|Octon - Montfalgaux||326km|
|116km off-road||April / October|
Quick GLR 10 overview
The GLR 10 Motorcycle Adventure Route leads you for over 326 kilometers through the Aveyron and Hérault regions of Southern-France. 116 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 19 different sections. With a total of 4 connecting GLRs to this GLR 10, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
GLR 10 Route info
From down south, all the way up north, this GLR 10 runs straight through the Grands Causses Natural Park. This 326-kilometer long GLR is known for its fast pace regarding its succession between on-road and off-road sections. With a total of 116 kilometers of off-road sections in this route, it’s made for the real Adventurisers!
You start your GLR 10 adventure in Octon. This local village near Lac du Salagou is the gateway to the Pyrenean section of the GLR Network. Instead of heading south, you head up north. Your first few kilometers will cut straight through the Regional Natural Park du Haut-Languedoc.
Like I mentioned before, the on-road sections will be succeeded by off-road sections at a fast tempo. The longest on-road section is a mere 28 kilometers. For the off-road sections, that’s half of that. The route will lead you up north for almost its entire length.
The last 40 kilometers will lead you east to your destination at Montfalgaux, a local town near le Besset. From there you have many options to continue your motorcycle adventure! You find the connecting GLRs in the “connections” segment down below.
GLR 10 Region
With the GLR 10 you Adventurise the departments of Hérault and Aveyron. Besides that, you also explore the Grands Causses Natural Park for almost it’s entire length! Read all about the region down below!
Don’t expect any mountainous climate. With an average of 227m in altitude, Hérault is pretty close to sea level. You find its highest peak at an altitude of 1181 meters at Espinouse.
Hérault originates as one of the first 83 departments created during the French Revolution of 1790. The department has been known for its wine and olive growing industry. Unfortunately due to agricultural diseases and frost, many of the farmers closed business in the mid-twentieth century.
Montpellier is the regional capital, with over a million inhabitants. The region saw a major increase in its population during the second half of the 20th century. Nowadays it is Frances’ 8th largest city.
With many more names referring to the remoteness of the region, I never had the feeling of really being alone. The region feels rural, more like a place where you want to get lost, to find all its hidden secrets. Aveyron is also known to have the most beautiful villages of France, adding to its mysterious nature.
In the north, you find the highest point of Aveyron at the summit of Le Signal de Mailhebiau (1469m). More to the south, the department borders the Massif Central. The landscape gradually changes from the grassy hills in the Aubrac Regional Park to the dry brushes at the Massif Central.
Adventurising isn’t only about getting as fast from A to B! A Region has so much more to offer! That’s why I give you some suggestions about things to do while Adventurising the GLR 10.
Lac du Salagou
This lake lies in a small depression of red sandhills all around. Not only is the lake tempting in summer, but also the formations around the lake are something to visit! The deep dark colored red sand is the perfect background for the white rock sculptures.
The tallest bridge in the world with a height of 336 meters. This impressive bridge is to be seen from quite a distance and visible from the GLR 10! Enjoy this piece of engineering while Adventurising the region!
Le Canyon de Bozouls
This horseshoe canyon is carved into the landscape by the local river. Later on, people inhabited these steep walls and the local town of Bozouls was born. This impressive dance between architecture and natural landscape is something to behold in the region.
Cascade de Salles-la-Source
These fantasy-like waterfalls are a welcome refreshment during the hot summer months! Take a quick dip to cool off, or just take in the mesmerizing sight.
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Continue your GLR 10 Adventure by connecting different GLRs. To make your life even simpler, I’ve put together all the options down below!
Connections in Octon
You’ve finished the GLR 10 and now you’re in Octon. Great! Because in Octon you’re at the connection point of the Pyrenean- and Mediterranean section of the GLR Network. Take the GLR 12 down south to start an entirely new adventure towards the Pyrenean section. This 208-kilometer long route will lead you in the direction of Carcassonne. With over 55 kilometers of off-road sections, it’s going to be an adventure for sure!
Ready for some of the warmest roads of Europe in summer? Take the GLR 11 east. This 118 km long route will lead you a bit closer to the Mediterranean sea. Take this route if you want to explore the Mediterranean. With almost 29 kilometers of off-road sections, this won’t be boring!
Connections in Montfalgaux
At the end of GLR 10 you’ve ended up in Montfalgaux and now you want to continue your adventure as a real Adventuriser. You’ve got two options. First, take the GLR 26 up north. This route functions as the first part of the highway to the High Alps in France. With a total of 357 kilometers, of which 102 are in off-road sections you won’t be disappointed!
Second, go east with the GLR 1. This 226-kilometer long route is a great option when you want to explore the Cévennes area. With 61 kilometers of off-road sections, this will be an adventuriser worthy GLR!
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