I came across this little book while in Mende in the summer of 2016. The bookstore owner told me he knows one of the authors, who has apparently lived all his life in the Lozere and spent lots of time on the hiking trails. These authors provide their selection of the prettiest one day hikes in the Lozere department.
So with our hiking club we decided to try a few of them out. There are several hikes in the Florac area, on Mount Lozere, and in the Tarn Gorges. These hikes are close enough to the iron cross in Gattigues that we could get there and back in a day including hiking time. The hike from St Enimie along the Tarn Gorges to a spot above St-Chely-du-Tarn is spectacular, as was the hike to the top of the Puecheral, described elsewhere on this site. The hike around the Eschino d’Aze and the 2 Bondon hillocks (as pictured on the cover of the book to the left) is also outstanding.
In all there are 26 hikes described here and we have tried only 5 or 6 so far. I only noticed only one error so far – a misplaced map. Never-the-less, I give this book a rating of 5/5 in terms of value for money, quality of the descriptions, maps and photos. That’s a lot more that can be said for many other document sources and writers. Strongly recommended.
Reference : Les plus belles randonnées Lozère, by Michel Roche and Guy Blanc. Editions Glénat 2015, 95 pages