5 places to do via ferrata in the Cévennes

Via ferrata à Roqueprins

Looking for some thrills on your southern getaway? Here are the best places to go via ferrata in the Cévennes.

How about a via ferrata in the Cévennes? Straddling the departments of Lozère and Gard, the Cévennes are an extension of the Vivarais mountains in Ardèche and Haute-Loire. Further north, they merge with the Lacaune and Espinouse mountains, partly in the Hérault département. Here you can admire Mont Lozère and Mont Aigoual, as well as some of France’s heritage gems.

In addition to the medieval town of Vézénobres, Anduze, Génolhac and Alès are cultural treasures to be discovered. And for those who’d like to get off the beaten track, why not try a via ferrata in the Cévennes? The area is known as a climbing spot, with walls renowned throughout Europe.

Generation Voyage has compiled a list of the best climbing spots in the region. Get your climbing ropes and carabiners ready, put on your harness and off you go!

1. Florac

Via ferrata dans les Cévennes, à Florac

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Difficulty: Athletic 3/4; Gas 3/4; Iron 3/4; Terrain 2/4

Level: fairly difficult to abominable

Style: sporty

The via ferrata du Rochefort, located in the commune of Florac, is a beautiful climbing route in the Cévennes. It’s packed with exceptional views of the region, and will delight selfie-takers! There are three routes: AD (Assez Difficile), TD (Très Difficile) and… ABO (Abominable).

Yes, the Abominable section is quite simply one of the toughest in Europe! That’s why via ferrata climbing in the Cévennes at Florac is not something you can improvise. Even the section considered easy is still quite aerial, and may impress those prone to vertigo. The via ferrata includes two footbridges, three monkey bridges, a Nepalese bridge and a zip line.

It’s reached after a pleasant 30-minute approach walk along the edge of the Causse Méjean to the Rochefort rock. This is the starting point for the via ferrata!

2. The Rock of Moses

Via ferrata dans les Cévennes, au rocher de Moïse

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Difficulty: Athletic 3/4; Gas 3/4; Iron 3/4; Terrain 2/4

Level: fairly difficult to difficult

Style: sporty

Via ferrata in the Cévennes at Mende is a real treat. Located on the western slopes of the Causse de Mende, the via du Rocher de Moïse is a great route for all levels of climber. Rated AD and D, it poses no real pitfalls for even novice climbers.

On the other hand, it offers a sublime panorama of the geological treasures of the Cévennes. The area is one of the most beautiful in the Cévennes, you’ll see! Well-railed, most of the time you avoid leaning on the rocky protuberances, which simplifies your progress. The two routes form a line of less than two hundred meters, but offer a great aerial sensation.

A special mention goes to the 35-meter zip line, which compensates for its short length with high speed. Generation Voyage advises you to book your place on a summer’s morning. It can get pretty hot in the area!

3. Roqueprins

Via ferrata à Roqueprins

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Difficulty: Athletic 2/4; Gas 3/4; Iron 3/4; Terrain 2/4

Level: easy to difficult

Style: sporty

Where can you go via ferrata in the Cévennes if you’re afraid of the heat? Facing north-west, this shaded via ferrata offers two very different routes. The easy one allows you to familiarize yourself with moving at height. The difficult route is deliberately sparsely equipped, requiring the day’s ferratists to concentrate at least a little. Good dexterity is a must, especially on the overhanging sections!

The two routes meet at a large footbridge which then leads to an interminable forty-metre Nepalese bridge. The via ferrata de Roqueprins is not very technically demanding, but very vertiginous, and is not recommended for those with a fear of heights. For others, don’t miss the panoramic view of the splendid village of La Canourgue… almost 400 m below! We warned you about vertigo…

Allow between one and two hours to complete the entire route.

4. Rousses

Via ferrata dans les Cévennes, à Rousses

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Difficulty: Athletic 2/4; Gas 3/4; Iron 3/4; Terrain 2/4

Level: easy to slightly difficult

Style: family

Open from March to November, the via ferrata at Rousses is one of the best in France. Particularly accessible, it is rated Easy and Slightly Difficult. If you’re looking to avoid violent efforts and technical difficulties, don’t hesitate!

Itineraries follow the Tarnon, a lovely local river. The big plus? In the middle of the route, you can take a swim break. But be sure to check the water level: the via de Rousses may be closed if it’s too high.

The via ferrata is 800 m downstream from the legendary Tapoul canyon. Particularly suitable for families, it’s an exceptional spot for via ferrata in the Cévennes. Between the relaxed atmosphere, the playful route and the great swimming possibilities, Rousses is definitely a charming site.

The real question is: how long will you wait before going back?

5. Lake Villefort

Lac de Villefort

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Difficulty: Athletic 2/4; Gas 3/4; Iron 2/4; Terrain 3/4

Level: easy to difficult

Style: sporty

This via ferrata overlooks Lac de Villefort in the Lozère département. The route takes just over three hours on average, and includes all the essentials of this technical sport. In addition to the monkey bridges, there are vertiginous footbridges, a passage over the water and dizzying crossings.

What, you want more? The route ends with a 60-metre zip line. Rated Easy and Difficult, the two routes intersect at many points. If you want to slow down the pace or, on the contrary, increase the intensity of your journey, you can switch routes with no problem at all!

In our opinion, via ferrata in the Cévennes at Lac de Villefort is an exceptional activity. The highlight, of course, is crossing a small lake creek on a vertiginous Nepalese bridge… A word of advice: bring sun cream in summer.

Practical information

Rates

Via ferrata climbing in the Cévennes region costs between €20 and €40. These prices include access to the site and equipment hire (helmet, karabiners, harness…). These prices are fairly similar, whatever the spot you choose. If you choose to hire a guide, expect to pay an extra 40 euros per person.

Additional information

Here is some additional information before you decide to go via ferrata in the Cévennes :

  • Commitment levels range from F (Easy) to ED (Extremely Difficult). We also give you the style and difficulty of each route. So you can better understand the rating of each via ferrata presented here;
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and a bottle of water. And in summer, don’t do the tour during the hottest hours of the day;
  • This sporting activity is subject to weather conditions. Your course may be closed if heavy rain soaks it;
  • Make sure you wear comfortable, sturdy clothing. Shoes must be closed and laced;
  • If you’re a minor, you’ll needparental permission. If you have no contraindications (osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart problems, pregnancy or epilepsy), you re all set;
  • Follow the instructions carefully to make the most of this extraordinary moment!