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Difficulty: Average
Distance: 4.8 km
Estimated time: 2.30 hrs


This director’s cut of the Pont du Diable walk will take you to the other bank of the Ardèche River and will offer some beautiful sights on the Giant’s Causeway (Chaussée des Géants) and its 80 m in height, and on the whole high valley of the Ardèche. It will also allow you to understand better the link between the volcano, well visible from the belvedere at the end of the Via Ferrata, and its basalt flow. Less “urban” than its little sister, l’Echelle du Roi (the king’s ladder) the Echelle de la Reine walk will soon take you off the beaten track, up to the Fargebelle hamlet, typical of the Cévennes’ closed hamlets of the 14th century. It will then take you to a gorgeous chestnut grove before leading you again across the Ardèche River on the Haute Vernède bridge, far less famous than the pont du Diable (Devil’s Bridge) but just as beautiful. Nonetheless, if the queen’s ladder is less impressive thant the king’s, you will still have to summon up your courage to get back to the top of the basalt flow.


All year round.


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Hiking trail in Thueyts: Pont du Diable / Fargebelle


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