1 week in the Gorges du Verdon= 2 campsites to discover the richness of this incredible site
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1 week in the Gorges du Verdon= 2 campsites to discover the richness of this incredible site
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From Grasse to Pont-Saint-Esprit by GR4
Discover the Haute ProvenceBetween Grasse and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie the GR 4 crosses the Prealps of Grasse, southern border of the Grandes Alpes. These are high plateaus calcareous or plans, oriented East-West, whose altitude exceeds 1 000 m (Caussols plan). Some rivers (the Wolf, the Estéron...) were cut transversely mountains, forming a due picturesque and wild gorges of which the most famous are those of the Verdon.
GR 4 leads to the entrance of the Grand Canyon, which on 21 km, offers the spectacle of a gigantic flaw in towering walls, site without rival in Europe. At the end of the Gorge, the route addresses the Valensole or Riez, plateau formed by huge layers of gravels accumulated by the Durance. The landscape is richer, the plateau is covered with magnificent lavandins, almond and wheat crops.
Then GR ° 4 leaves the plateau to descend into the Valley of the Durance and achieve, on the other side, the town of Manosque. Manosque in Cereste, GR ° iterates through a pleasant land cultivated and forested. From Monjustin, the GR 97 Tour of the Luberon borrows ° GR route 4 until Oppedette well-known for its canyon, narrow due Rocky, whose walls reach 120 m in height. By valleys and plateaus, the GR ° reached Lagarde-D'apt, Hamlet which is a 'capital' on these planted Lavender Highland.
Brief description of the encountered GRAfter the cross of lavender, GR ° 4 crosses the GR ° 9 with which he has a short joint ride to the foot of the Signal of the penalty; GR ° 9 continues to Saint-Jean, Monieux and the Ventoux where GR 4 crosses again. GR ° 4 bypasses the signal of the penalty and this is the descent on Sault with backdrop of the Ventoux and an immense panorama.
The climb to the mont Ventoux by Jas Forest and Ridge offers horizons, there again, sweeping; the Summit, to the North are mounts of the spear which relate the last hills of the Drôme and before which opens the Ouvèze Valley; later, between the upper Valley of the Drôme and the Durance, the col de Cabre; the peaks in the huge escarpments of the Trièves and the Dévoluy, between Gap and Grenoble: Obiou, Ferrand, Bure peak (GR 94 travels throughout the region); then the great Alps of the Dauphiné: the Pelvoux, Viso; the deep depression of the Durance between Gap and Manosque. To the Southeast, the Alpes-Maritimes. To the South the view extends on the mountains of Vaucluse, Marseille (our Lady of the guard) and the Alpilles. Further, beyond the plain of Arles, the sea appears, line bright on the horizon. To the Southwest, Montpellier and Nimes. To the West, the Cevennes and the long ridge of the mont Lozère. Finally to the Northwest, along the Rhone, the mountains of the Vivarais above which stand the Mezenc and Gerbier-de-Jonc.
GR ° 4 descends by the hut of the contract, Alazard, the plateau of the threshold, the source of the Groseau where it crosses the GR 91 Vercors-Ventoux and reached Malaucène. By a pleasant route between smaller hills and the am on a crest of Saint-Amand, two not the Dentelles de Montmirail, the GR ° arrives in the Winelands of the Côtes du Rhône to the renowned crus and touches all these villages with evocative names: Suguret, Roaix, Rasteau, Cairanne, Sainte-Cécile-des-Vignes, Lagarde-Pereol... And it is Mondragon, the Valley of the Rhone, that the GR ° 4 crosses at Pont-Saint-Esprit, a small town where stops this route which led us, over 400 km of Alpes-Maritimes in the Rhone Valley.
In Castellane, at the entrance to the gorges du Verdon, G ° 4 connects GR ° 406 and the imperial way. This route of unique thematic hiking in France to reach Digne in three days of walking in the footsteps of the historic path taken by Napoleon on his return from exile to the island of Elba in March 1815. Over the steps, the hiker will discover a remarkable heritage nestled in landscapes still Virgin and authentic high valleys of Asse and the Verdon.
The trail GR ° 4
From Grasse to Pont-Saint-EspritAttention: In the Alpes-Maritimes, except in the coastal strip, numbered directional signs (posts-tags) are located on the ground (their numbers are carried on the IGN maps at the 1: 25000).
• De Grasse to the plateau de la Malle 1 h 10 tray
See: sub-prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes. Around the world capital of perfumery, the extension of the town has unfortunately replaced floral crops. The old town, labyrinthine alleys and staircases, has hardly changed since the 18th century. Visit the Cathedral, the Town Hall, Fragonard Museum and in perfumery.
Route out of GR : can be found at the start of the GR 4 markup white and red of the 51 GR which saves, westerly, Théoule and the massif de L'esterel and, to the East, the GR ° 5 Aspremont (near Nice) and the GR 52 in Castellar (near Chin) and the Italy.
-GR 4 begins at the North exit of the city on the route Napoléon (540 m), 6 km from the train station (350 m of ascent) above water, near the tennis courts (city bus).North of the Napoleon road, climb the trail then a track to join the "path of the trunk", as borrowing to the plateau of the trunk (910 m). "
• The plateau of la Malle to the col de Clapier 1 h 15
-The GR 4 follows an uncrowded road, interrupted by a shortcut.
-Leave the path of the castle of la Malle left to continue (North) on a trail that crosses the crest of the weekends at the col de Clapier (1,257 m, tag 126).
• The Col de Clapier to Caussols (Hi-Lambert) 50 min
-Get off at Caussols plateau by a trail passing through the 123 tag. The 124 tag, continue in face by the small road. The 118 tag, follow left on 250 m D 12 up to the Town Hall of Caussols (Saint-Lambert, tag 117).
• Caussols (Saint-Lambert) to Cipières 2 h 30
-Before the Town Hall, cross the D 12 and, by the left, the Fanguet plan.
-Turn right to win a collar (side 1 267 m, tag 116). Switch between a ruin and a well (often to dry) and continue towards a large cairn (limit of the communes of Caussols and Cipières). Reached this cairn, turn right (East), remain virtually level, longer the CERGA facilities. Cross a runway (189 and 188 tags) and take to the left (East) down a Valley dry trail.
-Get off using the trail in a combe. The trail continues to the Northeast, crosses a rump and descends to the Valley of the spruces (tag 181). Continue on the opposite bank and (tag 160) by a small road to arrive at Cipières (780 m, tag 26).
See: it passes near a natural arch. below, source rock, and wells.
• Cipieres to Greolieres 1 h 30
See: picturesque small village overlooking the right bank of the Wolf.
-To tag 25, by a good path, down the river Loup (tag 171) that one crosses on an old bridge in donkey. Continue 400 m on a small road, and then at the foot of a large wall, engage left in a trail switchbacks that cut twice the 703 D. Then continue the climb switchbacks, pass a portal and enter the village of Greolieres (820 m, tag 27).
• Gréolières to the road of Gréolières-les-Neiges 3 h
See: picturesque Provence village located at the foot of the tops of the Cheiron (1,778 m). See in the Church the retable of Saint-Etienne (Niçoise school from the end of the 14th century).
-From square Pierre-Merle, heading eastward, and then shortly after the wash-House take left (opposite the post office) a small street. Cross the village (tag 30) and by a good path deviation, pass near the ruins of the old Greolieres. The 193 tag, rise to the West by a trail to cross the Cheiron bars, spend a first peak (tag 194) then arrive at the pas de Coutellade (1500 m).
-Get off at the decline of Grand-Pré (1,360 m), and then to the road of Greolieres-les-Neiges (1 428 m, tag 195).
-This route crosses the Nordic ski area. To avoid conflicts of use with skiers and preserve the quality of the ski slopes, a bylaw requires the use of the winter bypass which passes between the Alpine and Nordic ski areas to hikers. Temporary markup is implemented at the first snow by the Manager of the Nordic region (see drawn dashed on the map).
Outside GR> station of Greolieres-les-Neiges 45 min
-Summit of Cheiron (1 778 m), easy access, chairlift.
-Cross the road, then follow a path to the East overlooking the road to the station by 196, 211, 208 and 207 tags (see plot dashes on the map). Warning, the route to Vegay is very delicate in the event of snow.
• The road of Greolieres-les-Neiges to Vegay 1 h 25
«- Cross the road and follow to "a snare (1 459 m, tag 94). By a steep and narrow trail through woods, down to the West to a PARAMESWARAN where the road becomes better and follows a combe. Join the building of the water company seen by far. Continue until the abandoned houses of Vegay (875 m, tag 84).
• Of Vegay to the n ° 82 tag 1h
-Then follow a path to the waterfall of Vegay, from where one goes down to the Eigages path that runs along the Estéron (tag 83), then cross the Gironde near its confluence with the Estéron (454 m) to reach the 82 tag.
Outside GR > to Aiglun 30 min turn right, cross the Estéron and climb a path switchbacks up the road D 10 to join Aiglun (624 m). Since Aiglun, possibility of joining Collongues by mont Saint-Martin and Sallagrif fon (yellow markup), and then by GR ° 510 until Collongues (approximately 5-6 hours).
• The n82 to the Clue 1 h25 tag
-Back on the other shore by a (West) trail that reached the 10 D; the take the left (West) until the first lace (hameau Les Tardons; tag 95). Take the path which rises on crete, cross the D 10 (tag 96) and then move to the right to go up to the hamlet of the Clue (758 m).
• The clue to the crest of Charamel 1 h 15
-The trail crosses a scree slope, crosses a rocky outcrop, and through woods and brush, reached the peak of Charamel (1,155 m).
• Charamel to Mujouls 1 h 15
-A trail switchbacks. leave a trail on the left (tag 97) and continue towards the hamlet ruined Adom (or Billy).
-The path veers West and descends (North) to the Estéron (tag 62) that one crosses on a bridge. Continue North along a Grove and arrive at a crossroads of five paths (tags 63 and 63 bis).
-Take slightly left (North-North-West) and the hamlets of La Rouel and the Peironas, reaching Les Mujouls (755 m, balisas 66-65).
FarmsKnown here as campaigns; sometimes large are also called bastides, and small barns. They are wonderful, with all their volumes that range, attach and detach, oppose and make up, to give a set, a, done as well that what an artist would dream of doing. There is a House, barn, stable, the stables (with above la fenière), discounts, the loft (often confused with the rest of the building, rather than distinguish it as in the country of Forcalquier), tightens the Toolbox (now little mechanical workshop), forge, and even sometimes the oven and the oil mill.
The materials are the beautiful stone of the country, linked by a mortar to Flint, simply from the quarries of nearby chestnut. The walls are often without plaster, and has rounded corners frequently Tower arch.
