Festival de la Randonnée en Cévennes

The FIRA organizes hikes for all levels in the Cévennes, with lunch breaks at local restaurants using local products. The guides are volunteers with the ambition of making their region known in all its secrets and can choose particular themes (historical, agro-pastoralism, with donkeys, etc.)

Other outdoor activities, such as canyoning, caving, canoeing, electric biking, etc., supported by qualified supervision from approved organisations.

In addition, the FIRA specifically organizes events and cultural activities related to the theme of the festival in Saint Jean du Gard (conferences, cinema, literature) as well as a hiking fair on Saturday.

Cévennes, France
From May 18 to
May 21, 2023
4 days
/ 28 routes
mainly Adult (40-60)
Difficult Levels: Hard, Moderate, Easy
Complementary: Outdoor Activities, Music, Workshops, Talks, Shops
Organizer type: Local Company
FIRA
16 rue Pelet de la Lozère 30270 Saint Jean du Gard
06 81 98 95 47

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Festival de la Randonnée en Cévennes

2022 PROGRAM

Hikes of different levels of difficulty are organized over a day or half a day in different sectors: French Valley, Borgne Valley but also Cèze Valley, Pays Viganais, Camargue,… Some hikes are thematic: Walk to the rhythm of the stars (night walk), Walk with donkeys…

Other outdoor sports activities such as Caving, Canyoning, Canoeing, Grand Touring Cycling, electric mountain biking, etc. are also offered over the day or over two days with bivouac, as well as demonstrations or initiations at Espace Paulhan (Zumba, rollerblades).

During day activities, a friendly country lunch is provided by local craftsmen in the dining room or brought to the picnic spot. It is a friendly moment always very appreciated by the participants.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Hikes

1100 - From Gardon to the Corniche des Cévennes - Level 3 (20 km/ 890 m) - French Valley - 23€ - Meeting: 8h Town Hall of Moissac French Valley

1102 - On the Corniche des Cévennes, between Gard and Lozère - Level 3 (17 km/850 m) - Vallée Borgne - 25€ - Meeting: 8 a.m. Mas de la Brousse in Saumane

1104 - From passes to the Cévennes mountains: discovery of itinerancy on foot and bivouac - Level 1 (13 km/600 m)- Vallée Borgne - 75€ - Meet at 10am Col du Mercou

1105 - Col des Ayres via Château du Solier - Level 2 (10 km/320 m) - Vallée Longue - 27€ - Meeting: 9am Town Hall of St Hilaire de Lavit

1107 - Hike in Camargue Gardoise - Level 2 (19 km) - Camargue - Piemont - 25€ - Meeting: 9am Saint Laurent d'Aigouze ( 30220) Greenway car park at the Carbonière tower

1108 - St Jean - Alès in 2 days: the Stevenson path opens up to Cévennes heritage - Level 2 (30km/1100 m)- Gardon de Mialet - €105 - Meeting point: 9:15 a.m. - Espace Paulhan - Saint Jean du Gard

1110 - From Maupas to the discreet Bernadou - Level 2 (15 km/440 m) - French Valley - 27€ - Meeting point: 8 am Town Hall Saint Etienne French Valley

MTB

1101 - Mont Aigoual: On the tracks of Georges Fabre and Diplodocus fossils - Level 1 (45 km/900 m) - Mont Aigoual - 59€ - Meeting point: 9:45 a.m. Col de la Serreyrède

1109 - A breath in the heart of the living, by bike - Level 3 (25 km/600 m) - French Valley -27€ - Meeting: 8h Town Hall Multipurpose room Saint Etienne French Valley

Canyoning

1103 - Playful canyoning in the Tapoul gorges - Level 1 - Mont Aigoual - 64€ - Meeting: 10am - Parking Via Ferrata and Canyoning Canoe Kayak

1106 – Two days canoeing in the Gorges du Tarn e In Saint Jean du Gard:

3 p.m. – Trail to Mont Brion (1112)

Appointment Espace Paulhan

Organized by the ACN of Anduze and coached by Denis Clerc, Ultratrail specialist and Sponsor of the festival.

