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Digne and la Blanche

​Worthy and the White

The Lake of Serre-Ponçon to Digne

That, to the North, the Lake of Serre-Ponçon. To the South, Digne. Between the two, a vast territory in the center of which the head of Estrop (2,961 m) gives birth to the Bléone, which hurtles down to Digne. To the North stretches the "middle country". This is not a Valley, but rather a particular riding on two watersheds territory: that of the white, small tributary stream of the Durance, and part of that of the Bes, tributary of the Bléone, which had to fight a long time to dig two beautiful due, doors of Provence. The col de Maure imperceptibly separates these two valleys to the point that it is difficult to notice that the character of the landscape is evolving; coming from the South, the country of Digne leaves gently place so Alpine scenery that it has even been compared to a small corner of Switzerland lost in Provence.
These two valleys lie in the hollow of three mountain ranges: the Blayeul (2 189 m), to the South, stands guard above the due of Barles and Verdaches between Haute-Provence and mountain; the massif de les Monges, wild and still unknown, borders of its last rounded tops the western flank of the Valley of the white, while the magnificent chain of white mountain in the characteristic white-grey colour bar, ranging from the North to the South, gives limited has Dormillouse (2,505 m), guardian of the entrance to the ubaye Valley to the peak of the heads (2,661 m) in the massif of the three Bishoprics. To the South, the mountain of the Ubac (or Grisonniere Summit) and its gullies separated the waters of the Bes from the tributaries of the high Bléone, opposite of the Blayeul. The white Valley is broad and cluttered cultivated morainic deposits, whose shoulders left by the glacier are visible at the level of the plateau Pompiery and the col St-Jean; there more soft opening is northward, overlooking the Lake of Serre-Ponçon. Downstream of the village of Selonnet, the white dig deep gorges before joining the Durance. In the middle of this Valley, Seyne-les-Alpes observed since a rocky spur a green in gentle curves, landscape dominated by the side imposing chain of white, often beautiful flare-ups theatre at sunset. The Bes only keeps shortly the nature of this landscape. past the village of Vernet, it rushes, at the foot of the Blayeul, in a much more narrow and steep-sided valley: morphology then no longer has anything to do with the Alpine country of Seyne bocage; it quite honourably copy the Verdon at the height of his pre-gorges, between Castellane and Rougon... Between Provence and the Dauphiné, the country is suspended, 850 m 2 740 m above sea level. It seems to hesitate between Gap and worthy: Vernet inhabitants do not have the same movements than those of Seyne or Selonnet!

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Villages of the "middle country"

In Provence, nor in the Dauphiné, the villages of the "middle country" have kept their character of yesteryear: it is good to live in, despite their relative isolation... Taking its source on the slopes of Estrop (2,961 m) the Bléone traverses an famous elevation up to the Durance, in front of the mountain of Lure and famous penitents of les Mées, 404 m above sea level. Its two main tributaries, the Duyes and ESO, descending the southern slopes of the hills and the mountains of les Monges, the forested mountains and the cultivated valleys, dotted with villages to the roofs of tiles, small grains and lavender fields.
The Bléone River and tributaries are eroding the reliefs of the worthy Prealps about 50 km in length and 20 km in width. Upstream of La Javie, the thousand PEAR village, the Valley is narrow. Mediterranean vegetation clings on des adrets, and crests exceed often 2 500 m, as to better separate the Verdon and the Val of Alios at a time so close and so difficult to access from this secluded, where villages are not fleeing the rays of the Sun.
Going down South, the Bléone becomes a torrent and the landscape is still very mountain. Conifers are numerous, ridges rise, often in limestone cliffs, a bit like the Arc de Castellane. This area forms the immense workshop of multimillenaires artists of tectonics and erosion; a nature reserve of fine art difficult to meet elsewhere: fossils, the creases and folds, gullies and the colors are so many witnesses... Near Digne amount yet the Rifat and necks - sound, last mountains before the town. Finally this is flat and wooded of the Bléone, lined bed part and other hills covered with oak, which is the characteristic image of the Digne landscape.

Dinia, Roman city

Digne, rich soil, was probably occupied by man since protohistoric times. In 14 BC, Plene, the Roman historian, speaks of the large tribe of Bledonticiens which gave their name to the Bléone. It also cites Dinia who became quoted Roman shortly after. The Gallic Roman era still remain some archaeological the Valley Thoard-Digne even traces of recent excavations have revealed the existence of thermal baths. From the XI' century, the bishops are building a castle on the hill overlooking the town. All the villages were fortified. To Thoard takes its name from turris ardua, Tower high, whose remains are still joined to the Church. A worthy, the former village clustered around the Cathedral offers more sufficient security. Little by little, new construction aggregate around the castle of the bishops. In the 13th century, walls surround worthy. The new city is born.

Religions, sources of glories and tragedies

In 1490 a new Cathedral is constructed - St Jérôme - and Notre-Dame-du-Bourg becomes a simple Church. The city of Digne is gaining importance, drains all the products of the surrounding countryside, it is a step on the road of the flocks and salt. Clearinghouse, it is k Ii ' u important fairs. But in the 16th century, many protestants of basse Provence, worried by the royal power, fold in the region. Seyne becomes a true protestant stronghold. This leads to a series of particularly bloody hands until 1586, date at which the duc d ' Épernon resumed the city with reformers. At the end of the wars of Religion, all the churches in the area were destroyed or severely damaged; only that of St-Léger and the Cathedral, two remarkable buildings of the art of the 13th century, resisted. Montclar Castle is completely destroyed, and the country is totally ruined.
The following century saw the takeover of the Catholic Church, with the particularly dynamic counter-reformation movement in the region. This is for the clergy to definitively forget the Protestant heresy, also do the churches are quickly identified their ruins, and completely redecorated. The border of the Kingdom is pushed more to the East, the Valley of the white loses its strategic role and found peace.

The opening-up

The history of the valleys of the white and the Bes is combined with that of their isolation. Until the reign of Louis-Philippe, no motorable road to enter the country. The "Royal route" that comes from Digne is only a wrong path and there is no car wheeled across the sector. All transports are on foot, on back of a donkey or with a sled named "liaie". This sled is used summer and winter for some farm work, often in very steep slopes. Under the second Empire (1869), the situation is improving with the creation of a new road from the Red bridge linking the Valley of the white to worthy by the neck of the Lagos and the col de Moor.
It is with the French Revolution that the Digne will know a new development by becoming the administrative centre of the new Department of Basses-Alpes. The city of Digne became prefecture, and a few months later, seat of the unique bishopric of the Department. As early as the middle of the XIX"century, a road to join the new prefecture from the Valley of the Durance. It is the kickoff of a series of works that will change the face of the city, but also the daily life of the farmers of the surrounding area. The Bléone, devastating torrent in the spring, is dammed at strategic points of his course; in the city the also devastating Mardaric is partially covered.Little by little, communications improve and expected with impatience at the turn of the century the arrival of the railway.

