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From Bléone to the Verdon - Barrême

​From Bléone to the Verdon

Should be added to this title: by the Valensole plateau. Because it is, in its entire length, which must be crossed to go from one to the other.
Tray... it comes to mind a monotonous landscape tirelessly ejecta to go, with a horizon fleeing always forward... Error, scratched deeply by small streams that from East to West, from North to South, till it, the Valensole plateau is very particular. The hiker will find cheap valleys cutting the sea lavender and wheat.Digging their bed in a thick layer of alluvial deposits which reached names singing sometimes several hundred metres, the creeks or rivers: Rancure, Asse, Laval, Notre-Dame, Auvestre, Colostre, Mayor, Verdon have pounded the table surface. In their bed, trails go down and then back to, this is where the geological miracle on a surface without surface that hides its deep cracking, revealing the horizon of the bluish mountains that surround it away. Regardless of the season where we view, remains in the heart a huge desire to come back.

Starting from Barrême

Barrême, point of junction of the two first books "along the train des Pignes" and "Following in the footsteps of Napoleon" is located in midway between worthy and the Mediterranean by these 2 paths. It is also the confluence of two rivers with the same name: the Asse de Moriez and the Asse of Blieux to form a third called Asse. The forests bordering each of these three rivers are all referred to as: "forest of the three Asses". Geological it is a stage of the Cretaceous lower (between 100 and 135 million years ago) of the secondary (or Mesozoic) era, which means clearly that a rock with the same composition as that of Barrême, belongs to this system says "barremian", and thus datable from the same era. This chapter walks take place in this universe.

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The top of the Sapée

It's really the Haute Provence, in all its rusticity and, hence, in all its bucolic charm that this hike reveals. Lavender and honey of this little corner of Provence, are considered: the first for the finesse of her perfume, the second for its special flavour. At this altitude, lavender can only be the species officinale, or lavender real.Indeed, four species of lavender occur in Provence: Lavender Stoechas or lavender to forelock, so called because its flowering stem ends with a small houppe purple bracts, found on the Mediterranean siliceous hills of less than 500 meters. the aspic, recognizable in that its flower spike consists of 2 shoots that grows up to 800 meters. True Lavender, in short shoots, on a single body to bluish flowers and delicate smell lies between 400 and 1800 meters. Finally, the product of hybridization of the two previous species: Lavender which is the most widely grown in three different varieties. It sprawls between 400 and 800 meters, area of its natural hybridization.
Easy. Departure altitude: 1271 m highest Point: 1701 m total elevation gain: 550 m
Duration: 3 h 30. Parking: Rebière by Lambruisse 200 meters before the jas ruined of the Ange. 9 km from Barrême.
•    Climb the right direction south-south-west dirt road to Douroules. At the Hanseatic League from the Grépon cote 1304 direction oblique frankly West.
•    The road bypasses the Grépon by its South flank, overlooking the ravine. First House of Douroules (hamlet abandoned serving more than to fold). Pass the House and climb right above the hamlet. Leave, left, a metal to follow the northwesterly path uphill. Arrived on a tray, take right in the fork, northbound, towards a field of lavender.
•    New fork. Start on the left, leaving right the way that leads to the field of lavender. Cross a dry Creek bed. Cross a large westward Rubin and opposite bank of the thalweg. Lead to a plateau bare; the forest path runs along the edge of a wood of Scots pine and rises Northeast
•    Junction, take a right. Arriving on a road, go left.
•    New meeting of the track that climbs gradually describing laces, away from the arduous path that cut corners and mount by this wide track. By becoming almost horizontal, it passes the peak of a Rubin.
•    At first larch, abandon the path to climb Northeast slope denuded. Take care not to crush the young pines that grow here and there. Arrived on the Ridge, in the wild lavender, head to the highest point, side 1701, at the edge of a stand of "pins in brackets" (note the hook of the scales of the Apple shape).
•    Terminal I.G.N. next to the destroyed signal. Beautiful panorama.
Return by the same path to go.