Some of these farms were fortified: the most beautiful are the Gabelle to Ferrassières, the Baou and the Montsalier Molière. The great tower of the Gabelle, if she sees more soldiers Montbrun or the Baron des Adrets, is very specifically converted pigeonnier, and can count approximately I 800 boxes nest!
Around the farm, there are areas (with the rollers in stone yet wisely arranged against the walls or under a cherry tree), les paillers or feniers, conical haystacks upright around a mast. A little further, immune to a stone wall dry prong, the Apiary where apiaries increases have replaced everywhere (brus or brusc) hollow stem, that it covered a limy Lee or some tiles.
The villagesThese are villages of light, made of clear houses, lines reduced to the essential, to the mortar color of stone, without garish shades, without false notes. They would all to protect pop-up which tend to 'beautify', and initiatives that disfigure.
They are sometimes all gathered on a cliff, like old-Mont-Salier or like Sault, or on a rocky outcrop, as Aure, Banon, Simiane: these were fortified in the middle ages and kept part of their castles, their tricks, their walls. Inside, especially at Simiane, there are hotels from the 16th, 17th or 18th century with their wonderful doors, their stairs in size, their vast and sober...
Other villages are spread out in the Sun, dispersed peacefully in the middle of the land and hills: le Revest, Contadour, the high-Ferrassières, Montsalier plan...
Or as the admirable hamlets Dauban and Chavon, whose functional entanglement is a continuous art work carried out by the work of several centuries.
• Mujouls to Collongues 15 min
-Exit by the D 85 (North) and then, at the tag. 59, engage right into the trail descending to Collongues (628 m, tag 58).
There is a junction with the GR ° 510
• Collongues to Amirat 1 h 15
-Follow D 2211a direction of Briançonnet on 500 m approximately.
-Commit to right (Northwest, tag 57) on a path through a private domain (warning, do not deviate from the path marked out). Shortly before crossing the Cressonière Creek to the 56 tag leave GR 510 ° which leaves to the West. Pass under a power line at the height of la bergerie du Colombier. Road oblique westward and reached Amirat (850 m, tag 55).
• Agrawal to the peak of Chadastier 1 h
-Out of the village by the D 83 (West) and continue on a path located below this road until a transformer where it crosses D 83 (tag 51) for embarking on a road that rises to a collar and then crosses the ravine of past.
-Continue on the way, right leave the pass of Trebuchet (tag 52) trail and left one of the neck of the boxwood (tag 53). Climb up to the peak of Chadastier (1,154 m, tag 48).
• Chadastier Ridge to the vallon of Castellet 1 h
Attention! II reminded hikers accompanied by dogs to hold them on a leash in the crossing of the sheep pasture. The passage of the GR ° was authorized by shepherds in this condition.
-Get off on the north side, first to the North and then West. Join a channel; follow him to the hamlet of Hubac of Agrawal (water). Pass through the hamlet; out go right, then towards the Northeast, descend by a feel through meadows up to the edge of the forest to join a trail leading to the vallon de Castellet (820 m).
-Note that this Valley marks the limit of the departments of Alpes-Maritimes and the Provence.
• The Vallon de le Castellet to Entrevaux 2 h
-Shortly after the bridge, the GR ° takes a farm path bordered by chestnut trees that passes between the castle farm and a wash-House to earn the 10 D in the hamlet of Castellet-Saint-Cassien. Follow the 10 D over 200 m in the direction of La Rochette and Saint-Pierre. After an oratory and a bridge, follow the road right, go under a House and continue taking up the combe to Unclog a pass (pylon).
-Turn left in the direction of a ruin on 20 m, then turn right again on 20 m. leave the track to engage left in an old road along a field, then continue on the left of a valley.Joined road Ridge, the 150 m and then turn left in lace to continue down on the other side. It lowers so regularly on a little more l km before forming a few laces; 20 m after the last of them, turn left to the bottom of a ravine. Pass on the other side and lead to large sheets of rock; Cross. Down in the bottom of the ravine and follow on 50 m. follow then the path on the left bank close to the rocks to reach a road. borrow it in the face. It leads to D 911 that we follow. Further, engage in a path on the left bank of a ravine. Behind a House and join D 911; borrow in Entrevaux (480 m) descent.
• Entrevaux to the col of Saint - Jeannet 3 h
In Entrevaux: small town on the left bank of the Var, Entrevaux today has 700 inhabitants. Until 1860, Entrevaux occupied a strategic position of border town between the French Provence and the States of the King of Sardinia. It was fortified by Vauban, between 1692 and 1706, has revamped the Citadel. You can visit the old town, particularly picturesque, and the old cathedral. See also: House Fulconis and his Sundial dated 1572; the fortifications of the city with three doors:-the main, known as the Midi or national,
• Western, so-called door of France or Guillaumes, currently borrowed by a path,
• the gateway Eastern, Savoie, Italy or Puget.
-Attention: GR ° resumes at the Plan of Entrevaux, 2 km north-west of Entrevaux. It is inadvisable to borrow the N 202, busy. Take the train of the Pignes from Digne (warning, its frequency is limited) and get off at the optional 'Plan of Entrevaux"(). To do this, do not forget to ask the controller to stop the train at this station.
Outside GR > crossing the country bpwg GR (great crossing of the Alps). Common course with the GR 4 up to the chapel Saint-Jean-du-désert (see page 139).
-Since this judgment, pass under the N 202; then the amount road in front. After a turn to the left, at a crossroads, continue straight. pass in front of an old school.
-At the next intersection, follow to the right the road that climbs up to an oratory; turn left.
-In a turn to the right, take right into a path rising regularly on a mountainside. After a few laces, join a track; follow it in the face.
-At the first houses encountered, the route turns left onto a path along a murette.
-Pass the ruins of La Colle, lead in meadows and then fit on the left bank of a ditch; cross it to the tune of a basin. Continue towards the forest.
-The path passes two oratories, crosses many gullies before reaching after the last, a logging road. Continue in front and reach the col de Saint-Jeannet (1 278 m).
• The Col de Saint-Jeannet to the Oratory of St. John 45 min
-Continue straight; the trail descends into the forest, past before a source. Achieve, 1.5 km away, at a crossroads.
Outside GR > next right the BPWG country GR which moves towards Sisteron (markup yellow-red; see drawn dashed on the map), you can reach the chapel Saint-Jean-du-désert (1 251 m, shelter). This Priory is maintained by the monks of the Abbey of Lérins which climb on June 24 and August 29 for pilgrimages.
-GR ° 4 turns Southwest and continues through the forest to the oratory Saint-Jean (1,321 m).
• The oratory Saint John to Ubraye 1 h 15
-Turn left and go down the path on the right bank of the Valley that leads to the chapel Notre-Dame-de-la-Rivière (958 m) before reaching the 10 D; borrow right on 400 m to a bridge.
-Immediately after it, engage on the left with a stony path to the village of Ubraye (1,000 m).
Variant of Soleilhas out GR
• Of Ubraye in Soleilhas 3 h 45
See: to defend itself from external aggressions, the village is built facing the central square, the exterior facades forming a defensive wall. The Romanesque church dates from the second half of the century mie.
Leave Ubraye going down the Bernardé Riou and continue South. Successively through the Oratory of the crest of Poulpeby, the hamlet of La Sagne, ruins of Verraillon before descending on Soleilhas (1,140 m).
• Of Soleilhas to the junction with the GR 4 40 min °
Soleilhas see mile terminal by the end of the 3rd century, the Castle 1630 (South façade with mouldings, bosses around the mullioned windows and a cross), several old chapels.
Move towards the Northwest, reassemble the Riou which leads to the col de Saint-Barnabé (oratory). Turn to the right until the junction with the GR ° 4 (1,330 m).
Back to the GR4• Of Ubraye to Touyet 1 h 30
-The GR 4 borrows the street which skirts the Church; After the turn and the small square, take left at the height of an oratory, in an alley which goes down to the crossroads of the 310 D.
-To the South of it, at the height of a small cross, engage between the houses on a path amount right through the garrigue.
-Find the 310 D; the follow on 10 m, then abandon it in favour of the connection path that has been charted. Mount on a mountainside overlooking the gorges of the Bernardé.
-Pass a rump punctuated by a cross (view on the village of the Touyet). Go upstream a Rubin and continue crossing, still below the road to the village of Touyet (1,250 m).
• Touyet to the col de Vauplane 1h 45
-At the first House, take right trail amount to the oratory, then follow the road until the last House in the hamlet.
-Take the path that climbs to the right, then, to the left, along the ruined house; It passes an oratory (1 282 m).
-Easy and pleasant road meanders slightly uphill among genets and lavender green plateau of La Palud on the left].
-Approximately 1 km after the oratory, the GR separates, to the left of the trail; It crosses a Rubin and descends to the torrent of the Bernarde that it crosses (1,416 m).
-Back in a field of boulders a few hairpin bends; the well marked trail climbs to flank, past near a cabin and reaches large grassy replat of the col de Vauplane (1,650 m).
See: This grassy Valley is a stage of winter snow and excellent grazing summer. In spring, flowers abound: anemones of the Alps, doronics, Alpine buttercups, campions ocymoides, tulips from the mountains. Most of these flowers are protected.
-Then follow the road for 500 m, and as soon as it addresses the gorges, take on the right trail amount on the slope.
-Descend to the torrent that you follow up to the chapel Saint-Barnabé (1,381 m). Then reach an intersection.
> Junction with the variant of Soleilhas.
-Turn right, cross an old irrigation canal, along the fields and passing near the bergeries to reach route D 102 (1,330 m).
• Of the road D 102 to the Clot of Agnon 1 h 30
-Engage in front on a wide path along a power line, on the edge of the forest [see: panoramic view of the village of Demandolx and two artificial lakes Castillon and Chaudanne].
-The trail passes at the foot of a tower, and then in a circus, at the foot of the Tang. It often becomes closer through a torrent dry (see 5 minutes from the torrent, overlooking a bridge of unique architecture in Europe.
-The trail continues until the Clot of Agnon (1280 m).
• The Clot of Agnon to La Garde 45 min
Continue and reach a tower.
Outside GR > a variant from the Saint-Roch Chapel and the city of the Chaudanne (see drawn dashed on the map) saves Castellane 1 h 30.
-Move away from top-down forest road directly at the bottom of the Valley and use the path which, through the Clot of Agnon ubac, then hotter of gravel pits, goes down to La Garde (927 m).
• La Garde to J.-Saurin stadium 1 h
-In La Garde: take the N 85 in the direction of Castellane (West) about 500 m.