An intense handicraft activity

But geographic isolation has generated original activities. In this space of average mountain, the traditional economy was based on agriculture and sheep farming in particular. Until the end of the XIX"century, an intense handicraft activity prevailed in the city: butchers, bakers, ironworkers, Drapers... On the other hand, the need to move in the mountains led in this country by excellence, to develop a new activity that was until the mid 20th century make the reputation of the country: the production of mules. Fruit of forced mating a Mare and a donkey, it is a particularly resistant trait, and during all XIX animal"century, Seyne country exported its mules in the whole France, and even in Spain, Italy and Algeria. Worthy, at the beginning of XIX, century, the ancient city walls were demolished, the towns and villages are opened. But this opening period is not so far a unbridled for the pre-Alps of Digne, expansion phase because they are struck head-on by the massive emigration of rural populations to the industrial centers.

A town in the countryside

It was until after the Second World War that develops, actually an economy centered mostly on the city of Digne: administrative role, cures but also tourism industry. Worthy today remains a small town in the countryside, inhabited by artisans and urban farmers. All along the Bléone Valley, the soil is rich. There is mainly cereals but also some vegetables and fruit trees. But the local economy is based primarily on sheep farming, especially in the Valley of Duyes Thoard village is the centre of life.Today, the pre-Alps of the South offer both a dynamic urban centre and huge free territories.

Access to the valleys of La Blanche and the Bes

•    By car: coming from the North (Gap), and by the way of the schoolchildren (the D 900 C), discover the country through the gorges of the White; a good wild introduction... If you prefer the wider roads, keep the route from Tallard to Barcelonnette until 'high point' St-Vincent-les-Forts and take the D 900 that climbs to the col St-Jean (route de Digne) 17 km before Seyne-les-Alpes. From the South, prefer the D 900 A, DIGNE to Verdaches, following the Bes to the col de Moor; or, to circulate by wider roads, keep the D 900 of Digne in Seyne; you walk through the neck of the Lagos. By bus: serving the entire Valley.
•    By train: Marseille-Chateau-Arnoux/St-Auban, then link worthy car S.N.C.F. Paris-Gap.
Access to the foothills of Digne
By car
•    From Marseilles, by A 51 then from Peyruis, follow the 4 D to join the N 85.
•    Since Nice by the N 202 via Entrevaux and St-André-les-Alpes.
•    From Grenoble by the N 75 up until Sisteron, then take the N 96 up to Château-Arnoux to join the N 85.
A ramp motorway "penetrating" "Peyruis – Les Mees" to worthy will be achieved very soon...
By train
•    Departing from Paris, night train Paris-Briançon with stop at Veynes-en-Dévoluy, Château-Arnoux/Saint-Auban correspondence and liaison by bus SNCF to Digne.
•    Departing from Marseille to Chateau Arnoux/Saint-Auban, then link bus SNCF to Digne.
•    Departing from Nice by the company of the railroads of Provence, line the train des Pignes to Digne, 151 km, a travel wonder in magnificent landscapes.

Nature recreation

Hiking

The valleys of the white or high Bes are not cashed steep valleys. We're here in a small massif to the rugged little, green, which recalls in places some small corners of Vercors or the Vosges.
This is why all touring activities are extremely nice to practice.
Quiet and without great elevation, hiking can be practiced almost year-round. The northern tip of the white, the Dormillouse mountain chain, is a splendid belvedere to understand and discover the structure of the country. GR 6 crosses massif by connecting marks (Prealps de Digne) to Lavercq (Ubaye) via the col de Clapousse (North of the Summit of les Monges), Selonnet Gîte and the col de Bernárdez (between Dormillouse and rock Close).

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Many routes are generally not tagged with F.F.C. logo, except one of scale: the great crossing of the white Valley, 80 km in two days, which connects Barles to St-Vincent-les-Forts while passing by Auzet, Verdaches, "Charcherie", Seynes-les-Alpes, St-Pons and St.Jean Montclar. Around Digne, many trails exist and are a level however quite relieved. They occur mostly on the GR or other hiking trails. The Valley being boxed, vertical drop are sometimes large and abrupt.

Horseback riding

Equestrian hikers are many on forest roads that cross the massif in the sector of Charcherie, Seyne-les-Alpes-Vernet (North-South) and the neck of the Falk-Grand Puy station.

Climbing

A school site is located in Bend, 5 minutes from Digne. Routes of fifty meters, all levels (4-7A), on a very healthy limestone. The parking lot of access is saturated, it is strongly advisable to walk by road from relais TV (10 min walk).

Air sports

The white can boast of two sites flagship of free flight; they are contiguous, in the extreme north of the zone, on the rock of St-Vincent-les-Forts progress and on the upper slopes of Dormillouse, respectively to 1 300 and 2 470 m above sea level. These two sites have hosted several rounds of the paragliding World Championships, as well as the Championships of France.
That is to say the upper air quality of this site beautifully exposed to the rays of the afternoon sun (West face on...) 20 km 0, allowing beautiful flights of slope above the Lake of Serre-Ponçon. The meteorology of the Bléone Valley was made famous by the Organization of the 1991 paragliding World Championships. She is known to be one of the strongest in Europe. Do not overestimate your abilities!

A beautiful flight since the Dormillouse

In the region of Digne, three sites equipped and approved:
•    Le Cousson
•    The D'andran, north/northeast to 1,100 m above sea level. Direction bend 3 miles, then right to relay TV where you leave the car. Shuttle at 7:30 and 8:30.
•    Prads Haute-Bléone 1,863 m above sea level. Go to La Javie then direction Prads then right before the village.

