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Discover Artuby

Near Castellane, there is another Valley, and other gorges of the Verdon. Thus the Artuby, Verdon and Jabron mingle, intertwine, separate or meet again and make unique and beautiful walks and hikes.
Thus, on this page we will see different trails that can perform in the Artuby Valley.
•    The Marten-Châteauvieux
•    Comps-sur-Artuby
•    Brenon
•    Le Bourguet
•    La Bastide
•    Marten
•    Trigance

The Artuby: Marten-Châteauvieux

This circuit between Châteauvieux and marten, alternates passages in undergrowth and portions along the streams of the Frayieres and Font Freye. It will allow you to discover these villages by the ancient paths, access at Châteauvieux down, fields, and Marten from the top, by Hill (many points of view). By extending the market until the bridge of Madame (or bridge of the greenhouse), you will discover Brouis Hill, facing a beautiful work of art erected above the Artuby.

The trail of the Avelanièr

Two possible departures from the villages of Châteauvieux (start 1) and Marten (start 2).
D1: Parking at the entrance of the village of Chateauvieux, just before the restaurant
D2: Under the village of marten, route towards the Artuby and the Mauniers
•    From the parking area down by the D52 road in the direction of the marten. Just after the exit of village sign, follow the little road amount left (white and green markup). The route, in the direction of the marten, leaves the road tarred 200 m and is committed under the wood. It dates back to the Valley on the right bank, crossed a fence, and then continues on the other side to the top of the Hill of Deffends. The Summit, Woody, does not point of view. Take the forest road right down in crete, between oak and Scots pine, in the Valley of the Frayieres. It leads to a Terminal stone marking the boundary of municipality. Turn left and go up the Valley to the road. Cross the road and take the path of the Avelanièr below. It mounts under the wood and then quickly extended by a nice trail between pine, boxwood and brooms until the ridge path overlooking the marten. Follow the path on the right to the village (many points of view on the Marten and the surrounding peaks).
•    Cross the village (fountain, country Bistro) and below, follow the small road towards the Artuby, the Mauniers and Mrs bridge. This section, not tagged, follow the road for 1.7 km along the Frayieres Creek. At the first crossroad on the right (hiking sign - locality "Bastide de les Mauniers), follow the signposted in white and green path going up the Valley of Font Freye (possibility to continue down the road to see the picturesque bridge of Madame 1 km). It leads to openings beneath the village. Mount houses and cross along the main street Châteauvieux engaging on the right to reach the parking lot outside the restaurant.
•    2 h 30, 8.5 km from market, 250 m in altitude, markup white and green. Hiking on foot or by mountain bike, fix average.

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Of La Martre at Châteauvieux, between Artuby and Jabron (both tributaries of the Verdon), the landscape consists of several small valleys where lurk in many sources. One of them, said district "Saint-Pierre-en-Demueyes", near this route, is even deemed miraculous. Does the presence of an Abbey at his side who coined this belief? Or so the discovery on the site of an anthropomorphic Tomb (i.e. dug in the shape of man), probably of Gallo? Ignored but used to come here seek healing is maintained until the middle of the last century.
The local tradition was same as the sarcophagus of saint Pierre in person! There remains nothing of the small Abbey from the 12th century, repeatedly engaged in looting during its history. Nothing, if some traces and a chapel dedicated to saint Peter. It is dated 1615 but the origin of its construction, on the premises of the buildings of the Abbey, is probably older and could go back to the 12th century. Whatever the case, the site, unserviced offers an ideal setting for a peaceful break and worth a look.
The characteristic of the village of Chateauvieux is to be double. There is a "more upper Village" and a "more lower - Village" clearly separated from the other.Towards 1579, during the wars of religion, the former stately is devastated and with him probably, a number of dwellings grouped alongside him. It was rebuilt at the end of the 17th century. It is also at this time that we find the first mention of a "lower village". Between these two dates, a part of the inhabitants is so moved.But contrary to what one finds elsewhere (La Bastide or le Bourguet for example), the former home of Châteauvieux was never completely abandoned.

Deer or boar?