Lieye Summit: the col de Pierre Plantée

A menhir should certainly be at the origin of the name of the pass. Because Moriez, which is not very far from the Col de Pierre Plantée, is one of the oldest villages of Haute Provence, since it was inhabited before the Christian era. Nothing to wonder, then, to that of megaliths have survived some time in the region, until they were destroyed or reused since Gallo-Roman times. Pass the view extends on the Asse of Blieux South-West; Summit Lieye, through the trees, on Asse's Clumanc North-West and Asse of Moriez in the North, who are they three, at the origin of the name of the forest: "of the three Asses". It is largely in this forest, this this hike.
Easy. Altitude starting: 880 m. Point at the top: 1339 m. total elevation: 570 m. duration: 4 h 45. Parking: Gevaudan 5 km is de Barrême.
•    Mount to the right of the fountain, leave right 2 successive tracks. At the next junction, turn right direction is. On the cart path to the tune of a wood electrical pole abandon road to mount in a small path on the right, marked yellow.
•    Pass on a bégude westward and then go to a bunch of marked ash yellow blue. Fifty metres after, veer left at height of a big pine tree marked with same colors.
•    The path rises on the line of greatest slope of the Hill, a southwesterly direction. "" At the fork, go right following the direction indicated by a panel marked "trail", southbound.
•    Getting the laces overlooking the village and by following the yellow and blue yellow tags. Arriving on a flat part at the forest Terminal N ° 1 limit of the forest.
•    Mount a southerly direction along the left bank of a thalweg. New replat, remain in the southerly direction. Enter under the cover between the numbered trees 612 and 613. Cross a small stream dry, followed by a second in 5 minutes away. Output on a wide forest track (the Aubarets Highway) at turn left.At the top of a thalweg, the road forks. Stay on the right lane. Turn Poilpin, in which is located a water catchment and a pin marked 618.
•    Follow signs to Parrioune. Bifurcation to the tune of the old forest House in a stand of cedar and a mélézin.
•    Neglecting the dead-end of left and that of the Parrioune, right to the direction of the col de Pierre Plantée. Plantations, followed by a pond left of the road.
•    Neglecting the forest track right. Col Pierre Plantée, after passage of the barrier O.N.F. take the road that goes West wide Poilpin bends. Passage under the power line.
•    New crossing under the line. Lieye Summit Tower. Return via the same route as the go.

The Clue of the Roche Percée

When one goes from Castellane to worthy by the N 85, the clue Taulanne or Roche Percée remains one of the most remarkable points of the journey. This is the only passage possible to cross the mountain barrier that separates the waters between the basin of the Verdon and the three Asses. Since the earliest times this past was frequented. The ancient path is located above the clue, left bank of the ravine of Sant Peire (St-Pierre). The Romans practiced it, leaving the passage, transformed mile point, subsequently, oratory still in place. After having heard mass in Taulanne, Napoleon at the return of the island of Elba picked a up in passing. It is this ancient road that this hike takes to affect due a little usual vision.
Average. Altitude departure: 845 Mr. top Point: 1144 Mr. total elevation: 350 m. duration: 2 h 50. Parking: D 21, Pont sur L'asse, locality: the wheat field.
•    Down left of the road to the ancient bridge over the Asse of Blieux. Cross the bridge. Neglecting the trail to the right to take the path wide open left Northeastern direction. The old pavement of the calade appears patchy. (Authentic route Napoléon).
•    The route bypasses an important talweg. A scree having swept away the old road, continues in a narrow path. Cross the electric fence (to close behind after passage, thanks). Completely overgrown, the track is abandoned to come out by a steep path on a small plateau occupied by 2 ruins, cote 979, unspecified on the map. Bypass the ruin of the bottom to find, to the North, the Napoleon road base, always embroussaillee, marked far and away yellow red.
•    At the same time follow her on the right slope, guiding on its route to resume as soon as possible. Northeast. Neglecting the trails that depart from each side. Place the new fence and close behind. The cluttered broom along the barrier.
•    A train of skidding of wood perpendicular cut the trail. Look it, face it, felled trees discarded on the side of the bleeding. Shortly thereafter, a marked yellow trail coming from the East down left. Avoid get off for now (it will be to return). Continue direction is flat. Follow the yellow signs in this direction in a market almost level. The calade takes a backward look.
•    Passage of a rabbit Hutch above the ravine of Taulanne. On the opposite shore winds N 85. New rabbit Hutch. Impressive views of the due of the pierced rock. The road leads through a breach, the Pas and the oratory St-Pierre.
•    Return by the same route as to the climb up to found the fork in the trail yellow and the old road, encountered on the way. Right down a northerly direction following the yellow marks, abandon the calade after 2 tags yellow overlaid. A little further down the branch line, go to the right.
•    Cross the clearing, continue North to resume the tags entering the wood. Go, descent, in bloodletting that continues through a narrow trail, heading north.
•    The path widens. Neglecting the forest track right. A power line on wooden poles along the road. Down the stony road to 3 or 4 metres below left. Here, take this route down, regardless of the tags which have disappeared, or side roads leading to private property. Lead to the 21 D back left South-south-westerly direction.
Starting point.