Ski

To the North, St-Jean-Montclar Le Lauzet station is the largest and the best snow through his side ubac, on the side of Le Lauzet. From beautiful Northern accessible chairlift rides are strongly recommended through the valleys of altitude (1 900 m - 2,000 m): Valley of the Amboin, vallon de Provence and Valley of the Wolf.
The West station of Chabanon La Blanche is narrower in scope than St-Jean-Montclar, but snow is always of excellent quality since the exposure is to the North.Nordic walking, the route to make absolutely is "les Melezes Ridge", where the view is panoramic: Vercors, Dévoluy, Dauphiné...
Station features Grand-Puy of a 20 km cross-country skiing site, labeled France skiing. It is the only true centre of cross-country skiing in the Valley of the white.
The crossing at Grand-Puy to Chabanon cross-country skis through the neck of the Falk is one of the most beautiful routes of the massif.
In high Bléone, Nordic walking on the site of Prads, above La Javie. During snowy winters, Nordic hiking are possible on the road to the col de Fontbelle, in the Valley of Duyes, leading your vehicle the highest possible (Melan), and then join, cross-country skis or snowshoes, forest tracks in the vicinity of the pass.

The coves of Serre-Ponçon canoe

The Serre-Ponçon Lake is shared between the Hautes-Alpes and the Alpes de Haute Provence. Of all time, the side 'low Alps', i.e. "Provence" was more wild, coast is more cut and steeper. Some small creeks are reminiscent of those of Corsica. Their inaccessibility by road makes them all the more attractive to explore by canoe or kayak.
This easy navigation is within the reach of all.
Access: on the D 900, between Gap and Barcelonnette, turn left at the junction of the Lautaret, and down the little road that leads to the "Camping du Lac". The nautical hike starts here.
Start by visiting the sunny coves. In the morning, go first on your left, towards the dam, you will discover a crack as beautiful as those found in Corsica. In the evening, rather first go towards the coves on the right, going towards the mouth of the Ubaye.
Do not hesitate to visit the coves and beaches of the Hautes-Alpes (another cheers of the Lake). In this case would be ideal however provide the necessary for a bivouac: down, Grill, etc.
Finally, for windsurfing and sailing, the wind rises late in the afternoon, but it is pretty low in general.

The Clot of the Dou

Benchmark: Get to the station of the col Saint-Jean (plenty of parking) 40 min about Gap, Barcelonnette and Digne. Departure and arrival at the col St. John. + 120 m of vertical drop, 2 h to 2 h 30; 14 km, accessible to all, including children. Follow the ATV macaroons.
The Clot of Dou circuit is very well known lovers of easy hiking, cross-country skis or mountain biking. We offer you browse to mountain biking, through one of the most beautiful larch forests of Europe, where even in summer there is a bit of freshness.
The station down the road from Barcelonnette 1 km. Turn right at the chapel of St-Antoine, engage on the forest trail and follow it until the crossroads of Quatre Chemins. It is recommended to climb up to the Church of St-Vincent, to leave his mountain bike and ride the fort of St Vincent (private) walk from where one has a beautiful view of the Lake of Serre-Ponçon. Return to the crossroads of Quatre Chemins and gently attack the steady climb that leads in three small kilometres to the clearing of the Clot du Dou. The arrival is a delight.
Back to about 500 m and resume left the forest track which continues. After a short climb, the track becomes flat. We then arrive at a crossroads, where you turn right on a narrow path that descends (pretty fast, but without danger if one has good brakes) until you reach the route to go. Back then on the chapel St-Antoine and station Saint-Jean Montclar.
•    Do more: can, at km 10, continue on the main forest trail in the direction of the fountain of the donkey and the fountain of the Wolf. After several steep to climb ramps. Continue to climb until crossing under valleys chairlift, then descend on two good kilometres using the best alpine ski slopes. Attention: mandatory helmet for downhill.
•    Living otherwise: the winter on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Route very frequented, but not drawn. It is however marked.

Of Dormillouse to Serre-Ponçon Lake

Landmark: start from the top of the chairlift from the plateau of the Chau. 2 hours descent 1200 m of elevation, for MTB's average level, there is no put particular danger except two places where you have to get off the bike.
The descent we offer you is busy for several years, station Saint-Jean Montclar providing its chairlifts equipped with hooks. This descent, accessible from many "bikers" amateurs, will allow you to pass through beautiful larch Woods, with stunning views of the Lake of Serre-Ponçon. Our advice: first, do you accompany. Upon arrival, a swim in the Lake is needed, especially in the summer.
Ride chairlift to the plateau of the Chau Terminal station. Mount left by a steep trail to Dormillouse and St-Vincent-les-Forts.
Cross under the Glens chairlift passing just below the terminal station. Then take a small path that allows to cross three or four gullies, where it is better to get off bike from time to time if one is uncomfortable! Keep left downhill on St. John.
When it reaches a prairie, "the Shepherd's hut", embarking on a forest track (avoid to scare herds, many in undergrowth). Out of the forest, take left on the "PR" trail, which is marked in yellow. The descent becomes technical, "trialisante", overlooking the Lake. A variant on the right is easier.
The "PR" leads to the forest path. Then continue to the left, direction "Col St-Jean", orange markup of ski touring.
In the undergrowth, let the climb to the Col St-Jean on the left, and take the path that descends to the right.
Short distance (300 m) of the carrefour des Quatre Chemins, it leads to a wide forest track. Turn left and cross on this easy track until the Shasha farm and the rock Inn.
Reached on the 900 D, cross and take a trail that descends to the right and leads in about 3 km to the village of the Lautharet. Cross the D 900 B, and follow a small road 200 m, that one leaves left by a trail. When it joined the road, follow for 150 m and take right onto the end of the course path. You reach the beach of St-Vincent-les-Forts.
To return to the Col St-Jean. If you have hired the services of an attendant, a shuttle will take back you. Otherwise, he must have left a car near the beach.

The flight of Dormillouse

Mark: Access is by chairlift to the crests of Dormillouse, then 20 min walk, either walk uphill the Chau plateau station Saint-Jean Montclar and along route that climbs to the Dormillouse. Departure from the fort de Dormillouse (2500 m). Arrival to the beaches of the Lake of Serre-Ponçon (780 m) 1700 m of difference in altitude.
The site of Dormillouse is known all over the world. It is a strategic place of gliding: it is indeed the point of passage opening to all bases South Road to the Northern Alps. The site is also very known because international competitions are regularly organised. It is the meeting place between the provencal sunshine and high alpine terrain. The proximity of the Lake of Serre-Ponçon made the site an ideal place for a family stay. This is lakeside family occurs after the joys of flying and swimming.
Ave the site boasts a permanent exhibition to the Sun, which allows to use updrafts frequently exceeding the 3,000 m altitude. We then enjoys a flightseeing tour slide above the Lake of Serre-Ponçon. Thermal flight the afternoon is reserved for good pilots of experience, perfectly mastering their equipment. The landing strips are often turbulent afternoon.
•    Do more: A flight on the crest of the white, which extends for 15 km to the South. Recommended to discover the joys of flight distance.

