Long Distance Hikes in Pays Diois
Fed up Lounging in the Sun for your Holidays ?
Are you looking for active holidays, to unwind, empty your mind and leave the daily grind behind you ?
Try long distance hiking and bring out the adventurous walker in you. Immerse yourself in unspoilt, wild and open spaces, make of this journey of discovery a unique and invigorating experience. Indeed, there is no better way to discover a country than to walk along its footpaths. The idea of a long distance hiking is to reach a stage each night and let the forever changing landscape unfold, day after day.
‘Grandes Traversées du Vercors’ (GTV) : The Vercors Long Distance Trail
The Lonely Planet guide has awarded the GTV a 2nd place in its Top 10 Walks in France list.
The GTV walking trails divide into two paths: the 350 km long main path, called ‘Le Tour du Vercors’ and the 60 km alternative trail on the High Plateaux of the Vercors called ‘La Traversée du Vercors’.
In the Diois, the path starts at Vallon de Combeau. It carries on to Les Nonières village (from there, a 2 to 3 days circular walk takes you to the Jocou mountain) and down to the village of Glandage. The path then joins the GR93 trail going past Bénevise and the Cirque d’Archiane.
Once in Châtillon-en-Diois you have two options :
– Taking the GR 95 path to reach l’Abbaye de Valcroissant and beyond the town of Die.
– Crossing the High Plateaux nature reserve via the GR 91 path to reach Corrençon-en-Vercors (it takes approximately a 3-4 days walk from Châtillon to Corrençon).
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An International Itinerary following the Huguenots
This international long distance hike follows the historic exile of the Dauphinois Huguenots.
With its 1400 km from Poët-Laval in la Drôme to Bad Karlshafen in the North of the Hesse in Germany, it is one of the longest European walking trail.
The waymarked section of the trail in the Diois region starts at Rimon et Savel and finishes at Les Nonières village.