-Descend to the left by the road that leads to a small route: follow the N 85 found near Stadium j. - Saurin (730 m).
• Stadium j. - Saurin in Castellane 15 min
-The Gr 4 along the N 85; cross the bridge over the Verdon to enter Castellane (724 m). > Junction with the beginning of the GR ° 406 (port Imperial).
• From Castellane to la Colle 30 min
Seeing in Castellane :
The firecracker song is sung by all the inhabitants of Castellane on the feast of the Petardiers, each 31 January, commemorates the memory of Judith Andrau heroin:
"A brave Judith.
Arming of courage
A willingness defies
The enemy full of rage. »
In 1586, the town of Castellane is besieged by the Calvinist troops of Lesdiguières. Judith Andrau comes out of the walls and through the ranks of the attackers under the pretext to embrace his nephew who serves them. She learned by soldiers that they intend to attack the door of Annonciade and sauté it with firecrackers. Judith then asked to stand guard at the door and, when protestants are approaching, it pays them a cauldron filled with boiling pitch. Before such resistance, the huguenots raised the siege.
-In Castellane, GR 4 runs along the right bank of the Verdon in the direction of the gorges. Pass the sewage then turn right to reach the D 952 or gorges road; borrow it left for about 200 m.
-Borrow right a road up to the hamlet of La Colle (750 m).
Outside GR > Separation of Sir 406 (port Imperial) which continues to the North to Digne.
• La Colle to the col of the chapel Saint - Jean 1 h 30
-Cross a torrent on a bridge and continue along the access road to the hamlet of Villars-Brandis.
-Take left the trail that follows the Roman road on a mountainside to the col of the Saint-Jean Chapel (950 m).
• Pass of the Saint-Jean Chapel in Chasteuil 45 min
-Following 10 min the trail to the left, can win the chapel Saint-Jean (see drawn dashed on the map).
-Continue on the Roman road on a mountainside. the GR arrives at Chasteuil (900 m).
• Of Chasteuil to a 1 hour pass
To Chasteuil > to see the picturesque village perched, overlooking the Valley of the Verdon, currently inhabited by a community of young craftsmen (pottery, stone, wood, leather).
Pass in front of the former School of Chasteuil, above the castle of the count de Chasteuil. The Roman road enters a beautiful forest of Oaks which succeeds a broom Heath (see: note the passage of the walls dating from the Roman era). Out of the wooded area, move to the right (dried up) source, and 500 m further on, reach a pass (1,200 m).
Outside GR > the road to the Gorge 20 min. Chasteuil-enter and take the small road that descends to the Verdon (untagged) (see plot dashes on the map).
• Col to Rougon 1 h
-After the pass, the trail runs along a grassy SINKHOLE.
-Pass under two power lines and down on the village of Rougon (930 m).
• Rougon to the hostel of Point Sublime 20 min
-Pass under the village and near du lavoir, take a shortcut that allows to reach a crossroads of routes and the Inn of the Point Sublime (787 m).
> Junction with the GR 49 from Fréjus.
Outside GR > to the belvedere of the Point sublime 10 min. This viewpoint to admire the Samson corridor and the Verdon that through to 100 m below.
-De L'Auberge Point Sublime at the entrance to the Gorges du Verdon 30 min
-The GR 4 borrows the trail Blanc-Martel between Sublime Point and the Chalet de la Maline.
-Attention > the rise, in the sense Sublime Point - La Maline, the steps of the Koshukova, is exposed in the Sun: to do that late in the day.
-GR 4 of the Chalet of Maline in la Palud-sur-Verdon takes the road D 23, due to its remarkable for 8 km, but popular views in all seasons.
The gorges du Verdon, delicate pass
GR ° 4 in the Gorges of the Verdon is under an order issued in April 1995 by the municipality of La Palud-sur-Verdon. These stipulate, inter alia by its articles 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 only:
• The Blanc-Martel Trail is reserved for experienced hikers well-shod and well-equipped. Access to the trail is prohibited to children less than 6 years, dogs and other animals domestic as well as bicycles and bikes off-road.
• The journey must be obligatorily on the trail. It is forbidden to use shortcuts, throw stones and pick flowers or any plant species.
• Due to the passage of the trail by dark tunnels, it is compulsory to be equipped with a personal lighting device.
• The level of the Verdon is variable (unpredictable dam releases), it is forbidden to cross the Verdon outside existing structures.
• The stairs down to the Baume aux pigeons is doomed and its access is strictly prohibited.
We also recommend you to:
• Undertake this route only in good weather.
• Count 7 hours walking to the journey Point Sublime - the Maline (provide a consistent supply).
• Focus the direction La Maline - Sublime Point to do this route in hiking day (6 hours).
• Beware of falling rocks, near the cliffs, which can be caused by stormy rains, and avoid metal ladders during a thunderstorm.
• Avoid other tunnels of the site, in part eboules; they pose dangers.
• Follow the path in the scree (Estellie, Tosks) because the direct descent degrades the trail and makes the arduous climb to hikers making the trip in the opposite direction.
The Blanc-Martel Trail soon will be big work rehabilitation and securing of equipment. The trail will be closed to the public between the P' September and December 31, 2011 and 2012. Then take the variant between Rougon and La Palud-sur-Verdon. Information: House of the gorges.
Back to the GR4-To avoid the sports course of the Gorges du Verdon and to avoid the road between Mechelen and la Palud, you can use the route described herein (attention > unmarked route!).
Variant (not tagged) > Palud-sur-Verdon 2 h. Take on a few meters the trail leading to the Sublime Point Lookout, then turn right onto a path down to the stream of Bau then along the road D 952. Take left towards la Palud; 200 m further, before a bridge, take right path and everything away after crossing a stream, a trail on the left along a wooded area overlooking the ravine of Angles. Skips to the farm of Bourras and near several other farms and we come to the D 952 that we borrow right up to La Palud-sur-Verdon.
-From the Sublime Point Inn, GR 4 follows the D 952 towards Castellane; 200 m further, he left for a trail down right to the D 234 being taken right to reach the parking area at the entrance to the Gorges du Verdon (600 m).
• From the entrance to the Gorges du Verdon to the tunnel of Trescaire 45 min
-Point of departure of the "Blanc-Martel trail.
-Attention > throughout the trail, follow the priority and warning panels arranged on the route.
-GR ° 4 down through rocks and boulders and reached a Creek (a tributary of the Verdon) Bau, which it crosses on a bridge.
-A little further away, climb a staircase to the entrance of the first tunnel, said du Baou, in which one enters (bring a flashlight)
See: this tunnel with a length of 650 m has the shape of an "S". Two windows can see row Samson.
-Caution: On the left (meaning Point sublime the Maline), a gallery can be found in steep slopes which had to be used for the evacuation of spoil during the drilling of the tunnel and which should not slide.
-After the course in the first tunnel, shortly after the release of it, take the second tunnel, said Trescaire (with a length of 115 m) tunnel.
• Trescaire tunnel to tunnel the Guègues or the Artuby 1 h 30
-At the exit of the tunnel, continue on the horizontal path; cross a scree.
-Move the third tunnel, said the balm [see: on the other shore Verdon, one can see the towers of Encastel marking the end of the Chaos of Trescaire].
-The gorge widens; the trail continues, sometimes amount, sometimes descending, on the street of the water of the Verdon.
-Be careful, do not borrow the tunnels that we will meet, landslide hazard.
-Let the fourth tunnel, said of the stops, then the fifth, says of the rabbit Hutch, and finally the sixth, said the baby. Thus arrive at the entrance of the seventh tunnel, said the Guègues or the Artuby tunnel.
Geography: the great Canyon of the VerdonMajor tributary of the Durance, the Verdon originates around the col d'Allos. During its journey from 175 km, he heads South to the vicinity of Castellane, then West into the Durance.
In its first part, it is captured North of Castellane, where the Castillon dam turned it into a lake. Note the green-jade colour of this Lake, color which will be found on the entire course of the torrent.
South of Castellane, the Verdon through a series of narrow gorges, including the Grand Canyon.
It is learned geologist Édouard - Alfred Martel, guided by Isidore Blanc, teacher in Rougon, who discovered the Grand Canyon in 1905 during a mission organized by the Ministry of Agriculture to increase drinking water resources and irrigation Department and the cities of Toulon and Marseille.
The Grand Canyon begins under the promontory of the Sublime Point. This is an amazing hydrogeological bleeding that extends 21 km to the Garret. The torrent rushes in the Samson corridor which inspired Isidore Blanc this legend:
"Ye who gaze at me there from Sublime Point.
In the hellish corridor can you hear me snarl?
And do you see the assault that I book the rock?
The fight is without mercy, because the challenge is the abyss.
Out of the corridor, the Verdon extends the region of l ' Escalès then tightens in the parade of the balms-Feres. He headed the Mescla and reached the Strait of riders.The Verdon leads to the meadow of lssane with its small sandy beach. Soon after it left the bottom of the Canyon by the lssane No.
The most striking part of the Grand Canyon begins at the Estellie. The walls are vertical and the Gorge sometimes narrowed to the extreme. The torrent then reached the Styx, real bottlenecks, which is only two meters wide, 8 to 12 m depth and 100 metres in length. "Here, we are dealing with witchcraft," cried us geologist. Martel in 1905. At the exit of the river Styx, the torrent digs a balm low and deep and reached the Mann. Then, during 3 km, sites will succeed one another with a variety that has equalled only by the savagery. There the Imbut, which is the most extravagant point of any Canyon, the fairy of the Baou-blessed the cornerstone of Emerald aisle, the selvedges, wild Baous of the keel and finally the Mouillat. The torrent spreads softly in the basin of the rooms.
"There are the head lost in the middle of all that exhausts the attention. It is twenty times that should browse this Canyon to dare say that was seen. This statement from e.-A. Martel shows that it is no exaggeration to say that an extraordinary work of water, if not the most extraordinary in Europe, was conducted by the Verdon, between the departments of the Alpes de Haute Provence and the Var.
• The tunnel of the Guègues or the Artuby to the Imbert 40 mm
-Attention > Tunnel located 50 m above the path (do not enter, dangerous).
-The GR 4 abandoned the tunnel and takes a path down to a trail that follows right in the slightly downhill. It happens over a sandy beach.
-After a journey on a trail above the Verdon, climb, right, by a trail switchbacks. Toggle to the balm to the dogs to the Baume aux hirondelles (caves carved into the cliff).
-Reaching the foot of metal (number 6) ladders that borrowing (8 > these scales must be used only by experienced hikers) to mount the breach Imbert.
• The breccia Imbert to Mescla 15 min
See: this loophole allows to cross the rocky spur at the Mescla. Impressive views on the course of the Verdon.