.. .the trade mark: at first sight, it seems difficult to confuse the wild boar and deer. And yet, during this trip, it is likely that you will encounter (if you are a bit careful in muddy areas) the tracks of these two accomplices without necessarily being able to distinguish them.
•    If you are dealing with an adult boar, most often notice track of two hooves behind and laterally to the hooves.
•    the footprint of the deer does not exceed 4 cm long and gives an impression of finesse (width of a shoe not exceeding 1 cm), the wild boar can reach 5 cm and appears more stout (2 cm width).

The Artuby: Comps-sur-Artuby

The town of Comps-sur-Artuby is rich with a remarkable architectural heritage protected as Historic Monuments. As you walk on these three routes around the village, you will go to the discovery of a classified building: the chapel of Saint-André, and three registered buildings: the chapels of Saint-Jean and Saint-Didier and the old bridge of the strain.
By extending the ride to bad bridge you will discover at the foot of the village a nice deck overlooking the gorges of the Artuby allowing access to the hamlet of L'avelan, today in the military camp of Canjuers. Departure place of the Republic before the Town Hall.
1.    Circuit of chapels
2.    The wrong bridge
3.    The bridge of the strain
4.    Le Fayet
5.    The Summit of Siounet

Circuit of chapels

•    From the Town Hall, browse the street of the village following the direction of the circuit of the chapels.
•    Pass in front of the fountain, longer school of the village, the Church and mount to the chapels by the street of the Knights Templar. Marked in white and green, the path also leads to the hamlet of strain (about 2.5 km) and the village of Bargème.
•    At the next intersection, follow the left lane at the chapel of Saint-André which overlooks the village. From the top of the Hill, just above the imposing Chapel, it enjoys a panoramic view to 3600 on Comps-sur-Artuby, village Bargème and its castle, the hamlet of strain and the peaks of the gorges du Verdon. Continue on the route. Pass the chapel of Saint-André and continue on the trail of heritage in direction of the second chapel: St. John.
•    Access to the chapel on the Hill, is in the middle of the remains of the medieval village. The return to the starting point is by trail paved from below.
•    1 h, 1 km walk, 50 m elevation difference, no markup, hiking on foot, easy.
The chapel Saint-Didier
It is located 700 m from the village by road. From Comps, follow the D955 road in the direction of Trigance and 200 m take the first road on the left. It leads directly to the chapel.

The chapels

In addition to many shrines, villages often rely several chapels, witnesses of the religious vitality of centuries past. Many of these buildings, of greater or lesser depending on the means of their builders architectural quality disappeared little by little abandoned, sometimes destroyed during political events, and even transformed over time. The village of Comps is fortunate to have retained three chapels which are worth a visit and the quality justifies that they are today classified or listed as historical monuments.
The most important of these chapels is noted by far: it's Saint-André. It was formerly the parish church of Comps. Most of the village was then concentrated around it. There are also some traces of medieval habitat at his feet. The disappearance of the Castle, the gradual displacement of the population towards the Valley and finally a stroke of lightning, in 1761, gradually led to his disaffection. The white Penitents Chapel, rebuilt, became the main church in its place. But Saint-Andre keeps look and its high silhouette loses nothing to be admired more closely.
Departure from the stones, regular, is a very nice effect and its three types of coverage (slate, tile and glazed tiles) nicely animate the building and trace its history.Not far from Saint-André and within the limits of the medieval village, still reach the Saint-Jean Chapel. Built into the rock, easy and stout, this Chapel is original Templar. On the facade, an eye of beef and on his bedside, a murderous cross, constituting a sighting with the Sunrise, on 24 June, Saint-John's day.
As for the third Chapel, across the village, it is much simpler. Small regular ship completed by a stylish nightstand, it's probably a funerary chapel that was once its dead on a small enclosure. It is dedicated to Saint-Didier, patron of Comps and its isolation adds to its charm.

The wrong bridge

Don't panic, this bridge does you no harm! The name "bad bridge", as the "Devil's bridge", was once widespread. In ancient documents, the bad bridge of Comps is sometimes also called the Petit Pont (and can be guessed easily why seeing it...) the Avelon, the name of the locality located across the Artuby.
The bridge was used to reach these lands high and their inhabitants to more quickly gain the village. "It is a fine example of the countless small developments to use" micro "constructed once and who often leave their brand names. But why the appellation of "Bad bridge" has gradually replaced that of "Petit Pont"? The environment strengthened gorges can be played in the collective imagination. Unless its smallness and stability have not inspired confidence... It was perhaps an unfortunate event theatre...
•    From the Town Hall, follow the same route as for the circuit of chapels. Instead of the fountain, take the second street down to the right (chemin de L'avelan). The tarmacked passes over small vegetable gardens and joined 200 m bifurcation in Y.
•    Follow the path of left until its end, it comes down to the sewage of the village.
•    By the end of the road share a trail which descends in bad bridge laces. Return by the same route.
•    1 h (E/R), 3km walk, 100 m of altitude, no markup, hiking on foot, easy.

The bridge of the strain

There are bridges 'bad', and there are beautiful. That strain ranks rather in the second category and its environment inspires no distrust. There is same stop with pleasure. This is a very nice layout that the 17th. It replaces an older bridge stone or wood. It is based on piles of wood embedded in silt covered with slabs of the Roman way. His interest is due mainly in scholarly form curving to join the Mainland and its arches consolidated by "beaks". Round or triangular, landscaped to per - turn pedestrians to deviate from the passage they facilitate the flow of the river. One such book is explained because that past the busy road (Toulon-Entrevaux) passed in the hamlet of strain and that the flooding of the Artuby were very important.
This was no doubt an object of pride for residents. It can be even today because this bridge is listed as a historic monument.
•    From the Town Hall, follow the same route as for the circuit of chapels. After the Church allow access to the chapel of Saint-André, pass under the St. John Chapel and the signposted trail in white and green until the Artuby. Take the road tarred bearing to the left.
•    He passes in front of the plant, the water in the lock plan, before a picnic area and joined the road of the Bastide.
•    Cross the road and go or hamlet of strain. Pass the two fountains. After the village, the road crosses the Artuby the old bridge from the strain, remarkable work of art included in the inventory of Historic Monuments, of this hike. Return by the same route.
•    1 h 45 (AR), 5.5 km walk, 150 m of altitude, markup white and green, hiking on foot, easy.

Le Fayet

With the Summit of Siounet, two small hikes in the commune of Comps-sur-Artuby which will take you, after two short climbs and by wide paths, the peaks of the hills and the discovery of white oak and beech forests. In the middle of the Woods: you will discover ancient Charbonnières, remarkable views on the massifs of the Verdon (Montdenier, summits of the gorges, hills of the Artuby...) and a few sites to a halt picnic in the forest.
•    Departure: Leave the village by the rue de St-Bayon starting opposite the Town Hall. The alley is continuing by road of the former quarry which penetrates into the wood of Combasq. Pass the Canjuers military field (trespassing) and follow the forest path of Ubac (forest of pines, Oaks and beeches) who joined 2.5 km gorge Verjon.
Alternative: possibility to return directly to Comps by Verjon Variant (at 3km from the village).
•    Continue to climb in the direction of le Fayet. The path along the military field, rises for 1.6 km to the Summit of the Hill of le Fayet (1,178 m) dominated the beeches and the Oaks. Slightly before the Summit, the route branches off to the right and down to hotter (a few beautiful points of view mountains and the surrounding Alpine peaks). The long descent through the path of Fayet joined down the Comps in Trigance hiking path.
•    A few meters just before the road there is a picnic area. Return comps by the right path, signposted in green and white, departing in the direction of Verjon.1 km further, joins route road, crosses and descends along clearings.
•    At Verjon, a route marked in white and green leaves to the North in the direction of the hamlet of Jabron (3.5 km) and the GR ® 49. Leave this path and continue straight. The end of course, parallel to the CD 71, is flat and shaded to the village. Arrived at the departmental, continue in front by the road passing under the forest House and along the meadow of the cross and the ball game.
•    3 h 30, 12km walk, 200 in altitude, markup white and green. Hiking or mountain biking, difficulty medium.
For Mallrats...
White Oak (or pubescent, or truffle, it is the same, Quercus pubescens Willd for botanists) who infiltrates here gradually the beech forest (perhaps a consequence of global warming), is one of the two most common natural essences of Haute-Provence. Little known as a lumber because difficult to work in carpentry, and presenting that rarely interesting for frames size and a shape, it is however a good firewood. It has long been used for the manufacture of an excellent charcoal.Traces of great tits are everywhere, still visible as of circular areas blackened and still more or less sterile ground leaving only grow a rare low vegetation.

