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The trails in the nearly villages of Castellane.


•    The Tour of the Colettes defens
•    The chapel Saint-Pierre by la Sagne
Discover the village of Soleilhas, its fountains, and its wash houses and borrow the GR4 for you raise towards the mountain of Sainte-Foujasse. You will join the St. Peter Chapel near travertine waterfalls and ancient remains of a now abandoned craft plâtrières. Back to the village takes a path bordered of oratories which punctuate the pilgrimage to the chapel. Under a beech forest, the sports loop takes you to the village of la Sagne, and joined the chapel Saint-Pierre passing through the area the Colettes and its irrigation system consisting of a channel of about one kilometre long. The latter is equipped with gateways, carved into strains that allow water to cross valleys. A very beautiful hiking where you will contemplate varied landscapes, looking for traces of human activities contemporary or missing.

Tour of the Colettes defens

•    Reassemble the Bayles Street, turn right to follow the main street (take the time to admire the wash-house and the fountain). Above, to the mission cross turn right variant of the GR4 (chemin de la Sagne) which crosses a bridge and a field.
•    At the first corner, the GR left the track and rises up to switch on the other side (view of Soleilhas, the Tang). The path plunges between meadows and woods of Scots pine then rises in the middle of the broom on the face side. Continue until an intersection, take a right onto GR.
•    Further the path descends to the ruins of Verraillon.
•    Under the ruin, turn right, in the meadow and along the Creek. Pass on the left above the clue (area collected between two mountains).
•    Down through the pubescent oak (5 mn). At the intersection of two trails (you will see the ruin of a former Plasterers in the bottom of the Valley), continue straight road rises again among the rocks and plunges towards the chapel Saint-Pierre.
•    Follow the directions of the «the Chappelle Saint-Pierre by la Sagne» route from the 3.
Between 3 h and 4 h, 8.5 km from market, 300 m altitude, markup white and red and yellow. Fix hiking average to do in all seasons.

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The chapel of Saint-Pierre by la Sagne

The ecogardes Council:

Avoid the heat, leave early. It is strongly discouraged to bathe in the basins of the waterfall because the water is used by the inhabitants of the area of the Colettes. Thanks for them...
•    Initially identical to the 'Tower of the Colettes defens' route to the ruins of Verraillon.
•    Under the ruin of Verraillon, turn left on the GR then right 10 m higher. The trail runs along meadows and then passes under a pine wood. Passing on the other side, the GR descends to the village of la Sagne under beech. At the bottom of the valley below the village cross fording the stream, then join the Sagne.
•    The path leads to the main street. Leave the GR, turn right, cross the village.
•    Pass in front of the fountain, follow the Avengudo avenue on 30 m and dive right into the path of the Claus. Take the direction of Colettes (yellow markup and biking paths of the Sun).
•    At the crossroads of four tracks, go straight. Further, cross four bridges wooden. At the level of the stream, go to Ford, the trail climbs to the farm of the Colettes (to approximately a 25-minute walk). A remnant of lime kiln is visible during the ascent. Before the farm right follow the amount path toward the St. Peter Chapel along a small canal (admire hewn strains gateways to allow the water to flow).
•    After visiting the Chapel, follow the direction of Soleilhas (in the chapel). 20 m before the waterfall, right take the Rocky and steep trail amount above the clue. The path passes Ford, 100 m upstream and joined Soleilhas.
•    Approximately 45 minute walk, the path earns a track, turn right in front of an oratory, and reach the village by this track by observing the many present oratories.
Between 5 and 6 hours, 13km from market, 500 m altitude, markup white and red and yellow. Hiking difficult to perform in all seasons.

The Chapel St. Peter the Coulettes

It is a Romanesque chapel, which was probably parish church because this area was once a parish (and perhaps also a stronghold disappeared in the high middle ages). Its apse semi-circular apse, its two rectangular spans, arc “doubleau” that separates them, the equipment of its clear walls, everything indicates that it was built between the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th. It was restored in the 1980s. More late is the statue of saint Peter indexed in the North wall, since registration fidelis usque ad aras is followed by the year 1552.
It is there rendered pilgrimage each June 29. The inhabitants of la Sagne, Briançonnet and Saint-Auban accompanied those Soleilhas.