The Summit of Tourap

The small Summit, the plan view on the course of the Ourgeas Ramesh is thwarted by obstacles. Very easy, this ascent is within the reach of all. However, it is to be avoided in foggy weather because the last part of the journey uphill, along a cliff 300 meters, consisting of very well-ordered strata. Limestones and marls alternated, give this slope South a look of giant staircase.
Easy. Altitude starting: 770 Mr. top Point: 1240 m. total elevation: 540 m. duration: 2 h 40. Parking: Bridge over the Riou of Ourgeas.
•    Mount forest Ourgeas, prohibited road to traffic automobile a northwesterly direction. Stay on this road, ignoring any lateral departure. Track oblique Southwest and reaches a bridle. Left take the high road. Pass the O.N.F. gate and follow the forest track Northeast
•    Beautiful discovery on Barrême and the Asse of Blieux. Change direction and turn right uphill Southwest the logging road to 528 and 531 numbered tree height. Fork, stay to the right. At the end of the runway, take a narrow path that goes left directly to the Summit, in the scrubland on the edge of a deep depression.
•    Very steep ascent, due East. Veer to the left to avoid the precipice of right. Summit after the tree marked 531-rock 525. Panorama: South, at the bottom, the clue of the Melle: is, clue of
•    Taulanne between the St.-Vincent and St-Pierre: to the West, the top of the bar, which complements the views in amount.
•    Go down the same route as the ascent.

The clue of the Melle

The departure of this hike is Sandra, ancient Gallo-Roman city of Sanitium. One of the oldest and the poorest bishoprics of France (4th century) which preserves its past as a majestic Romanesque cathedral, than orne a sober Gothic portal. The Interior contains: splendid Flemish tapestries and Aubusson, stalls of the 17th, a lectern from the same era as well as an altarpiece and an antiphonary (book of songs of religious offices) of the 18th century. The Gallo-Roman era, remains only the fountain on the other square of the village. The clue, that is crossed at the end of the journey, to go to the ruins of La Melle is a real sword given across the mountain of vibrates, typical example of river erosion in these masses of limestone from the Cretaceous of said upstairs: "barremian".
Easy. Departure altitude: 750 m. top Point: 1050 m. total elevation: 500 m. Travel time: 5 h. Parking: Senez Cathedral square.
•    By D 21, back north to the small bridge located opposite the Town Hall, on the left of the road. Cross it and go Northwest on the road. Pass the oratory St-Roch, leave right the Maryam and continue on the road that we must no longer leave, West Branch.
•    Yellow tags appear, neglecting the right leading to the CHAURITS lane. Junction, keep to the left. A little further away, instead, go to the right, on the Causeway Road. Beautiful breakaways on the Valley of the Asse of Blieux. Right is widening the ravine of the Ourgeas Ramesh (or Orjas), then the forest is embellished for ash, alisiers, mountain ash, maple, and beech who succeed to the oak and Scots pine. A marked tree 602 delimits a forest plot.
•    Left the source Font Geline, flows in winter. After the source, on the right is seen a large rock of "puddingstone", very hard sand and pebble conglomerate.Limiting the forest of the three Asses, trees are marked with red white tags hit the letter D. numbered tree 03. Avoid the left track. The undergrowth is lined with bearberry with ras and dark green foliage dotted with red berries in the fall or small white flowers in spring.
•    Wood of tall trees 03 and 01-delimited. The road runs along a huge rabbit Hutch. Right, deep throat of Riou of Ourgeas above the clue of the Melle.
•    A big black hose is placed on the ground, while after directional pole, the road narrows to enter the clue.
•    The clue, the road is bordered with a guardrail. Dizzying sight plunging on Riou. Calvary.
•    The narrow path continues trail southward. Crossing the Riou Ford, follow Southwest the stream bed of the Melle (dry-cleaning in general) and mount left on the crowned mound of a chapel in the middle of the ruins of the hamlet of la Melle scattered all around. Chapel, on his wall is affixed a plaque to the memory of 2 resistant Jacques LESDOS and Raymond RAUX.
•    Return to Calvary. From it, along the black hose until where it plunges left in the Riou. Count 15 to 20, from there, and take the wrong path trail descending left direction North, fairly steep. Bifurcation, avoid the right path, continue down left by the trail switchbacks.
•    Wood gateway, follow the black hose that reappears along the amount in regular slope and zigzags, northbound. Forest plot numbered 568-570. Crossing a rivulet. A marked rock 517 continues the treeline.
•    Panel O.N.F. neglecting the left-hand path, starting Northeast right in the forest of tall trees of Scots pine. It is noteworthy that in sheltered places, this species provides a beautiful wood than the imported species, while better resisting various parasites. Passage between 516 and 517 trees.
•    The water supply hose always along the path. Avoid the trail that plunges right into the hamlet of Ourgeas, stay on the left ICT. Before construction, pipe branches off, continue a northeasterly direction. Exit right on a high stony road of a power line on wooden poles. Mount North and reach the Groove of Tourap.
•    In the Crow take the second road on the right which descends northeast (forest road Ourgeas), along the power line pole wood. Marked tree 532.
•    Through the trees, beautiful glimpses of Barrême and the Valley of Asse. Branch is moving Southeast. Avoid the left lane, then the trail that follows a bit lower. Neglecting any way which departs from the lined route of the power line.
•    Lead to a paved road after crossing the bridge. From right on this road el, 50 metres further, take on the left the path of Earth along the edge of the Woods. Stay on the edge of the wood.
•    Miss a ruin under a power line 3 wire. Meeting of a cart path, where la bégude passes by aqueduct over a Creek.
•    Ford on the other side of the Creek, crossing la bégude, walk a few steps in the meadow and iron left bank of the beat, climb slightly and in a sling on a hillside. Stay on the line level or very slightly uphill, always on the edge of the wood. Exit on a road on the edge of meadows and lead on the 21 D, turn right to reach the starting point.

