Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park at the Chassagnes church square.
Head down due south through the village and reach a very broad stony track (1) by a short climb which joins another horizontal track.
Take it and reach the hermitage of Saint Eugene (2), then continue for about 200 m to reach a broad platform overlooking Chassagnes. Retrace your steps to then make a left along a blue marked trail that leads to a point of interest: La Gleysasse, views and cave (3).
Stay on the path that runs around the cliff and majestically overlooks the meandering Chassezac.
Then head on to a crossroads, turn right along the marked path (in Yellow) where a sign reads (4) “Les Trois Seigneurs” (at this point do not pay attention to the yellow cross on the right). “Les Trois Seigneurs” (The Three Lords) (5) is the crossroads with the GR®4. Turn left, cross the road to reach the Les Clairières car park. Follow the Green markings along Le Sentier de la Vierge (6). This trail loops back to the car park.
Head back across the road to return to the Trois Seigneurs crossroads (5). Turn left on the GR®4 Keep on this route for about 1 km until a Yellow-marked trail starts on the right (7) leading to the easily visible Chapel of Sainte Philomène.
At the chapel below the trail joins the car park.
Some more walks in Ardèche are available close to this walk.
D/A : km 0 - alt. 191m
1 : km 0.43 - alt. 160m - Chassagnes crossroads
2 : km 1.57 - alt. 227m - Ermitage Saint Eugène
3 : km 3.03 - alt. 229m - La Gleysasse
4 : km 3.78 - alt. 200m - Crossroads
5 : km 4.73 - alt. 212m - Trois Seigneurs crossroads
6 : km 5.7 - alt. 223m - La Vierge
7 : km 8.08 - alt. 245m - Crossroads for Sainte Philomène
D/A : km 9.16 - alt. 191m
No drinking water refill point.
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