The Summit of Siounet

•    Departure: 2.5 km from the village, from the CD 71 follow the path starting along the terminal of appeal relief and get to the top of Siounet forest through the television relay. Take advantage of the rise to discover, in the direction of the Northwest, the village of Trigance and the peaks of the gorges du Verdon. At the top of Siounet, the view is obstructed by vegetation. Get off the trail on the other side (pleasant passages in undergrowth).
•    A few metres from the route, on view from pretty views of the hamlet and the Jabron Valley, the Artuby summits and the village of Comps. At the foot of the Hill to reach the road. Follow on 50 m and return point of departure by starting on the right path.
•    1 h, 3km walk, 90 m of altitude, markup white and green, hiking on foot or by mountain bike, easy.

Forbidden zone

Cannot get out of Comps-sur-Artuby as you want... A large part of the territory of the commune (almost two thirds) is indeed in "forbidden zone". In the 1960s, it comes to create a new camp of military training in France; Mourmelon and La Courtine became too small facing new demands of defence materiel. The attention of the State then deals the Canjuers plateau area, in the Var. With 35000 hectares, this limestone plateau (from 900 to 1300 meters of altitude) seems the ideal site. Sometimes referred to as "french desert", these arid causses suffer decades of rural exodus. The village of Broves or the five hamlets of Comps: Saint-Bayon, Sauvechane, delegated, Chardan and the bed are already more that a handful of owners whose main activity is traditional pastoralism. The project did however not without gnashing of teeth and the population opposed the installation. Despite this, the camp was officially established in 1964. It is today the most, large Europe training camp and stretches over 13 municipalities. Regardless of this particular situation, the Canjuers zone remains of great geological interest. The karst forms abound and the Reserve Géologique de Haute-Provence, in agreement with the military authorities, are sometimes conducts research. The local population, she had become accustomed to this forbidden area which does not facilitate the travel. The herds, on special leave, won the right to cross the military camp to join their summer pastures.

The Artuby: Brenon

Departing from the small town of Brenon, this hike will take you to the top of the Hill of Clare from where the panorama extends over the Artuby, Prealpine and the summits of gorges du Verdon. Point of view is not the only interest of this ride that you will also discover the southern species, and in the Hill, karst and its sinkholes, many in the sector of Clare.