Les Barres

Characteristic of an Anticline of the folding of the arc of Castellane, the Barres is, with the Barres of the Dourbes and the Sapée, one of the highest peaks in the country of Barrême. It is located in the most salient part of the arc; at the place where the folds oriented North-South, turning West-East. This gives this top a unique panoramic position on the western part of the country. The asymmetry between the regular slope of the northern flank and the steep on the South side is here, and the view to the North on the Barres des Dourbes of mountain Cup underlines this geological feature. This hike can end three ways from:
1.    return by the same route as the ascent,
2.    simply by always following the forest road therefore without risk of error,
3.    a little more adventurous (difficult) is one that is described here. The first two shorten the time of 15 to 20 minutes.
Medium with difficult passages. Departure altitude: 770 m. Point at the top: 1619 Mr. total elevation gain: 875 Mr. travel time: 5 h 50. Parking: Bridge over the Riou of Ourgeas
•    Follow the same path as the Summit of Tourap up to the Crow. On the right take the forest road of the Sapée, westward, crossing the barrier O.N.F. junction, go left. An arrow path O.N.F. rises right in the wood: "The source 30 mn Barres" very optimistic time. Stay on the wide trail by neglecting the paths are separating. Height of a red marked tree, avoid primed right down to mount left Poilpin.
•    Beautiful tall Scots pine forest. Follow the Red tags and treeline white marks. Keep the Red well traced path. Tree numbered 505. On the edge of the Rubin the path continues winding front shaft No. 52.
•    In the following hook, avoid the right that engages in the Rubin. Continue to climb in zigzag while appear the first larches. Pass over the Rubin. Talus of large blocks, followed by a slight descent. Passage of a rabbit Hutch and resumption of the upward market. Signs painted in red on a rock: "source 10 minutes the Barres". 15 steps away, stay on the trail to the right amount gradually switchbacks and neglect the left.
•    Source. Followed by one second later. Leading on a small plateau where many moutonnes paths intersect along the right bank of the thalweg, in rising South. Forest road to follow to the right toward the West. The road crosses an indentation. Continue on this path, moving Southeast slightly uphill. A tall mélézin borders the track.
•    In a turn of the road, at the time where she initiated the descent, turn left a forest laie monte direction Southeast, arrow, tree no. 513 indicating "Barres 30 minutes", followed by another numbered 301. Walk about 250 metres, being very attentive to a path which, left, red marked Northwest monte, at height of 2 small cairns and a rock bearing a red inscription partly erased. Embark on this path.
•    By passing the ubac of the mountain, it moves is entering le mélézin, amount in a sling, regular slopes. At the foot of a slot of the Rocky Barres avoid down left, but climb to the Ridge following the Red tags on the southbound rocks. Crest of the Barres.
•    Go left direction is towards the highest point marked pal a GEODESIC signal and Terminal 1619. Signal. Very wide panorama.
•    Return to the forest laie by the same route as in amount. It is from this point that should be the choice of the route back. The journey that follows is rated 3.The trail disappeared sometimes, should be already accustomed to move in forest and Prairie off paths.
•    Follow the forest laie amount left towards South to reach a pass separating the Santones from the Bhavsar ravine. Then share a track forest mountainside of the Sapée, that should be avoided.
•    Col. Descend into the ravine of the Blache which is moving towards the Southeast in remaining right bank. Go left and follow more closely, the bed always Southeast Creek in a wood of Scots pine and beech.
•    Result in a clearing, stay near the Creek. Leave left a ruin reduced to a pile of stones. Continue on the edge of the wood of larches.
•    Switch between 514 and 513 trees, in not moving away from the left bank of Creek, until, on the left, a well traced path to take is on the southern flank of the mountain.
The road stops on the ruin of the Blache.
