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From Castillon to Sainte-Croix

Walks and hikes are not lacking in the Gorges du Verdon. There are for all tastes and all ages. Today, make a detour to fairly easy, most often as feasible rides family and in half a day (do not hesitate to extend for a picnic, some deserve to spend some time). Go therefore to the discovery of the high Verdon, Castellane to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.
1.    The Pidanoux Rock
2.    The sirens of Tabori
3.    The Saint-Martin rock
4.    The remains of Petra Castellana
5.    From Trigance to Carajuan
6.    The Chapel Saint-Jean
7.    The chapel Saint-Trophime
8.    The Trescaïres
9.    The balcony of the Verdon
10.    The Estellie gateway
11.    The ruins of Châteauneuf-les-Moustiers
12.    The Col de l’Âne
13.    Gorge of Rue de l’Eau
14.    The caves of Saint-Maurin
15.    The belvedere of Angouire
16.    The star of Moustiers
17.    The circuit of Muletiers

And runs a river

The territory of the regional natural park of Verdon revolves around a river that leaves no one indifferent. Natural border between Provence and the Var, the Verdon unites however more than it divides.Connecting landscapes and men, 'Lord Verdon' crosses his country and the brand of its seal. From this strong identity is born the desire to create a common territory and engage reflection in order to protect it and enhance it. Most proposed routes are therefore naturally grouped closer to stream water from upstream to downstream. The departure of Castellane, La Palud-sur-Verdon, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Gréoux-les-Bains, shifts do not exceed one hour. Most of the time, the contract does not exceed three hours and the vertical drop is less than 300 metres. The time is half a day with the possibility of picnic. The proximity of certain rides allows enchainer easily two outputs in a day. It remains to the small crapahuteurs slip shoes, put the bag on the shoulder and to explore the country of the Verdon, all senses in waking.

A country to discover


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The regional natural park of Verdon

Mountains and valleys, gorges and cliffs incised, wooded hills and barren scrubland, Highlands... The territory of the Verdon is composed of a mosaic of landscapes appreciated by a growing number of people seeking wilderness.
The impoundment of several lakes and economic changes induced by the arrival of mass tourism have imposed a reflection on the future of this valuable natural and cultural heritage. It is in this context of strong tourist pressure that the regional natural park of Verdon was born on March 3, 1997.
It spans two departments, Provence and the Var, and 46 communes have joined with the new Charter in 2008. Either a population of 25000 inhabitants and an area of 180000 hectares. After the recent renewal of the "Parc naturel régional" label until 2020, the right balance between economic activities and preservation of heritage remains a major concern. The reader who will traverse these large tracts will have in mind that the preservation of wilderness and biological diversity is not only a concern local but of our responsibility at all.

Haute-Provence geological reserve

Created in 1984, Haute-Provence geological Reserve, the largest in Europe, stretches of Provence to the Var. With an area of 2300 km2, it covers largely the territory of the regional park of the Verdon.Paradise of geologists since the 18th century, this open-air museum tells the story of our land on about 300 million years. Many exceptional sites have been built to allow the public to discover the testimonies of a distant past. In te Verdon, fossil sirens Valley, near Castellane, houses bones of Sirenia dating back 40 million years ago. At that time, the sea covered the region and peaceful mammals, current ancestors of manatees and dugong, evolved in calm, shallow waters. In this old Cove exposed to storms,
Many bones have been updated including seven complete skulls. Of the Valensole plateau in the heart of the grand canyon, the Verdon territory holds many other geological treasures that curious nature Walker, will have any leisure to discover.

Geography

It is in the massif of the Trois-Évêchés near Altos Verdon takes its sources to 2500 m altitude. In its Alpine field, which is that a beautiful mountain stream, will gradually become a mythical River. Verdon will traverse multiple landscapes which he is partly the craftsman. Saint-André-les-Alpes, first deduction forms the Castillon Lake which flared at the mountains, still spoken of Haut Verdon. From Castellane, one enters into the great Gorge, the River began its demonstration of strength which the Grand Canyon is the apotheosis. The erosive power of the river offers itself to our eyes in a mineral universe sculpted by water. Saint Croix du Verdon resumed his breath and passes, the time of a Lake, emerald green to turquoise blue.
This is the Haute Provence Verdon flowing now, digging other gorges, softer, in the limestone plateaux of Haut Var. Baudinard to Esparron, our "green water God" puts the finishing touches to its territory, the alpine part welcomes atmospheres rather cool and moist, while the South and West, the nearby Mediterranean provides hot and dry summers. It is however on the importance of relief that brings many shades to the general climate. Rainfall is also variable depending on sectors and if the weak precipitation is recorded on Gréoux-les-Bains, it is Saint-André-les-Alpes and Comps that it rains more. If it seems difficult to describe all the local peculiarities, however the hiker must adapt to the climatic conditions of the time. Often severe thunderstorms, and the sudden rise of the waters they generate, are to pay any particular attention.
The Verdon flow ranged from 0.5 m3/s to 15 m3/s and when the flood of November 1994, it was recorded at 1,000 m3/s. Climate and naturalistic point of view, spring and autumn are the best seasons to pleasant outings, winter is not lacking in charm, but the areas of rides are restricted. Small flat for the summer where heat and an important visitor, particularly around the lakes and in the gorges, make this less favourable to the market period.

