The Clos de Gaillard nature park

A beautiful 13 Km walk in the scrubland of Nîmes during which you will discover beautiful views of the Cevennes, magnificent capitelles and the Mediterranean vegetation: pines, cedars, fig trees, olive trees, strawberry trees, holm oaks, kermes oaks...

Technical sheet No. 30804119

A Nîmes walk posted on 16/02/23 by Wanderer du Gard. Last update : 14/03/23
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h05 ?
Distance Distance : 13.03 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 128 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 122 m
Highest point Highest point : 175 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 89 m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Nîmes (30000|30900)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.883318° / E 4.267434°
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Start : Clos de Gaillard nature park car park.

(D/A) When you enter the Clos de Gaillard nature park, take the path on your left, travelling North-West.

(1) At the La Roque signpost, turn right towards Les Figuiers. At the first fork, stay on the left. Soon, you will see, on your left, the first capitelle of this circuit.

(2) At the Les Figuiers signpost, follow the wide track on the right towards the Eau Rare valley.

(3) At the l'Eau Rare signpost, a round trip of about 100m in the direction of Clos de Gaillard will allow you to visit a mazet in a typical regional environment.
Otherwise, the circuit turns to the left (East) on a track in the direction of the Centenarian Cedars (Cèdres Centenaires).

(4) At the Aire de pique-nique signpost, cross the GR®700 and go up the DFCI track B74. At the summit, turn left to pass the fire watch tower and go northwest on a wide track (viewpoints).

(5) At the T-junction, go straight on (North) and end up at an orientation table (view of the Cevennes).

(6) Retrace your steps to the T-junction.

(5) Follow the DFCI track B68 to the right. Pass the hundred-year-old cedars.

(7) At the Cèdres Centenaires signpost, join the GR®700 on your right towards the Pins Noirs. You will pass in front of the reconstructed enclosure of Gaillard, then in front of another capitelle called the Grande Seule. Walk northwest.

(8) At the big water tank, leave the GR® on your left and continue North-North-West on the DFCI B1. At the fork, stay left on the main trail.

(9) On reaching the electricity pylon, take the path on your left.

(10) At the end of this stony path, take the GR® 700 on your right. This wide track runs parallel with the Lac stream through a varied vegetation.

(11) At the Ruisseau du Lac signpost, cross the shallow stream and follow the GR®63 towards the Pont de la Farinette. The ascent then the descent of this stony path are quickly forgotten in view of the landscapes which surround you.

(12) At the Rendez-vous des Chasseurs signpost, follow the direction La Roque on your left. On this path, take the first track that goes up on the left. With a variable South or South-East orientation, it winds on the hillside through the holm oaks.

(13) When you reach a standing stone, continue straight ahead. This trail will go along a meadow with a single pine tree. You will see the La Roque signpost slightly further on, to your left.

(1) At the La Roque sign, turn right and, taking the same path as on the outward journey, returning to the car park (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 138 m - Clos de Gaillard nature park car park
1 : km 1.08 - alt. 137 m - La Roque signpost
2 : km 1.8 - alt. 122 m - Les Figuiers signpost
3 : km 2.27 - alt. 131 m - L'Eau Rare signpost
4 : km 3.18 - alt. 148 m - Aire de pique-nique signpost
5 : km 4.1 - alt. 169 m - Junction DFCI B68
6 : km 4.38 - alt. 168 m - Orientation table
7 : km 5.09 - alt. 149 m - Les Cèdres centenaires signpost
8 : km 5.97 - alt. 138 m - Water tank
9 : km 6.94 - alt. 136 m - Electricity pylon
10 : km 7.36 - alt. 108 m - GR 700
11 : km 8.39 - alt. 94 m - Ruisseau du Lac signpost
12 : km 9.29 - alt. 89 m - Rendez-vous des Chasseurs signpost
13 : km 11.25 - alt. 138 m - Standing stone
D/A : km 13.03 - alt. 138 m - Clos de Gaillard nature park car park

Useful Information

Start : Clos de Gaillard nature park.

Driving to Start : Leave Nîmes on the N106 towards Alès, take the D907 on your left towards Gajan, les Hauts de Nîmes. After driving about 7Km on the D907, turn onto the track on your right (signposted) which will lead you to the Clos de Gaillard nature park. Park in the car park.

Parking : Clos de Gaillard nature park. Park in the car park.

Walk translated by Wanderer du Gard originally from the French author jacques51.

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