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20 - From St. Cécile les Vignes to Pont St. Esprit

Start node info St Cécile les Vignes
End node info Pont St Esprit
Total length 26.4 km
Signals

white-red marks of the GR 4, with many gaps.

Maps

Orange 3040 OT, IGN, France.

How to get back

By SNCF trains: the closest train stations to Pont-St-Esprit are Orange or Pierrelatte. For Turin, via Lyon and Modane, 6,30 hours of travel; for Genoa, via Nice and Ventimiglia, 8 hours with TGV, 10 with Corail Téoz.
By car: 4,30 hours to reach Turin, on A7, and then E 713 up to Grenoble, then on E 712 up to Frejus. Then across the Susa valley on E70; in a little less than 5 hours to reach Genoa, via Aix-en-Provence and Nice, on A8, and then on A10.

Hours of walk: 6,30
Rise: 250 m
Drop: 300 m
Difficulty level: demanding (quite difficult)
Food and accommodation

-In Pont-St-Esprit

Chambres d'hôtes Château Mirandole
Route de Carsan - de la Chartreuse de Valbonne BP 41109,  tel. +33 (0)4 66 50 66 66. At 500 m from the historical centre. 2 rooms (sleeping 7 guests), open all year long, www.vins-la-mirandole.com.

Other options for food and accommodation can be found in town.
Office de Tourisme
Résidence Welcome, 1 Av. Kennedy, tel. +33 (0)4 66 39 44 45, www.ot-pont-saint-esprit.fr.

Itinerary

The Avenue Jean Jaurès leads out of St-Cécile-les Vignes, following then the D 976 heading south. The carriage way is left after a short while, turning right towards the west to reach the small village of Lagarde-Paréol through secondary roads. You now ascend along a dirt road crossing the Massif d’Uchaux, which is partly covered by woods and vineyards. Then the descent is rapid and passes nearby the houses of Les Farjond to carry on across vineyards, country roads and secondary asphalted roads to reach Mondragon, a town which was a feud of the Dragonnet, from whom its name derives. The GR4 passes the Canal de Donzère and it crosses the intensely cultivated countryside up to the D 994 leading to the monumental bridge on the Rhone (XIII cent.) and to Pont-St-Esprit.

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