-Go left (South) to a place where we see, on the right, the Mescla, and on left, the parade of the balms Feres and the street of the water of the Verdon to the chaos of Trescaire.
-A trail to the junction of the trail of the Mescla.
Outside GR° > towards the site of the Mescla 15 min. take the left (Southeast) marked in yellow (PR), situated a few metres above the Verdon. It reached the site of the Mescla, which means cc mix water in this case confluence of the Verdon and the Artuby, one of the most characteristic sites of the Canyon of the Verdon.
• The trail of the Mescla to the Baume aux Boeufs 25 min
-The GR 4 continues at the foot of the rock wall (see: turning, you can see the wall of the Mescla). One reaches the Baume aux Boeufs.
• The Baume aux Boeufs in the scree of the Guègues 15 min
See: vast cave where you can bivouac (, 8 > camping and fires banned) and from where you can descend to the Verdon.
-The GR 4 climbs three switchbacks to the scree of the Guègues.
• Of the scree of the Guègues to the Pré d’Issane 40 min
See: located at the end of the seventh tunnel, said Guègues or the Artuby
-Attention > the passage of the scree has a handrail and stairs.
-The trail descends slightly and this is the narrow of jumpers after which it flows into the Pré d’Issane .
• Pré d’Issane to the Estellié crossroads 40 min
See: Oasis of greenery where the plant dominates the mineral, something relatively rare in the Canyon of the Verdon.
-The GR 4 continues on the trail in about thirty meters above the Verdon. Through the Woods, he reached the crossroads of the Estellie.
• The crossroads of the Estellie at the chalet of Maline 1 h
-The GR 4 turns right and climbs into a wood of Oaks to the foot of the stairs that we borrow to cross the Rocky steps of Koshukova bar.
-The path climbs northward to cross the ravine of the beetle and oblique to the West. Then reach the chalet of Maline (900 m).
• The Chalet of Maline to La Palud-sur-Verdon 2 h
-The GR 4 borrows the road D 23 up to La Palud-sur-Verdon (950 m).
• La Palud-sur-Verdon to the source of Barbin 1h30
-Take the direction of Châteauneuf-les-Moustiers; achieve an oratory.
-Engage left in the trail amount along the thalweg. The laces of the trail through a forest track and follow a restanque then climb right to the Barbin mountain that dominates the gorges.
-Reach a small pass and the source of Barbin (1,330 m).
• The source by Barbin to Jas de Barbin 30 min
-Continue on a mountainside.
-Take the forest track down left through pines. Join a forest path. In a clearing stands a sheepfold in ruins, called the Jas de Barbin (1,210 m).
• The Jas of Barbin to the col Plein Voir 1 h.
-Take first left and then 300 m more away, the right path. Further cross the runway from the gorges of Venarelle to find a little lower; follow it on the right.
-After crossing a second Valley, reaching the plain of Barbin. Continue as follows until the next intersection of tracks.
-Commit to the right. A little further away, take a path of logging starting right into the pine forest. Then, pass huts in ruins of the wort. Shortly thereafter, reach the full show pass (1,200 m).
The earthenware of MoustiersWood and clay from the vicinity of Moustiers promote the local production of pottery. It is a monk who, according to tradition, introduced in the 16th century the use of white enamel, with the famous Blue says "de Moustiers', made the reputation of the earthenware of Moustiers. In the following century, white earthenware was a great success, Louis XIV ordered to sacrifice the dishes of gold and silver for the benefit of the Kingdom, in order to help to finance very impoverished by expensive wars.
The first furnaces, whereby the craft into industry, was built in 1679.
The production had to be dominated in the 18th century by the family of the Clerissy, as skilled traders as excellent potters.
The different styles of earthenware, which evolved at that time were changing cooking techniques, are divided into five periods:
• During the first period of the Tempesta style and probably developed by the Decorator François Viry, the decorations were mainly blue and white, depicting biblical scenes or hunting often inspired by the Italian Antonio Tempesta engravings.
• During the second period, so-called style Berain, the inspiration came from the Grotesques of the ornementiste Jean Berain (animals fantatisques, masks...) and his followers. Parts are usually monochrome, blue or white.
• The third period, the style of Olerys (name of the Potter who created the style), it drifted Acora Spanish production and is marked by the introduction of polychrome decor to the big blue (yellow, green, purple, blue and pink glaze). The engravings of Jacques Callot inspired faïence (stylized figures, satirical scenes).
• The fourth Ferrat-so-called period was characterized by landscapes and flowers in monochrome, as well as of chinoiserie.
• The fifth style Féraud-so-called period was marked by a new polychrome decoration in the great fire of scenes pastoral or mythological, naturalistic processed flowers.
At the end of the 18th century, there were 12 workshops and the animation was great at Moustiers, but la Faïencerie should fall into decay from the Revolution and ovens went one after the other. They rallumèrent around 1925 and since, thanks to the designers and craftsmen, the earthenware of Moustiers is again highly appreciated and collectors are looking for old pieces.
A Museum in the Town Hall, traces the history of earthenware.
back to the GR4• Col de Plein Voir to col de l’Ane 30 min
See: Point of view on the Lake of Sainte-Croix, the mountain of Lure and, in the distance, the Luberon, the Sainte-Victoire massif and mont Ventoux.
-Leave a path to the right and to the left and continue on the ridge to the col de l’Ane (1,095 m).
• The col de l’Ane to Verdon Gorge road 1 h 30
-After the pass, GR 4 always follows the ridge. Pass the signal to the Vals (1,216 m) and then down the Rocky bars above the Beyliere farm. 9.5 the road of the gorges (570 m).
-From the road of the gorges at a crossroads 1 h
-A few shortcuts so to arrive at the crossing of roads of Aiguines, Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.
-Follow the road of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie to the chapelle Saint-Pierre; Browse 200 m still on the road.
-Path left a Southwest; 200 m further on, turn right and 500 m more far still arrive at a crossroads.
See: founded in the 5th century by monks, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie has a great reputation in the 17th and 18th centuries thanks to its earthenware. According to tradition, a religious, come to Faenza (Italy), have learned to a Potter of the town the secret of the beautiful milky white enamel which should ensure with blue says "de Moustiers" the reputation of the local tiles.
To see: Museum of earthenware, pottery workshops, 12th-century parochial church lombard, ramparts.
• The crossroad to the plateau 1 h
-Turn left towards the Southwest. By a dirt road, cross the ravine of the bass (537 m) and go up on the side opposite by a forest path switchbacks. We thus arrive on the plateau (768 m).
• The Plateau to Roumoules 2 h 15
-Turn left and follow the road of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie in Sainte-Croix-de-Verdon on 50 m then take a small road that quickly turns into dirt road on the left.
-Along 2 km around the edge of a forest covering the slopes until the Lake of Sainte-Croix situated below (see: artificial lake created in 1973 following the construction of the dam of Sainte-Croix).
-When the road leaves the edge of the forest, the GR turn right (West). Approximately 400 m further on, reach a road; borrow right on approximately 100 m, then turn left onto a tarred road to bypass a shed by the North.
-It passes under two power lines. GLIA 4 continues on the road that runs through the plain of les Bessons vast crops of grain and lavender.
-Keep left Roubion farm; After 2 km approximately to the West (Attention > uncommon markup due to lack of support). Reach a crossroads (677 m).
-Turn left (Southeast) and 500 m more far right (West) on a jewelled path from Crete and staying at Roumoules (580 m).
• Roumoules to Riez 1 h 30
-Go through the village along its length, cut the 952 N, take the road to Puismoisson, crossing the Colostre.
-Turn left onto a path of Earth on the plateau. At the first crossroads, turn left on a path crossing the plain of Sainte-Maxime in the middle of the cultures of lavender.
-On moves towards Sainte-Maxime chapel on a hill overlooking the Valley of the Colostre. Get off at Riez (528 m).
• Riez to Pontfrac Castle 1 h
See: old town: Roman columns (remains of a temple dedicated to Apollo), baptistery life, fortifications moult and 14th centuries, chapel Sainte - Maxime 17th century.
-Exit laugh by way of columns. Continue straight until D 952 that we follow for 1 km. Take right onto a path that crosses the Valley and leads on D 6. Follow it to the right.
-Continue on a road that continues straight. 400 m further, one reaches the castle of Pontfrac.
• The castle of Pontfrac to the road D 15 1h30
-Continue on the road about 1.5 km.
-Engage right in a stony path climbing quite steeply towards the plateau. Follow on the left, off the trail, its wooded border.
-A worthy of the Jas of Truy, cross between cultivated fields to reach it. Continue along a dirt road.
-At the crossroads, take left on the path which crosses for about 2 km, different cultures. The path then often changes direction and goes down to route D 15.
• Route D 15 to Saint Martin-de-Brômes 1h30
-Follow D 15 right.
-Take left a dirt fire road. So follow the crest of Saint-Pierre, first through cultivated land, then in wooded area.
-Go under a power line and 800 meters after, turn right on a path which, a little later, bypasses land planted young olive trees.
-On enters underbrush before descending to the village of Saint-Martin-de-Brômes (370 m).
• Saint-Martin-de-Brômes to Greoux les Bains 2 h
See: > Romanesque church; Tower of the Knights Templar from XIe century; houses of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries; Gallo-Roman Museum.
-Out of the village to the West and pass over a small bridge.
-Leave the road on a curve to the left to continue, straight, on a path paved rising quickly in the pines towards the plateau. At the outlet, then turn right.
-Turn left at the GR ° crosses old fields of lavender and finds the forest. Inside it, there are three intersections.
-At the first turn left. The second, characterized by a very large pine tree, turn right. Finally, third, lower left (southwest) in the direction of Gréoux - les Bains and the Verdon.
-At the West edge of the wood, to engage then left, due South, along the edge, leaving the ruins of Pujol in right hand.
-Include the D 952 is crossed to the right bank of the Verdon. The longer downstream by the road unpaved at the start before returning to the roadway that leads close to the thermal baths of Gréoux-les-Bains (400 m).
The country of lavenderThe Haute-Provence, it is the blue country sung by Jean Giono. Blue is omnipresent: intense blue of the sky ("three hundred days a year" says the tourist slogan), delicate and transparent light blue Provencal so appreciated painters, but also blue velvety lavanderaies that abound throughout the region.
Lavender is everywhere in this high country, hills and plateaus to the first Alpine peaks. It marks the landscape of Haute-Provence with his imprint colored and scented.It is the universally recognized symbol since the capital of Provence, the small town of Digne, is regarded as the capital of lavender.