The village of Soleilhas

Most of the houses of the town gathers to Soleilhas village that settled on the edge of its small plain since the second half of the 17th century. It was at this period that was abandoned the feudal village located at 1 142 metres above sea level, around the chapel Notre-Dame, on the relief of Teillette more to the West. In 1278 this fortified village had 60 households paying tax, which corresponds to a population of approximately 330 inhabitants. But it wasn't the only urban area: Verraillon, also camped on a relief at this time, then housed 15 taxable families and a noble family, or about 80 people. While the inhabitants built their homes in the village, the local Lord was building his castle. No doubt this large rectangular building was then equipped with towers, in the fashion of the time. Now rehabilitated and turned into apartments, he kept mullioned windows in its southern facade. Its monumental fireplace, gypsery which he was decorated, are a testament to its quality. Soleilhas is also characterized by the presence on its territory, of the Roman road leading from Castellane to Entrevaux via the col de St-Barnabé and the surroundings of Verraillon. A mile marker dedicated to the Caesars chlorine and Galerius (293-305 a.d.) is used in re-employment on the outskirts of the village of Soleilhas constitutes the pedestal with a mission cross.


This walk will take you to the heights, in the middle of ancient cultivated areas, on the site of the abandoned hamlet of town overlooking the Jabron Valley and the village of Peyroules.
Peyroules circular, the hamlet of Ville
•    From the parking lot, follow the provincial road in the direction of la Foux. At the exit of the village (carrefour al25 of the Mousteiret route), follow the road tarred amount left (rue de collar). Pass in front of a hangar and take the path on the left. It bypasses the vallon, then rises into the Hill in the middle of the pines and Oaks. Later, he joined the small stream of Ste-Anne. Cross it and win 100 m a wider path. Mount by about 300 m. right into the slope, he joined the crossroad with the itinerary of the neck of the doors.
•    Follow Peyroules circular path on the left. It leads to the farm of the Pré Neuf. Allow the access to it and follow the trail that bypasses the housing. Quickly she won ancient cultivated areas. Turn left and cross the plateau. Follow the main road which descends towards the imposing Romanesque chapel and the abandoned hamlet of city
•    At the Chapel, possibility to follow the trail to the perched hamlet of town and discover the panoramic view of the Valley. Otherwise, from the Chapel, get off the trail in the Southeast. Pass a collar. The trail runs along a Valley, crosses the ravine of city and down hill to the road. The return to the point of departure is by road, around 800 m.
2 h, 4.5 km walk, 200 m in altitude, yellow. Fix hiking average.

The grand' road

Live at the edge of the grand' road, it was see pass of cohorts of Mule carrying essential commodities from the cities of the coast, but also welcome peddlers who their hood on the back, sell "their bullet" pins, goggles, haberdashery, a few books and almanacs, fabric coupons, etc. The hostels were named the 'logis'. They possessed enchanting names and along paths, called "House of the Sun, three kings, sheep, Cheval Blanc, of the dove, the Lion d'Or, du chapeau Rouge".Pictorial signs hung outside their doors. But the Interior was Spartan, Toepffer tells how, in the 19th century, at the Logis du Pin, in a neighbouring village of Peyroules, low room furniture consisted of a table and faltering banks, with skins of rabbits drying in the ceiling. Travelers slept all together on the floor in a room without windows, on beds of leaves with blankets in rabbit skin. At least there was a dormitory, it was not uncommon to accommodate travellers in an attic to hay and user traffic, also include this curious pilgrimage of Peyroules called Saint-Pierre le Courreire (the runner in Provençal) because is travelled on foot throughout the territory of the commune.