The Summit of Clare

•    Departure before the fountain of the Henry, at the crossroads between the D52 and the access to the village of Brenon.
•    Since the fountain (Panel hiking), follow the provincial road in the direction of Châteauvieux for 800 m, then take the white and green trail amount right under the wood to Plan of Anelle. After 500 m to the shade of the pines a COL, down to the sunny side, and join the crossroads of Mauvasque (overlooking the valleys of the Artuby). Leave the direction of the Plan of Anelle and follow the trail amount right at the top of Clare.
•    The trail joined a dirt road and then, following collar, a clearing. Leave the path and follow the trail amount in front on the edge of the wood. The laces, sometimes a little steep rise, joined a delicate Rocky passage making this impractical route to mountain bikers and horsemen, but safe for pedestrians.Above the ascent continues under the pine trees between the terraces (dry stone walls) and joined at the top of the Hill, in the middle of the limestone pavements, the Summit of Clare offering an unobstructed 360 °.
•    The return route down to the ubac through the forest of Maurin-Clare. The long descent, first under lush then under less dense canopies, is done by a trail that repeatedly crosses the forest trail (many points of view). At the bottom of the Hill the route follows the track up the road to Brenon.
•    Down the road until the turn and turn right on the road in the direction of the village. Built on an old wall in stones, road joins the Valley of Fonduas, traverse, and rises to the road. Follow road for 200 metres, then at the crossroads of Fumereau (hiking Panel) mounted by the trail right in white and green it, to avoid the last 600 m tar, climbs a bit steep to a forest path before going down in the Woods, the first houses of the Henry.
•    0330 hours, 8.5 km of walking, 490 m altitude, markup white and green, hiking on foot, easy.
With an area of 559 hectares, Brenon is the smallest municipality of the Regional Natural Park of Verdon but also one of the smallest Department of the Var. At the western end of the village, some 1000 meters above sea level, was once a castle that dominated the Jabron. Medieval building was redeveloped at the end of the 16th century before being destroyed by fire in the 19th. Descending from Clare however, there are still a few remnants of its ancient walls clinging to their rocky outcrop. These few stones remind the antiquity of the village of Brenon, cited under the name of "Brennono" to the 1200s. But their origin is especially troubled time, around the year 1000, to which a multitude of small fiefs shared a naturally fragmented territory seeking to sit their authority. Most of these small Lordships, more than a hundred the area of Castellane and the gorges du Verdon, have gradually disappeared, abandoned by their occupants, or fallen under the sway of more powerful neighbours. The unnecessary castles were abandoned and fell into ruin. While some, such as Bargème or Trigance constituted real castles, most of them remained modest. They were a simple Tower, a House and a small speaker. Their function was more symbolic than really defensive.
They meant that the surrounding area was occupied, "held" and especially that a Lord pulled revenues. There is at this time a real "mesh" of the territory. Today, it is not rare to encounter the remains of some section of wall of feudal alone perched. Records concerning them are few and the bad state of preservation makes it difficult any interpretation but it is not the least of their charms but to keep some secrets. A few metres from this construction, which he depended closely, the village of Brenon is maintained, small irreducible island in the middle of his space wooded. The municipality had over 30 inhabitants in the 16th century, slightly more than one hundred before the Revolution and fifteen in 1975. Today 26 people living in Brenon, which reduced the area of the territory gives a density of 4 people per km2. For the record the French average stands at around 110 inhabitants per km2. While we doubt, residents fired their resources of agriculture products. In the 19th century, sheep accounted for the major part of the activity of the village but were also grown wheat. For the rest gardens contribute to self-sufficiency and walnut trees allowed to produce oil. Far from the beaten track, Brenon today is a real trip. Sheep farming has been maintained and is involved in the maintenance of the territory. You will certainly encounter the beautiful flock to the village. Do not disturb the sheep accustomed to the tranquility of the mountains.

The Artuby: Le Bourguet

Departing from the village, here's a pleasant stroll (as practicable by mountain bike), which will make you go up the Valley of le Bourguet until clearings. By earthen paths, go discover the bergeries, Saint-Pierre nestled against the hillside, and Bagarry, today in ruins. Route, you will encounter an amazing Randolph and, at the highest point of the ride, a belvedere offering a nice view over the hills of L'artuby and the village of le Bourguet-access.


•    From the village, pass in front of the Town Hall, the fountain and go down the little road to the left. The route goes back on the left bank the vallon said du Bourguet by road tarred St-Pierre. He passes a significant Rubin and joined, 2 km, the crossroads of St-Pierre. Follow the trail of the Tower, on the left, in the direction of Bagarry. The land along the plateau. In the middle of the, at the foot of the Hill, you can see the sheepfold of St-Pierre. After a slight climb under the pine trees, to reach the col where the bergerie Bagarry (point of view on the Jabron and the Artuby) ruined.
•    Continue on main road, earthen, plating of wild pear. He joined the pylon (leave the different paths on the right). 100 m before it (point of view on the village and the Valley) take the small path bearing left (blue markup). The trail, shaded, down to the village. At the foot of the Hill, follow the road in the direction of the hostel and the Town Hall.
•    1 h 30, 5 km walk, 180 m of altitude, markup white and green, then blue. Hiking walking or mountain biking, easy.

As it made its bed

The northern flank of the Hill, the trail passes at the foot of a spectacular outcrop. Yellow sandstone benches are separated by black marl beds. Dated 110 million years (Cretaceous, one of three divisions of the secondary era period), this training provides information on the physiognomy of the Provence at this time.Each rock type are specific training conditions. Marl and sandstone are sedimentary rocks. Their fine structure and layout testify to a submarine depot at an average depth (± 500 m), near a volcanic or metamorphic continent subject to erosion. So you walk on what, at the end of the secondary era, should be a sea bordered by a continent rich in iron and silica (l ' Estérel).

