The way of Saint Régis (GR 430) is a long-distance hike, in loop, starting from le Puy-en-Velay, which can be covered in 9 days. Of a total distance of 201 km, the hike will lead you on the steps of Saint John Francis Regis, the patron saint of lace makers. You will go through the plateaus of the Velay and Mézenc, of Vivarais but also the massif of Meygal.
Below, we recommend you some ideas of hikes following the Way of Saint Regis. These allow to do circular hikes from 4 to 9 days.
Warning: to travel this circular hike you will have to complete you TopoGuide of the GR 430 Way of Saint Regis with the TopoGuide of the Tour of the Velay’s volcanoes GR 40, or with the IGN map Le Puy – Yssingeaux 2835 OT
On the way of Saint Regis many accommodations are available: beds and breakfast, stopover gîtes, campsites or even hotels. You will find the list of these service providers in the TopoGuide, the guidebook of accommodation and useful information (see opposite). Do not hesitate to contact them to start booking your stay.
The Topoguide of the way of Saint Regis contains the itinerary on IGN maps, a chart of the services available to prepare your stopovers, a list of the accommodation and the description step by step of the path, along with thematic sheets about the fauna, flora, local heritage… It is essential to prepare your hike and follow the itinerary from day to day.
The IGN maps are already included in the TopoGuide. Nonetheless, if you wish to leave the markings, the matching IGN maps are the following ones:
The way of Saint Regis (GR 430) starts in Le Puy-en-Velay, in Haute-Loire. It then heads East to reach the plateaus of the massif of the Mézenc, then the Ardèche towards Lalouvesc. It then comes back by the plateaus of the Haut Pays du Velay and Haut-Ligon. Finally, it crosses the massif of the Meygal before coming back to Le Puy-en-Velay.
To come to Le Puy-en-Velay, consult the opposite page Come to Le Puy-en-Velay and parking.
This hike isn’t passable during winter (except particular year) because of the abundant snow between the end of November and the end of March. The itinerary sometimes goes by more than 1200 meters of altitude. Thus, we advise you the period from May to October to cross the way of Saint Regis.
The way of Saint Regis is an itinerary certified “sentier de Grande Randonnée” (long-distance hike) by the French Walking federation: the GR 430. It is then marked in white and red by the walking committees of the region crossed: Haute-Loire and Ardèche.
If you wish to support the work of markings of the Walking Committees’ teams, you can sign up for: