A very enjoyable loop on the peninsula of Bauduen alongside Lake Sainte Croix.
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.
Park in the spaces on the lakeside in the village of Bauduen (D/A).
Start the hike along the left-hand side of the lake (leaving the path on the right (1) which heads towards the houses in Véris) to join up with the GR99B along the lakeshore at the watersports centre.
Stay on the GR until you reach a picnic area. Before reaching the northern point of the peninsula, the path becomes more strenuous (2). You will need to use your hands (it is advised that hiking poles are retracted and put away in your bag) to go through the rocky section which takes about 20 minutes. This section can be slippery - be especially on your guard in wet weather.
You then reach the lakeside beaches before meeting a large path which takes you to the crossroads of the GR 2 at ref. point 491 (3).
Take the GR99A on the right which, through a relatively short climb, reaches the high point of the loop (697m).
Then make your descent via the Caletty Gorge to return to Bauduen and the car park (D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 491m
1 : km 0.67 - alt. 512m - Bauduen exit
2 : km 3.48 - alt. 490m - Rocky pass - Lac de Sainte-Croix
3 : km 6.81 - alt. 496m - Crossroads of the GRs
4 : km 8.66 - alt. 697m
D/A : km 11.37 - alt. 493m
No water on this circular walk so make sure you take plenty with you as it can be very hot, even under the trees.
Take swimwear with you so you can take a nice dip at the beaches you come across.
(3) There are signs at every crossroads to help you find your way without any problem. These signs all meet the Waymarking Charter in force in the 04 and 05 departments (administrative areas). The following information is displayed on the signs:
On the yellow sections:
- distance in km;
- estimated time on foot;
On the green band:
- place name;
- UTM (GPS) coordinates.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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