6 p.m. – Official opening of the Festival at Espace Paulhan Concert

6:30 p.m. – Folk music - Ensemble Triptock – free - Espace Paulhan Film

9 p.m. – Via Alpina: Behind the Path (1115) by Mathieu Chambeaud – €6 - Salle Stevenson

Friday, May 27, 2022

Hikes:

2200 - Hike along the coast at Grau du Roi - Level 1 (5 km) - Camargue - Piemont - 28€ - Meeting point: 10 a.m. Plage du Boucanet - Le Grau du Roi. Don't forget to send your measurements

2201 – Stroll to the rhythm of the stars - Level 1 (4 km/100 m) - Vallée Borgne - free on reservation - appointment: 8:30 p.m. Parking 200m after the Col de l'exil from Saint Jean du Gard Nocturne

2202 – At the top of the Draille de la transhumance - Level 3 (16 km/1000 m) - Vallée Borgne - 26€ - Meeting: 8:15 a.m. Espace Paulhan Saint Jean du Gard

2203 - In the footsteps of Abraham Mazel, Camisard chef - Level 2 (13 km/650 m) - Saint Jean du Gard, Valley French - 25€ - Meeting: 8:15 a.m. Espace Paulhan in Saint Jean du Gard

2204 - The lighthouse in the Arre valley - Level 1 (10 km/600 m) - Pays viganais - 27€ - Meeting: 8h at the Office of tourism market place, in Vigan

2206 - Passageways in the seigneuries of Valmy and Bussas - Level 2 (13 km/500 m) - Vallée Borgne - 27€ - Meeting: 9am Espace Paulhan Saint Jean du Gard

2207 - The Arbousse trail - Health hike (7 km/170 m) - Vallée Borgne - 5€ - Meeting point: 9am Espace Paulhan Saint Jean du Gard

2209 - A breath in the heart of the living, on foot - Level 3 (25 km/400m) - French Valley - 27€ - Meeting: 8h Town Hall Multipurpose room Saint Etienne French Valley

2211 - The Land Art course of the balconies of Aigoual - Level 1 (10km/100 m) - Mont Aigoual - 33€ - Meeting: 9am Col de Prat-Peyrot, Alti Aigoual station

MTB

2205 - 2 days of mountain biking with bivouac: quickly gaining height in the Cévennes - Level 2 (40 km/1700 m) - Saint Jean du Gard - 115€ - Meeting 9h 45 Merlet Training Center, 857 chemin Luc 30270 Saint Jean du Gard

2210 - On the roads of the Huguenots - Level 3 (55 km/600 m) - French Valley - 27€ - Appointment: 8 a.m. Mairie Salle multi-purpose Saint Etienne French Valley In Saint Jean du Gard

Workshops and events - Espace Paulhan outdoors

2 p.m. - Preparing for your roaming (2215) by Escapade
3 p.m. - Prepare your backpack (2216) by Escapade Conference – Espace Paulhan
4 p.m. – Plant hunters (2220) by Louis Marie Blanchard – 4€ Recital – Stevenson Hall
6 p.m. - Fred sings Barbara (2230) - free without reservation Documentary film Stevenson Hall
9 p.m. - Le Chêne (2219) by Michel Seydoux and Laurent Charbonnier - €6

Saturday May 28, 2022

Hikes:

3301 - The new arrival of the Stevenson on St Jean du Gard - Level 2 (8 km/+180 m/-600m) - Valley Borgne - 28€ - Meeting: 8:30 a.m. Espace Paulhan Saint Jean du Gard

3302 - On foot and by bike on the rails - Level 2 (7.5 km/220m) - Saint Jean du Gard, Vallée Borgne - 38€ - Meeting point: 9:30 a.m. at Espace Paulhan Saint Jean du Gard

3303 - The Arbousse trail - Health hike (7 km/170 m) - Saint Jean du Gard - 5€ - Meeting point: 9am Espace Paulhan Saint Jean du Gard

3304 - The quiet paths of St Jean du Gard - Rando Santé (5.5 km) - Saint Jean du Gard - 5€ - Meeting point: 1:30 p.m. at Espace Paulhan Saint Jean du Gard

3306 - La Vieille-Morte: legend, history and transhumance - Level 2 (13 km/320 m) - French Valley - 26€ (reduced: €19) - Meeting: 8:30 a.m. at the Tourist Office of Saint Etienne Vallée Française

3307 - Vineyard walk at Mas des Cabrettes - Level 1 (10 km/50 m) - Camargue - Piemont - 17€ - Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Mas des Cabrettes - St Nazaire de Gardies

Nordic's walk :

3305 - At full speed attacking the Pic d'Arbousse - Level 3 (12 km/350m) - Saint Jean du Gard, Valley Borgne - 6€ - Meeting: 9:45 a.m. - Espace Paulhan Saint Jean du Gard
Potholing

3300 - In the major cavities of Méjannes-le-Clap - Level 1 - Cèze Valley - 25€ - Meeting point: 8:45 a.m. -

Espace Gard Découvertes, sports path Méjannes le Clap
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., opening of the Salon at the Espace Paulhan Free entry

