Vers-Pont-du-Gard - Pont du Gard - Remoulins
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This is a linear walk with one way by bus.
The Pont du Gard, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, is one of the most famous attractions in France. It was built 2,000 years ago by the Romans as part of the aqueduct which carried drinking water from springs near Uzes to the new colony of Nimes.
We start our walk in the small village of Vers-Pont-du-Gard, just north of the Pont itself. This sleepy little Provençal village not only takes its name from the nearby bridge, but also stands on the line of the aqueduct. We quickly leave the village along the Rue des Vestiges Romaine - the name is a clue to what lies along here. The eagle-eyed will spot a remnant of the conduit itself on the left and crossing the path, but before long, large spans appear. The scale of construction becomes apparent when you realise that the total length of the aqueduct is 50km and the overall drop is only 17m; and this was achieved 2,000 years ago!
We now follow the line of the aqueduct for another few kilometres. We are joined by the European long-distance path, the GR6, then before long we reach a panorama point above the gorge to get our first look at the bridge itself. This is a good spot for photos, so don't forget your camera.
After dropping to the bridge itself (sadly but sensibly, you can no longer walk across the top), you'll want to stay and explore the area for a while. There's a visitor centre and any number of photo opportunities. You can even go for a swim. When you're done, we wave goodbye to the Pont du Gard as we walk through the tunnel on the opposite bank. Now, we follow the GR6 up to the ridge known as Le Sablas, with good views behind and opening up ahead. It's just good high-level walking now, all the way along the ridge and down into Remoulins.
Somewhere between Waymarks 2 and 3 there is a need to fork right before the remains of the aqueduct. I know this is in Provence, but if anyone could investigate and add a waymark, I'd be grateful. It's such a shame to put this as "under revision " as it really is a great walk.
France - South of France - Languedoc-Roussillon - Gard
Ancient Monument, Cafe, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Museum, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Woodland