Small historical-archaeological puzzle

What name of strange place than "Ville"! It takes to reach this area, climb on the same sources of the Jabron River, one of the slopes of the massif which limits the commune to the North. The flat area where it leads finally called Ville, slopes overlooking it are the Adret de Surville. What does think?
The case is easy to unravel. The word city, comes from the latin "villa", refers to a grouping of houses from the early middle ages. Today we would say a village (this word is also formed from "villa"). A fortified village was therefore already there in the middle ages; the ruined chapel that there remains was then the Castle Church. What remains of its architecture well attests to it is a building of this period. Map shows us, just above top of relief, the doors pass which allows to switch on the commune of Soleilhas.
Should we think that the initial Peyroules was in town? Nothing is less sure. That said, we note that the habitat of this commune consists of three main hamlets: la Bâtie, the river and la Foux. Peyroules is an alteration of "peirola" which means, always in the high middle ages, an Inn. It is a common toponym you will always encounter on an axis to the middle ages. It is therefore not surprising to find it here, since already the via Salinaria, way ancient Digne in Grasse, was there. This hostel is necessarily self-reproducing along road and not in town, small stronghold a bit away which we also ignore the name. But where?

La Garde

•    The chapel Saint-Martin
•    Quatre Termes, top of the Teillon
At the foot of the cliffs of Teillon stands the small chapel of Saint-Martin restored and easily accessible to families (in return). By extending the ride, hikers can reach the pastures of the Teillon and four under, the panorama Summit 1 893 m.

The chapel Saint-Martin

•    From the parking lot, follow the street along the hostel and down in the village. Pass the porch and follow the alley to the left (exit the GR4). The small road starts in the direction of the cliffs of the Tang. Left to right Eoulx road and join the RN 85. Follow right for 50 m.
•    Take on the left the path Earth access to the chapel St-Martin (marked yellow). Follow the main path and leave the access roads to the properties.
•    After 500 m, take the left path and join the St. Martin Chapel (picnic area). Possibility to return to the village by the same route (route family 1 h), or continue on the trail amount along the Creek from gravel pits (grand Tower - 2: 30 pm).
•    After 300 m, the trail oblique right and share in the direction of the cliffs.
•    The route climbs a small landslide, engages in the undergrowth and leads beneath the cliffs (some climbing routes). Continue to climb as they left the main trail (steep passages).
•    After having passed a rocky redan (point of view on the village of custody), continue to climb gently on a mountainside above the Valley of the gravel pits. To reach the junction with the trail to the Summit of the Tang.
•    Down in the Valley, across it, and follow the trail on the opposite slope. In the middle of the garrigue, the view opens on the Valley. The trail returned to forest and joined the GR4 800 m.
•    Turn left on the route in the direction of Guard (white and Red markup). The trail down the Hill. Bordered by dry-stone walls, he joined on the bottom, the village of the guard in front of the hostel.
1 h (2 h 30 round trip), 2.5 km walk (5 km E/R), 100 m in altitude (400 m E/R), yellow, white and Red markup. Easy hike.

Take the fold

The spectacular cliffs that dominate the St. Martin Chapel illustrate the power of the geological forces that have shaped the Provence.
Originally, all is quiet. A seabed where sediments settle (remains of algae and animals marine alluvium by rivers) which will give over time, so common limestone beds in the landscapes of Provence. It is in the tertiary era that things go wrong when suddenly angry head, the Italy comes stamping Europe. Tablets, the limestone beds will kink to withstand the shock. Later, finally, erosion will decide in these folds, creating reliefs of cliffs.

Quatre Termes, top of the Teillon

•    From the village, follow the GR (white and red) markup amount in front of the hostel to Soleilhas and the Tang. The trail rises gradually in the Hill, and then penetrates in the forest. 1.3 km, he joined, on a flat area, the intersection between the Teillon and Soleihas.
•    Leave the GR, and take on the right the marked yellow trail. It rises in undergrowth during another 800 m, then continues on a hillside above the Valley of gravel pits. Pass on the other side and win the junction with the trail of St. Martin's Chapel.
•    Continue the climb on the trail of the Teillon.
•    After the ruin of a pastoral cabin, cross a stream and mount everything right into the slope. Cross a transversal path. A little further up, on a flat area, starting on the left flat on 100 m and then continue to grow right into the slope. After crossing the path of a cabin, to reach crete.
•    Still half an hour to gain the top of the Teillon in amount right into the slope.
•    The return is done either by the same route, go by the path of the chapelle St-Martin (marked yellow).
6 h, 10km walk, 980 m altitude, markup white and red and yellow. Difficult hike.

