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From Puget-Théniers to Sainte-Victoire Mountain

Hike 24: Above Puget-Théniers

Distance: 4.5km/2.8mi; 2 h
LEVEL: ascent/descent moderate 330 m / 1100 ft. Avoid walking in fog, strong winds and rainy weather. Yellow PR. IGN markup map 3641 OT.
This walk is a good introduction to the Haute-Provence robines. It must be shaped to achieve but it is spectacular! At the Summit, a grassy path takes you through Green Oaks to Crete from of Aurafort.
•    Starting at the station of Puget-Théniers. Walk in the centre of the village, then take right up the street from the cooperation and follow it to the cemetery (15 min). Since the Panel follow a path uphill, cross the road from the cemetery and continue on the left of the telephone (with the word judo on the wall). At the first junction continue straight. At the second, start on the left. You join a road of the firefighting, which quickly becomes a track. Turn left before the bend of the track. To reach crete, (carefully) along the top of the robines which overlooks the ravine of Planet on your right. Shortly after, the path away from the edge and West, leaving a ruined right House.
•    From a pass (1 h) observe the Roudoule Valley. When continuous operation in tight zigzags uphill, be sure to locate your markup. The Roccia of Abeilla (1h15min) marks the beginning of the climb: from here there is a magnificent view of the Var. The 'Rock of the bee' is a natural fortress, where the robines fall into the ravine of the Planet.
•    At the intersection, continue straight to up to the ruin of the Sheepfold of Lava (1h20min). Starting from the back of the fold and down to the Roudoule Valley with views of the ridge of Aurafort, the Carroll Cliffs and rooftops of Puget-théniers. This narrow road is especially beautiful in autumn. Here again, the caution is needed on the robines. Finally, the trail crosses a narrow ridge between two robines - on only 12 m/yds, but that is potentially dangerous for a windy day. Turn left onto the path in the land. Return to the street of the Roudoule (1h50min).

Hike 25: The Grès d’Annot

Distance: 5km / 3 mi.
LEVEL: ascent/descent moderate 330 m / 1100 ft. Avoid walking in the fog or rainy weather. Yellow PR. IGN markup map 3541 OT.
This delightful Hike, shaded by Oaks and chestnut trees, takes us through a chaos of towering sandstone rocks, eroded: the Annot sandstone. In the middle of the hike, we skirt below massive rock cliff overlooking the confluence of the Vairy and the Coulomp to the Scaffarels.
•    Initially the Annot train station: down to the village, then turn right and walk through a tunnel under the railway (the Annot sandstone Circuit, the King's Chamber). Exit the tunnel, turn right on a stony track, passing the octagonal tower of water for the old trains steam.
•    Keep along for the last building of railway (noticing the House up to the left, built in the first of the sandstone along the way), where the footsteps disappear in a hangar (Annot: climbing on the sandstone). Just after the sign, meet a fork and go left, a little climbing.
•    When you are directly above the hub for old steam locomotives, do not forget to turn left into the first zigzag of this stone trail (10 min). Mount in the chaos of the rock, where climbers have inscribed mythological names on the rocks of sandstone. Carefully monitor the yellow markup. If in doubt, whenever chaque fois que possible possible follow parallel paths with the Valley of the Vairy, on the right (climbing to the Southeast). Beyond chaos, that you should find yourself a new trail (30 min). Cross slopes of clay.
At a crossroads (50 min), go up to the right (the King's Chamber). Continue through the imposing and shady parade. The trail continues to the edge of the cliff above the confluence. A fabulous 'balcony' path (amply wide, but look at your foot and made attention on windy days) takes you, with a magnificent view of the countless cliffs and gorges of Galange.
•    The main trail climbs gently above the bedrock. Skips right a ruin built under a rock, with a forest of chestnut trees in front. Now, the trail climbs rapidly toward the steps of Portettes, the highest point of the hike. Turn left downhill here, passing under an arch of high rock. (After passing through it, turn round, because it was even more impressive on the other side.)
•    Follow the path around a curve to the right. From time to time, the path goes very slightly before down, pay attention to do not too far right mount. A few minutes after, turn left downhill.
•    Several sources Gush about the path, which may be very wet at times, but it is pleasant to walk accompanied by the sound of running water. You go from a building on the dated 1672 left and two minutes later come to the chapel of the 12th century of Notre-Dame-de-Vers-la-Ville on the left (1h55min). Go through the stations of the cross, cross the tracks and follow a path between the fields and colourful gardens. Return to the train station.

