La Colle loop (Autour de la Colle), Esparron-de-Verdon

On this hike you will be rewarded with beautiful views into the village of Esparron-de-Verdon and across to the hills of the Verdon Canyon. Enjoy the flowers, butterflies and olive trees as well as an optional visit to see the village chateau and church.

Technical sheet
No. 26511738
A Esparron-de-Verdon walk posted on 06/09/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 29/09/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h45[?]
Distance Distance : 5km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 115m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 113m
Highest point Highest point : 484m
Lowest point Lowest point : 370m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Esparron-de-Verdon (04550|04800)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.739743° / E 5.974836°
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View down to the village

Description

(D/A) Starting at the car park turn left (West) onto D82.

Follow the D82 for 240m until you come to a signpost for the Écomusée on your right. Take this road and continue past the Écomusée.

At the end of the road turn right (North-East) onto Rue des Fontaines.

(1) At a small play park turn right (South-East) onto Chemin des Fourches.

(2) 700m along Chemin des Fourches, just past Le Pigeonnier campsite, you will come to a 3-way fork. Take the middle track straight ahead (East) through some farmland.

(3) 400m along this track look out for a narrower trail to your left leading North-East then North uphill – it is quite easy to miss because the path is not very well worn but it leads up the hillside through very rough ground (lots of wild flowers and plants from the region to admire) and onto a minor road at the top - Chemin de la Colle.

(4) Turn left (West) onto the Chemin de la Colle and continue for 900m until you reach the C3/Route d'Allemagne.

Cross the road then take the left fork W and then almost immediately after take the right fork (North-West) heading uphill, away from the C3. This cuts across over high ground and onto D82/Route de Greoux.

(5) Turn left (South) to walk down D82 for a short 80m to a bend in the road. Here you will see a track continuing straight ahead (South). Walk along the track to rejoin the D82 shortly after.

Keep right (South-East) on the D82 to follow it back into the village.

After 280m, at the fire station, turn left onto Rue des Fontaines. You will reach the play park (1).

Retrace your steps from here to the car park (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 370m - Car park off D82 beneath the Église Saint-André
1 : km 0.54 - alt. 404m - Play Park
2 : km 1.25 - alt. 390m - 3-way fork
3 : km 1.66 - alt. 400m - Narrower trail - easy to miss/overgrown
4 : km 2.33 - alt. 482m - Chemin de la Colle
5 : km 3.91 - alt. 458m - Bend in D82
D/A : km 5 - alt. 371m - Car park off D82 beneath the Église Saint-André

Useful Information

Transport
Parking available off D82 beneath the Église Saint-André

Terrain
A mixture of cobbled streets, minor surfaced roads, stoney tracks, and one section leading uphill through more overgrown terrain.

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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

  • Esparron-de-Verdon village
  • Lac d'Esparron
  • Views of the Verdon Canyon
  • Olive trees
  • Église Saint-André

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