Quatre Termes

The relief of the Teillon contains the 'Summit of Quatre Termes' locality. It is that four municipalities meet, those of the guard, Peyroules, Soleilhas and Demandolx. The terms are the terminals that set the limits of the territories. There is therefore one atop the Teillon whose four faces correspond to the four communes that it limits.
Demarcation operations of all time, required a series of specific actions and ritualized as evidenced today by bundles of trial contained in the records. Imagine the representatives of each community going to the top of the Teillon one morning, in the company of those responsible for planting the Terminal (they have made it so far with its accessories, they also carry a pickaxe). There are also more often one or two responsible persons of local justice, or acting as surveyor. Witnesses accompanied the posse.
After each will be agree on the location of the boundaries, it will break a stone into two parts, which will be buried, broken down, under the Terminal. It barely exceed soil. Both parties broken, called "witnesses", will be, for generations to come, the evidence that it is Terminal. On déterrera and the two pieces will "be brothers and well accordans", as specified in the writings of the 17th century. That is, they must be perfectly nested.

The Tower, beware!

The contemporary village of the guard, with its houses aligned along the national road 85, called also Napoleon road, does not immediately suggest the presence of a guard tower. And yet... If you take a look on the parish church dedicated to Notre-Dame des Ormeaux, and if you are accompanied by an elder of the place, you will learn that the tradition has it that a lookout tower stood on the hill near the Church. It is not uncommon to meet and, in Provence, a bell tower built on the foundations of an ancient tower. But this church conceals another, well camouflaged in his heart. It's a really strange thing, it encompasses a Romanesque church party that it extends to part. You will notice from the inside: Central, Romanesque, spans are vaulted in cradle and the connections between the ancient and modern parties are evident.
The existence of the guard is therefore linked to the route that should be monitored but also a neighbourhood of Castellane whose powerful barons were able to establish a network of defensive positions around their famous stronghold. They cared about elsewhere many life of these sites, sees not, in 1341, seek permission to open new fairs in town but also an (annual) to guard?


•    The Pidanoux bar
•    Cremon Summit
The Pidanoux bar is a very nice hike. After a relatively flat path (available to families) follows a small mounted (some steep passes), before winning the ridge and offer a commanding view of the Castillon Lake and the village of Saint-Julien-du-Verdon.
Early in the morning and in clear weather, you can see from the top of Cremon (1,760 m) Corsica, the gap of the gorges of the Verdon to the Southwest, mount Chiran (1,905 m) with the Observatory of Haute Provence climax to the North-North-West, Cheval Blanc (2,323 m).

The Pidanoux bar

•    From the village, win the big turn of the road to St-André-les-Alpes, 500 m, just before the memorial of the Resistance.
•    Leave the N202 and follow the small road to the right. Lined with stone walls, it leads to 700 m, after the last House, a path in the land. Continue on the flat road for about 800 m.
•    At the end of the path (reversal range), the route continues via a small path which rises under Oaks and pines (some steep passages) then.
•    At the end of the climb, he won the crest of the Pidanoux bar.
•    Continue on the trail in crete for 1 km, many points of view on the village, the Castillon Lake, Cremon Summit (in front), and the Summit of Chamatte (to the East).
•    The route passes the highlight (1 23 7 m) and then continues for even 500 m. the journey ends when the trail drops abruptly to Vergons Valley and the national road which can be seen below.
•    Return by the same route to the village.
Between 3:30 and 4 h 30, 9km walk, 325 m in altitude, yellow. Hike of medium difficulty, focus on the spring and autumn.