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Hike 26: Aiglun and the Estéron River

Distance: 7.5km/4.7mi; 2h50min
LEVEL: descent/ascent moderate 170 m/560 ft, but you must be sure-footed and agile for the initial descent. PR yellow, red and white GR markup. IGN map 3542 and.
This tour through the woods of Oaks in the Valley of the Estéron offers some beautiful views towards the villages perched Aiglun and Sigale. But the Estéron will, no doubt, in the center of your attention.
•    Departure to the Town Hall of Aiglun, take the path marked with yellow. Cross an old track, then a track. To the stone bridge (25 min), cross it and turn left onto a track. Now, return to Aiglun.
•    Continue to Vegay bridge. About eight minutes later, it is a view of the Cascade of Vegay. Continue straight ahead a beautiful basin. Here the diagonal strata in the orange cliffs attract your attention. On the Vegay bridge (1h05min) turn left and cross the bridge.
•    Turn right into the small alley up to Vascognes (1h25min). Continue on the path of the D10 (1h40min) and turn left. Pass a sanctuary and just behind, turn right.
•    At the fork: turn left just before the gates, following a trail. A branch line almost immediately, go right on a grassy path. This road is narrow but very well signposted; follow the markup with care, to never miss any u-turn. The rise mellows. D10 (2h35min) again. Turn right and follow the road for 1 km, to return to Aiglun (2h50min).

Hike 27: Ville

Distance: 2.5km/1.5mi; 1 h
Level: easy (rise: 60 m / 165 ft). No markup. IGN map 3542 OT.
This trip to the hamlet in ruins of city and the short hike up to the chapel offer a stunningly beautiful view on the Lac de Castillon.
•    Start on the C2: follow the track, below the cliffs towards the ruins of Ville (15 min). Just after the end of the track before the first House in the hamlet, the path on the right will be your route. After exploring the ruins, walk to the grassy promontory to have stunning views of the Lake and the dam. Then go back and turn left uphill. Beyond a large cairn, turn left and walk to the Chapel (40 min). From here, retrace your steps for the C2 (1 h).

Hike 28: Circuit around Comps-sur-Artuby

Distance: 3km / 2mi; 1h10min
Difficulty: easy ascent/descent of approximately 100 m/330 ft green and white, some blue and yellow PR. IGN markup map 3543 OT.
Visits a charming Chapel and a Gothic church from the 13th century, where you will see the beautiful green valley that surrounds the village of Comps-sur-Artuby.
•    At the start in the picnic area: walk south along the track, with the right plant and a natural basin on the left. Just 1 m/yd before two pillars on the track, climb the path marked green/white on the right. This grassy path, sometimes shaded by pines, stands between the cliffs, above the Artuby River. Some 400 m/yds uphill, just after a white marking 'change direction', remember to turn right uphill at a huge cairn (where a different access path runs straight). Soon the trail flattens and Comps is visible. On the left, on the face hidden the Artuby Gorge, there are the small chapel of Notre-Dame.
•    When a cart path on the left behind you, take it and continue. Until the trail becomes paved, turn right up at the Chapelle Saint-Jean (25 min). Now follow the Ridge behind the Chapel, enjoy the view (including Robion Northern and Bargème in the northeast), before walking to the Gothic church of Saint-André (13th century). From there take the bridge down through Comps, to the D955. Then turn right on the track adjacent to the Town Hall/position (the bakery will be on your left). Ignore a wide track to the left 100 m/yds along. 60 m/yds further on, turn right downhill (yellow/blue markup on a pylon), another mini-gorge. The path becomes a footpath and emerges in a grassy area to the left edge of conifer. Path to the left, just left of the gate of the plant (which becomes quickly visible). Once you pass the barn, the trail descends and crosses a ditch. Turn right onto a trail across the gap, back to the picnic area (1h10min).