History

The Verdon, whose course is especially marked by narrow and deep gorges, usually instrumental border rather than channel of communication for centuries, like the Durance which it is a tributary. The major part of the Grand canyon of the Verdon was explored in the 20th century. Even today, the river marks the boundary between the departments of Provence and the Var. As beside many rivers, the man had moved there since prehistoric times if traces of human occupation exist from the Paleolithic down Verdon, this is mainly Neolithic who delivered an important material today partly preserved at the Museum of the prehistory of the Gorges du Verdon has Quinson. The oldest evidence of this occupation, dated from 500 000 years ago, come from the cave of Baume good low Gorge.
During ancient times, many peoples settled along the course of the Verdon: Gallitae or Gallites ('small Gaulish") in Allos are likely the Cisalpine Gauls - of the Umbrian-; the Suetres inhabit the Valley of the Verdon in Provence; ethnicity of the QEII, including Riez its capital takes its name, is the most important North of the lower Verdon. Mainly along the Colostre, tributary of the Verdon, has developed a strong human occupation. At the time Roman and Paleo-Christian, Riez is a town: the ruins of a Roman temple and a Baptistry prove the splendor of this city which is then connected to Aix-en-Provence by via sextiana. Downstream of Riez, Germany-en-Provence expected his name to a Gaulish goddess. Near Saint-Martin-de-Brômes, the oppidum of Buffe-Arnaud, overlooking the confluence of the Colostre and Verdon was excavated during work on the departmental 952 in 1992 and has developed the day a fragment of bracelet habitations (5th century BCE).
After the collapse of the Roman Empire and the fratricidal struggles of the Merovingians, the church expanded its authority on the Provence and many lands in the area of Verdon became the property of the bishopric of Marseille or the Abbey of Saint-Victor.
In the middle ages, the villages of Verdon are shared between your great Provençal families and the Bishops of Riez. The history of the Verdon then relied on that stormy of Provence with the reign disorder your Queen Jeanne of the papacy in Avignon and the 'majors' or 'road', who have besieged many villages of the Verdon.
The gorges du Verdon attract the attention of travellers that late. The first tourist guides are published at the end of the 19th century. The gorges are mapped by the Cassini (1770) and engineers geographers of the King in 1778, but only will be explored as a whole for the first time in 1905 by Édouard Alfred Martel. a speleologist mandated by the Ministry of Agriculture, assisted by Isidore Blanc, teacher of Rougon, and accompanied by peasants from the same village. His team is three days and a half down the river. The expression of "canyon" is also invented by Martel. The Touring Club of France landscape trail of the gorges in 1928 and the Chalet of Maline in 1936. He also inaugurated the Martel Trail, which will be renamed Blanc-Martel Trail in tribute to its "inventors". The Grand Canyon became a protected natural site on May 7, 1990.

Flora

The regional natural park of Verdon also offers an extremely rich but fragile natural heritage. Not even at the level of the flora, the territory of the Park contains not less than one-third of the flora of France! A concentrate of biodiversity in an area of less than 2000 km2! Also, present the long list to the readers of this guide would become tedious. Rather evoke a few species and emblematic backgrounds.
The Grand Canyon of the Verdon is home to many plant species (more than 130 identified Cliff) of which several are protected and rare since they are only in the Verdon or a geographical area restricted to the Southern Alps.
In particular, Spleenwort Verdon (small fern unique in the world, relic of the glaciations, protected at the national level), the Middle moehringie, Villars Rapunzel and fragrant stonecrop are no doubt the floristic 'flagship' of the big gorges du Verdon. Officinale Peony, protected species, blossoms in the spring on the lawns of altitude. Wild tulips and anemones Crocuses of the Alps are also observable on the heights. Under the Scots pine, is housed the Spitzel orchis, beautiful protected orchid.

