A walk in a regional park with beautiful trails, varied routes and trees, trees and more trees.
Departure from the park’s car park at the Pichauris Hostel.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
on the right (1) (the circuit around the Ners Castle ruins).
Fork, do not follow the Yellow markings, go left At a fork (9), take the right-hand path. This runs along a mountainside, bypasses the site of the castle ruins and overlooks the road. Continue following signs leading to a perpendicular path (still marked in yellow) which takes a right (2).
This trail begins at the mountainside before heading down to the bottom of a valley. Once the rocks are reached, climb back up the valley to the left to meet up with a high voltage line, a wide track (3) must be followed to the left for about 1 km.
(4) turn right in the direction of the Well of Aroumi (arrowed and marked). Take a path that goes up through slabs of rock (probably slippery in wet weather). Ignore the paths leading down to the valley.
When the path starts to go down and joins a good track (5) turn left and do the same at the next intersection (6) (go in the only direction not indicated by arrows).
Stay on the track running around the hillside offering beautiful views of the Mont Sainte-Victoire to an intersection featuring a water tank.
Turn right (7) onto a track that descends into the valley. Bypass the orientation table on the hill.
At a loop in the path (8), a trail starts on the left and catches up with the circuit around the ruins at another tank. Turn right and return to the starting point
D/A : km 0 - alt. 309m
1 : km 0.25 - alt. 320m
2 : km 0.75 - alt. 328m
3 : km 1.58 - alt. 303m
4 : km 3.3 - alt. 352m
5 : km 4.15 - alt. 413m
6 : km 6.14 - alt. 653m
7 : km 6.57 - alt. 638m
8 : km 8.98 - alt. 421m
9 : km 9.86 - alt. 393m
D/A : km 11.32 - alt. 309m
Routes plotted on roads are not always shown on the map but the markings are reliable.
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