The Dormillouse Mountain: Lakes and bogs

Benchmark: Departure: parking at the end of the road that leads to the col bottom or the Chau plateau still taking the chairlift to col Saint-Jean road access: Seyne take the D207 towards col Saint-Jean at the first junction, head towards Saint Pons and take the direction of the col bottom. Park before the NFB barrier after 3 km of Earth road. Altitude difference: 650 m duration: 5 h.
Difficulty: easy, good trail. Map: IGN blue series Seyne 3439 is.
Dormillouse is a mountain at 2,505 m and is located north of the chain of the white, at the junction of the white and Ubaye valleys. At the top of Dormillouse rises famous fort from where the view door, according to some, to the roadstead of Toulon. Therefore, the inhabitants would have learned the Provence landings August 15, 1944, through the light signals sent from mont Faron in Toulon!
The stroll of lakes and bogs is both easy and remarkable beauty. We view three small mountain lakes clear and coloured by their aquatic flora. In July, the surrounding rhododendron are splendid and magnificent peatlands. Peat is the result of a slight landslide, associated with a development of the flora of ponds and swamps. The roots of this flora and schistose amalgam of the landslide created the phenomenon of the peat. Currently, the natural lakes are disappearing little by little, to make room for the peat.
Parking take the wide track left which rest horizontally on a mountainside. After about 2 km turn right a trail that goes right into the slope and leads to the old path of the fort. So you arrive directly at the top where you can visit the fort military. The Summit, follow the direction 'the Lakes', blue lighting.
Pass near the Black Lake. Descend towards the middle (yellow tag) Lake, surrounded by reeds and inhabited by dragonflies - and the chubs. Bypassing the left and continue down to the Lake from the cabin, near the wood hut.
It is advisable to picnic at this place; There is a nearby source. In August it is possible to bathe in the second Lake from the cabin. Lake cabin, back slightly, turn left and pass under the chairlift, bypass a bog by the right and go up a landslide which allows access to the Valley of Provence, slightly Woody (blue markup). Follow this Valley to the bogs of col Bas to be overcome by the right. From neck down, down on the other side by the forest path to the O.N.F. barrier
•    To do less: it is possible to ride chairlift to the plateau of the Chau and avoiding the bad road that leads to the parking lot of the col bottom. The terminal station of the plateau of the Chau, turn right a forest road which joined the climb to the Dormillouse. To return to the chairlift, below the bottom collar at the NFB gate, take the wide track which leaves to the right. But we can also mount directly to Brèche de Dormillouse and reach the Summit via the ridge.
•    To shorten the tour of the Lakes, it may very well settle for picnic on the edge of the Black Lake and go directly back to pass down. At the end of the Black Lake, to the South, take a trail marked in blue that rises slightly above the Lake, passing the Valley of the Wolf and reach col Bas. This allows to shorten the ride of approximately 1 h 30.
•    Living otherwise: A cross-country skis: vallons du Loup, Provence and the Amboin are an extraordinary Nordic walking in winter. The refuge of the Lake from the cabin, earn the Amboin Valley up to the Southeast up to an altitude of 1,900 m and follow the curve in the Woods, at best, to enter in the magnificent Valley of the Amboin. Back in the Valley of Provence by the collar of the Laveyret.

Weekend horseback riding in the country of Seyne

Benchmark: allow 2 days, no particular difficulty, 60km, clothing in case of rain. Map IGN series blue Seyne 3439, La Javie 3440 is, Turriers 3439 West, Thoard 3440 West.
Country seynois, renamed long for its horse breeding, is a mountainous area where it's good hiking of the spring in the fall. Streams and creeks are numerous, grass pastures is plump, superb views.
However, overlap among marmots require a minimum experience of hiking as well as a good physical condition of the horse and the rider.
Initially Selonnet, take the road of Chabanon, then the forest trail overlooking the hamlet of Surville. It joins the GR 6 that one follows up to the hut of the Shepherd of the Montagnette (blue and red markup). At the crossroads on the left (troughs), then at the next intersection, take the left lane. It brings under the resort of Chabanon.Continue in the same direction, cross the road to later find a crossroads. Passing near the ski lift, and engage in the forest (yellow markup). At following gully, away from the yellow markup to continue on the track on a mountainside. Cross a lawn to reach the col de Negrón. Take in the face for successively passing near two sheepfolds (point of water), then after a collar, down on the fold of the Lauzerot. Continue on the path along the ravine until Cubertin. Away from the track to take on the left the trail descending on Auzet (yellow markup). Along the left bank torrent for 1 km and then mount on the left to the pass. Continue to fit into wood and then down the left to reach a valley. Turn on the left, then at the crossroads to the right. Then follow the trail (marked yellow) joining Verdaches. Then the D 900 until the next road junction. Pass under the bridge to come on the left bank of the Bes. Engage in trail in underbrush extending by a track to Vernet. Cross the village and find the D 900 after the waterbody. Along the road for 1 km. Turn left to take the forest track and climb up to the Chaloze pass. Down on the left; After the passage of the Valley, the track veers right along the ubac mountain (Petite Rousse). Further down, cross a zone ravinée before rebounding in the pastures of Charcherie. At the col de Charcherie, near the chalets, turn left again in the large Fissac clearing (ignore all tracks on the left). Down in the Northwest. Pass a Valley, then at the next crossroads, climb on the left to reach the neck of the Falk. Take the lane on the right cast in wide hairpin bends up to a plateau and join soon after the col de Negrón. Take the same route to go until Chabanon. Get off on the right by a path cutting the laces described by the access road to the station. It joins the Selonnet access road.
•    Do a little less: since Charcherie, joining northward Seyne-les-Alpes. Turn left onto GR 6 and follow up Selonnet passing to the top-Chardavon where the deposit of the Stud.

The table of the Penitents

The Church of the Dominicans of Seyne retains a well curious canvas of 17th century showing a procession of penitents in the streets of the city. You have to go see this work, which is a kind of reportage in image (and color) event exceptional but cyclic everyday three centuries ago. An observant eye recognizes in this painting all the elements of the city: the old cathedral, the trees, some homes, even though urban has experienced many changes since.
Represented procession allows to reconstruct both his journey, the precise order in which vary different groups or individuals.
The white penitents open the market, followed by the Dominican fathers, the Trinitarians and the secular clergy. Behind, to arrive the civil authorities: the royal judge, the subdelegation of the intendant, the four consuls wearing the Red Riding Hood. Then there is the crowd of faithful men and women separated into two distinct groups.