Conferences, Film Debates:

in the great room
o 10 a.m. – Natur'adapt, an approach to anticipate and adapt locally to change climate by the Cévennes National Park
o 11 a.m. – 60 days underground in the Trabuc caves by Patrick Candela
o 2:30 p.m. – Opening of the last section “Le Grau du Roi – Mialet” of the cultural route European “In the footsteps of the Huguenots” by H. Mouysset
o 4 p.m. – Yvoir and the Openway GPS orientation software for the blind

 in the adjoining room
o 10:30 a.m. – Recce n°2 and n°3 of the Ultratrail in the Cévennes National Park – Videos presented by their author Denis Clerc.
o 1:30 p.m. - Honey trees (3315) by Bernard Cabannes
o 3:30 p.m. - Forests (3316) – Lecture by Louis Marie Blanchard – €4
o 5 p.m. - Aigoual, the rediscovered forest (3317) - film by Marc Khanne

 outdoors
o 2 p.m. Literary round table "Walking, forest and landscape: a quest beyond well-being" led by Eric Tosolini de Sauramps. With LM Blanchard, Gwenaëlle Abolivier
o 3:15 p.m. Musical reading “Elles marchent” (3311), Les En-allées by Catherine Bédarida with Pascal Munoz Sanchez, musician

Outdoor entertainment

From 8 a.m. – Demonstration, test of equipment offered by the store La Randonnée de Montpellier
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Children’s rides with Les ponies de Val d’Emeraude

All day – Escargoline demonstration with Jean-Pierre and Estelle Marie
In the morning – Animation for children on the theme of water by La maison de l’Eau
10:30 am - Le Bivouac, workshop proposed by Mathieu Leguay (3312), Le Merlet
1 p.m. - Folk Music Concert – Triptock Group
3 p.m. – Nordic walking demonstration with Jean-Pierre Castanier, qualified walking instructor
Nordic
3 p.m. – Orientation – Map reading – GPS (3314), Escapade workshop
5 p.m. – Prepare your backpack (2216), Escapade workshop

At 6 p.m. outside Espace Paulhan

Zumba - Giant Flash Mob (3323) Preparation video: https://youtu.be/ZrAGzlVrQEU

From 8 p.m. Espace Paulhan

Paella dinner (3324) by reservation
Concert Latinos (3325) of the Group "El Conjunto del Valletuerto" - free

10 p.m. Stevenson Hall

10 p.m. - Apurimac, the call of the river (3326) – Film by Hugo Clouzeau – 6€

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Hikes:

4400 – The Cevennes and viticultural heritage of the town of Molezon - Level 2 (13 km/660 m) - Valley French - €27 - Meeting: 8:30 a.m. - Town hall of Biasses (municipality of Molezon)

4402 - Sainte Croix de Caderle and its Christian sanctuary - Level 2 (15 km/600 m) - Borgne Valley - 25€ - Appointment: 8:30 a.m. Espace Paulhan Saint Jean du Gard

4403 - Saint-Jeannais route: 500 years under the imprint of the reform - Level 1 (7 km) - Saint Jean du Gard - €23 - Meeting: 9:30 a.m. - Espace Paulhan St Jean du Gard

4406 - The Taillade valley - Level 2 (13 km/500 m) - French Valley €27 - Meeting: 8:30 a.m. - Saint Town Hall Etienne Vallee French

4407 - A day in the Cévennes with donkeys - Level 1 (5 km/200 m) - Saint Jean du Gard - 18€ (reduced: €15) - Meeting at 10 a.m. Espace Paulhan Caving

4401 – Grotte de Trabuc - Level 2 - Gardon de Mialet - €59 (reduced: €37) - Meeting point: 12 noon Mas Soubeyran (Museum of the desert)

Canoe Kayak

4404 – Come and discover the joys of kayaking - (morning) - Level 1 - Saint Jean du Gard - 24€ - Meeting: 9:15 a.m. Espace Paulhan Saint Jean du Gard

4405 – Come and discover the joys of kayaking - (afternoon) - Level 1 - Saint Jean du Gard - €24 - Meeting point: 1:45 p.m. Espace Paulhan Saint Jean du Gard

Paulhan Space Workshops:

10 a.m. - Rollerblading (4409)
10 a.m. - Preparing for your roaming (2215) Escapade
3 p.m. - Orientation – Map – GPS (3315) Escapade

Stevenson Hall

11 a.m. A bike trip between my house and yours (3330) - Film by Maylis Mercat and Lu Panlensuela
2 p.m. - Aigoual the forest rediscovered (3317) - Film
4 p.m. A bicycle trip between my house and yours (3330) - Film by Maylis Mercat and Lu Panlensuela