•    Go a few steps back and round to the West, the Spinney in the middle of which stands a huge pine tree, closer to the South of the wood edge to find, on the left, the path that had disappeared under the Meadow grasses.
•    Down West-south-westerly direction to the bottom of the ravine.
•    Cross the stream and a small source and then continue down right bank along the watercourses. New crossing of the Creek and left bank, follow a former bégude which turns into trail direction north-north-east, into a large forest laie to height of the indicator arrow O.N.F.

The Poil

'Ruined village', this is the qualifier found on the cards next to the name: the Poil. An association of young volunteers try to revive this hamlet in rebuilding these houses abandoned by rural exodus. The fountain flows, the Gîte d ' étape is hospital. On the stone bench, the old shepherd tells the story of this bleeding land to white of its young men by 2 wars the most disastrous for the depopulation of the countryside, which was that of 1914-1918. There is only to stop before the monuments to the dead of the surrounding villages to persuade. After a first part of the journey in desert terrain, the passage in balcony along the SD 2 on the West side coast reveals real oasis in this parched landscape, as soon as the water is present on a somewhat more generous soil.
Easy. Altitude departure: 690 Mr. top Point: 1360 Mr. total elevation gain: 700 m. duration: 4 h. Parking: N.85, the PSC after the Poil-Majastres bridge.
•    Starting on the paved road Southwest after crossing the railway line. At the time where the coating stops, in a planted turn of a House, bypass it by the West, uphill through the road switchbacks, to follow to the hamlet of Mussel.
•    Go under the power line on wooden poles. New passage under the line, after some laces. The road overlooks the ravine of the Bes. Arrived at the foot of the hamlet, neglecting the path that climbs to the houses, continue on the cart path. Note the diversity of cultures that live in subsistence economy with sheep farming as a main resource.
•    Cross the streams of the Signoureite by the masonry Ford and cross a zone of resurgences. Towards the ruins of St-Maime. Height of the first House, mount right in the path going West first then South-South-West, in a sling on a hillside.
•    Old SD 2 red yellow tags appear far away. New area of resurgences. Avoid, left, the small horizontal trail at the foot of a pile of stones topped by a cairn, stay on the right, signposted yellow red. Result in a very large way forest to cross diagonally. To take, in front, the path arrow "The 30 minutes Poil".Towards the southwestern Groove well before the O.N.F. barrier
•    Reached down to his level, a North-South-oriented forest road separates the ravine of Bes (flowing to the northeast) of the ravine from the Village toward the West.
•    Down in the bed of the latter and find a trail that follows the right bank. At the bottom of the thalweg, the red yellow tags will reappear.
•    Through a due small towards the houses of Poil seen in the Southwest. The path is a former odisho. At the bottom of the Valley climb to the ruins.Abundant fountain, Gîte d ' étape.
•    Out of the village, climbing the stairs before the fountain, and follow tags SD 2, yellow red northbound. Cross the barrier and close after please
•    Slightly downhill, the path in balcony dominates the enclave of the town of Senez particularly fertile and cultivated. Nearly horizontal or very gradual uphill, SD 2 crosses a beautiful stand of the Lebanon cedar (green foliage tender, while the ATLAS Cedar is green bluish).
•    To the West are emerging, in clear weather on the horizon of the North South: the Ventoux, the Montagne de Lure, the plateau of Ganagobie, Valensole, the Luberon and Ste - Victoire.La Forest track dominates the trail in 2 or 3 meters above, its cuttings obstruct the path. Climb on this road, follow it northward. At the crossing in a drop, turn right uphill Southeast remain on the forest floor.
•    Go to the foot of a large rabbit Hutch. Go left onto the fork. Small source to the right of the road. Shortly after in a turn, take left the trail that hurtles down, right bank of a thalweg to the ruin of the Pré du Pin, which avoids a large detour from the road. Ruin of the meadow of the Pin being restored. Back on the road down, pass a new landslide
•    Abandon the road and take a left at trail, the path of the mussel.
Starting point.