Crossing of the Grand-Puy to Chabanon

Benchmark: departure from the station of the Grand-Puy, can be accessed via the D900 towards Digne. 3:30-cross-country skis or mountain biking. For round-trip travel, effective 6-7 h, and for loop, 2 h 15. Pay attention to the roads after heavy rains. Total climb: Grand-Puy Chabanon 500 m, Seyne necked Falk 350 m. IGN blue series map Seyne 3439 is and Turriers 3439 West.
This 17 km course is one of the best ways to discover the country of Seyne, some also call "the white Valley". You are often in balcony above the Valley, and almost all the time in the forest.
The undergrowth offer you their delicious specialties: strawberries and raspberries Woods, mushrooms, Morels...
The summer and fall, many "bikers" are pleasantly jumping on this route, where it is not uncommon to meet riders.
The plain of Charcherie, the forest of Fissac, cervical-Falk, the Iroire plateau, Negrón chalets, places that you will discover with astonishment: they are characteristic of the quiet mountains of Provence. One can start the Grand-Puy or Chabanon interchangeably. Station Grand-Puy, climb to the Northwest by a wide forest track (point of water after 2.5 km). When it becomes flat, she goes down South on field-Chauvet (obvious). Back in the direction of cottages of Alp and the plain of Charcherie.
Before the first Chalet, right take the path which crosses the prairie and brings on a beautiful forest track. Then include the Grand tour of the country of Seyne yellow tags. At the first clearing (attention to bulls), take the right path snaking in a sparse pine to the clearing of Fissac forest.
Then the path up and down through the forest and to the junction of the Meadres robines. Right, you reach the road D7, then Seyne. Left, the path continues until the neck of the Falk through the robines and passes a small pass that allows to change the slope and overhang the former Inn of the warblers. In the descent the path deteriorates, fork commit right.
Right after the former Inn of the warblers, in the direction of Auzet, take the path that climbs (summer, yellow tag and triangle) and follow through a sparse forest of small pines. Arriving in the mountain pastures, turn right. The path comes to the base of the mountain of Chabanon (the Summit with the two towers) for Negron bergeries (source). In August, enjoy to continue beyond the pens to fill your bag of blueberries, head Grosse is almost red so they are abundant. Otherwise, before the bergeries, pass the wooden gate and follow the logging road about 4 km up the road to Clots (late July, raspberries and strawberries of the Woods). Attention, to the right of the second gate, a wire crosses the road, it is only at the last moment. The paved road, take left on 100 m, then right, the forest road to the highway of Chabanon. After a short climb, some corners brings you to the resort of Chabanon.
•    Do more: from Chabanon, it is then possible to continue in the direction of the Tamarack Ridge to take it to the belvedere of the head of Charbonnié (1,681 m).Barles to St-Vincent-les-Forts, there is a route of more than 80 km, marked by F.F.C. logos, referring to "the great crossing. This course is to do in two or three days, with a vertical drop of 1,800 m.
•    To do less: A loop to the departure of Seyne, via Charcherie and the neck of the Falk, is a very balanced profile ride. From the pool of Seyne, take the D7. At the bridge turn left towards Campsite "Les prairies". A few hundred metres further on, do not take the asphalt road that leads upwards, but follow the dirt road.Private property, turn right, cross the bridge and follow a steep path but in good condition. The iron fence, continue straight. A platform, a beautiful view opens onto Seyne and Grand Puy. Turn right, the stoned path that leads steeply up to the meadows of Charcherie (blue markings and yellow markup). Follow the route of the neck of the Falk and join Seyne by the D7 to the pool.
•    Living otherwise: winter, to do this journey cross-country or Nordic touring skis. But cross-country skis, it is easier to go from Grand-Puy to Chabanon than the reverse.

Of Beauvillar in Seyne-sur-mer

Oral tradition has it that a few years before the incorporation of the Provence in France, the comte de Provence had to decide the dispute between the inhabitants of Seyne to those of Beauvillar, implanted nearby hamlet in Hamlet Villevielle. We know what the quarrel was, however the comte de Provence declared in 1437 the inhabitants of Beauvillar guilty, ordered to shave the hamlet and condemned the unfortunate into exile. After a terrible journey, they arrived at the edge of the Mediterranean, on the outskirts of Toulon. There, they founded a new city: la Seyne-sur-Mer.

Hiking with donkey and Mule in Seyne-les-Alpes

The donkey and the Mule is a very old tradition in the country of Seyne.
The resort of Grand-Puy, near the col de Moor, has developed successfully for several years accompanied by hiking and renting asses this activity is accessible to everyone, at any age
You can simply go to the hut of the mules and return by the same route.
But the most classic route is the "tour of the Tourtourel", where the flora is rich and abundant.
A particularly beautiful walk over two days in return: the now famous 'Grand-Puy to Chabanon crossing"course which is practiced by the founders, the" mountain bikers and riders. " The entire route is on forest tracks.

The great mountain and the peak of the heads

Benchmark: road access: Seyne, take the direction of worthy, after 5 km, after Chantemerle, turn right towards the hamlet of Moor. Continue always straight on, cross the hamlet of Moor and the Martins to a wooden bridge where you should park. 1150 m of vertical drop, 6 h 30 roundtrip for good walkers (climbing a fairly unstable landslide), map blue series Seyne 3439 is.