Wildlife

It is representative of a territory situated between Mediterranean and Alpine massifs. It consists of a multitude of species corresponding to each of these environments: Vulture, bat, chamois, roe deer, Bustard, Bustard, duck and Ring-necked Duck, grebe and catagneux, but also butterflies and insects... There also we shall confine ourselves to a few emblematic species.
The return of the great Griffon Vulture: this grand glider Brown and white 2.5 to 2.8 meters wingspan weighing between 7 and 8 kg is named Gyps fulvus. It is a scavenger, once common in Provence, decimated by fire and poisoning. The "Vultures in Haute Provence" association has reintroduced a dozen individuals on the cliffs of Rougon in 1999, it will please and to reproduced after six other releases, 100 individuals are recorded in the Verdon. His presence allowed the return of other species such as the Egyptian vulture and the monk Vulture reintroduced in 2005.
Now, the bearded vulture is frequently observed.
The Golden Eagle comes, meanwhile, nest in the lower Verdon gorges. On the 33 bat species present in France, 22 can be observed in the Verdon... If all are protected, some are the subject of special attention as the murine Capaccini or the small Horseshoe bat. Bats are often overlooked, yet they are of "creepy-crawlies" very useful for humans: they can consume up to 3000 insect per night! On the mountains of the Verdon, the chamois is not uncommon. Similarly, the Marmot short on the upper lawn. The forests are home to the black grouse, the Hazel Grouse and black Woodpecker.
The waters of the Verdon, beautiful specimens of trout fario are coveted by fishermen. The apron, little fish not found in water of very good qualities, is subject to special supervision as part of a national backup program. The beaver is established between Gréoux-les-Bains and Vinon-sur-Verdon in burrows huts.

Tips before you go

The described routes are easily achievable in family. Most do not exceed 3 hours of effective walking (max 3 h 30), have no particular difficulties other than those of the market on stony trail uphill or downhill.Some routes have a vertical drop of more than 300 m. climb however, we selected, because of their interest, a few routes where the altitude and duration are more important. The timetables are calculated on the basis of approximately 2.5 km/h on level ground and 200 mph of ascent to the rise. They do not take into account breaks and stops 'discoveries '. No route is really dangerous; However, walks in the gorges are more demanding physically because the ground is very rocky. For children age limits are specified when needed.
The first of the departmental caution. The Sun and the wind must be taken into account in the choice of a hike they can ruin your day. By mistral or high heat, the difficulty can be considerably increased. In winter, some routes become dangerous or impassable (Frost, snow...). From September to January, battered and wild boar are organized in forests.
Follow fences (close barriers), orchards, agricultural production and private properties.
If you encounter a herd, bypass it to do not disturb the animals. Do not cut trails, otherwise they are deteriorating. Neglect of these last tips may result in legitimate refusal of leave in the future some paths open to hikers.

On the ground

No need to press the step. The first 20 minutes to get into a rhythm. Make sure that one is on the right track and if we think if being proboscis back on his step to a characteristic point of the narrative. Routes generally follow a markup (sometimes of different colors on the same route) with sometimes sections without. Observe people you, hikers, bikers, riders or hunters smile and courtesy greatly mitigate tensions.To preserve the health of the animals you might encounter in enclosures, don't give them especially nothing to eat. Do not ramble your dog to the approach of other walkers, of dwellings or herds. A pair of binoculars will be sometimes useful to admire the landscape and wildlife.

The Pidanoux Rock

Access: de Castellane (13 km. 20 mn) follow direction Digne and take D 955 until Julien du Verdon, then the N 202. Turn left in the direction of Saint-André-les-Alpes. At the exit of Saint Julien, at the monument to the dead, turn right. Follow the road for about 700 m. To park at the end of this one. 2 h 45, 6.5 km.
Starting at the end of the paved road, 935 Mr. purpose: point of view on the Lake and the village, 1,230 Mr. fix: stony, steep uphill passages. Waymarking: yellow. Season: year-round but avoid the snowy and freezing periods.
•    Follow the track on about 700 m. borrow in the aftermath, to the right, the small path which rises quickly in the bar.
•    After the Rocky part, the trail crosses a pine forest and more 'comfortable '. Released shortly after on the ridge.
•    Turn right on to begin a raidillon, it follows a succession of flats and small climbs.
•    Continue trudging ment on the rock of the Pidanoux up to discover a superb panoramic view of the village of Saint Julien and the Lake of Castillon.
•    The return takes place along the same path.

Work for plums!

Despite a harsh climate, many villages around Castellane, including Julien du Verdon, developed in the 18th century culture provides trees. Apple and pear trees were bound spread, but the most characteristic huiliere production was long one of prunes. small blue plums, of the pardigone variety, were scalded and then arranged on trays in dryers located on the top floor of the houses. They remained there a month and covered by drying with a floury bloom. This lucrative activity allowed the lower Alpine not working... for plums.