The transhumance

Transhumance is more little walk, today, the law allowing more the movement of the herds on the roads except in trucks. But it is irreducible farmers who continue this practice and some exceptions are thus assigned to them, which offer to the inhabitants of the places crossed as to motorists unparalleled pleasure to cross a herd or watch it pass at home. "Old as the world, transhumance still moves in us I don't know what instinct or what memories nostalgic and abolished our race", wrote very precisely Marie Mauron.
The originating in herds of the Var crossed, yet there is not so long-time, the terroir of Saint-Julien-du-Verdon to surrender, via Saint-André-les-Alpes, in the pastures of Thorame. They did stop in a pre - a "relarguier" as we say in provencal - rented for the occasion. The beasts are rested in the heat of the day, they ate also.
The "carraires", these devolved broad gauge to the transhumant, are more sometimes and force is often pass on the asphalt. Thousands of sheep heads are then dripping on the road, accompanied by trekking mules, dogs happy from mountain, shepherds proud of their work and their animals. But transhumance, we are often more than the mountain pasture, aware that where one "amount" in June for "demontagner" in October-November. It is the summer transhumance, that where we rented a mountain for the herds of basse Provence. Warning, a "mountain" in regional french, has nothing to do with a relief: it is a pastoral mountain, an alpe told also. Where the very large number of toponyms of the Aup, the Aupet, the mountain and the Montagnette type, etc.
It seems yet proven that transhumance of winter existed first: Pliny already tells how sheep "by the thousands converge from distant regions to [...] Browse [...] the stone Plains", i.e. the Crau, in lower Provence.
In the middle ages, this winter is important, we know it by the accounts of Jean of Apulia, receiver and collector of human pasquerium (depaissance) of the County of Provence in 1300-1301, in the jurisdiction of Brignoles and Saint-Maximin (Var). The wintering herds (more than 20 000 sheep came from the Ubaye, ASSE, of the Var Bléone and Verdon (3,960 beasts only in this Valley).
Between the 15th and the 16th century, the herds of the high valleys of the Verdon, the Vaire and the Var winter, from late November to May 1st, in the region of Barjols (Var). The lease of the land is priced by trentenier (unit of account of the herds corresponding to 30 heads) and often for several years.

The Pistoles and prunes

"Ah this is than the plums peeler / peeler of plums / must be at work, all the time / ' vail all the time / Ah, as it's fun!

Here is the chorus of the song which says how you made these plums peeled, pitted, dried and flattened between the fingers that it has manufactured in the valleys of the Asses, but also in the haut Var, means Verdon and the Hautes Alpes. It called the "pistoles" because they evoked, once primed, these coins from the 17th century.
Plums from the "pardigone" variety (Provencal pardigon, Partridge, because their color reminiscent of the gorge of the Red-legged Partridge) are scalded and peeled ("plucked" and said the song): "to every plum that is pen / an all black juice dirty fingers / and all red out the foam / it fits you and pitch."
The drying is done in two times, for a few days each time as an indirect sunshine. Is it on racks or on the slender twigs gathered in Bush where plums are skewered. The fruits are pitted between these two periods of drying. Large dryers open to all winds which the pillars supporting the roof are hardly found, their owners have generally resumed their homes and this architectural specificity has virtually disappeared. The prunes were plums dried but not "plucked", easier to prepare but lower market value. Prunes and pistoles were packed in boxes braided willow or poplar wood. Missed pistoles wore the names of "snuggle" or "missed" and "pistoles of the poor". They were rarely marketed, it retained them for family consumption. It was also called "Brignoles" "pistoles". Saint-Julien-du-Verdon has possessed of many plum trees of this variety and marketed their fruit. These pistoles were among the 13 Christmas desserts, it served them during the festive meal (wedding, family meals, etc.).

The top of the Cremon

•    Follow the trail amount above the road towards the Summit of once. This route allows also to reach the villages of Vergons and Demandolx. At the outlet on a track, follow it to the rise in describing a yaw to the right. One hundred meters after, take the trail on the left.
•    It stands under the pine trees and again won the track (the cross). Then the climb is less steep. The route travels under the larch and joined a large flat area on the boundary between the slopes adret and ubac (source below, behind the slope of the runway).
•    Follow the trail right on 50 m, then take the trail amount left upstream from that. Well marked, he joined the col de Demandolx 1.5 km.
•    Pass (1336 m), follow the trail to the left towards Vergons and Cremon Summit.
•    After 1 km, the trail takes a path starting on the right. He joined the Cremon mountain ridge line.
•    Leave the trail starting on the ubac slope towards the village of Vergons and turn right on the route to the Summit.
•    The last 400 meters in altitude occurs first in undergrowth, then in the pastures.
•    Return via the same route.
4 h 30, 14km walk, 860 m altitude, yellow, hiking difficult.