The peak of the heads to the South of Seyne, overlooks the vast communal meadow of the great mountain. The hiker there take the charm of a pastoral hike prior to athletic ascent of one of the highest peaks of the range of the white. Despite its ease of access, walkers are not many on this Meadow trails: roads are poorly signposted and to climb to the peak of the heads, much of the route is done off-trail. The great mountain however offers a nice diversity of landscapes, from the beautiful forest of larches below the Tourtourel, to the desert of stones from the peak of the heads, passing through this beautiful meadow where to graze more than 250 animals over 3000 ha.
This a little wild ride application, so a good sense of orientation. Nothing prevents you to bring your children to the edge of the cabin of the mules where you can certainly go fondle one of these mules who made the glory of Seyne at the beginning of the century.
The bridge, continue the forest road to the hut of the mules. In July, let yourself be guided by the yellow flowers of the laburnum. The mullet Shack, do not cross the torrent but right, take a small path which rises in the forest (yellow tag). Good season, in July and August, it is a real garden of altitude, you can meet a lot of species of flowers including the superb martagon Lily. The path crosses two gullies, then rises in a larch forest, then join the mountain pastures leaving tags. At that time, identify the relief: behind (to the West), it is the peak of Tourtourel; opposite (to the East), the large ledge, this is rock Close; to the right (to the Southeast), at the end of the bar, it is the peak of the heads.
Mount everything right (to the East) in the Meadow, in the direction of the intermediate peak located between meadows and rock Close. It then meets the Meadow road, turn right and follow to Plan Valley troughs.
At this point you have all chances to meet horses in freedom, they are a little fearful but with patience you will arrive to closer you and to observe closely. From waterers, reassemble everything right du vallon, it leads to falls at the foot of the rock Close bar. On the right, a path at the edge of the talus provides access to the meadow above the great mountain, Pie-fat.
This meadow, a very steep scree allows access to the pass between the end of the ledge of rock Close and the desert of stones from the peak of the heads. Attention, this passage is dangerous, stay in a group, the stones from the top of the scree are very unstable. After this pass, a path in a desert of stones allows direct access to the peak of the heads. CC path is not marked, you can lose it easily, then mount all right up to the peak. Reach the Summit along the ridge to the right.
At the Summit, we appreciate the beautiful view over the massif of the Estrop (to the East), on the hills of Digne (to the South) and the Valley of Seyne (to the North).
Just below the Summit, East side, you will see many edelweiss.
•    To do less: without climb to the peak of the heads, we can also take advantage of the great mountain meadow uphill to the sources of the white. To the hut of the mules, cross the stream and take the road of Alpe snaking left bank of the torrent to its source.
•    Do more: below the peak of heads, by following the ridge that leads to rock Close, a large cairn indicates a pass which allows access to the Valley of Vautreuil.This exposed crossing is equipped with (escalation level III), but the narrow path that then descends to the Valley overlooks from high Rocky bars, which makes it unsafe. At the foot of the peak of the heads, a path more or less marked (some yellow tags, but keep the map and the compass in hand, management is) provides access to the col de Vautreuil located above the waters-Tortes, magnificent peat bogs of altitude before accessing the Laverq Valley.
•    The otherwise live: up to touring at the peak of the heads, it is better take the path of the Alp which begins at the hut of mules and going by the sources of the white. It then climbs gradually below rock Close to Plan Valley, where he must continue following the route of summer. Attention to the plates at wind above Pie-Gros, in the steepest part of the route.

The head of the Estrop 2 961 m

Benchmark: access of Digne, direction Seyne-les-Alpes by D900 until la Javie. Turn right to go up the Valley of the Haute-Bléone up Prads haute-Bléone. Then back to the parking lot of the 'warm water lake'. Duration: 2 days. Then consider the ascension as a small race, reserved for hikers accustomed to walking off trails and able to properly orient themselves in the mountains. This is not mountaineering but is a bit more than the classic hiking.

Missing 39 m at the head of the too much to be part of the "3000". This majestic Summit has yet the allure, the pride and elegance. Up of Digne in the direction of Seyne-les-Alpes, the crest of the bar L'Horizon Estrop, captures the look and attracts irresistibly the Highlander.
The head of the Estrop is the best-known and busiest sector Summit, but it would be unfair to forget the two side summits are the Puy de dry, (2,820 in, well known to paragliders) and three Bishoprics (2 818 m).
•    Day 1: to mount the EStrop shelter (2050 m), starting the waters warm 1177 m parking near the Lake, 3 hours climb 900 m of vertical drop. Parking of the warm water lake, continue along the track until its term. Cross Ford Male Vesse torrent and follow the path on the right bank of the Bléone to the hamlet of la Combe. When the path splits, right down to cross the Bléone on the bridge. At the crossroads after the bridge, turn left. Win water-large ravine, cross it and cross in the understory. Still, the trail becomes steeper until the Pascual pitch which is equipped with a handrail. Switch upstream of the waterfall of the Piché into pastures where one sees the shelter, which can be reached in a little more than a quarter of an hour.
•    Day 2: refuge at the head of the Estrop (2,961 m): rise time: 3 h. vertical drop: 900 m. from the hut, back to the West through steep pastures. Cairns indicate far off the path. Gradually Veer Northwest crossing at best through magnificent sandstone slabs. In this part, it is not easy to spot the cairns. Continue to veer to the right to follow the Northeast direction. We then walk on very large blocks of sandstone where it is necessary to have the foot course. Achieve a pass separating the valleys of the high Bléone and the Laverq. Finally follow the ridge to the left until the Summit, characterized by a huge cairn housing a Madonna carved wooden. Is this Virgin and Mr Gilly of Digne. Next to the Virgin Mary, a metal box contains a book on which it is customary to write a few words. The Summit, the view is extraordinary: pictured among others the mont Blanc 180 km, the Grande Casse and the summits of Oisans as if it touched them! Down to the shelter by the same route in 2 h.
•    Do more: If you stay several days at the shelter, we recommend this tour, although it is very common summer: refuge of the Estrop at La Foux d'Allos, loop of two days.
•    Day 1: duration: refuge of the Estrop in the Foux of Allos, 4 h. height: 550 m climb and 750 m descent. Waymarking: yellow and red. From the hut, back northeast to a crossroads. Turn left and cross the needle drop. Cross three times the bed of a stream and pass twice under a gondola lift. Cross the torrent of the needle and pass under two water tanks. Turn right to join La Foux d'Allos.
•    Day 2: duration: from La Foux d'Allos at refuge Estrop, 3 h. elevation: 550 m climb and 350 m descent. From La Foux d'Allos, descend to cross the ravine of the needle on a bridge. Go under two chairlifts, follow the trail on the edge of le mélézin. Direction the Auriac downward to the right. Pass the Auriac cabin and a Lake, and then reach the Auriac downward. Down on the opposite side to join the access trail to the drop of the needle. Borrow on the left and reach the hut of the Estrop.

Nordic walking the Clot du Bouc

Benchmark: Departure: cervical-Falk (1459 m) to 8 miles from Seyne-les-Alpes Parking in front of the hostel of the Warbler II is strongly recommended to mount road on the side of Seyne - .Alpes (D7) and not from the South coming from beads and Auzet where certain passages are dangerous in winter. Difference in altitude: 600 m duration: 4 h. fix: for hikers with a good «base ski»: turn stem, not turning and crossing descent. On return, the end of the descent to the col of the Falk is quite fast and close need to know curb... or shoes. Map: IGN blue series Seyne 3439 is.