Temple is there?

Outside the village stands a beautiful chapel surrounded by its small cemetery. It is dedicated to Sainte-Anne. Of Romanesque style, it is especially notable for the beautiful implementation of its stones in soft colours. It should be noted also its elegant windows narrow characteristics of his age. It is however not exactly its date of construction. Some trace it to the 11th century, others see a building of the 12th century. In the 13th century, Sainte-Anne is cited as "rural Priory", small religious institution with revenues and dependent on a Lord or a monastery. As with many other buildings of this type, this chapel was considered "Templar". If it is true that the Knights Templar, religious and military order created in the 12th century to protect the route of the pilgrims to Jerusalem, had many possessions in the region, there is no evidence that Sainte-Anne has actually belonged. Unfortunately for her, the Templars experienced a new posterity in the 20th century, fueled by their tragic end in 1308 and hypothetical treasure... some are still, looking suddenly shovels and picks. Alas! To overcome any vandalism, the Chapel is now closed. It is protected as a historical monument.

The Artuby: La Bastide

Mount to see... These two hikes to the common course, one short and one longer, you will take the height and will take you to the heights contemplating exceptional panoramas.
Road you will find the terraces and hutches of ancient agricultural parcels, the ruins of an ancient castle, the flora of Haute-Provence, the pine forests, and perhaps on the top, sheep herds grazing. At the top of the Mont-Lachens highest peak of the Department of the Var (1715 m); point of view panoramic of the Mediterranean Sea to the Alps, you will find an orientation table allowing you to identify the main summits of Provence, Verdon and the Prealps.

The castle of Sainte-Madeleine

•    From the square of the Church, Mount through the alley of the "path of the Aire" following the markup for the GR ® 49 (white and red). At the top of the village, at the end of the paved section, 300 m, leave the GR ® and follow the trail on the left in the direction of the top of the Lachens (hiking, lieu-dit' Fouan of the booth "").
•    The path is on a pleasant shaded trail (blue markup), along stone walls, to a clearing. Leave on the right, and continue to climb with the main path on the left in the direction of the rocher de Ste-Madeleine. Quickly the well marked trail is committed under the pines (a few steep sections) and released slightly before wood the rock. In the background, there's the plain of la Bruyère with the village perched Bargème and its castle (in ruins).
•    The trail is committed again under the pine trees and joined at a crossroads the route to the Summit of the Lachens. Leave the blue markup (right to the Lachens trail) and continue straight towards the Castle and the rock of Ste-Madeleine. Remarkable views on the Valley. Return via the same route.
•    (2 h round trip), 3km walk, 260 m altitude, markup white and red, blue markup. (average rando)

The top of the Lachens

The route is common with the routes of the Château de Ste-Madeleine until the abandonment of the blue tag.
•    Leave the access trail to the ruins of the Castle, on the left, and continue to climb through the route marked in blue. Trail rises on a mountainside, switchbacks, above the plain de la Bruyère and then under the wood between boxwood, brooms and Scots pine, until one quickly track (some roides passages).
•    Continue to climb it. 500 m, after the passage of a collar and just before a turn, take the little marked trail marked in blue on the right amount. He joined above the road to the top of the Lachens. Follow the road (white and Red markup). Over an area of picnic (point of view), before a tank, and take the trail cutting the corner.
•    Cross the road and continue to climb by the path. On the edge of forest, the route travels on the rump of the mountain of Lachens surrounded by pastures and the limestone pavements. Follow the Ridge up to the orientation table. The ride ends at the Summit located at 1.685 m opposite the highest point of the mountain of Lachens (1.715 m). Return via the same route.
•    (5 h round trip), 8 km, 810 m of altitude, markup white and red, blue markup. (rando difficult)

