Download : )
La Dent de Rez
distance 13.39km Vertical gain +503m Vertical drop -503m Durée 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Gras - 07 - Ardèche

The high point of Basse-Ardèche, this promontory (719 m) offers a beautiful panorama of the Cévennes, Mont Lozère, the Alps, the Baronnies, Mont Ventoux and the Ridge of Montmirail.

Walking Puech Pounchut ( Download : )
distance 8.91km Vertical gain +395m Vertical drop -338m Durée 3h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Meyrueis - 48 - Lozère

This walk is located on the north side of the Aigoual massif in the Cevennes.
At the summit of the hike you will have a beautiful view of the Causse Mejean and the Valley of Jonte. On a clear day looking west you can see the Millau viaduct.

distance 17.8km Vertical gain +618m Vertical drop -617m Durée 6h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Solutré-Pouilly - 71 - Saône-et-Loire

Wonderful hike in Burgundy to discover "Solutré" (a landmark) and the "Rock of Vergisson”.

distance 17.64km Vertical gain +482m Vertical drop -478m Durée 6h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Alba-la-Romaine - 07 - Ardèche

This lovely hike offers magnificent viewpoints over the Montmirail Dentelles, Mont Ventoux, the Baronnies, the Vercors, the Montagne Ardéchoise, the Coiron, the Necks of Sceautres, of Roche Chérie, of Roche, and a 360° panoramic view from the summit of Croix Juliau.
The superb medieval hamlet of Roche is well worth the detour.

The roof of the Rhône: Mont Saint-Rigaud
distance 15.28km Vertical gain +513m Vertical drop -517m Durée 5h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Monsols - 69 - Rhône

A hike on the highest summit of the Rhône Department.

distance 10.07km Vertical gain +430m Vertical drop -428m Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Thurins - 69 - Rhône

Varied itinerary: Forest on the climb toward the Crêt de Py Froid then at the start of the descent. The landscape opens out on the descent, becoming more rural. A little walking on the road.

distance 11.6km Vertical gain +281m Vertical drop -280m Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Christo-en-Jarez - 42 - Loire

A circuit primarily on small paved and sunny roads.

distance 10.05km Vertical gain +5m Vertical drop -5m Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert - 42 - Loire

An open-to-the-sky Sunday stroll in the sun Canal du Forez.

distance 13.84km Vertical gain +922m Vertical drop -922m Durée 6h35 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A trip to highest point of the Massif Central.

Walking The Ibie Balconies ( Download : )
distance 10.83km Vertical gain +362m Vertical drop -358m Durée 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - 07 - Ardèche

A walk amid holm oaks along the capricious Ibie river, whose water doesn’t always flow overground.

Walking The Sainte Baume gorges ( Download : )
distance 6.44km Vertical gain +301m Vertical drop -300m Durée 2h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Montan - 07 - Ardèche

A splendid medieval village, a hermit and his cave, a valley in the limestone hills and the views of the Rhône Valley and Mont Ventoux.
Prepare yourself for a nice, family-friendly hike, which will suit everyone.

distance 10.45km Vertical gain +247m Vertical drop -251m Durée 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron - 07 - Ardèche

A route starting at a hilltop village, Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron, with a wonderful, panoramic 180° view over the Ardèche mountains and plains, from Villeneuve de Berg to the Col de l'Escrinet (the Cham du Cros, Rocher d’Abraham, Montagne Sainte-Marguerite, Mont Lozère). In addition, educational panels depicting the history, geology and life on the Coiron adorn this hike.

Walking Rieussec ( Download : )
distance 7.26km Vertical gain +237m Vertical drop -237m Durée 2h45 Extreme Extreme
Starting point Starting point in Salavas - 07 - Ardèche

From the banks of Ardèche, to the balconies of Salavas, but fairly challenging in the bed of Rieussec. There are stringing points.
ATTENTION: Some sections can quickly become very dangerous for hikers who are ill-equipped or not trained for this kind of more technical hike. Therefore, please take care.

Walking Païolive woods ( Download : )
distance 9.16km Vertical gain +163m Vertical drop -156m Durée 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Les Vans - 07 - Ardèche

Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.