The candied nuts of the Verdon

The walnut is a deep, well-drained soils and the area around Saint-andre-les-alpes pleases many, the lands of Saint-Julien-du-Verdon also. Walnut trees were once much more numerous than today ' hui. Walnut oil production prevailed, of course, in places where the olive tree did not push. Just on the other hand, regardless of the village, wander its oldest streets to notice the presence of doors more or less ornate, carried out in the same wood. Candied nuts were also popular. They are made from the green fruits with their nuts, in June. Nuts, very young, are not yet hard and well trained, it readily crosses the whole with a knitting needle.
Own fruit bitterness must be hunted: we scalded it nine days to do this. Then on the confit in as many days in sugar or honey, or both. Walnut trees have largely disappeared: Frost occurred in the first decades of the 20th century, but especially fashion, in the same period, this wood for making furniture and his prices are the cause.

The Roman road

The contemporary village of Saint-Julien is located nine kilometres from the capital of the Suetrii called Ducelia and then Salinae, the ancient town of Castellane established on the plain not far from the banks of the Verdon. An ancient and pre-Roman route from Cimiez to Riez via Annot and Entrevaux tra - paid the lower area of the municipality, now submerged under the waters of the Lake. The stretch connecting Vergons (capital of the Vergunii) to Castellane crossed the Verdon, between St. Julien and Castillon, by a bridge oddly named the pont Julien. The link should not, indeed, be done between this name and the name of the village.
The tradition would be it a Roman bridge, but it was perhaps only medieval. More no verification is now possible: the bridge is sleeping at the bottom of the Lake and we only know that it was restored in the 17th century.

White coal of Castillon

Dam projects to establish on the rivers of Haute Provence are emerging at the beginning of the 20th century, it comes to develop electricity generation in an area where coal is totally. The enthusiasm of the early developers of the territory is intense, they will however have to wait until the end of the first world war to see realize most of the projects and the electrification of campaigns, tributary of the hydroelectric equipment of low-Alpine rivers, soon a few decades ago. The Castillon dam and his restraint were built from 1924, but their realization lasted more than twenty years, this project has indeed been a long break of six years. A German company realized the first works to the compensation of damage (d) of the first world war. Work ceased in 1932, during the seizure of power by Hitler in Germany. Then they resumed in 1938 for ten years, very many people will work there: 3000 will be involved in this construction.
Impoundment was in 1949 on 500 hectares, it drowned much of the commune of Castillon which was attached, that year, to that of Castellane. Only Blaron Hamlet and its lands are now, emerging on the right bank of the Lake. Demandolx, neighbouring, left as a few hectares.
Julien lowlands were also drowned, orchards, meadows and mill plaster, disappeared under the waters that come almost, today, lick the feet of the village.
This work of art, in addition to the creation of the particularly spectacular landscape to which it contributes, produces electrical energy; It regulates also the flow of the Verdon, supports its low water level, promotes region irrigation networks and prevents flooding of the River, once deemed to be terrible.


•    The burnt farm
•    Saint-Barnabé-Vauplane burned farm
Discover the village of Demandolx for a hike of the colourful landscapes of the Southern Alps. On the scorched farm loop, you will pass near ruin and join a nice point of view on the Lakes of Castillon and Chaudane as well as the surrounding mountains (the point of view is "equipped" table picnic and a turntable of landscape). For a more difficult route, you will prolong the ride by a round trip through the chapel Saint-Barnabé by joining the stadium of snow Vauplane and its wetland (very nice in the spring because of troll and orchids).