Have Lachens to see the sea

Mount Lachens, sometimes called the roof of the Var, culminates at 1713 meters above the sea. The Summit, the landscape is exceptional, barely marred by the unfortunate remains of a ski which Bill never got... The idea was indeed tempting. Imagine skiers on these Provençal heights! It is even said that in clear weather you can see Corsica... Only the snow would have defaulted. Other much more ancient vestiges remain on the slopes of the Lachens. At the top of a headland in mi slope, stood until the 14th century the original village of la Bastide: is the former Esclapon or Bastide de Sclapon. Quoted in the 13th century, then fortified the village, surrounded by walls of which there are still beautiful vestiges and remnants of a Dungeon. The site appears to have been highly defensive. We also guess the remains of homes that fell around their Castle. Ruined by Turenne in the 14th century, its inhabitants preferred to settle elsewhere, further down in the Valley: this is the origin of the villages of La Bastide (which traditionally referred an isolated agricultural estate in Provence) and La Roque-Esclapon nearby.

In the moon...

Less than 1% of its surface exceeds the 1500 m altitude, the Var is, it is not a scoop, a Department of plains and hills lapped by a Mediterranean atmosphere.With 1713 m, the Lachens therefore presents a double climate originality. First relief to intercept the depressions that come from the Gulf of Genoa, it is distinctly wettest as the rest of the Department, allowing, associated with low temperatures due to the altitude, the development of a remarkable mountain flora. Therefore, we find the Moonworts in the lawn that caps the Summit of the Lachens. This curious small fern is a convinced mountain which lies at the extreme limit of its range.

The Artuby: Marten

This pleasant hike at the start of the village of Marten will take you on the foothills of the mountain of the Brouis. The route alternates path in undergrowth, on pleasant footpaths, and passages at the edge of the water (on the bridges, along the Artuby or Ford!). Between the water and the Woods, the discovery of the gorges of the Artuby, bridge of Madame and the old buildings of sawmills are the main highlights of this course.
The trail of the Combe and the Brouis
•    From the Town Hall Square, pass in front of the Church, climb through the streets above the village and "My Marten", take the alley on the right under the cemetery. The small road descends to the new buildings of the Hall. Take the first paved amount left and follow to the second parking road left marked in white and green. Through a pleasant path in the understory, the route bypasses a property, wins a tarmacked and back by the latter to the COE.
•    At the Summit, follow the right lane and go down the road to 700 m up the road. Reach the bridge of the Passadoires by the trail upstream of the road.After walking along the fence of the holiday centre, the route leads to the bridge.
•    At the bridge, follow the path on the left bank of the Artuby descending in the direction of les Combes. After a clearing the route continues via a trail amount in the understory. A few passages offer pretty views on the Artuby gorges. Continue the ascent to the ubac to cross the ridge under a rocky peak and descend on another watershed in the Valley of les Combes.
•    Leave the markup white and green and follow the forest road right down the Valley of les Combes. At the foot of the mountain of the Brouis, this pleasant trail wins the Artuby (Ford crossing) and joined the clearing of the former sawmill of marten (picnic area). Pass the crumbling buildings and lead to Mrs. bridge, remarkable structures crossing the Artuby.
•    The bridge, find the markup white and green and fasten on the Marten by the main road. 300 m after the bridge, leave the trail of right (chemin de lime kilns) and follow the road which dates back the stream of the Frayieres for 2 km until the village. Alternative: Possibility of return on the Marten by way of lime kilns. This forest road through the Woods on 3 km up the road. Follow right on 300 rn, find the Passadoires bridge and join the Fisher by the same route to go.
•    (3h30h, 10km walk, 400 m in altitude, white and green markup)

To fire all wood

Right out of the village, the stage is set... of trees. As almost all the communes in the canton of the Artuby, forest dominates the territory of La Martre. No wonder that when we know that the Department of the Var is one of the most wooded of France. However this forest is essentially now a forest of reforestation, in which conifers get nice share... Of the middle ages at the beginning of the 20th century, forests are a source of essential income for rural communities. This natural environment seems inexhaustible and, in this capacity, overexploited. We cut the fuelwood, timber; There is grazing herds, we reap the fruits, leaves, branches, bark of trees... Wood, it also the fuel for the many small local ovens, ovens to lime or gypsum (namely plaster), without forgetting the essential bread oven. This activity can be found in the name of the path that runs along the forest North of the Gorge: "the path of lime kilns".