There are lavender and lavenderLavanda Vera, Angustifolia Officinalis are scientific names given by botanists this aromatic plant or rather the noblest variety, one that produces the most delicate fragrance, more known under the name of fine Lavender because there are several varieties of lavender.
fine Lavender • or True Lavender, that we have just mentioned, and the hiker to this crossing of the Haute-Provence will often encounter along the route. It is mountain Lavender which grows from 600 to I 500 metres (you can even find it in the wild up to nearly 2000 metres!)
• the aspic or large lavender to the highest port and broader leaves. This species is more sensitive to cold and does not support an altitude higher than 600 metres. Its very camphor essence is not used in perfumery.
• These two varieties hybridize naturally and at an altitude common to both, around 600 meters to give the lavandin, recognizable by its clumps very spontaneously developed into ball shape.
The essence of lavender is coarser than that of True Lavender but its performance is very much higher (approximately three times more).
Only the fine lavender and lavender are grown in Haute-Provence. You might think that this culture is a very old Provençal tradition. In fact it dates only from the beginning of the century and intensive culture itself appears only after the first world war.
Of course, the wild lavender was picked since long as its therapeutic virtues and its aromatic qualities were known and used since ancient times. But it is mostly from the second half of the 19th century that Lavender picking becomes systematic.
At that time, the rural exodus which hit the Haute-Provence is accompanied by abandonment of cultivated land, especially in the regions of altitude climate dry and lean soil. In these neglected lands, only robust and undemanding plants can be maintained. This is the case of lavender that will cover a few decades abandoned spaces.
All these expanses of wild lavender, the badassieres will be exploited and the picking of spontaneous Lavender will grow with the vogue of consumption of perfumes and the rise of the perfume factories of Grasse. Very important until about 1920, since it was then almost all of the production, harvesting has virtually disappeared before cultivation of lavender and lavender.
Today Lavender is grown intensively at low altitude and its strong performance as well as the tillage mechanization and crop can produce annually nearly thousand tons of gasoline.
Fine lavender, grown in the mountains and its more modest production of eighty tonnes of gasoline attaches to the quality label protected by the appellation d'origine contrôlée: Haute Provence lavender essential oil.
Back to the GR4• To Gréoux - les Bains to the hamlet of Quatre Chemins 2 h
See: capital of the cures of Haute-Provence (sulphureous waters).
(To cross the city, it is advisable to follow the route marked starting to the North, to the right of the mounted police; it leads to the Castle).
The Templars Castle: this is the Acropolis of the city. Its heavy mass visible regardless of the arrival route. Its location was a Roman fortified position, and the historians agree to find its origin and its creation with the Knights Templar.
It was around the year 1120 that agenda came in the Alpes de Haute Provence and moved to Gréoux. The lordship of collective good became the property of Arnaud de Trian in the Kingdom of Naples in 1322, to Raymond of Glandèves family which will remain at the head of the lordship until 1641, in 1427 date where spirit of Clapiers became the master of the House. In 1702, Audiffret Jerome, marquis title, Lord of the locality, ceded by his descendants headquartered in Jean-Baptiste of Albertras in 1782. The reign of the latter was short-lived, since the revolution the lands and Castle of the lordship of Gréoux were sold as national property.
-Behind the Castle, take a stony path rising quickly on the shelf; 2 km further, join D 82, then follow to the left for about 800 m.
-Take left a trail to cover sparing a few breakaways on the Durance Valley.
-You arrive to mas Devenson; get off a mound planted thyme and take a wide dirt road that leaves a mas below on the right.
-On quickly down a road that we borrow right; 20 m further engage left on a path amount at the Grand Devenson mas.
-After the Grand Devenson mas, cross cultures and get off on the road to Manosque on takes left: 700 m further, reach the lieu-dit Les Quatre Chemins (294 m).
• The lieu-dit Les Quatre Chemins to Manosque 1 h 30
-Borrow D 907 and cross the Durance. Stay on the road for about 2 km.
-A crossroads, turn right towards the districts of Naisses (Gîte). Win Manosque passing on the canal de Provence.
-The markup ends, 500 m more below under the railway. Continue on avenue to enter in Manosque (350 m).
• Manosque to the chapel Saint - Pancrace 30 min
See: the city is located at the foot of hills covered with olive trees and overlooking the plain of alluvium of the Durance. Manosque was a Ligurian oppidum on the road of Hercules. For the origin of its name, it was suggested manec'h, 'full of sources', and asq, "River." In the Church Saint-Sauveur is the black Virgin of Manosque, the oldest of France. It comes to ask him the rain in times of drought.
-GR 4 markup resumes at the roundabout of the Hubacs. The GR ® climbs by the rise of all other then by road to the chapel Saint-Pancrace (445 m).
See: the chapel Saint-Pancrace or all other: St. Pancras is the patron saint that has gone to Manosque in the 14th century; All other comes from the situation of the chapel exposed to all the winds. Place of pilgrimage and the feast of the "saucissonade" at Easter. Views on the mountains of the Luberon, Manosque, the Durance Valley and in the distance, in clear weather, the Ubaye.
• Chapel Saint-Pancrace to Pierrevert 1 h 45
-GR 4 continuous, southwesterly, on a path which soon place a path down a ridge through kermes Oaks and brooms.
-He arrived at a crossroads and borrows the route right; 50 m further, take the rise of la Calade, reserved for residents, amount (West) to the village of Pierrevert (420 m).
• From Pierrevert to Montfuron 2 h
See: ancient fortified village, Chapel Sainte-Patrie and portal of the Church of the 13th century. Craft site, famous in the region for its wines of coteaux.
-Go through the village of Pierrevert, and instead St. John, go down a trail near the old mill. at a crossroads follow the tarmacked right (West).
-By way of the Bucelle, the GR ° 4 drops to the road D 6 it takes to the left; 500 m further, it crosses a stream and cut a path.
-On the right take the road called 'Montfuron path. She rides through the vineyards. Pass in front of the Saint-Elzéar, the cemetery Chapel and reach the village of Montfuron (670 m).
• From Montfuron to Montjustin 1 h 30
-Out of the village to the North; It passes near an old mill recently restored (right). Arriving at a crossroads, continue on the road to Middle-Earth joining the crossroads of routes D 907 and D 956.
-Borrow D 956 to la Bastide-des-Jourdans (West).
-Continue in front on a dirt road (off, there are the Luberon massif). The path continues on the hillsides and along the Marembreme nature reserve where the flora and fauna are protected.
-We thus arrive at the foot of the village of Montjustin (550 m).
Outside GR > junction with the GR ® 97; the two GR ° have a common route to Oppedette where the GR ® 97 borrows the GR ® 6.
• From Montjustin to the chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Pitié de Céreste 1 h
-° GR 4 and GR ° 97 do not rise in the village of Montjustin but continue on a path of Earth (West) to la Bastide Roque.
-At the edge of a field of lavender, abandon the ridge down to a road facing the Tulargue farm (not brought on the IGN map 1: 50000). Ultimately, the path is lined with oak trees.
-Take the road left until a culvert on the Aiguebelle, crossing it and climb up to a transformer, turn immediately right onto a dirt road joining the 100 N, at the height of the chapel Notre-Dame-de-Pitié de Céreste. Cross the road (be careful!).
Outside GR° > towards Céreste 5 min. on the side of the chapel take a road (West) to reach the village of Céreste. See: Céreste, crossroads, was inhabited all time thus evidenced its oppidum. Ligurian then Romans made a camp and a first-rate refuelling centre. The via Domitia linking the Italy to the Spain and the many discovered remains bear witness to its former importance. The castle in ruins and the houses of the old town surrounded by walls show that the activity of the village had survived;It was a milestone for pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela. This charming village has been, there a few years ago, disfigured by new construction, necessary for its survival. Junction with the GR 653 D °.
• Of Notre-Dame-de-Pitié de Céreste to the Priory of Grand Carluc 1 h
-Leave the chapel on the left and continue in front (North). Shortly after, cross the small river Encreime on the Roman bridge and follow to the right a small road that runs alongside the station.
-Turn left and cross the old railway Cavaillon-voice (removed in 1939).
-Then take the path file due north which leads to a small road; She turned to the North and then East to win the Priory of Carluc Grand.
• The Prieuré de Grand Carluc to Sainte-Croix-à-Lauze 1h30
See: the etymology of this name, kar Rocky place, Luke wood sacred well located the framework of this ancient Priory ruins. The sober architecture, funerary galleries and the murmur of the stream make it a place of meditation. Sanctuary originally Pagan, then Christian, the necropolis of rock-hewn sarcophagi was to receive the bodies of the martyrs, justifying the veneration of these places. In the 6th and 7th centuries, Benedictine monks established a Priory which assumed the proportions of an Abbey. The LX ' century it experienced the decline due to the insecurity of the time. The 11th century saw the rebirth of le Prieuré Saint-Pierre of Carluc thanks to Archinric, Abbot of Montmajour. In the 16th century, new decay caused by the wars of religion; It was the abandonment. Currently are visible the Romanesque chapel of the 13th century, partly restored, and the necropolis which today open gallery houses sarcophagi carved into the rock.
-Of the Priory of Carluc Grand, GR ° 4 left follows the lined path, passes through a culvert and a few metres further, turn left (North) on a path along the wood; 500 m further, leave a path on the right.
Outside GR > junction with the GR 653 D.
-Continue until a road.
-Take it right; It passes at the Western foot of the ancient countryside of the Pourraque (which means Asphodel) and East of the Hill Reynier (name of an old family of Sainte-Croix-à-Lauze, who still lived in the Pourraque before 1939), then we arrive at a bridge on the Grand Vallat that it crosses.
-Take the road that goes right, leave a House on your left and then turn left a dirt road.
-1 km further, below on the right, can be seen next to a century-old cherry, a square Dovecote that keeps inside a few boulins.
-After a 1 km climb, lead to a road that is crossed to win by a path amount left, the village of Sainte-Croix-à-Lauze (600 m).
• From Sainte-Croix-à-Lauze to Oppedette 1 h 30
See: this village owes its name to the slabs of limestone forming the covers of the houses. The Church seems to go back to the Romanesque period; at the entrance of the Manor, rack wrought iron from the 18th century.
-The GR ® 4 is not entering the village (to get there, take a steep path on the right). At the foot of the village, mount left on a path that derives a lace along the ruins of a retaining wall; shortly afterwards, turn right (North) on a stony path bordered by a drystone murette capped with a row of straight stones. Move between fields of lavender and leave a path on the left; an oak continue northward. Pass under a power line (wood carrying pole) and continue along a field of lavender; you arrive on the plateau. Continue in the direction of the field of Grand-white buildings. After a crossroads, down a dirt road; We pass below and to the East of the hamlet of Grand Blanc.