The sirens of Tabori

Access: Castellane (8 km, 12 minutes), take the direction of Digne les Bains. Parking at the col de Lèques right. Departure: the neck of the Lèques parking, 1,148 m)
Purpose: fossil site of marine mammals. 1 206 Mr. fix: No. Waymarking: yellow, that of the geological Reserve. Season: all year. 2 h, 4km.
The evocative name of "Valley of the fossil sirens" should not make us forget the importance of this exceptional geological site. Forty million years separate the tropical sea which bathed these places of our existing rugged mountains. A pleasant stroll on paths of time...
•    Parking take the path which runs alongside the Campsite (the Reserve Panel). The track is divided into two parts, follow to the left.
•    At the next junction, keep left and continue to the next line.
•    Do not take the path that climbs to the right in the direction of la Baume, but stay straight (Panel Reserve), continue and go later to a ruin.
•    The path, in part (stairs, gateway), alternates between small raids and easy climbs.
•    Arrive at a clear and ravinée area, follow the right path and initiate left the tent in the ravine of Tabori. The fossil site is very far away.
•    Return by the same route.

The rock of Saint-Martin

Access: from Castellane (6 mins, 6 km) take the N 85 to Grasse. In La Garde to park in the parking lot in front of the hostel of Tang.
Departure: parking centre of La Garde, 927 Mr. purpose: torrent of gravel pits. 1 295 Mr. fix: steep trail, scree. For children from 9 years old. Waymarking: yellow. Season: all year. 3 h 30, 5km.
A stroll under the Tang mountain ridges in scope. The beauty of the rock of Saint-Martin, like a beacon, will help you to climb the slopes. The reward will be on the sides of the ravine of gravel pits with its stunning views of the surrounding area.
•    From the parking lot, cross the village. At the exit, take the first road on your left (Panel chapel Saint-Martin). A good track leads you to a cross at three forks.
•    Take the middle one. Lead to an intersection. Continue on the left. The road is cemented.
•    Earlier, join a cross under the chapel. Make a round trip to visit it, and then repeat on your left (markup) a trail between boxwood and Juniper.
•    After a right turn, the terrain becomes more Rocky. It is the beginning of the tough climb to the foot of the rock. Remain vigilant to the markup at the level of a zone of talus. The trail takes you to the base of the cliff. Veer to the left to work around by a fairly Rocky and pebbly part until a small pass.
•    Blow a little, it is not finished. The climb continues, but on a less stiff and more flexible part for the feet.
•    After a passage over a ravine (caution), cross another trail (post) descend you to the left. Cross the small stream wading. The last difficulty presents itself in the form of a long straight my aunt on the other side of the Valley. Then, it is the reward with a descent in a beautiful pine forest very flexible for the feet. Reach a crossing of paths turn left toward the fence.
•    Further down, at the level of a small clearing, committing straight following the markup (post). Lead finally to the road at the level of the parking lot with your vehicle.

The remains of Petra Castellana

Access: departure from free parking at the Castellane exit just after the bridge on the Verdon
Departure: Castellane. Parking pool, 730 Mr. purpose: our Lady of the rock. 900 m. fix: path paved in places. Waymarking: yellow in part. 1 h 30, 3.5 km.
See also: visit of the CitroMuseum in Castellane: private collection of post-war Citroën cars. Open from May to end of September. Digne N 85 www.citromuseum.com road.
The Church of Notre-Dame-du-Roc offers an outstanding panorama on the roofs of Castellane and the Verdon. A lovely place for an end of day meditation before going to settle on one of the many cafe terraces. During the ascent, you'll also see the ruins of Petra Castellana, former stronghold of Castellane.
•    Towards the centre of Castellane. Cross the bridge and turn immediately right. Then turn left to borrow Blondeau Street to the village church. Cast on his left "camin del Roc '. The pitch is high on a small road.
•    After a bend on the right, it becomes a track with stairs. Lead higher up on a trail. Continue your straight rise by a more or less well jewelled cross road.
•    Reach a crossing. Continue on your right (rest of the ancient walls of the city of Petra Castellana).
•    Further, move all right to bypass the rock. After a few switchbacks lead to the square of our Lady of the rock. The place is conducive to contemplation and why not at the picnic.
•    Then go back down to the milestone. Continue straight. Go near a Dovecote and a tower. Get off on your right along a wall and then between two walls.
•    Below, lead to a road, D 952. Veer to your left towards the centre of the village. Before the OT, take the alley that leads you into the old centre. So join the Church and the milestone. Then take the same route of the ride early to find parking.