The burnt farm

Departure: Upon entering Demandolx, pass in front of the country Bistro (freedom square). Get off on the first tarmacked right in (the Thuveras road). Park your car on the parking lot of the sports fields.
•    Back on the way to the Thuveras, lower right, along two villas. Continue straight on farm road (sign the farm burned to GR4 loop).
•    The path follows ancient cultures in terraces (allow the access to the meadows), then plunges towards the ravine of Saint Barnabas. Observe the stone walls dry, what job to retain a bit of Earth! At the bottom of the ravine, cross the wooden bridge. The path rises on the face side. Climb to win an intersection.
•    1 turn left towards the GR4 and Saint-Barnabé. The trail meanders and joined an esplanade, under a line high voltage. Follow the trail (marked red and white, GR4) to the right, in the direction of the burnt farm.
•    From the esplanade, walk around, 700 m until the trail splits in two. Leave the GR4, to get off on the right track. At the foot of the ruin farm, back right on the trail over the two terraces. Ride through the boxwood, until the "Cognas", a table and a guidance panel are installed on a beautiful point of view. You can see inter alia, artificial deductions Castillon and Chaudanne, Demandolx village... The path passes below the table and joined point 1 of the hike. Down to the left and return to the village by the route taken to go.
Between 2 and 3 h, 6.5 km walk, 300 m of altitude, markup yellow and white, red. Fix RANDO average to do in all seasons. Leave early to avoid the heat.

Saint-Barnabé-Vauplane burned farm

Departure: Identical to point 2 of the scorched farm loop.
•    2. on the esplanade, turn left, direction Soleilhas (marked red and white, GR4), taking 3 km, up to the runway.
•    3. after going before the cross of the Agnun Clos, cross the road and spinning everything right along the power line. Further up, the path crosses a track.
•    Turn left to reach the chapel Saint-Barnabé. Pass over the Chapel, cross meadows (caution to not get wet feet, the area is wet).
•    The trail rises under the pine trees, meanders, then wins a deforested area. Leave two trails starting right at the level of two pins (nice view on the mountains of the Tang behind you). Above the GR4 leads on the snow of Vauplane Stadium (keep dogs on leash, presence of herds).
•    Make a u-turn and go back to point 2 of the family farm burned loop circuit.
•    Follow the description of this route to reach the village.
Between 5 and 6 hours, 18km from market, 550 m altitude, markup yellow and white, red. Hard to do in all seasons RANDO avoiding however periods of extreme heat.

The chapel Saint-Barnabé

This Chapel is Romanesque, its apse apse, the device of a portion of the side walls of the nave indicate that it was probably built in the 13th century. Its altar stone, consisting of a Gallo-Roman funerary inscription used in re-employment, was once coated. Stripping work have enabled the discovery of this epigraphy.The original function of this Chapel is still poorly known, probably should we see the possible existence of a village or a monastery in the middle ages that remains is to define: we know indeed that chapels subject fiestas and important pilgrimages are generally ultimate trademarks of the existence of these medieval cities missing. And that of Saint-Barnabé has given rise to important events.

The village of Demandolx

Today located on the western slopes of the vast relief of Cremon, village has long occupied a scarp located further to the North. Its ruins are called city. In 1315, this desert village had 38 households paying I tax, which corresponds to a population of a little over 200 inhabitants. It was then Mandols, it comes to the castrum of Mandolis found in the charters of this period, the preposition "de" is gradually agglutinated to the toponym. The Provençal subsequently preserved this way to appoint. Then this name followed its population as it is moving towards more accessible and comfortable areas where it stands today.
Demandolx, following the D102 in the direction of the dam of Castillon-Demandolx, is reached from in 30 minutes this impressive medieval site, by a path which leads to the few remaining ruins (be careful and you not approach) filed at the foot of the rocks, at 1175 meters altitude. The restraint of the Castillon dam Shimmers below.

The wetland of Vauplane

Shortly before arriving at the building of the ski resort, the trail, next to a grassy slope, along a small wetland that is nestled in the hollow of the Vauplane circus.What is a wetland? A medium can be characterized as wetland, must at least one of the 3 following criteria be met:
•    the presence of water at least part of the year,
•    the presence of so-called ' hydromorphic soils ', i.e. that show signs of saturation in water (soils engorged even temporarily),
•    the presence of vegetation known as 'filters', i.e. made up of species adapted to flooding or soils periodically saturated in water.
In the spring, it is thus possible to see many typical plants of these small altitude wet depressions that may be encountered in the Verdon. Between June and July, you can discover the flowering of the troll in Europe, large Buttercup yellow flowers and the Majalis Broadleaf, beautiful orchid purpurins flowers and purple stained sheets sometimes. It would be a shame to pick them because they fade very quickly and do not hold vase. In addition, the wetlands being less numerous in France and threatened (drainage, urbanization...), species that they host are also becoming increasingly rare.

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