Gaude, the dovecote of Montaigu

A loop which poses no problems so can be undertaken with children to discover a dovecote which is still in a good state.

Technical sheet
No. 4098526
A Manosque walk posted on 20/01/16 by MPrice. Update : 08/03/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h40[?]
Distance Distance : 5.21km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 412m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 409m
Highest point Highest point : 626m
Lowest point Lowest point : 428m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Luberon
Location Location : Manosque (04100)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.856305° / E 5.792083°
Download : -
Montaigu dovecote


Access : At Manosque, take the Voix road (D4096), then turn left to take the Chemin de Valverane and follow it to the end. Park on the left at the entrance of the ancient Gaude mines.

(D/A) Head north-westwards until you reach a path. Take the left, going through the barrier. Take this path alongside the amenities, leave the path to the right until you meet a fork in the path (1).

Leave the path, head towards the right at a right angle and take the small path heading east-south-eastwards. Climb this path which zigzags up and leads to a large path (2).

Take the left and carry on for 400 m up to the start of another path on the left (3). ("_be careful not to miss this path_"). Follow this path which curves to the left and leads to another path on a sharp bend.

Take the path on the right for 200 m until you arrive at a wooden post with a green band at the top situated on the left (4). Turn left on to the path which is poorly marked at the start. At the T-junction, veer towards the right to discover a magnificent dovecote (5). Turn around and go down the path which leads back to the path.

Turn right, passing the big bend, then take the path on the right. Head downwards to join the path a few metres from the point (1).

Take the path on the right and follow the outward route in the opposite direction back to the car park (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 456m
1 : km 1.09 - alt. 507m - Fork in the paths, take the path to the right
2 : km 1.95 - alt. 589m - Large path, to the left
3 : km 2.35 - alt. 623m - Path on the left
4 : km 3.04 - alt. 618m - Wooden post with a green band
5 : km 3.17 - alt. 620m - Dovecote
D/A : km 5.21 - alt. 457m

Useful Information

As usual, hiking shoes and water.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

You park at the entrance to the ancient Gaude mines mines de Gaude where you will find a sign with information about the mine. It is located next to an underground gas reserve, one of the biggest in France.

Other walks in the area

The Cabanons de Mane
distance 6.05km Vertical gain +235m Vertical drop -234m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Mane - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

If you like Bories, you'll see them in the distance at the start, then up close, and you can even go inside some of them. On your way back, before you get to the village, you'll walk up a superb calade (cobbled) street, and there's a little detour to see the Château de Mane.

distance 6.12km Vertical gain +209m Vertical drop -214m Durée 2h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Oppedette - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

A beautiful loop around the Calavon Gorges from the village of Oppedette.

distance 5.16km Vertical gain +90m Vertical drop -93m Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Rustrel - 84 - Vaucluse

A colourful visit to a place known as the Colorado of Provence.

distance 9.6km Vertical gain +248m Vertical drop -257m Durée 3h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Quinson - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Wonderful hike through the Lower Verdon Gorges, starting in Quinson.

distance 10.64km Vertical gain +209m Vertical drop -202m Durée 3h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Artigues (Var) - 83 - Var

An alternating view of pasture and fresh forests, this pleasant flat walk will lead you past the Notre Dame d'Esparron chapel and its small cemetery classified as an historical monument.
Crossing the tiny village of Artigues is also surprising. You'll particularly enjoy refilling your water bottles at the communal fountain.
The advantage of this charming loop that it's flat and very manageable, there are only one or two small climbs along the route.

distance 3.2km Vertical gain +79m Vertical drop -87m Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Artignosc-sur-Verdon - 83 - Var

A pretty walk off the beaten path. The views are breathtaking in diverse landscapes, all from the beautiful little hilltop village of Artignosc-sur-Verdon.

distance 12.07km Vertical gain +294m Vertical drop -294m Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Redortiers - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Discover the dry stone sheepfolds to the west of the Lure mountains.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.