From Trigance to Carajuan

Access: Castellane (20 min. 20 km), take the D 952 towards Comps then D 955 to Trigance. Pass the bridge, climb to the Castle and Park in the 1st pin (signpost).
Departure: Trigance, in the pin of the rise of the Castle. 800 m. purpose: the bridge of the Sally to 667 Mr. fix: No. Markup: white-green and white-red. Season: all year. 3 h, 9km.
A peaceful route to the departure of one of the most beautiful villages of the Verdon, Trigance, to the banks of the Verdon. Flexibility for the feet, a serene ambiance. The Sautet bridge and its beautiful basins will allow you a fresh judgment.
•    Turn right towards the bridge of the Sautet. The trail descends in a pine forest with a magnificent view on the hills of Castellane. Lead to a track.
•    Continue straight on, the route continues on a wide track between boxwood and pine Scots. Reach a fork. Get off on the right (white red markup).
•    The atmosphere is more arid. Further, you cross a trail that descends on the right. Take it to the Sautet bridge by a very pleasant journey.
•    The place is an invitation to picnic and even a small swimming. Return to the fork by the same trail and continue on the right by the beautiful track.
•    A real joy for the feet and the view. A last descent leads along the Verdon on the bridge of Carajuan, another possible place for picnic.
Go back to the point of departure by the same route.

The Saint-Jean Chapel

Access: Castellane (15 mn, 11 km), take the D 952 towards Comps. After 8 km turn right to climb to Chasteuil. Park in the parking lot at the entrance to the hamlet. Departure: parking at the entrance of Chasteuil. 865 Mr. purpose: the chapel Saint Jean, 971 Mr. fix: No. Markup: white red except in the final part. 2 h 45, 7km.
Chasteuil, like Villars-Brandis, nestled at the foot of the cliffs of the Cadieres, is a village which took lives since the 1970s. It is sort of the beginning of the gorges du Verdon. Before diving by other routes of oe guide, take height by following a path almost everything above the Verdon.
•    Parking, take the road that rises slowly to the top of Chasteuil. Join a small square.
•    Turn right towards the signposts. Climb on the right, pass an oratory. Further, before a property down the path on your right.
•    Further down, cross a bridge. Left out the beautiful folded rocks. Leave then climb a path on your left and continue on your wide path.
•    It turns into a trail with beautiful views of Chasteuil.
•    Reach an intersection with signpost. Continue straight towards Castellane.
•    Follows a passage in beautiful balcony along a cliff and with everything up on your left, the dolomitic cliffs of the Brandis Cadieres.
•    After having passed the cliff, the trail turns around turning on the left and then becomes more steep and stony. After several switchbacks, reach a small pass. Follows a new passage in also nice balcony for the eyes and feet.
•    Join another pass with an oratory. Mount everything right in the direction of the chapel Saint Jean (Panel). The trail makes a steep grade crossing.
•    Hold on to your children on this passage. Reach this tiny building really perched on a rocky outcrop.
•    Return to Chasteuil by the same route as the go where you also striking perspectives.

The Roman road

This route follows the old Roman road linking Riez in Castellane via Moustiers. The Romans preferred paths in height to ensure their safety. Roman roads were constructed primarily by the Roman legionaries between two campaigns. They dug two lateral trenches for water flow and then cleared the land. The strength of the road is due to the Foundation layer formed of boulders, covered with a lower layer of gravel and finally a top layer of tread made wholesale tiles. In the middle of the 19th century, it bore the name of road 10

The Trescaires

Access: from la Palud sur Verdon (15 min 6 km). Drive towards Castellane (D 952). Pass the Point Sublime. Take the first right to the parking lot of the Samson corridor. Departure from the parking lot of the Samson corridor. 656 Mr. purpose: the rock of Trescaires. 700 m fix: No. Mandatory lamps. 2 h, 3km. Markup: white red.
Corridor as Samson, the Verdon takes a more tumultuous appearance. Now, the hiker should well up the head to see the top of the majestic cliffs. On this route, you will make an unusual diving in tunnels, born of a crazy project of derivation of the Verdon. At the exit, the light of the Gorge will be even brighter!
•    Parking, go down the stairs to join the trail. Toggle 2 gateways in iron.
•    Then climb stairs. Further along the edge of the Verdon. Climb new stairs at the entry of the first tunnel.
•    It's time to get out his flashlight (torch or frontal). This first tunnel, said du Baou, is the longest, about 700 m, with a mid rise curve.
•    No fear in height or in width. Two windows allow you to have a spectacular view on the Gorge after the baume aux pigeons, beautiful cave at the edge of the Verdon, the release is close.
•    After the latter, borrow short and bright, tunnel of the Trescaires. Then follow the trail above the Verdon.
•    The view is magnificent on the Rocky walls of the two banks. Later join a new tunnel entrance that balms. Do not borrow.
•    Engage on the left and down a metal ladder.
•    After a small climb, lead later to the viewpoint of the 'towers of Trescaires"(wood panel), purpose of the ride with a nice picnic on the rocky promontory.
•    Return to the car park by the same route than go by taking advantage of another vision on the different coloured cliffs.