See: views West on the Oppedette Gorge and the mountains of Vaucluse, in the South on the Grand Luberon, Northwest on Banon and region of Simiane-la-Rotonde, at the (Northern) horizon on the sky, the Lure mountain ridge.
-Continue on the road that describes two turns. Further, let the road that descends on the hamlet of Fenouillet to follow a stony and ravine road to an oratory dedicated to St. Joseph in 1838.
-Desendre directly to a processor located below on the edge of a road.
-GR 4/6/97 down the road left to enter the village of Oppedette (500 m).
Outside GR > junction with GR ° 6 at the entrance of the village.
• From Oppedette to the farm of Chaloux 1 h 15
See: picturesque village, renowned for the Gorge that it dominates. The basement of Calvary is an old votive altar to the God Mars, stone (interlacing) pre-Romanesque.
Outside GR > Alpes de Lumière has equipped and marked the Oppedette Gorge. Site of Oppedette Gorge, by the Alps of light association and class originally landscaped sensitive natural space by the Department of the Alpes de Haute Provence, is to discover, you will find two landscaped viewpoints and hiking routes to circumnavigate the Gorge (duration: 3 hours).
-GR ° 4 borrows the D 201 in the direction of Carniol (North) about 2 km approximately.
-Just before a hairpin turn, it undertakes on a (North) along trail Creek and then back on the flank of the Valley where it moves westward reaching the Chaloux farm (600 m).
Religious artAt the intersection of the old roads and new, or departing from those farms and sheep pens, across the cross watched over men. For centuries, there was nothing else, apparently wooden crosses roads at intersections. They were usually solid oak cross, which lasted for centuries, and which were systematically replaced when their extreme dilapidation made them crumble in hedges or on the pebbles of the edges of the path. It is only at the beginning of the 19th century it begins to frequently replace the cross by oratories, these small discrete monuments, masonry or stone. Types of oratory are varied, but the principle is everywhere the same: it is a Stela or a pillar-shaped bell tower slender, in which a niche contains, either painted a wood evoking a mystery of faith, or a statuette of a tutelary saint. Many of these monuments have unfortunately disappeared.
In addition to the cross which stood in the center of the cemetery and the church square, each village had at least its three cross, the famous trescrous of the Rogations, around 500 m away from the Church: it is there driving procession to each of the three days of the Rogations, singing the litanies of the saints, for the blessing of the fruits of the Earth.
There were then cross or oratories in each 'cruise' major roads, departing from access to the rural chapels or important areas, often located on the site of ancient settlements.
Private oratories once existed in homes, usually dedicated to the Virgin, whose image was earthenware of Moustiers. Clams, generally of same origin, were at the bedside of every bed. The passes were often equipped with them also a cross, and sometimes the summits.
Also there crosses on the door of the houses and the countless "crosses" which overcome both doors of older homes, including Simiane.
When to the Rogation on blessing the fields and the fruits of the Earth, was also bless by the priest of the quantities of these small wooden crosses, made with more or less care, and who "carried the blessing" in homes, barns, gardens, fields and woodland.
There is also another type of monument: angle niches, at the corner of a house or two streets meet. Was placed a statue of a patron saint. Some niches were embedded in the walls, outside or inside houses, on a wall of sheep or closure, or even above the door of a well.
Back to the GR4• Farm Chaloux to Simiane-la-Rotonde 1 h 15
-Follow the path paved for 30 m after the farm, let go the way left and commit on a trail down the gorges of Vaumale.
-The trail runs through the bottom of the Gorge to get out at the Vaumale farm that it bypasses by the right. GR 4 orients to the North and won the farm's brothel is left on the right to join the road D 51.
-Borrow D 51 right (North) on 300 m about to take, on the left, the 701 D leading directly to the foot of the village of Simianela-Rotonde (690 m).
• Of Simiane-la-Rotonde to route D 30 1 h
See: Village famous for its Rotunda (dodecagonal pyramid-shaped tower), built in the late 12th century to strengthen the defensive system of the castle of the D'agoult.See also: Castle of the 12th century chapel, preserved in the remains of a less ancient castle.
-Through the streets of the old village of Simiane, climb to the Rotunda. There, head west to find a path from near ancient windmills and the chapel Notre-Dame-de-Pitié.
-Leave right the Truquet building and, when the road turns to the left to win the Penssinier farm, continue straight on a sente lined with piles of stones forming wall.
-Further, the path widens to pass a small ledge and get off at flank up to the ravine of the Combe road, just before a very pronounced curve it.
-Then follow the road to the right (attention > widely spaced marks) which turns southwest through deciduous Woods very various. further, leave a road and telephone line.
-The GR follows the road to the right (North) and leads to a plain cultivated with cereals and lavender near the Bowers farm. One reaches the plateau d'Albion travels the road D 30 (846 m).
• The D30 road to the farm of the castle of wood 1 h 15
-The GR 4 crosses the 30 D and borrows in front a dirt road (West) (attention: the markup marks very spaced). Browse around 800 m to the Southwest leaving all paths or located right here.
-Turn right to win the abandoned farm of the Basset (attention > be careful markup). (We leave the Department of Provence to the Department of Vaucluse).
-There a sente joined a path that we follow to the right.
-About 600 m further (we see greater Bel Air farm), GR 4 turns to the left (South) acute angle on a road traversing the plateau (attention > markup marks very spaced).
-Switch to a ruined bastide situated on the left of the road and arrive at a crossroads.
-There, commit to the right on a path (attention > not passable) at the entrance to which is affixed a sign "Private road" (1,054 m).
-Be attentive to the markup up to a fence screened marking the property of the farm of le Château du Bois (1,090 m).
• The farm of the castle to Lagarde – Apt 1h
-Along the fence to the right (West) to join the road that we borrow left slightly uphill. Continue on the road traversing the plateau.
-Pass in the vicinity of the bastide of the Bannetons (buildings which can be seen on the right, off the road) (nearby, on the right, we see the Summit of Saint-Pierre (1,256 m)).
Outside GR > farm of the Bannetons, an old road marked in blue passes at the foot of the St. Peter through the Ferre, and near the distillery of medicinal and biological plants (visits) and the Grande Bastide before joining cross of Lavender (trace dashed on the map).
-Continue along the road. Leave left a new road; 300 m further, one reaches the D 34 road it takes right to win the nearby hamlet of Lagarde-D'apt (1,089 m).
• Lagarde-D'apt to Berre 1h45
-At last (North) building of the hamlet, GR 4 takes on the left a path tarred describing a turn and climbs about 500 m. at the intersection, follow a 1.6 km dirt road to the right.
-At the entrance of the Caires sign, turn left along the fence [deer and deer parks]. At the third turn, get off the path.
-At the end of the fence, finding an intersection of roads; continue in the same direction and then go north. Down through the wood up to 80 m from the entrance to the hamlet of Berre (1,018 m).
• Berre to the crossroads of the cross of lavender 20 min
See: important bastide, flock of sheep (attention, keep dogs on leash; do not cross the hamlet, private access).
-Just 80 m from the first building, down the first yaw left; the road bypasses to the South the hamlet and avoids it.
-At the third turn, the dirt road joins the track and the dates back to the North to join the road; the follow on 200 m, then take the first road on the right.
-Continue to climb slowly to the intersection of the cross of Lavender (1,098 m).
• The crossroads of the lavender cross to the junction with the GR 9 1h30
Out of GR > Trail blue former crossing point (there are also yellow marks) from the Grande Bastide. Taking this path to the left (southwest), it joined the GR 9 a little before Savouillon. GR ° 9, in the South, runs on Saturnin-Apt and Apt-Luberon.
-GR 4 continues to the North and descends gently to the bottom of a small Valley (991 m).
-There, it turns left on a passable dirt road (attention > on the right red marks, do not reflect) back on the shelf.
-Pass the old farmhouse of Ballegros; further, arrive at an important crossroads (point side 1,047).
-Take one of the paths to the right (due north). A little further away, you can see on the right the bastides of Redortier and reached the junction with the GR 9.
Outside GR : GR 9 arrives, by the left (southwest), Savouillon.
• From the junction with the GR 9 to a crossroads 15 min
-The GR have a common path about 1 km until a crossroads (1,037 m).
Outside GR > uphill to the right, is the Signal of the penalty (1,059 m) reached in 10 min this > old farm buildings, road and property private. views on the mont Ventoux, Sault, the plateau of Albion and the Luberon; in clear weather, one can see the Lure mountain and the Dévoluy].
• A crossroads to route D 943 1 h 10
-Take the GR left on 300 m.
-Leave the GR 9, follow to the right the North across road; soon it enters wood with oak, pine and fayards.
-Continue to descend on this way; Let him go to the right markup orange. Later, wood brightens and one discovers away Sault and its fields of lavender.
-The path becomes more and more Rocky and steep and reaches the road D 943 (710 m).
• The road D 943 to the 20 min lodge
-The GR 4 crosses the road and borrows, on the left of the building called La Chapelle, a path in a northerly direction - Northwest. Cross the D 943 (caution!) and continue in front on the road.
Outside GR : by GR ° 91 c > for Sault 15 min. Coast 702, take road to the right (North) on approximately 300 m to win Sault (780 m). This city had its name (Säntis) forests which once covered the mountains; She played in Pierrelatte, Donzère, Valréas, etc., the honour of occupying the place of ancient Aeria. She was in the middle ages the seat of a barony, then a County (1561), which belonged to the Créqui and the Lesdiguières.
To see: the Church with its Romanesque nave of the beginning of the 13th century, its apse and transept of the beginning of the 14th century, and its collateral Northern added in the 16th century. the two towers encased in houses, ruins of a castle from the 16th century; the Museum of archaeology and Geology (Town Hall). The Esplanade overlooking the Nesque, you can enjoy a beautiful view on the mont Ventoux. The specialties of the country are lavender, honey, nougat, deli meats and truffles.
-Cut several roads and arrive at the lodge.
• La Loge to Verdolier 1h
-Cross the lodge by following the 1 D left around 300 m.
-Attention > avoid D 1, dangerous in the crossing of the lodge is 100 m before the hamlet borrow left the signposted path orange along the Creek.
-After 300 m, turn right, lead to the 1 D and the cross carefully.
-Commit to the right on a path (markup Ge and orange). The GR"' continues on a good path gently up to a road it takes to right (North) to achieve
• Verdolier to Jas Forest 1 h 15
See: picturesque hamlet located at the bottom of a valley of the high-Nesque. To see: the Church of the 18th century forming a beautiful together with the wash-house and the fountain.