Hike 29: Above Tourtour

Distance: 7.5km/4.7mi; 1h55min
Difficulty: easy, with ascents/descents of 120 m / 400 ft overall; little shadow. No markup conformity, but easily followed. IGN map 3443 OT.
The hamlets of Mussel (old and new) are the benchmarks of this walk, but you can also enjoy beautiful views of Tourtour. The market is best in the spring, when vegetation is in full bloom.
•    At the start in the fountain on the main square in Tourtour
Follow Rue du Lavoir (a small sign indicates "Grimaldi Tour"). Mount wash right after a fort on the left and the old (but still used). At the fork take left before a big iron cross and a small chapel (6 min). Six minutes later, at the crossroads, go straight to the houses. Ignore the left lane towards the Tower Grimaldi (17 min).
•    Crossing a watercourse (25 min) in the hamlet of Mussel. Pass the fire K45 Terminal to the right. Almost immediately, right in front of an electricity pylon, you arrive at a crossroads threeway (30 min): bear right onto the main road, pass near a House, and a few steps further on, turn right at the K66 Terminal. Ignore a track wide right. Now stand above the Valley on a stony track.
•    At the intersection continue straight. AUPs is visible off now to the right of a career. When the track that passed East of Redon, arrives by behind and to the right, continue left downhill under the shade of the pines.
•    At the fork, turn right onto runway K45 (right continuous K66), and at the next junction, turn right again. Cross the stream of acute white bed (55 min) and at the crossroads, turn right. Skip the next two tracks left. At the third junction, take the steep descent to the left. After the cave, new fork: take left towards the ruins of the ancient Hamlet and the mill of Mussel (1h15min).
•    Then return the same way, but keep left at the first fork, follow the trail K45 to Mussel (1h20min). Then turn left and retrace your steps in Tourtour (1h55min).

Hike 30: Belvédère de Rancoumas

Distance: 8km / MI; 3h30min
Difficulty: fairly difficult climbs/descents of 600 m / 2000 ft overall. Good shaded paths. Red and white GR, sparse yellow markup of PR. IGN map 3442 OT.
Two beautiful Gorges du Verdon, although places a little too much frequented: the old Roman bridge under the Sublime Point and the Eagle's nest on the cliff of l ' Escalès, with a bird's eye view in the throat.
•    Departing from the Inn from Sublime Point
Walk down Carejuan. After 100 m, right in front of a panel of the Martel Trail information, turn right down a trail, following the markup red and white of the GR4 and GR49. A branch line a few minutes later, go left with the GR49 (the GR4 goes straight to the Samson corridor). At a crossroads almost immediately go right downhill. Cross the road access to the Samson corridor and follow the stony trail (trail of Encastel). At the crossroads, ignore the path to the right (marked with an 'X' red and white).
•    Turn left onto a narrow path through the mixed oak dotted with conifers (GR49). Soon, you will hear the sound of water. Ignore a path to the left (also marked by an 'X'). After a descent of 200 m / 650 ft, you are on the 2000 years of the Tusset Bridge (25 min), crossing the turquoise River. You pass a source on your left (50 min). Later, when you're at the level from the point of view from Sublime Point, there are beautiful views of the village of Rougon.
•    At a junction where the GR49 curls to the left (1h20min our way back); continue straight on a good path but somewhat narrow. Cross a stream, then turn left uphill to a branch line. The path soon levels out, and you're on a high plateau (1 h 30 min). Continue in the same direction, with the walls of the canyon on your right. Belvédère de Rancoumas (1h40min).
•    From the point of view head eastwards along the crossed way earlier. Come on a small rise to observe the old hamlet of Encastel, surrounded by green pastures. Jump down and go to the right of the House which is intact and left the ruins, on a grassy path.
•    Now be careful, because there's no markup. When the trail is reduced to a barely noticeable way (and that you have lost sight of the ruins because of foliage), keep more or less depending on the contour level, moving slightly to the left (do not mount to the right or down to the left).
•    Pass a trough, enter in a wood and meet a broad road of passage (2 h). Follow this forest trail (GR49) until the junction first encountered walking 1h20min developed. Go right here, in the hairpin and tracing your outbound route. Take water at source; It is quite tiring to go back to the Point Sublime (3h30min).