The balcony of the Canyon

Access: from La Palud (3.5 km. 5 minutes), take the 23 D in the direction of the cottage of the Maline. Pass a small stone bridge. Shortly after parking on a large median strip to right start: trail to the right of the D 23. 819 Mr. goal: reach the belvedere of Maireste 794 Mr. fix: crossings equipped with cables not recommended for children from 10 years. Waymarking: yellow. Season: all year. Avoid snowy periods, Frost and heat. 3 h 15, 7km.
A foray into the canyon where the impetuous Verdon has carved a dantesque landscape, dramatic testimony of its erosive power. Chamois, eagles and vultures sometimes decorate this hike.
•    Parking, walk about 30 minutes on the road.
•    At the level of a cairn, follow the trail of the Bastidon right regularly descending towards the canyon.
•    Follow undergrowth to the ravine of Mortmain, growing in crossing and achieve a snare (cairn).
•    It follows a succession of ravines with alternating slopes and ski lifts. The scenery is grandiose and chamois are never far away.
•    A series of small cairns announces the first passage equipped with a cable, two others will follow, of increasing difficulty.
•    Shortly after the last equipped pass, the trail begins a right well marked turn uphill. Continue until the parking, and the viewpoint of the Maireste to enjoy an ultimate point of view.
Chamois and cicada rub shoulders in these mountains. The cicada sing all summer while chamois will seek shade and will appreciate the outputs at the fresco. If you enter more cicadas, it's autumn arrives.Chamois will take over preparing for the November rut.

The Estellie gateway

Access: in La Palud sur Verdon (15 minutes, 8 km), take the route des Crêtes until the Maline chalet right. Departure: parking after the chalet of Maline, 896 m.
Purpose: the Estellie gateway. 564 Mr. fix: small ladders and cables, big climb. Children older than 8 years. Markup: white red, yellow. 3 h 15, 6km.
This route will allow you to rub shoulders with the mythical paths of the Imbut and Martel.
The Estellie bridge is the only bridge to cross the Verdon between corridor Samson and the Lake of Sainte-Croix. The descent requires attention because of the different equipment to cross and rock pretty patina in places.
•    Take the path that goes to the left of the chalet of Maline (white-red markup).
•    This trail makes a large curve. Here you are in the front of the cottage now.
•    Already, the first large cliffs appear lower and forest of large margins in the face. Lead to a big pile of rocks (cairn).
•    Get off on the right. Is followed a few managed markets. Achieve a first metal ramp. The following turn, hotel riders appeared on the other shore.
•    Follows an alternation of partes flat and steep slippery slabs in wet weather. Lead to a staircase and a cable. Attention: the first steps are skated. The trail then performs beautiful laces. Attention to the bushings banked on scree slopes. Below, an unusual oak "rock eaters" will make you slow down. Then reach a crossing.
•    Continue to your right (plus markup). The gateway appears at the end of a turn. The join this beautiful path.
•    Cross the Verdon and turn right. Locate the traces of the old bridge destroyed by a surge of Verdon. Continue the now marked yellow trail that navigates between the boulders. Further, the Verdon became calmer.
•    Then down to the small pebble beaches that await you for a picnic or a very nice foot bath. Enjoy it well because a good recovery is waiting for you to return to the parking lot of the departure...
•    Cheer up!

The ruins of Châteauneuf-les-Moustiers

Access: la Palud-sur-Verdon (6 km. 15 minutes), take the D 123 in the direction of Châteauneuf-les-Moustiers, keep the main road to the parking
Departure: parking at the foot of Châteauneuf-les-Moustiers, 1,008 Mr. purpose: Chapel Notre Dame. 1,125 Mr. fix: No. Markings: orange and markup interpretation trail. 2 h, 4.5 km.
Timeless witnesses of a now-defunct rural world, the ruins of Châteauneuf-les-Moustiers tell us of an era where the mountains resounded with human activity.
•    Parking, go up the road about 300 m. to the level of a small stone building, follow the track towards the village.
•    Arrive at the oratory at the foot of the ruins, and continue until the cemetery situated on the heights of Châteauneuf. Cross the small grassy plateau and switch to the Valley of the Bau.
•    Turn left track sloping hillside. At the level of the ledge, a shift indicates that the Chapel is nearby.
•    Continue a little by searching for the remains of Notre-Dame, barely visible from the trail.
•    A small path climbs left and goes up to the ruins coiled in the wall. On the return, which is carried out by the same route, the visit of Châteauneuf is needed.

The ghost town

I'm talking about a time... «Sheep wool, it is us who the tondions...» "Among the old trades of the village, the candy was the first link in the manufacture of fabrics. His job was to unravel the wool using chard, boards topped with teasels (Thistles) heads. And it often benefited from yesteryear vigils to spin this yarn.