In cabbage

Easily recognizable at the tip and two black spots of the forewing, the imported cabbage worm is one of the most common butterflies of Europe. Two to three annual generations to see it fly from May to August on the prairies and cultures (here of lavender). It owes its name, as the other pierides (Pieris of the thorn, Roe, the iberide, etc.), the plant which feeds the caterpillars, cabbage, a species of "Brassica" for botanists. This cruciferous addiction can do evil see gardeners and farmers. He then pays a heavy price (like most insects) to insecticide treatments.
The Artuby: Trigance
A nice hike at the start of the village to go observe from a furnished gazebo (bring binoculars), the vultures of the gorges of the Verdon. Along the way, you will also discover the barns of Breis (farmhouse in ruins on the Hill), a few remarkable Oaks (during the ascent to the barns) and the Carajuan and Sautet, bridges crossing the Verdon and Jabron.

Barns, gazebos of vultures

•    Cross the village by the street of the clock. Pass in front of the grocery store, the Heritage Museum and continue on the small road in the direction of the gorges du Verdon (rue du St-Esprit). Leave the access road to the Castle (cannot be visited). The turn following (Breis Combaou), take the trail in the direction of the bridges of Carajuan and Sautet (white and green markup). Exit pine and spruce, leave the path coming from right and continue for 500 m until the crossroad with the itinerary of the Breis barns.
•    Take left (the right path is the route du pont de Carajuan to return). Road (yellow markup) earthen mounts progressively under the wood (Scots pine, white oak) and joined a former clearing height, on the right, well hidden the Breis barns farm ruins. Earlier, when the path begins the descent, take the path on the left. The path passes in front of a former lime kiln (kind of crater which was to "cook" the stone, limestone, using timber harvested on-site) and then rises mountainside lookout of the vultures (at a few meters left at the intersection). The site offers a remarkable viewpoint on the cliff of the bar of the Eagle, on the town of Rougon, where the Aviary of vultures has been installed.
•    Down the trail to the ubac to Carajuan bridge (250 m of altitude). (Area of confluence between the Verdon and Jabron) bridge, pass over the picnic area and return to hotel by the main road, marked in white and green. Mid-term (2 km), possibility to descend to the remarkable Romanesque bridge of Sautet (20 min return).
•    (2-3 h, 8.5 km walk, 260 m altitude, markup white and green, yellow, white and green new markup) (average rando, fall and spring)
The Griffon Vulture
Vautour Fauve had disappeared from the sky of the Verdon since almost 60 years when the "Vultures in high – Provence" association, with the help of the Park of the Verdon and the NFB, reintroduced into the great Gorge in 1999. Twelve adults were released, strength reinforced in the following years. That is, with his cousin Alpine bearded vulture, the largest bird of France that can reach nearly 3 m wingspan for a weight of 6-7 kg. As scavengers, vultures, by "recycling" corpses are public safety and participate in the great biological cycle of matter. Building on the success of the reintroduction, the sponsors and stakeholders of the reintroduced vultures monks.

Browse, pass, cross

Trigance, a large part of the municipal territory is on the other side the Jabron, accessible by only two bridges. In the 18th century, it is also on the other side the Jabron lies the village wheat mill. We easily understand the importance of crossing the river. For the inhabitants of Rougon, Tusset Bridge is the only passage which can reach the left bank of the Verdon and communal lands that extend beyond. But the importance of the bridges is not just economic. They also create a link between the inhabitants, a vector for cultural, family and marital Exchange. If you prefer today faster (but not always shorter) paths, the presence of bridges always brings to the sites that they span an additional touch of poetry and the discrete memory of the past.
Barns Tower passes close to several bridges including Sautet on the Jabron and Tusset above the Verdon which are among the most elegant of the region. "" Tense of a single span from one shore to the other, these "structures" surprised again by their boldness and finesse of their line. It is difficult to date these constructions. Their presence is attested in the archives at least since the 16th century, but throughout the following centuries, they cease to be the subject of repairs and reconstructions which are ignored if they were complete or partial... It is essentially floods that cause their ruin... and the villages which should repair them! But the economic and social role of bridges is such that the communities cannot make this work economy.

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