History and culture
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This is an athletic hike to the summit of St-Guiral, a granite block field with exceptional views.

2 points of interest

  • History


    The village of Dourbies was built on a ridge to maximise the flatter soils for cultivation. Farming having declined in the valley, fields that were once cultivated have now been urbanised, and broom heath is invading more and more land.
  • History

    St Guiral summitSt

    Three brothers from the Roquefeuil family were in love with the same young woman. Since she was unable to choose, she bid them join the crusade, promising her heart to the bravest. The years passed, and in the songs transmitted by the troubadours there was no mention of the three knights. The young woman was slowly consumed by grief. With all hope gone, she died. In the cortège following her coffin to the cemetery, the three victorious brothers appeared. Filled with sadness and grief, they decided to live as hermits, each on a mountain top (Saint-Guiral, Saint-Loup and Saint-Alban). And each year they commemorated the cruel loss by lighting huge fires … (Isabelle Magos, Le Guide des Cévennes).


Signposts will guide you all along this route. In the description below, the signposted place names and/or directions are given in bold italics between quotation marks:

Start at "Dourbies-Église". Make for "Saint-Guiral" via "La Clède", "La Croix de Lagrinier", "La Rouvière", "Ressançon", "Combe d'Ardenne". At "Combe d'Ardenne" take the track on the right towards "Le Pradarel", then climb to "Roquefeuillet" to reach the foot of Saint-Guiral. Here you can climb to the summit (there and back). Then return to "Dourbies" via "Sous St Guiral", "l'Abri de St Guiral". Just before the shelter, take the path on the right to "La Grandesc Basse", "Montredon", "La Clède".

This walk is taken from the guidebook Massif de l’Aigoual, published by the communauté de communes Causses Aigoual Cévennes as part of the collection Espaces naturels gardois and the label Gard Pleine Nature.
  • Departure : Dourbies, on the Place de l'Eglise (church square)
  • Arrival : Dourbies, on the Place de l'Eglise (church square)
  • Towns crossed : Dourbies, Trèves, Saint-Jean-du-Bruel, Sauclières, and Alzon


Altimetric profile


Make sure your equipment is appropriate for the day’s weather conditions. Remember that the weather changes quickly in the mountains. Take enough water, wear sturdy shoes and put on a hat. Please close all gates and barriers behind you.
Is in the midst of the park
The national park is an unrestricted natural area but subjected to regulations which must be known by all visitors.

Information desks

Tourism & national parc'house

Col de la Serreyrède, 30570 Val d'Aigoual

https://www.sudcevennes.commaisondelaigoual@sudcevennes.com04 67 82 64 67

The Maison de l'Aigoual houses the tourism office Mont Aigoual Causses Cévennes and the Maison du Parc national. This visitor centre provides information on and raises awareness of the Cévennes National Park, its sites and events as well as the rules that must be observed in the National Park's central zone.

On site: changing exhibitions, video projections, Festival Nature events and shop Open year-round

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Access and parking

From L'Espérou on the D151.

Parking :

Place de l'Eglise (church square)

More information


CC Causses Aigoual Cévennes Terres Solidaires
Parc national des Cévennes
Pôle Nature Aigoual

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