The Stevenson trail

The trail that traces R.L. Stevenson’s journey with his companion Modestine.

The forerunner of backpacking, Robert Louis Stevenson, pushes us toward adventure with his journal in which he meticulously noted down his journey as he hiked across the reclusive regions of France. Follow his footsteps and discover the diverse lands of Velay, Gévaudan, Mount Lozère and Cévennes.

On September 22nd, 1878, Stevenson set off on his trip accompanied by a donkey, Modestine. His journey started near the Puy en Velay, at the Gazier monastery. 12 days, 220km and many adventures later, he finally arrived to Saint Jean du Gard, near Alès.

Each evening, he carefully noted down his adventures in a travel journal, which was then published in 1879 under the title of “Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes”. Like him, with or without your Modestine, you can now follow the GR70 trail and discover the land of the Camisards. A practical brochure is edited every year by the Stevenson Trail association. There you will find advice, numerous maps and lodging contact information. Don’t hesitate to contact us as you are planning your journey.

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For more information on the GR70 trail, you can consult the Stevenson Trail website.