Hike 31: Chartreuse de la Verne

Distance: 5km / 3 mi. 1h35min
Difficulty: easy ascent/descent of about 130 m/425 ft overall. Little shadow. Blue, yellow and then markup PR. IGN map 3545 OT.
Early October is a good time to visit the Chartreuse, do that to appreciate local chestnuts pickers jokes. This walk gives especially a nice variety of views, sea and the Gulf of St-Tropez.
•    Start the Chartreuse de la Verne. Go past the south facade. At the junction immediately following, take the road to the right, passing through a beautiful chestnut wood.
Pass a source on the right (7 min). Continue on the left (pale blue markup on the rocks). Chestnuts have given way to Oak green and garrigues. After passing a second stream, you can see the white rocks on the highest peak of the Moors (the white rocks), with the mountains of Haute-Provence, behind them and the Esterel mountains. At the crossroads of fire tracks (35 min), you leave the road on the left near the top of l ' Argentière. Ignore the runway's 'Walnut' to the left; take the direction of the Sivadieres, passing the Refuge des Sivadieres on the right, in a beautiful grove of Oaks. At the junction, turn right. The relay of Notre-Dame-des-Anges is seen at left, with the Sainte-Victoire mountain, behind it.
•    At the next junction there is a tank left; front panel 'access forbidden' with a yellow Flash and take the path behind her. This leads through chestnut woods, back to the Chartreuse de la Verne (1h35min).

Hike 32: Cape Lardier

Distance: 8km / MI; 3 h
Difficulty: easy enough moderate, with ascents/descents of 250 m / 820 ft overall. The market is very vulnerable to the Sun and the wind. Yellow PR. IGN markup map 3545 OT.
This coastal walk is really amazing. If you wish, and you can arrange the transport, you can follow the shore with very few interruptions all the way to the centre of St-Tropez. It is almost too good to be true that some 30 kilometres of pristine coastline was saved from development.
•    Start Gigaro, just where the road runs along the esplanade. Here you take the coastal path (trail Littoral). The route is marked in yellow. Follow the path of sand in the shade of the acacias. After crossing a stream, you arrive at Pins Parasols (15 min).
•    Beyond the Jovat range (25 min), the path divides and a footpath signposted in green, the trail Brouis, climbs into the land. Keep right, along the beach. Five minutes later, pass the fisherman's shed. Shortly afterwards you reach the tip of the Brouis. Passing behind the beach of the Brouis (45 min), continue to the right. This takes you to a major, marked, crossroads where Gigaro is to the left.
•    Go straight on (Cap Lardier) and then quickly find the path in the land. Now, a steep climb takes you to a pass where there is a track and a few tall pines (the pine white; 55 min). Turn through a sea of thistles. Immediately turn left onto a path marked green. Our itinerary is right (Cap Lardier, Cap Taillat). The road descends gently, join a track coming from the left.
The path goes eastward to Cape Taillat and St-Tropez. Just after the Panel to Cap Lardier (Les Pins white; 2h05min), fork right (Gigaro inland). Almost immediately, right again (track forest main). Twenty minutes along the trail, you might direct you to the sea to swim, when you pass a turn left down to the beach of Brouis. Beyond the information panels, return your car to Gigaro (3 h).