The col de l’Âne

Access: moustiers (15 mn. 7 km), continue in the direction of the Lake of Sainte Croix. At the roundabout, take left D 952 towards La Palud sur Verdon. After 3 km and a big curve, parking on a median strip to the right of the road.
Departure: "parking of Feline" on the edge of the D 952, 678 Mr. purpose: neck of the donkey 1 064 Mr. fix: the final part steep and stony. Waymarking: yellow. 2 h 45, 5km.
If you want to «take a picture» of Sainte-Croix Lake, must be mounted on the magnificent crest of the Ourbe and col de l’Âne. Only now, after a good-natured start under the black pine forest and Oaks, the end of the ride is pretty rough! As often say hikers: "one is always rewarded up there!
•    Parking, continue to ride on the road. Take away the road on your left (signpost). It then passes through a forested area of black pine trees, the soil is soft to the feet. Reach an intersection with a trail that descends on the right.
•    Continue your nice straight way. Let rise above a path on your left (cairn).
•    Change of atmosphere, the climb continues under a beautiful oak. At the next fork, turn left.
•    The view on the Lake of Sainte Croix is becoming more and more beautiful as the rise. Earlier, steep and stony laces lead you under power lines.
•    The Lake appears in its full length. Lead to col de l’Âne. A few meters from the pass on your left, you will find a beautiful place with a beautiful panorama for picnics.
•    Return by the same route. The first steps will give you the impression of a dive in the Lake. Anyway, keep your attention on the quite stony path.

Gorge of Rue de l’Eau

Access: La Palud-sur-Verdon (8km, 15 min). Take the D 952 towards Moustiers and shortly after the Maireste Lookout, Park left on the parking of the Colle de l’Olivier. Departure parking of Colle de l’Olivier. 715 Mr. purpose: Pré de Saint-Maurin, 591 m. fix: pebbled pathway, an equipped passage. Waymarking: yellow. 2 h 45, 6km.
The Colle de l’Olivier to the waterfalls of Saint-Maurin, this circuit has another aspect of the grand canyon, softer water Street Parade approach but equally spectacular.
•    Parking opposite the Gorge, take the path that descends on the left (signposted trail of fishermen).
•    The pitch is high from the outset: to reach a bottom of Valley before climbing back up to a promontory. Continue to a time before seeing the Ford of Maireste and hear scold the Verdon.
•    Arrive at the intersection, leave the trail that descends to the left to Ford and to commit to the right. Down to the edge of the river and walk along the waters become calm under the effect of the dam of Holy Cross. After the passage equipped with a cable, continue the ride and then initiate the ascent in the direction of the Pré de Saint-Maurin.
•    Lead on the shelf and continue straight for a few meters and turn right on the trail which climbs strongly up to the level of the road.
•    Therefore, an alternation of descents and small ascents proveshivajut nearly parallel with the D 952 route. Join the glue of the olive tree and the parking of the departure.
"You have beautiful eyes".
And it is said that there are very long, a belle who lost her lover on the battlefields came crying all the tears of his body from the top of the cliffs of the Verdon. It also tells that his grief was as the tears of his beautiful green eyes, falling into the River, gave him forever his Emerald.

The caves of Saint-Maurin

Access: Moustiers (20 minutes, 10 km), take to La Palud. After the pass, pass in front of the forest House and waterfall. Park after the first turn left on a small parking lot on the right.
Departure: parking after the forest House. Purpose: the cave of Saint-Maurin, 756 Mr. fix: good paths, but be careful with children (eaves). Markings: small wood pole, arrow green season: throughout the year, attention to winter gels. 2 h, 4km.
Saint-Maurin cascade makes the happiness of motorized visitors and photographers from the entrance to the Gorge. This route provides access to the caves of the same name, and the upper waterfall with its beautiful draperies of limestone, all this in a pleasant covered forest.
•    Parking, go back. Cross the road in front of the path which rises steeply on a hillock.
•    Reach information panels. Above, lead to a cross. Straight climb. Further, cross the small UK by a Ford wooden. Reach an intersection.
•    Turn left. At the next, turn right to visit a cave. Back on the upward trail in a beautiful forest atmosphere. Earlier, veer right at the edge of a cave.
•    Lead higher up on the wall balm. Continue on your right. The trail mound against a cliff. Turn left. Vigilance on this trail in corniche.
•    At the intersection, climb on the right. Cross a rocky projection. Turn immediately right (post). The trail again follows a cornice. Win the Maurin cave.
•    Continue until a ruin and continue straight on a grassy bench. Further crossing a watercourse which turns cascade lower.
•    Continue straight and then the descent begins. Reach an intersection (post). Make a round trip on your right to admire the waterfall.
•    Continue the path of descent. Lead further down the path of ascent. Turn left to retrieve your vehicle.
Variant: ruin veer to the left. The intersection, climb to the right. Follow the small pile of stones under the forest until the resurgence of Saint-Maurin. The path is not easy. Make a u-turn if you do not find the first time.

