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23 - From Labastide de Virac to Comps

Start node info Labastide de Virac
End node info Comps
Total length 23.1 km
Signals

white-red marks of the GR 4 

Maps

Gorges de l’Ardèche 2939 OT and Bessèges/Les-Vans 2839 OT, IGN, France

Hours of walk: 6
Rise: 550 m
Drop: 650 m
Difficulty level: mediumFood and accommodation

-In Comps

Gîte D'étape de Comps
An ancient country house located in the centre of the village. It accommodates 24 guests; there is no restaurant, but a kitchen is at the guests’ disposal. tel. 33 (0)4 75 39 00 19. 

Other options for food and accommodation can be found in the village.
Office de Tourisme des Gorges de l'Ardèche 
Place de l'Ancienne Gare, B.P. 5 , Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, tel. 33 (0)4 75 88 04 01

Itinerary

The GR 4 carries on through Mediterranean holm-oak and oak tree woods, crossing the dried bed of a stream in the area of Vauservières. The walk leads you across vineyards, which substituted the cultivation of mulberries a long time ago. After Salavas, the route overlooks the Ardèche river and its opposite bank, which is intensively cultivated around the village of Les Mazas, and very different from the environments of Serre Mejol and Le Peyrerol, touched by this itinerary: the balcony track is really panoramic and it crosses steep calcareous beds covered in dry garrigue which descend towards the valley of Ardèche. The GR diverts to the south-west to plunge again into the woods and guide walkers through the net of the forest paths. There are various dolmen along this easy walk, or at a short distance.  Just beyond the chapel, the route ascends to the ruins of Le Chastelas (276 m), a panoramic point over the village of Grospierres and its surrounding hamlets. You carry on along the canal which conveys water to the mill of the hamlet, which had been populated until the beginning of the XX century. Further on, the environment becomes rural up to the small village of Comps.

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