Ruined castle of the high forest of the three Asses

Promenade within the reach of all taking place totally on wide path. The ruined castle views are unique, without a mask, on the Valley of Asse, the clue of Chabrières North-West and the Chaudon Barres Northeast Barrême, where Napoleon spent the night of 3 March, keeps this event a commemorative plaque on the House that housed the emperor. A geological Museum and Entomological particular offers visitors the documents concerning these two sciences. The Alpes de Haute Provence are classified "Geological Reserve", on the one hand, what forbidden to pick up samples of rocks or fossils, but also contains very many insects, some endemic species which are found nowhere else, as in flora, also. Friend hiker, admire flowers, insects that visit them, the soil where they grow but don't pick one, do not hunt moths and pebbles at the place that they occupy for millions of years. Thanks for all those who you will experience the same joy in photographing them.
Easy. Altitude start: 715 Mr. top Point: 1180 m. total elevation gain: 470 Mr. duration: 3 h 45. Parking: picnic N 85 Asses three forest area.
•    Take the forest road to the Couestes uphill Northwest
•    Cross Ford Riou Blanc, no. 602 tree height. Fork, go right. Stay on the Causeway Road ignoring side departures. Right leave a forest track in continuing on the road. Arrive on a flat part in the notch located at the foot of the coast 971. Ignore the path left open. Very nice perspective of the Vallée de L'asse.
•    Exceed a gravel pit to the right of the track, side 1100. In the extension of the road stands the bare rock of the Valbonnette, and in the same direction, the ruins of the Castle appear.
•    Source and drinking game, followed by a marked tree 71. Abandon the road around the bend that follows, to pick up the trail on the left, oriented West which leads to the ruin of the castle of more high.
•    Panorama from the ruins. Return to Causeway Road. Continue left along this road slightly uphill. Bridle, avoid the two runways of right, then go at the bottom of Hill COMPS and the Gardivoire bordered on the South side. Indentation between the Gardivoire and the foot Marcellin. The East-South-East peak of Chamatte emerges as a sphinx. Abandon the road to go down in a sling to l'adret foot Marcellin by a well marked trail southward, along the left bank of the ravine of Comps.
•    The trail oblique and reached an indentation. Stay on the South-East oriented widest path avoiding tones adjacent trails. Leaving the wood on a bare hilltop, the view door on the village of St-Jacques to the East. Fork. Go right towards Southeast the road widens in Cavalier allee. In the urbanized area avoid embarking on the pathways leading to sheds or private properties. Meeting of a passable road along a telephone line pole wood, turn right heading south.
•    Left is the abstraction of Barrême water station. In the axis of the road the Hill crowned by the medieval chapel of St-Jean.
Barrême view left.
•    Crossing with the road from St-Jean. (visit to the Chapel and Calvary 10 minutes AR not counted here). Start on the left down. The road is paved. Place of Barrême. Go left first, then right in front of the City Hall to spend down front of the Maurel Museum and find the N 202 to follow in the direction of worthy, right, where it joins the S5 RN.
•    Walk Northwest on the latter to reach the starting point.
The Dourbes “Barres”: the passages of Labaud and la Faye
This trip includes a path on the edge of the Barres of Dourbes 200 metres from the magnificent forest of Cousson overhanging. The hole of San Marino is a curious excavation in vertical window through which we see the forest which extends 200 metres below. With a little luck and silence, one can see bighorn sheep, chamois, or be nose-to-nose with a wild boar. A toponymic error of the I.G.N. did write "flaw" instead of "faye" Word Provençal to designate called beech also "fayard" in other French provinces. The passages, as well at the climb and the descent, in the splendid beech woods are very nice and contrast sharply with the bare field the rest of the ride portion.