Closing of the Festival

5 p.m. - Presentation of the photos selected by the photo contest. Awards
6 p.m. - Closing

Exhibitions

Looks of birds (Photos of the agents of the Cévennes National Park)
Journey with Robert Louis Stevenson: The Life and Work of Stevenson

Cultural events in Saint Jean du Gard

Films followed by debates, conferences or workshops, concerts, cultural visits are offered at Espace Paulhan or Salle Stevenson in Saint Jean du Gard, throughout the 4 days.
These activities are free and without reservation for the vast majority.
The Sauramps bookstore in Alès will offer you many regional works.

Hiking & outdoor activities fair

Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free entertainment Espace Paulhan (unless price indicated)

Conferences, Films Debates in the great hall

10 a.m. – Natur’adapt, an approach to anticipate and adapt locally to climate change by the Cévennes National Park
11 a.m. – 60 days underground in the Trabuc caves by Patrick Candéla
2:30 p.m. – Opening of the last section “Le Grau du Roi – Mialet” of the European route “In the footsteps of the Huguenots” by H. Mouysset
4 p.m. – Yvoir and the Openway GPS orientation software for the blind – followed by a simulation in the adjoining room
10:30 a.m. – Recos n°2 and 3 of the Ultra Trail in the Cévennes National Park. Videos presented by their author Denis Clerc
1:30 p.m. – Honey trees by Bernard Cabannes
3:30 p.m. – Forests – Lecture by Louis Marie Blanchard – €4
5 p.m. – Aigoual, the rediscovered forest – Film by Marc Khanne commented by Bernard Cabannès outdoors
2 p.m. – Literary round table “Walking, forest and landscape: a quest beyond well-being” led by Eric Tosolini de Sauramps. With LM Blanchard, Gwenaëlle Abolivier, Martin de la Soudière
3:15 p.m. – Musical reading “Elles marchent”, Les En-allées, by Catherine Bédarida, with Pascal Munoz Sanchez, musician.

Exhibitions (for the duration of the festival) in the main hall

Favorite photos of the Park agents (Cévennes National Park)
Journey with Robert Louis Stevenson: The Life and Work of Stevenson (Stevenson Association)
Stevenson: 140 years later (Stevenson Association)
Reading and round table outside
2 p.m. – Literary round table “Walking, forest and landscape: a quest beyond well-being” led by Eric Tosolini de Sauramps. With LM Blanchard, Gwenaëlle Abolivier
3:15 p.m. – Musical reading “Elles marchent”, Les En-allées, by Catherine Bédarida accompanied by Pascal Munoz Sanchez, musician

Outdoor entertainment

From 8 a.m. – Demonstration, test of equipment offered by the La Randonnée store in Montpellier Between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.: Departure of hikes and outdoor activities
In the morning – Animation for children on the theme of water by La maison de l’Eau
10:30 am – Le Bivouac, workshop proposed by Mathieu Leguay, Le Merlet
12:30 p.m. – Folk Music Concert by the Triptock Ensemble
3:00 p.m. – Nordic walking demonstration with Jean-Pierre Castanier, qualified Nordic walking instructor from the FFRP
3 p.m. – Orientation – Map reading – GPS, workshop supervised by an Escapade facilitator
5 p.m. – Prepare your backpack, workshop supervised by an Escapade facilitator

All day:

Escargoline demonstration with Jean-Pierre and Evelyne Marie
Children's outings with the ponies of Val d'Emeraude
Mountain bike rental by Planet St Jean on its stand
The Sauramps bookstore in Alès
Local PRODUCERS and ARTISANS who will present their know-how and their products.

From 6 p.m.

Zumba Party starting with a giant Flash Mob (review from this youtube video)
Musical entertainment

To finish

8 p.m. – PAELLA reservation required
From 8:30 p.m. – MUSICAL EVENING with the group “El Conjunto del Valletuerto”
10 p.m. – Apurimac, the call of the river Film Salle Stevenson – 6€

Cévennes, France

COMPLEMENTARY EVENTS

Festival de la Randonnée en Cévennes

Cultural events in Saint Jean du Gard

Films followed by debates, conferences or workshops, concerts, cultural visits are offered at Espace Paulhan or Salle Stevenson in Saint Jean du Gard, throughout the 4 days.
These activities are free and without reservation for the vast majority.
The Sauramps bookstore in Alès will offer you many regional works.