This Nordic touring skis ride offered by us is part of the most beautiful Provence. It does no danger, and is largely "panoramic" on a relief little struck.
It is characteristic of what offer the Provence in Nordic walking. To get really fun, we recommend to use specific equipment, i.e. "telemark" skis whose use is spreading more and more.
Pass the Falk, back a beautiful snow slope to the West and then follow the path (many traces in general) which leads to the plateau of Iroire (obvious).
Shelf, pictured far left Negrón cottages, where a break is justified (the pond water flows permanently).
Down a bit and cross a ravine before rebounding due South in the direction of "Moure Bouchard". When the slope fades, take right into the beautiful valley of Lauzerot, dominated by the peak of the Clot of goat that is seen in front. Climb the slope in "crossed - conversions ' to the top. There is no ledge. Summit, return a moment in the footsteps of climb and win right the wide collar of the Bournee, and reassemble the very gentle slope that leads to Moure Bouchard (1,788 m). Down so easily in the direction of the trace of the ascent and return to Negron then the Falk-necked. The descent on the collar of the Falk, recommend to deviate from the path, too fast, and to turn the best between the scattered trees.
•    Living otherwise: in summer and especially in autumn, this excursion is to do in family, with children from 6-7 years.

The Summit of les Monges (2115 m)

Benchmark: Access: get drive Barles, 23 km north of Digne, and 22 km southwest of Seynes-les-Alpes. It is possible to go back 3 km in the Valley of the Descoure, and Park before crossing the torrent. (Turn left right at the entrance of the village of Barles coming from Digne). Total climb: 1,050 m. fix: no particular difficulty if it does not yellow markup (yellow dots) depart in the climb to the Summit of les Monges. Duration: 6-7 hours. Map: IGN blue Thoard 3440 West and Turriers 3439 West series.

The Bes, between Digne and Verdaches Valley is bordered to the West by the massif de les Monges, still too little known to lovers of blank spaces. Yet hikers traveling fans of GR familiar les Monges massif and its "mountain of China" with the GR 6 that passes through the South to the North.
The hike of the day you proposed here will allow you to penetrate the atmosphere very naturally, protected mountains far from roads and cities, where only flocks of sheep bells disturb the surrounding silence.
Back to the Clapouse pass (1 692 m) by following the yellow markup (PR). It crosses the village ruined Vaux and later, under the slopes of the col de Clapouse, a stop at the small hut of the Seignas, still open but unguarded, is highly recommended. The Col de Clapouse, GR 6, which comes from the South is divided into two variants.Take the left which goes on Bayons. Do not disturb flocks around the cabin of Clapouse, and follow the signposted trail red and white (GR) to cross a forest track (need to return to this item at the back). Turn right and win in a few minutes the Lake of les Monges, pretty Mountain Lake, where you picnic by taking his time!
Lake, retrace its steps to the junction (1 km) and mount in front on the wooded trail (an arrow indicates "Les Monges"). When the forest track stops, turn left signposted trail with yellow dots, which leads to the Summit of Coste Belle, twin brother of the Summit of les Monges.
Easily cross on the Summit of les Monges and down to the East by the path that brings back to the col de Croix de Veyre. The sheep inhabit the slope of line, South of the Summit of les Monges: you could try to observe with binoculars.

The Enigma of Verdaches

In 1958 in Verdaches clues on the edge of the national 7, then forestry work, there's an antique weapons depot: forty pieces, mostly sidearms, irons lance and knives, which one masterfully ornate décor inlaid silver. Six years later, excavations are undertaken and, to the surprise of the archaeologists, there is nothing, no grave, not dwelling place, nothing! It is difficult, in the absence of additional elements of dating these objects, specialists oscillate between the 4th century BC and the 1st century a.d. Where come from these parts? The most likely hypothesis is that it is a hasty hideout, the owner of the weapons to get rid of them. The reason for this abandonment is unknown.

The greenhouse of Esclangon

In this strange Valley of the Bes, well-known geologists both french and foreign through the geological reserve of Digne, the climb to the old ruined village of Esclangon you will discover a stark reminder "Facibelle blade" and the famous "Vélodrome". During this tour, you may happen to meet students geologists, studious and attentive to the teachings of their teacher.
The trail starts just before the bridge (side 809) and rises in short laces in reddish terrain dotted with pine trees, then share in crossing on the right and joined a few hairpin bends, the peak of the Croup. Continue to climb part and sides of it. In the upper part of the ascent, the trail splits for the first time. Continue to the left.
The second time, do the same. Join the rump. Climbing along then arrived at a flat part, starting in crossing on the right. Leave a trail starting in left hand a little further.Continue in the same direction. The trail passes near a remarkable willow. You can go visit the ruined village of Esclangon either mounted directly atop the Esclangon greenhouse by the marked trail.
In the ruined hamlet of Esclangon, turn right. Pass between the ruins, and then move towards the top of the greenhouse overlooking the village. Pass behind an ultimate ruin before coming to jam against the slope. Rise then switchbacks up to the ridge of the greenhouse (I 151 m). The greenhouse, you can observe the twin Ridge in the direction of the velodrome. The extraordinary geological fold that you under the eyes is colloquially referred to by geologists under the name of "Vélodrome de la Robine or of Esclangon". It is a coated Syncline fold in (Miocene) tertiary sandstones of the basin of Digne, in the Valley of the Bes.
If you see the Green bulb of an Orthodox Chapel, don't be surprised: this is the chapel built for "sister Thais", who lived twenty years as a hermit at this location until 1992. It seems that since ancient times, here, there were regularly of the hermits. The return to the starting point via the route to go.
•    For more information: visit the centre of Geology: follow the Barles road for 2 km, crossing the metal bridge, then immediately left. The centre is built on a rock of Tuff, near a waterfall, in a delightful wooded setting. A must-see. It is recommended, if you have time to walk to the geological reserve by "Cague – Fox" trail, on the right bank of the Bléone. Three beautiful views on worthy and the Dourbes bar. The geological reserve offers internships supervised by geologists. Why not browse this massif several days and discover the secrets of the Earth's history?