The belvedere on Angouire

Access: at the exit of Moustiers, mount parking "downtown" to park at the top of the car park, next to the cemetery. Departure: parking at the top of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, 661 Mr. purpose: belvedere on the Angouire ravine. 721 Mr. markup: yellow. Season: avoid the summer heat. 2 h, 4.5 km.
The Angouire ravine is one of the must of canyoning in the Verdon. Combination, without rope, you can admire these magnificent gorges, sitting on a beautiful rocky outcrop after crossing of beautiful cultures of olive trees and flanked by impressive cliffs.
•    Parking, take the path under the cemetery towards Sainte-Anne Chapel. Then along a stone wall. Lead to an intersection. Stand on your left.
•    Pass over a ground of balls. This beautiful path through a crop area of olive trees on the terrace further cross a path descending right, ignore it and go right.
•    After a left turn, the trail crosses a beautiful oak. At the next intersection, climb on the left (markup).
•    The closer you get little by little cliffs on your left with a beautiful panorama towards the Lake of Sainte-Croix. Lead further to the Courchon ravine. Cross it. Depending on the season, you will find water, then lift the head to admire the waterfall above. Then, the slope rises regularly.
•    The trail becomes more Rocky. Achieve above a replat and a rocky outcrop. Continue on your right well following the markup in the direction of the tip of the spur.
•    Small rocky steps require the use of both hands to cross. At the end, the belvedere offers a striking view on the Angouire ravine and plunge on the entire length of the Lake.
•    Return to the car park by the same route that will offer different perspectives on the cliffs.

The star of Moustiers

Access: at the exit of Moustiers, ride in the parking "downtown" and Park above the cemetery. Departure from the parking lot. Purpose: string of the star at 799 m. FIX: stony path, pay attention to the final Rocky passage: child 9 yrs +. Avoid extreme summer heat and the wet weather. 2 h 30, 4km.
Upon your arrival at Moustiers, you cannot miss the. The star is part of the landscape and the legend of this beautiful village. This route allows you to mount up to the anchor chain, this deserves!
•    Climb above the cemetery. Take the Courchon path (marked yellow) that runs along the cemetery. Beautiful views of the Lake of Sainte Croix. Reach an intersection. Follow everything right the 'path of the string' engraved on the rock. Cross terraces of olive trees.
•    Further, the path gradually rises in lace at the cliff. Lead to a cross. Continue on the left.
•    You then take the old Roman road, now transformed into a stony track. Join an intersection (signpost).
•    Leave the track and climb a steep occurs on your left. Achieve above a cross. Follow all right. Then begins a rocky descent (on ensure children).
•    Go further under cables. The trail straightens even further. Pass between two rocks. Make a few stops to turn around and take advantage of the landscape.
•    The trail above branches to gain a foothold on the plateau. Follows a steep and stony descent. Take a few steps with the help of the hands. Lead to a cairn.
•    Continue straight towards the cliff. Mount the last Rocky jump following the markup. You are at the start of the string. Caution with children!
•    For added security, you can picnic at the level of the big pile of stones.
Then go back to the village by the same path.

The circuit of Muletiers

Very easy, 1:45 walk, 165m of ascent, yellow markings. Departure from the parking to the entrance to the area of ​​tourist activities at the lake. Municipality of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon.
Lake St. Croix in Valensole swim or harvest lavender for the early birds.
  • Parking, take to the northeast is the small road on the shores of Lake St. Croix. Skip well below the municipal campsite, before the sailing and tennis courts. At the intersection of route downhill and the channel used, continue straight upstream from Lake road now closed to traffic. The next, leaving the left access, private, leading to a large detached house ravine path. Continue for about 400m.
  • At the intersection, turn left on the road "of Muletiers." Climb the oak grove, facing downhill. At the mouth of a private trail (rated point 592m), continue straight. At the junction continue on the main road that leads to a plateau.
  • Leave the right path at the equestrian center to continue off-trail along the plateau for 175m. Down to the left in front of ravines and underbrush. Lead a little further down another path. The track on the left. Further, turn right to go upstream a few ruins. Down along a ravine before heading out to left. The trail crosses the ford before ravine from the opposite bank.
  • After two loops, we arrive at a crossroads. Leave left the trail down to the ravine to continue upstream and right of it. At the intersection, turn left to reach the start of the route.
  • Then turn right and leave the same way as on the way to return to the starting point.

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