Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard

Route: Pont du Gard

Area: Gard, Southern France

Date of walk: 27th September 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 11.0 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: sunny and hot

Today was the last day of our three day walking holiday in the Gard region, and fittingly would end at one of France’s most iconic places – the 2,000 year old Pont du Gard, built by the Romans as an aqueduct to transport water to the city of Nîmes

On another cloudless day we set off from our hotel in Collias, passing underneath the bridge which we’d crossed at the start of yesterday’s walk. After passing by an attractive waterfall we walked across the plain of the River l’Alzon, following old farm tracks and deserted country lanes through vineyards and olive groves

We passed through the small village of Argilliers, detouring briefly to see the attractive church, and then continued across more agricultural land to reach the old stone quarries on the outskirts of Vers Pont du Gard. We wandered around the attractive village for a while and then set off to our final hotel, the nearby La Bégude Saint Pierre, where we checked in, had a well earned beer, and then continued to the Pont du Gard, about 20 minutes walk from the hotel

I’ve seen photos of this ancient place before, but none of them do justice to the incredible feat of engineering involved – a gradient as little as 1 in 18,241 (the aqueduct section) was enough to enable the water to flow from its source near Uzès to its destination in Nîmes, a journey of some 30 miles. We spent a couple of hours here, marvelling at the ingenuity of the original builders and engineers as we wandered around admiring the aqueduct from different angles 

At last it was time to take our leave, and from the Pont du Gard we retraced our steps back to our hotel and the end of a wonderful journey – thanks to all at Inntravel for another faultlessly organised walking holiday

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