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The GR42 Grande Randonnée hiking trail is a 311 km long north-south route. It runs from Saint-Etienne (Loire), southwest of Lyon, down the general area of the Rhône valley to Beaucaire (Gard).

On the excellent "gr-infos.com" website (see External Links, below), the GR42 is divided into three sections: Saint-Etienne (Loire) to Boffres (Ardèche) (104 km), Boffres to Saint Montan (Ardèche) (92 km) and Saint Montan (Ardèche) to Beaucaire (Gard) (115 km).

The complete GR 42 passes by these towns, from north to south:

Saint-Etienne (Loire) to Boffres (Ardèche) (104 km)

Saint-Etienne (Loire), southeast of the center, Rue Virgile and Chemin Gabriel Chenet (45.418632, 4.423670).
Bourg-Argental (Loire, 42220), town center (45.296572, 4.560102)
Vocance (Ardèche, 07690), center, (45.201440, 4.552615)
Satillieu (Ardèche, 07290), center, (45.150671, 4.614980)
Plats (Ardèche, 07300), (45.009996, 4.781493)
Etables (Ardèche, 07300), village, (45.101253, 4.725599)

Boffres to Saint Montan (Ardèche) (92 km)

Boffres (Ardèche), 2 km east of the village (44.919123, 4.721118)
Boffres (Ardèche), 2 km east of the village (44.919123, 4.721118)
Fenouillet (Ardèche, 07800), Col de Gilhac (44.862295, 4.745596)
Saint Laurent-du-Pape (Ardèche, 07800), (44.822411, 4.766133)
Saint Lager-Bressac (Ardèche, 07210), east of the village (44.694111, 4.728489)
Meysse (Ardèche, 07400), center (44.608253, 4.722025) - North of Montélimar
Saint Thomé (Ardèche, 07220), village (44.501364, 4.623212)

Saint Montan (Ardèche) to Beaucaire (Gard) (115 km)

Saint Montan (Ardèche, 07220), village (44.440271, 4.623510)
Saint Montan (Ardèche, 07220), village (44.440271, 4.623510)
Saint Martin-d'Ardèche (Ardèche, 07700), (44.302320, 4.566241)
Junction with GR4 (44.299129, 4.566459), 1 km SE of Aiguèze (Gard)
 
Variant:
   (GR42A) Chartreuse de Valbonne (Gard) (44.240751, 4.554137)
   (GR42A) Bagnols-sur-Cèze (Gard, 30200) (44.16252, 4.620075)
 
Saint Julien-de-Peyrolas (Gard, 30760), center (44.287653, 4.564796)
Junction with GR4, 7 km NW of Pont-Saint-Esprit (44.280301, 4.573301)
Vénéjan (Gard, 30200), center (44.196715, 4.657364)
Orsan (Gard, 30200), center (44.131673, 4.666994)
Junction GR42-GR42A (Gard) (44.119187, 4.646368), 1 km west of Cesars Camp oppidum (44.119773, 4.653966)
Laudun-l Ardoise (Gard), center (44.105397, 4.657196)
Mayran Chapel (Gard) (44.069677, 4.671517)
St Laurent-des-Arbres (Gard), center (44.054783, 4.699575)
 
   (GR42A) Roquemaure (Gard, 30150), center (44.051952, 4.778636)
 
Truel, GR42-GR42A rejoin (Gard) (44.035365, 4.773513); the chapel is at (44.034126, 4.774484)
Pujaut (Gard), 800 m east of center (44.006850, 4.784502)
Junction with GR63 (43.984280, 4.777333) that goes into Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, across the river from Avignon.
Beside the village of Saze there are two branches for 10 km before rejoining:
   (GR42) Saze, Domazan
   (GR42A) Aramon (Gard), center (43.889681, 4.679645)
Théziers (Gard, 30390), center (43.898543, 4.620605)
Montfrin (Gard, 30490), center (43.877333, 4.592431)
Joins with the GR6 (43.863798, 4.580489) 2 km SW of Montfrin
St Roman Troglodyte Abbey (Gard) (43.836236, 4.610771)
Beaucaire (Gard), center (43.807366, 4.644135)

From the south end of the GR42 trail at Beaucaire, the GR6 Hiking Trail continues east, across the river, through Tarascon.



External Links

  • GR-infos.com - Links to maps of the GR trails (3 sections for the GR42), with elevations and some lodging info. (French, English, Dutch German, etc.)
  • GR Pages