Average, a few difficult passages. Altitude departure: 920 m. top Point: 1728 Mr total elevation gain: 900 m. duration: 6 h 15. Parking: the Sauzeries high D 219, 11 km North 100 de Barrême.
•    Before the southern entrance to the hamlet, the first House engage in the yellow Western amount trail. Pass under the power line and veer Southwest.
•    Green tags alternate with yellows or were repainted in this last color. After a steep path junction. Go to the right and pass between 2 tags yellow painted on a black water hose. Along the field planted young walnut trees up southwest branch. Cross the runway who bar the trail and continue face-to-face. Left to right a big pile of stones.
•    Keep Cape southwesterly direction following the yellow or green, marks because the trail disappears under the grass.
•    Longer a new field lined with stones piled up, remaining on the straight edge along the hedge which the belt to find Southwest yellow tags slightly uphill. The better route trail climbs in a sling in the scrubland and holm oaks.
•    Remove cover to address a rump naked, always Southwest. Arrived on the edge of the rump trail oblique West. Fork, stay to the right.
•    Turn left into the next. Getting the laces along the rump, overhanging, left bank of the Caqueton ravine. Avoid shortcuts that are likely to lose the tags. New branch, go to right following the yellow marks.
•    Height of an isolated double oak, the path slopes down light north-westerly direction, cote 1086, not shown on the map.
•    Enter under cover across the upper bed of the ravine. Climbing right bank of it along a rump. Left widens the Labaud ravine. The trail begins a slight descent and enters a recess after passing in front of a double yellow tag painted on a tree (indicates a change in direction next). From here start on the left, West direction, leaving behind the top of the Grasson and climb the slope.
•    New Groove, mount West in a Beech stand. Bifurcation climb right and arrive on a flat part. Well locate the yellow tags, avoiding to go right.
•    Enter the beech forest, ride Northwest. Climb the series of schist slabs and reach the ridge. No Labaud. Wide horizon to the West. Head north along the ridge by following the yellow trail painted on the ground. Attention: weather rain or fog, do not hesitate to make a u-turn and return by the same route as the ascent. The continuation of progression is very dangerous due to lack of visibility, the dive bar to peak from 200 to 250 meters on the West side.
•    Stay 3 or 4 meters below the ridge line, travel across the boxwood, attention to the lapiaz treacherously hidden by vegetation. Avoid to descend too low, boxwood is more dense at the point of becoming impenetrable.
•    Follow the undulations of the ridge. No Tartone. St. Martin hole, do not get too close to the unstable edges, a fall would be irremediable. Presence of white black tags, delimitation of forest plots. Stay on the edge of the wood on the trail.
No la Faye.
•    Down right on the G.T.P.A. red yellow marked trail, Northeast branch. Edge of the melezein, in which one enters, followed a bit more far from a beautiful beech forest.
•    Fork, go right. Output of wood to a hook in the boxwood and return to the forest long Poilpin bends. Descend Northeast or is on the sunny side of the mountain by cutting in turning round tower undergrowth or garrigue. The trail becomes forest road, passes the top of the ravine of Riou and monte in front to get out on a stony road. Take this last right direction South.
•    Avoid lateral departures remaining on this large red yellow marked path. Hamlet of whites, D 719, to follow on the left.
•    In the third post wood, telephone line along the road to the right, down, at height of an almond tree on the edge of the southern .direction meadows, the concrete tower to reach the D 219.
•    Go right on this road. Bridge of Riou's spout.
Starting point.

paddle boat in the Lake Sainte-Croix
Climbing tree
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