Hiking & outdoor activities fair

Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free entertainment Espace Paulhan
(unless price indicated)
From 9am
Conferences, Films Debates
in the great hall
10 a.m. – Natur’adapt, an approach to anticipate and adapt locally to climate change by the Cévennes National Park
11 a.m. – 60 days underground in the Trabuc caves by Patrick Candéla
2:30 p.m. – Opening of the last section “Le Grau du Roi – Mialet” of the European route “In the footsteps of the Huguenots” by H. Mouysset
4 p.m. – Yvoir and the Openway GPS orientation software for the blind – followed by a simulation
in the adjoining room
10:30 a.m. – Recos n°2 and 3 of the Ultra Trail in the Cévennes National Park. Videos presented by their author Denis Clerc
1:30 p.m. – Honey trees by Bernard Cabannes
3:30 p.m. – Forests – Lecture by Louis Marie Blanchard – €4
5 p.m. – Aigoual, the rediscovered forest – Film by Marc Khanne commented by Bernard Cabannès
outdoors
2 p.m. – Literary round table “Walking, forest and landscape: a quest beyond well-being” led by Eric Tosolini de Sauramps. With LM Blanchard, Gwenaëlle Abolivier, Martin de la Soudière
3:15 p.m. – Musical reading “Elles marchent”, Les En-allées, by Catherine Bédarida, with Pascal Munoz Sanchez, musician.
Exhibitions (for the duration of the festival) in the main hall
Favorite photos of the Park agents (Cévennes National Park)
Journey with Robert Louis Stevenson: The Life and Work of Stevenson (Stevenson Association)
Stevenson: 140 years later (Stevenson Association)
Reading and round table outside
2 p.m. – Literary round table “Walking, forest and landscape: a quest beyond well-being” led by Eric Tosolini de Sauramps. With LM Blanchard, Gwenaëlle Abolivier
3:15 p.m. – Musical reading “Elles marchent”, Les En-allées, by Catherine Bédarida accompanied by Pascal Munoz Sanchez, musician
Outdoor entertainment
From 8 a.m. – Demonstration, test of equipment offered by the La Randonnée store in Montpellier
Between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.: Departure of hikes and outdoor activities
In the morning – Animation for children on the theme of water by La maison de l’Eau
10:30 am – Le Bivouac, workshop proposed by Mathieu Leguay, Le Merlet
12:30 p.m. – Folk Music Concert by the Triptock Ensemble
3:00 p.m. – Nordic walking demonstration with Jean-Pierre Castanier, qualified Nordic walking instructor from the FFRP
3 p.m. – Orientation – Map reading – GPS, workshop supervised by an Escapade facilitator
5 p.m. – Prepare your backpack, workshop supervised by an Escapade facilitator
All day:
Escargoline demonstration with Jean-Pierre and Evelyne Marie
Children's outings with the ponies of Val d'Emeraude
Mountain bike rental by Planet St Jean on its stand
STANDS in the large room, held by:
The GR© ROUTES and ROADS of the Cévennes: Stevenson, Urban V, Chemin de St Guilhem, In the Footsteps of the Huguenots, Chemin de Regordane, Chemin Camisard, Chemin de la Soie…
local CLUBS for hiking and outdoor activities (APN).
TOURIST STRUCTURES, reception and accommodation linked to hiking and APNs in the Cévennes.
the MAIN Cévennes TOURIST OFFICES (Gard, Lozère and Hérault) for the presentation and promotion of our region.
FIRA's usual PARTNERS: Cévennes National Park, Alès Agglo, Departmental Council, Occitanie Region, French Hiking Federation of Gard, etc.
The Sauramps bookstore in Alès
Local PRODUCERS and ARTISANS who will present their know-how and their products.

From 6 p.m.
Zumba Party starting with a giant Flash Mob (review from this youtube video)
Musical entertainment
To finish
8 p.m. – PAELLA reservation required
From 8:30 p.m. – MUSICAL EVENING with the group “El Conjunto del Valletuerto”
10 p.m. – Apurimac, the call of the river Film Salle Stevenson – 6€

BASIC INFORMATION

Festival de la Randonnée en Cévennes

The FIRA festival, a non-profit association affiliated with the FFRP, organizes hikes for all levels in the Cévennes, with lunch breaks at local restaurants using local products.

The guides are volunteers or mandated by the Tourist Offices, with the ambition of making their region known in all its secrets and can choose particular themes (historical, agro-pastoralism, with donkeys, etc.)

Photo competition
Each participant in one of the sports activities of the festival is invited to submit a photo. The best will be presented on Sunday May 29 at 5 p.m. at the end of the festival and rewarded.

VIDEO

Festival de la Randonnée en Cévennes