The stars of Saint Vincent

At Digne, when love dies, a star cry goes out and falls to Earth. This is at least sang Paul Arène, native of Sisteron, seeing the pentacrines, these small black five-pointed stars. In fact, these small marine animals fossilized, whose can be found generally that fragments of skeleton, ranging from a few millimeters to over a centimeter, inhabit the bottom of the seas from five hundred million years ago.
These are what geologists call living fossils, their name comes from the Greek penta (five) and krinon (lys). The pentacrines, in their fossil form, are especially prevalent in Haute-Provence, are found in the land of the secondary era (level sinemurian, i.e. about one hundred twenty million years ago).
The most important deposits are found near Castellane and around Digne on the slopes of the Hill of St Vincent. At the beginning of the XIX century, a goldsmith of the city, Antoine Collomb, imagined to make jewelry. The fossil set with silver became brooch, earring ears or pendant under the name "star of St Vincent".

The Siron horse wood

This two-day horse ride is very varied: one passes from 600 m to 1500 m altitude before returning to 900 m. crossing of the woods of the Siron is perhaps the most beautiful passage in the fayards, Oaks and pines. You will especially discover Thoard village, old village, still very alive and welcoming, which organizes annually several best-known handicrafts and agricultural fairs being fair to the ewes in the fall.
•    Day 1: Equestrian Centre bracket, replace the bed of the River (Bes) to the road junction. Exit to the right the road that leads to Barles and reassemble the river "Galabre" in his bed in the direction of La Robine (many traces of horses on intermittent footpath) up to the Town Hall of la Robine, after passing through the hamlet of the Forest, where there's a snail farming. Opposite the Town Hall, at Calvary, turn left and continue up the trail of the col de la Croix (Panel). Open the barrier (and close it well!) to follow the track about 8 km to the hut of the decline of the cross. The hut, you must take above the trail of the Esclaye; change of Valley, after the step of the Esclaye, scroll right to join the single track. At this point caution: take well to the left in the direction of Thoard. After passing under a sheepfold, join Mauduech farm, and then join the 117 D at the level of the Town Hall of Hautes-Duyes. Point of water at the roadside. At the end of 500 m, left off the road and down a small path up to the reservoir before going back on the road. Take right above the farm «Ferauds» in the direction of the plains of Silve to join "Field Roubin" Gîte, farm Delay. You can choose to step there or continue until the communal Thoard cottage by the correct path of the Grande Traversée des pre-Alps. Cross the D3 and win Thoard by the D17.
•    Day 2: leaving the village of Thoard by tiny Sainte-Madeleine road where there's a TV relay. It landed in the middle of lavender fields. Then follow the trail of the pass of the cross through the woods of fayards and step of the (steep) Hare. At the col de la Croix, take the BPWG in the direction of the Siron Bharadwaj.Replat and for worthy, turn left in the direction of Clau Chastel and follow markup made of white stones. Watch out for herds of horses. After you have opened and closed the electric Park, return to worthy by the forest path to the Siron, interestingly cut by the greenhouse at the level of the Jas de Chabrier. Join the forest road, follow up the D900 and turn left. Reassemble the Bléone until the riding course.

Paragliding at le Cousson

Le Cousson is the mythical mountain of the inhabitants of Digne. Genuine area of resourcing for the lovers of nature, with a flora and fauna, original, it is several years an unmissable paragliding site in Provence.
Already heavily frequented by gliders across the region, he rose to international fame in 1991 as the first paragliding World Championship site.
Take-off is the Summit. Le Cousson flight caters to all practitioners of paragliding, at different times of the day depending on their level of pilotage. Conditions: breeze-state flight is possible late in the morning, as well as by slight wind North-North-West to West. Dangers and difficulties: regime of Breeze, a southern breeze can settle in the evening and be disadvantageous to the flight. Evening by West to strong northwest wind, he must be wary of the wave of jump phenomena. The landing area is located in the bed of the Bléone, 580 m above sea level, behind the stadium Jean Rolland. A Valley sustained but steady breeze supplies site.
For access to the landing site, take the national road and turn right in the direction of the stade Jean Rolland.
•    Do more: If you're a pilot experienced, eager for long air walks, the departure of le Cousson may interest you: are transiting to the South, after "full" above the Southwest combe of the chapel of the necks - sound, to the mountain of Beynes, then towards the cliff of St-Jurs and then join the site of Moustier-Ste-Marie through the crest of the Montdenier and go take a look on the entrance to the gorges du Verdon and Lake Ste-Croix. If you're brave, tackle the return on worthy otherwise ask yourself with the local drivers at the foot of the village of Moustiers and wait within the city of faience that we pick you up...

The geological reserve

Born in the early 1980s, the geological reserve of Haute-Provence is the body of this great kind of Europe with 150 000 ha affected. Vocation: protect, explore and highlight all traces of the history of particularly important land in Provence. Thus protects more today than a few specific sites but the territory on which the regulation prohibits any extraction and tolerate fossil collection in limited amount provided that they have naturally cleared by erosion. The geological reserve is just the opposite of a body turned towards the past. Here the team consists of young high-level professionals attentive to local development and in constant relation with the municipalities concerned. Also many actions have been conducted in cooperation: reintroduction of marmots in the bar of Dourbes, rescue of ten thousand birds in a day... At the same time, the geological reserve aims to first scientific research, often ignored activity to the general public.

The Clappe and the col de Corobin

Benchmark: Departure and arrival in Digne, + 600 m of ascent, beginning a half day, IGN maps 1: 100 000 n ° 60 and blue series and Barrême is.

At the beginning of Digne, the climb to the col de Corobin is extremely frequented by "cyclos". In one most beautiful nature in the surroundings of Digne tanks, the cyclist can admire magnificent points of view, among the scents of many forest species, and it is not unusual to see bighorn sheep, a wild boar or a deer.
Digne, take the road of the municipal baths, go up the Valley of the warm waters (D 20), attack the steep climb to the col de Pierre-bass, and then letting down quietly on the site the Clappe, former colony of holiday of the S.N.C.F., currently being restored.
Here can rest under the freshness of tall trees. The place is magical and merit really a prolonged shutdown. The Clappe, it remains 3 miles easier to reach the col de Corobin where the view is impressive.
Down Chaudon and Norante by a narrower road to climb and very curvy. Essential brakes in good condition. Then revisit worthy by the N 85 that borrowing on 25 km approximately.
•    Living otherwise: the salesmen of the thermal baths and the inhabitants of Digne tend to come pick from countless mushrooms in the vicinity of the Clappe.
 

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