The walking

Wordsworth and Coleridge, Walter Benjamin, Hazlitt and Thoreau, RL Stevenson and GM Trevelyan, Bruce Chatwin and Patrick Leigh Fermor, Robert Macfarlane and Rebecca Solnit - more writers than we could ever list here have recognised the rhythms of walking as essential for their work.

 

What will it do for you? Each day of your stay in the Cevennes, you'll have the perfect opportunity of reminding yourself of the joys and benefits of walking, and how it settles and stimulates the workings of your mind.

In landscapes as varied as they are magnificent, there'll be a guided morning walk of about 10 km (seven miles) or so, with some fairly testing gradients at times but nothing precipitous. You'll have plenty of time to stop and take it all in, enjoy its particular features and stories, and relax over a picnic.

 

After lunch there'll be options for the most enthusiastic walkers to extend their hike and be picked up later in the day. Others might rather just settle down with a book for the afternoon. Our timetable of writing workshops - also entirely optional, of course - can be adjusted accordingly.

 

On the morning walks your guide carries a kit of essentials, reserve supplies of water and so on. But make sure you are well equipped with proper walking boots, and a small knapsack. For most of the walking season here, you are more likely to need protection from the sun than from cold or rain, but it's sensible to come prepared for all three. We modify our programme if the weather makes it really necessary, of course.

Sample itineraries

Florac and the Cevennes; chestnut woods, Camisards and the Mont de Bouges

The Robert Louis Stevenson trail: Mont Lozere and Pont de Montvert

Crossing the watershed

Along the Gorges du Tarn and the sentier du facteur

The Causse Mejean and the Moulin du Pradal

note: all itineraries are indicative and may be modified as necessary