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On the trail of the hermit

Hikes & walks in Saint-Montan

Above the medieval village of Saint-Montan, you will walk along a cliff in a very wild environment to Calvary marking the location of the cave where lived in the seventh century a hermit, Saint Montan (its history is evoked in a children's book in the cave) and then to Larnas and its superb church of the twelfth century. Picnic advised on the square, among the lavender fields. Finally, you go back down the opposite slope with a beautiful view of the medieval village.

Description sheet

DepartmentArdèche
Departure municipalitySaint-Montan
Outing typeHike
DifficultyIntermediate
Duration3h00
Recommended periodfrom march to december
EnvironmentCountryside
Kilometres12 km
Altitude upon departure110m
Change in altitude200m

Access

Parking in Saint-Montan (start the hike) and then take the small road to Larnas. The walk starts at the corner of the chapel of the twelfth century, 300 meters from the village of Saint-Montan.

Itinerary

Parking in Saint-Montan then visit the village. Take the small road to Larnas. At the end of the village, just before the chapel (right), take the path that bypasses it and passes under the via ferrata. Along the cliff to Calvary. Before and after the ordeal, several scree crossings (one can quickly go downhill! Prudence with children!). Visit the cave. Retrace your steps (20 m) and continue on the right path to the Larnas. Visit the church, give yourself a picnic lunch, and then through the village to regain GR (right) and back down to Saint-Montan. Good shoes desirable high!

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