-Cross the hamlet, pass behind the cemetery and continue on a trail (Northwest); a little further, it turns to the right (North) and rises quickly to the Jas Forest (1131 m).
• Jas forest to the Baraqued’Aurel crossing
-Continue on the forest road in the 400 m to the intersection with a trail rating 1 165 m.
-The 4 GR and GR ° 9 continue on the trail right (solid black pine of Austria and deer). After about 1.8 km, you reach an intersection.
Outside GR > found on the left marks the GR 91 B or paths of the Bergeries ° headed towards the House forest rat (40 min) and that runs the South face of the Ventoux to average elevation of 1,000 m. allows to make the Tour of the Mont Ventoux conjugate with the 91 Gr and GR ° 91 c.
-Continue in the same direction and reach the D 164 (the lookout). Cross to continue in front to the crossroads shanty of Aurel (1,442 m).
• The Baraque d’Aurel to Mont Ventoux 1 h 45
Out of GR> Separation of the 4 Gr and 9 GR. GR 9 hand right (North) to the shoulder of the fresh, he joined the contract by a trail on the north face of Mont Ventoux.
-The GR ® 4 share left (North); 500 m further on, it turns left and enters the forest.
-It leads to a first military location abandoned silo, located on the right (seen on the mountains of the Drôme, the Vercors, and Hautes-Alpes).
-The GR 4 is committed to the left (West, Northwest) and reaches a small pass at an altitude of 1,575 m, the pitch of the fresh.
Outside GR > down on the left (South), can be reached in 20 min, the Reynard chalet located on the road. At the height of a ski lift, a trail marked yellow part points to reach GR ° 9 on the north face of Mont Ventoux.
-GR 4 continues in the same direction and arrived at the pass of storms (1,829 m) where a second elevator was located.
-Pass north of it to continue to rise following the Ridge dotted with red painted iron pickets. It reaches the road circling the top of the mont Ventoux (1,912 m).
See: culmination of the Vaucluse Mountains and highest peak of Vaucluse (1,912 m), mont Ventoux is nicknamed the giant of Provence or Bald Mountain. Its remoteness makes it visible over large distances, giving it its present name. It is also the language border between northern and southern occitan.
• Mont Ventoux to the Contrat 1h15
See to the Mont Ventoux: the ascent to the mont Ventoux by Jas Forest and Ridge offers horizons, there again, sweeping; of the Summit, to the North, are the mountains of the spear which relate the last hills of the Drôme and before which opens the Ouvèze Valley; later, between the upper Valley of the Drôme and the Durance, the col de Cabre; the peaks in the huge escarpments of the Trièves and the Dévoluy, between Gap and Grenoble: Obiou, Ferrand, Bure peak; then the great Alps of the Dauphiné: the Pelvoux, Viso; the deep depression of the Durance between Gap and Manosque. To the Southeast, the Alpes-Maritimes. South, the view extends from Vaucluse, Marseille (Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde) and the Alpilles mountains. Further, beyond the plain of Arles, the sea appears, line bright on the horizon.To the Southwest, Montpellier and Nimes. To the West, the Cevennes and the long ridge of the mont Lozère. Finally, to the Northwest, along the Rhone, the mountains of the Vivarais above which stand the Mezenc and Gerbier-de-Jonc.
-After 100 m, the GR ® 4 left D 974 westward. Right down a trail on the North Slope until the lace of the road. Continue wide hairpin bends towards the combe of the contract. Reach an intersection.
Outside GR > junction with the GR 9, coming to the right of the Aurel shack by the trail of the north side of the mont Ventoux.
-The two GR left through the last big lace of the trail. They join a drain path, left to right win a cabin called the shelter of the contract (1,400 m).
• The shelter of the Contrat to the col du Comte 1 h 30
Out of GR > GR 9 descends in the combe of the Mine and headed towards Brantes.
-The GR 4 part left on the Terminal roadbed.
-Come up right (northbound) on 120 m dirt road Serriere (beautiful view).
-Continue left along the forest track which, further to the left, descends gently through a pine forest.
-The trail is a trail through the combe of the firecracker. It runs along the side of the mountain (views on the mountains of the baronies in the North and below the Toulourenc Valley followed by GR 91 from the Brantes.
-One can notice a few specimens of beech trees).
-The path out of the forest to cross the ravine of the Grand Vallat. (View on the village of Saint-Léger-du-Ventoux cowering at the foot of the mountain of Bluye).
-Enter again in the forest. the GR ® 4 following West the Valley of Pralong, pleasant Woods of maple, beech and conifers for reforestation. The trail turns right (alt. 1 000 m) and becomes more Rocky.
-Pass near the wells of Saboix [water hole made by human hands]. The GR ® reaches the neck of the County (1,004 m).
Outside GR > Intersection with the forest track coming from Brantes and joining the road D 974 that rises to the top of mont Ventoux.
• The Col du Comte to Alazards 1h
-Cross the forest road and down under the tank (reserve of water for fire) to the combe de master-Claude
-You can see then in the distance the massif of the Dentelles de Montmirail and the ruins of the castle of the Villasse and down the Valley of the Vau Plan.
-The GR descends in switchbacks up the bottom of the Valley that it follows westward, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation.
-There are crops; then follow a small road (about 2 km) lined with vineyards and cherry and apricot orchards.
-Turn left (South) to pass over a small bridge and reach the Alazards.
• Alazards to the plateau du Sueil 1 h 30
-Cross the hamlet; near two fountains GR ° 4 turns left (is). The path becomes a footpath that begins a steep climb in the direction of the cliffs of temper.
-Before these, the trail turns right (southwest) to reach a grassy plateau planted with pine trees where rises on its rock, chapel Saint-Sidonius (745 m).
-The GR passes at the foot of the Chapel; follow the forest road for about 2 km to reach the threshold (730 m).
• The plateau du Sueil to the cirque of Baume 45 min
(In Provençal, a suelh is a water hole).
Outside GR > continuing straight (southwest), you can reach the road D 974.
-GR ° 4 takes on the right (Northwest) road which becomes a trail to traverse a clear tray and left down the combe de Comentige until the cirque of Baume.
• The circus of the Baume to the source of the Groseau 15 min
-Follow a trail to the exit of the cirque, turn left (South) and continue on a trail through an area where grow Crake (attention > muddy in wet weather).
-Reach by a short climb a small pass, then the source of the Groseau by old plâtrières.
• the source of the Groseau to Malaucène 20 min
See: the source of the Groseau flows by several cracks at the foot of a rocky Escarpment over 100 m high. The Romans brought water from the source in Vaison by an aqueduct which remains can be seen on the road from Malaucene to Vaison.
-GR borrows the D 974 road towards the West from Malaucène. 600 m after the Romanesque chapel of Groseau, GR 4 made common trunk with GR-91.
-We arrive at the course planted plane trees surrounding the village of Malaucène (320 m).
• From Col de Malaucène to Col de la Chaîne 1 h 45
See, located at the foot of mont Ventoux, Malaucène is one of the meccas of the Comtat Venaissin and the history of the popes of Avignon.
• The parish church: Church closed, erected by Pope Clement V to 1309 and 1314. Fortified 14th century façade and provision. Blend of Romanesque and Gothic. Renaissance choir. Great organ and its buffet wooden gilded 1639. Tables, carved oak Chair due to scissors Charols brothers, children of the country.
• The chapel of the Grozeau: 12th century historical monument. It is the rest of the Grosel Monastery founded towards the year 648, demolished by the Saracens and rebuilt in the 11th century, singular octagonal building, carved frieze and well-preserved capitals. Opposite this Chapel, across the road, lie the remains of the former summer residence of Pope Clement V, the "Castel Gandolfo" of the 14th century.
• In the centre of the city: the old Square Tower or belfry, clock, and on a rocky mound, a crucifix erected on the ruins of the Castle. Splendid panorama (classified site).
-Leave the town by avenue de Verdun on the left (D 938 direction Carpentras), go past the Church.
-Commit to the right on a path amount between residences to a turn of the road D 938. In this shift, take left on a small downward road.
-Turn right and continue in the same direction to reach a farm. Mount in a westerly direction to the crest (Col.) wood.
-Leave a ridge trail that goes to the left towards the top of Clairier [ancient oppidum]. The trail veers Southwest and reach an intersection.
Outside GR > junction with the GR country des Dentelles de Montmirail °. The two GR ° course is common until the am (falsely known as "Pas du Loup" on the map).
-The two GR Ascend towards the North to the col of the chain (469 m).
• The col de la Chaine to Pousterle 1h
-200 m after the pass and the farm of the same name, right, proceed on a rocky trail. GR 4 climbs overlooking Saint-Amand cirque which household intermittently beautiful views over the plain of Vaison and the mountains of Nyons in the North, on the crest of Saint-Amand, in front, and the Dentelles de Montmirail in the South.
-You will come to a sort of tray (600 m) prior to crete, Coast 609 (Pas de Wolf, name given to the trail in the direction of Saint-Amand South-West).
-The trail turned right to achieve by a market on a hillside slope, on an inconspicuous slope, a "notch" of the Rocky Ridge known as am (588 m).
Outside GR > GR country Tour of the Dentelles de Montmirail headed right towards Vaison.
• From Poustrele to Crestet 30 min
-GR ° 4 crosses the 'am' (door, opening), in undergrowth, down a dirt road to a crossroad marked by five Cypress; leave all paths located on the left to continue on the wide almost North path which leads to the crossroads of the path of Crestet.
Outside GR > going down this road, to the North, one can reach the village of Crestet.
• The Chemin de Crestet to Séguret 2 h
-GR ° 4 turns left (West) with the wide path. A little further below, can be seen on the right, the farm of the canopy, then left a vineyard.
Outside GR > in wood, a trail (marked yellow and blue dots) left down to the remains of the monastery of Prebayon.
-The GR 4 continues on the jewelled path, then turns Northwest and, shortly thereafter, he left to right a forest road.
-Take a path that goes down in the middle of an area recently replanted to the ravine of Prebayon.
-The GR leads on another road which, a little further on, joined the trail marked by yellow dots from the monastery of Prebayon.
-Shortly after, GR 4 borrows a trail to the North towards the Dindoulette. It reaches a small road leading to Samuel; borrow right.
-Commit to the right in a shortened the route one follows up to Samuel (268 m).
• Séguret to Roaix 2 h.
See > the village of Seguret is located on a balcony overlooking the Valley of the Ouvèze. See Church of the 12th century; ramparts from the 15th century.
-GR ° 4 leaves Samuel by the North door and borrows the D 23 to the Chapel; There, right take a road tarred for 100 m.
-Engage in a trail private hillside at the top which is built the chapel Notre-Dame d'Aubusson.
