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    Mini Goon
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    Walking in the Massif Central

    Hi All,

    I'm heading off to the Massif Central in mid-June, for a few weeks or until we can't stand living in a tiny tent together, whichever comes first. The plan is to start at le Puy on the Stevenson's way (GR70), go south and then deviate, either through the drovers paths towards the Camargue or head West towards the Pyrenees. We will be camping and wild camping where circumstances allow.

    Any comments, stunning areas to head towards, areas to avoid, comments on wild camping in the Parc de Cevennes, etc very gratefully received.

    Also, does anyone have experience of buying IGN 1:25,000 maps in the towns around there? I'm not planning to buy 10 maps at 12.99 a map (and 90g each) for the GR70 which seems to be well marked but would want a map if I deviate into the less trodden parts of the Massif. I'm assuming maps can be got in Florac, as it is the gateway to the Tarn Gorges,...

    Thank you

    Clare

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    Initiate
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    Each tourist office seemed to have maps of the local area..much cheaper too, than pre purchase from The Map Shop.

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    Mini Goon
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    Thanks Boos. Do you mean that the tourist offices sold full IGN 1:25,000 maps or that you found the local free maps at the tourist office sufficient for purpose?

    Best

    Clare

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    I found IGN maps in French Alps Tourist offices. Chamonix is overloaded with them.
    Gavarnie's Tourist Office had plenty of that area.

    Haven't walked that much in the other Parks you mention....

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