Hike 33: Sainte-Victoire Mountain

Distance: 11km / 6.8 mi. 4 h
Difficulty: hard-working, with a climb/descent of 600 m / 600 metres. Trails and paths are extremely Rocky. Allow sufficient time (at least 6 hours) for this walk, especially in hot weather. The descent on loose stones takes almost as much time as the ascent. Markup red and white GR. IGN map 3244 and.
One of the most famous walks in the South of France, the ascension of Ste-Victoire is a "must-see". We took the classic route, which follows the GR9 on the north side of the mountain. Technically, the market is easy. Choose your day carefully! Ideally, from October to early May.
•    Start at the bus shelter at the Cabassols. Follow a path on the left (East) out of the parking area (Priory of Ste-Victoire). The path with the red and white GR signs takes you downhill. A fork, turn right. At the next fork, go once again to the right, on a stony path. Cross a Creek (5 min). Just behind, at another crossing, go back to right downhill. Then to the right for the fourth time. Leave the hamlet of Les Cabassols and start the ascent (10 min). At all the junctions with GR markup remain on the right. The first monument on this tedious chore uphill appears when the fork of the path around part and other pines twice on (55 min).
The peak of flies, the highest peak on Ste-Victoire (1011 m / 3316 ft) is in sight on the rise on the far left. The Rocky trail ends at spot height 722 m, where there is a seat metal (1h25min). Continue straight on uphill on a narrow path. At the time wherever the path starts to climb in zigzag, you will be above the tree line, through the garrigue.
•    There are many shortcuts out of these bends; Please do not use: they cost too much energy and they erode the main road.
•    When you approach the Summit, note that the Mule of limestone is brought to a burst of white marble by centuries of pas. Just behind another panel metal surrounded by iris and daisies, you reach the chapel of the 17th century: the Prieuré Notre-Dame (2h10min). It is located in a cradle of limestone, a cross that rises on a rocky isthmus 60 m/200 ft above him.
•    Nearby is a simple, completely naked refuge. There is also a well here, but this isn't always in operating condition. Reach the colossal breach of the monks.
•    Therefore pay attention to the path that you take up the cross. Climb up to the Croix de Provence (2h20min). Here, Sainte-Baume massif rises beyond the Valley of the Arc to the Southeast. The Bimont dam in the Northwest, where the Luberon descends to the Durance.
•    To the East, beyond the Pic des Mouches, the Provencal Alpes seem a hazy mirage. Return to the Chapel (sometimes on all fours), descend on the reservoir of Bimont and the Valley of the Cause. Unfortunately, this descent is still more tiring than the rise. Back to headquarters at the height of 722 m (3 h), the path becomes a path. At the junction by the oak kermes (first past 15 minutes uphill) don't forget to go to the left. After crossing the Creek, you ascend to the Cabassols (4 h).

Hike 34: Lake Zola

Distance: 6.5 km/4 mi. 2h10min
Difficulty: easy enough, with ascents / descents of 250 m / 820 ft overall. Colors varied markup. IGN map 3244 and. Note: Prone to forest fires, the Ste-Victoire massif can be closed to walkers from July to September. Ask in advance at a nearby town hall.
This pleasant hike takes you to a beautiful small lake, with a nice view on the cross at the top of the Ste-Victoire. On the way, make us a detour in a shady cave and then pass the remains of a Roman aqueduct.
•    At the start of the castle of le Tholonet. Walk along the D17 to 250 m/yds, then turn right on the way to the parish. Ignore the paths near houses, but, when you arrive at a mound on the right, you will notice that it is riddled with paths. Take the wide path far to the left (unmarked), rising in parallel with the road. The path widens, and you are at the base of a rocky outcrop, through the pines and Oaks. After the passage above the back of the Castle (15 min), the path starts to the left and falls. After a short steep descent, turn left onto the road.
•    Since the return from the way you came, cross the Creek at Ford. On your right now the meagre remains of a Roman aqueduct are visible as well as a waterfall forming a beautiful basin.
•    Follow the trail (red markup) uphill through the pines and Oaks, with white cliffs all around you. You come to the two poles metal (1 h), where a road goes left to a rock wall. Ignore it, but just behind it, turn left onto a good path (green markup). Stay on the main road that winds through the limestone rocks. After 10 minutes, you join the main track at the dam: turn left downhill. After a few minutes there is a beautiful view over the Lake. The Croix de Provence stands on the right. When you reach the Lake Zola (1h25min), cross the dam. It was built in the mid 19th century by the father of Emile Zola and was one of the first dams with arch in the world. Take the paved road leading upstream of the dam, passing the old keeper's House on the right (now managed by the National Forestry Office). Continue to move the mound of the beginning of a journey to the Château Le Tholonet (2h10min).

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