-The trail then descends gently until the Saint-Jean Chapel view but it turns right (East) before reaching a building and a water point; 200 m later cross the ravine of Saint John.
-Veer left and then right along the wood of Darbaux northward, overlooking the famous wines vineyards.
-Cross a ravine flanked by a dirt on each of its banks road and continue in the edge of the woods near the ruins of the Chapel St. Just.
Outside GR : the GR ° 4 leaves the country Tour of the Dentelles de Montmirail ° GR.
-GR ° 4 continues to the Northwest on a small road. It borrows left D 977, and shortly after, right takes a path that joins the 7 D. Cross the Ouvèze and, at the roundabout, enter Roaix (192 m) from the left.
• Roaix to Hautes-Granges 10 min
See: this village is situated on a piton surrounded by vineyards. The GR ® 4 to Lagarde-Paréol borrows small wineries roads, either a course of about 25 km to discover some great wines from the Côtes du Rhône; This route is particularly appealing in the fall when the harvest is done and the vineyards parent their Scarlet color.
-The GR 4 leaves Roaix taking a small road that runs along the cemetery. 250 m further, reach an intersection at the locality of Hautes-barns (195 m).
Variant of the GR 4• Hautes-Granges to Jardinon signaling 2 h
At the intersection, take the small road about 100 m. to the information of the 'Rieu greenhouse' Panel, right (due north) continue in the same direction. Pass the field of Plantavin. From yellow signs 'Southern rebate 299 m' (lookout on the Dentelles de Montmirail), continue on panoramic road on the Drôme provençale. By a lace, go south for 1 km, then westerly to signaling "The Jardinon" (275 m). On the right, access to the village of Buisson 1.7 km.
• Signaling "The Jardinon" to Cairanne 1 h 40
Follow the left road for 500 m, then turn right; the path becomes trail and iterates through the undergrowth until signaling upholsterer. On the right, Saint-Roman-de-Malegarde access for 1.3 miles.Continue until a small road; the cross. Right, you can climb up to the greenhouse of the Guard (trail botanical and views over the Valley of the Aygues); 20 min A/R. continue on the Southwest trail, cross the D 51. By paths through the vineyards, entering the village of Cairanne (188 m).
Return GR 4• Hautes-Granges to Rasteau 1h05
-Follow the GR ° 4 on a small road that runs through the vines and arrive in Rasteau.
• Rasteau to Cairanne 2 h
To see in Rasteau: old village situated on a nipple. the Village the Trois Clochers: two buildings have similar pinnacles: the winegrowers Chapel, dating from the 17th century, and the gateway of the old village; the third tower is the Church (12th century) at the top of the village.
-Leave the village from the North; pass the wash-House, then along the cemetery. The tarmacked climbs up to the altitude 325
Outside GR > to mid-coast, left, a small path climbs to the restored chapel Saint-Didier.
-By occasionally paved paths, Ge 4 descends into farms Marcellins, the Combes, and joined the 51 D it takes on the left (South) to enter the village of Cairanne.
Outside GR > junction with the variant of the GR 4.
• Cairanne to Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes 1 h 30
-Cross the old village of Cairanne and earn a small road passing behind the cooperative cellar and joining route D 8 that we borrow to the right (West) to cross the Aygues.
-Leave the road for a dirt road to the right, along the River about 1 km. There the path deviates a little river and GR ° turns left on a path between vines.
-Join the road D 8 that we borrow left on a few meters to engage, right (West), on a wide dirt road that serves the famous President, vineyard area.
-Work around buildings to follow the access road to the area and lead to a small road that you take right (North) on approximately 500 m.
-Commit to the left on a wide path that acute angle sailed south. There, the GR abandoned the road to Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes.
Sainte-Cécile-les-VignesThe history of Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes the aptly named is extremely old. Its origins date back to prehistoric times as attest to this stations dating back to the age of the stone cut and polished surfaces discoveries on its territory which fought an important tool. Objects dating from the iron age were also updated.
The first written mention of Sainte-Cécile dates from the 12th century. In 1177, Raymonde de Mornas made a gift to the prior of St. John of Jerusalem, some in the vicinity. The Act takes place in a chapel dedicated to St Cecilia which is unclear by whom she was high.
After having belonged to the Knights Templar, the village was owned in coseigneurie by the family of Baux, princes of Orange and by the order of St.-Jean-de-Jerusalem, who handed over their share to the Holy See. Therefore, in 1317 the latter has all the territory now attached to the Comtat Venaissin.
The village, taken by the Calvinists of the baron des Adrets in 1562, lives, the following year, meet within its walls all reformed leaders who gave themselves the title of "representatives of the Province.
Later, in 1791, it was the seat of a confederation grouping 60 common coalition against the threat of the Avignonese revolutionaries.
In 1794, Cecilia took the name of Cécile the mountain.
The vines are grown for more than 800 years in the town. In the 12th century, the Knights Templar have vineyards. Two centuries later, in 1381 and 1383, the vineyard is damaged by storms and frosts propter tempestates and gelates affecting crops. We see the general farmer of taxes provide rebates to offset some of the damage.
In the 15th century, the areas planted with vines are very important and two hundred years later the winemakers are numerous enough to have their brotherhood Saint Vincent of winegrowers.
Alas, at the end of the last century, the phylloxera came to destroy all efforts. Is discouraging, the winegrowers handed to work arduously and regenerated the vineyard so that in 1920, following a decree, Sainte-Cécile took its new name of Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes.
It is thus the only vauclusien village to celebrate the cep, which is only right because its wines are among the most famous of the Department.
Back to GR 4• Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes to Lagarde-Paréol 1 h 30
-After approximately 250 m, veer to the right and reach the roundabout; cross it to go on the D 976.
-Take it to the left (South); 300 m further on, at the crossroads, take the road to right and follow for approximately 600 m.
-Commit, right, on a road between vines. Shortly before the 168 D, turn to the left and a little farther left again; 150 m further, go on the right path that approximates the 168 D.
-At the crossroads (105 m), GR ° 4 leaves to the South on a path that wasted no time to move towards the West.
-After a journey in the understory, lead to a small road that we borrow right to win Lagarde-Paréol.
• Lagarde-Paréol to the crossroads of the road to the Farjons 1 h 30
-The Gr 4 bypasses the village to the South and takes on the left (West), before the road leading to Rochegude, a path which soon made room for a trail in the understory amount gently until a large cleared area planted with vines (246 m).
Outside GR > junction with the GR Pays Massif d'uchaux.
-Go through this area by a dirt road to then resume a stony trail down undergrowth to D 11 highway that we borrow to the left.
-A little further, one arrives at the crossroads of the road to the Farjons.
" Hors GR > junction with GR" country Massif of uchaux.
• The crossroads of the road to the Farjons to Mondragón 3 h 30
-Continue a little on the road towards the South and turn right a country road to the ferme-Château de Massillan.
-The GR does not pass before the buildings but borrows on the left a path paved amount slightly to the Southwest.
-After a few huts, road turns West and becomes a footpath through the wood of Boncavai.
-At the bridge of la Meunière, continue by a jewelled path. A little further away, the path is an elbow to pass north of the farm into ruin the Richarde. The road then becomes a small road to hillside.
-Leave on the left the farm of sand eels. Further, the small road takes the westward to win D 152, it takes on the left (West).
Outside GR > junction with the GR Pays Massif d'uchaux.
-The road makes a right turn then a hairpin bend. The GR is committed to the right, on a stony path that between homes.
-After a journey in the countryside, it passes near a group housing the crickets and the path, Southwest, down to D 152. Arriving at the southern entrance to Mondragon.
-Go up the road to the right, then the rue Jean-Jaurès until you reach place peace in Mondragon.
Outside GR > junction with the GR Pays Massif d'uchaux.
• Mondragon to Pont-Saint-Esprit 2 h 30 m
GR 4, when it leads to the square of peace, crosses the road D 26 and takes the street's Veterans-to reach an underground which allows to pass the line of railway and Highway No. 7. A bridge crosses the autoroute du Soleil and another bridge crosses the canal of Donzeres-Mondragon.
See > the derivation of Donzeres-Mondragon canal, 28 km, is the centerpiece of the development plan of the Rhône sued by Compagnie Nationale du Rhône.Produced from 1948 to 1952 by 100 engineers and 6,000 workers, this grandiose work necessitated the removal of 50 million cubic metres of dredged material (or half of the cuttings of the Suez canal), the implementation of 800000 m3 of concrete, the construction of a dam on the Rhone (at 1.5 km downstream from the Donzeres bridge) and two dams of custody at the double entrance to the canal (800 metres downstream of) Pont de Donzeres). The channel, 17 km 145 metres wide and 10 metres deep, leads the waters of the Rhône in six turbines of the André-Blondel factory, 3 km north of Bollène, which operate under 20 meters of fall and ensure production annual 2 billion kilowatt hours, than Génissiat. This plant, which forms at the same time dam between the penstock and the channel of leak (11 km long), is flanked by a lock of 191 metres in length, 12 meters wide and 26 meters of elevation gain (record world). Eleven great bridges of 180 metres on average had to be launched on the canal, with two for the road N 7 and two for the line Paris-Marseille.
-Once crossed Donzeres-Mondragon canal, continue to the nearby junction.
-Take the West a small road that, on 6 km, serves fruit farms; She turned to the North to win the road D 994 in the hamlet of Le Bout du Pont.
-Take the road left and cross the Rhone River to enter the town of Pont-Saint-Esprit.
See: Pont-Saint-Esprit is located in the northern boundary of the Department of the Gard, on the border of the Ardèche to the West and the Vaucluse East. The city is at the strategic crossroads of three regions: Rhône-Alpes, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. Evidence of its strategic and religious importance, it still conceals many religious and civil buildings. To see: the hospital and the Collegiate Church of the Holy Spirit, hotel Gilles de Roubin, the Knights home, the municipal museum Paul-Raymond, le Prieuré Saint-Pierre, the chapel of the Penitents, the Church Saint-Saturnin and the Maison du Roi.
See also the bridge built on the Rhône river just downstream of the confluence of Ardèche, which favoured the outbreak of this small city. The first stone was laid September 12, 1265 by dom Jean de Thianges, Lord prior of the locality. It was built according to ancient methods and opened to traffic in 1309. It consists of 25 arches, measuring a kilometre long, and made the fortune of the city by the payment of the grant thereof. Trucks don't travel that vacuum, a ferry carrying goods.
Outside GR > the GR ° 4 continues in the Ardèche to the Vans, Loubaresse, wins the Margeride and Saint-flour. Following the GR - 4 to Saint-Paulet-de-subwoofer, located 6 miles around (ride on small roads), we meet the 42 GR.
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