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A tour around the hills of the Abbaye de Saint-Roman, with detours to the Triple Levée and Les Arcades aqueduct.

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472' 144 m


129' 39 m


840' 256 m


840' 256 m



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Family Friendly Many of the dirt roads around the abbey are mellow, and the historic site itself is interesting (and a little scary!).

Like most scrub areas in the south of France, this area can close for fire hazard in the summer.

The Abbaye de Saint-Roman itself charges admission: 5,50 € and totally worth it! Hours of operation vary over the year. Check the website for current info.

Need to Know

With the adjacent Voie Verte paved bike path, you can connect to lots of other riding in the region, as far north as the Pont du Gard (15km) and beyond.


Start at the parking area for the Abbaye de Saint-Roman. You can also easily ride here from Beaucaire on dedicated bikeways: the Beaucaire Bike Path, a short piece of the Voie Verte bike path (paved), the Abbaye Saint-Roman Access Trail, and the Grande Randonnée 6: Ners to Aureille (GR6).

Start riding on a dirt road that heads southeast, then northeast, following the contour of the hillside on your left (or ride up the stairs to the Abbey, if there aren't a lot of people around—they are shallow and very ride-able). If you are on the road, when in doubt stay right. The road drops a bit and bends north. Where the road bends left (west-ish), you can detour right to visit an old water tower. Depending on how sporty you like your riding, you may have to walk some of the way to the tower.

Back on the route, keep right as you pass to the north of L'Aiguille. The road drops steeply and ends at a T intersection. Go left and follow the track through a hairpin bend. At a turn to the recently collapsed Les Arcades aqueduct, you cross the GR6 as the route bends southwest and heads uphill. Detour to the aqueduct for a closer look, before heading up the hill.

After the track bends left and southeast, watch for a track on your right. This rough track heads directly up the Triple Levée. If you don't relish riding back down this, you can walk up for a view or skip the detour.

Back on route, watch for a narrow track heading right from the dirt road. Follow this detour as it parallels and ultimately rejoins the fire road. In either case, take the next left. Continue uphill on the fire road until you reach the GR6 again. Go right and follow it around a small hill until you reach another dirt road intersection. Turn left, heading up to L'Aiguille. When you reach the top, circumnavigate the hilltop in a counterclockwise direction. There are several spicy singletracks heading down from L'Aiguille through the scrub, including some insanely steep ones. One of these trails, strangely, has cobblestones suggesting it might have been the monk's historic footpath to town.

After finishing the circle of L'Aiguille, descend the path south-southeast off the mount to the saddle between L'Aiguille and the Abbey. From the saddle, follow the track heading left to contour around the hill, then drop back to the road you started on. Turn right and return to the parking lot.

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Monk's tombs, carved into the bedrock of the Saint-Roman Abbey.
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