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Above the Aups via The Peirière

A beautiful walk through various landscapes, olive trees, impressive stone walls, a pine forest, caves and cave chapels.

Technical sheet
No. 129992
A Aups walk posted on 26/06/15 by Ladhak. Update : 03/12/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h30[?]
Distance Distance : 4.43mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 643ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 617ft
Highest point Highest point : 2192ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1683ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : Aups (83630)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.62957° / E 6.225037°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3443OT
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Park on Avenue Victor Maria, near the Notre-Dame de la Délivrance chapel. Head to the north-west down this avenue.

(1) After 200 m at the crossing, turn right just before the bridge on the small paved road, Chemin de la Grave. Go due north for about 400 m.

(2) At the fork, take Chemin de la Peirière to to the left and continue on it for about 1 km to the north-east to a crossroads.

(3) Turn right on Chemin de la Croix des Pins, continue on this path past the Estré equestrian shelter.

(4) At a tank, make a sharp right along the path with Yellow markings and follow it.

(5) At the fork, turn left onto the forest track, signposted with a yellow arrow Yellow indicating “Croix des Pins”. Continue south to a junction.

(6) Leave the Yellow markings and head to the left and then turn right in the direction signposted as “Citerne 25m3".

(7) At the tank, take the left path and follow it for 1 km.

(8) In a wide turn, take a small path down to the right at a small cairn indicated by yellow markings on a tree (look out for the the start of the trail). Continue on this narrow path. Then turn right uphill on the path with Yellow markings to the St. Magdalene Caves.
Continue on the trail through the caves and the cave chapel, and a little further to the right the Sainte-Trinité Chapel.
At the end of the paved road opposite follow the trail. Turn left onto Chemin des Devansaux.
Arrive on Avenue Victor Maria.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1696ft
1 : mi 0.14 - alt. 1686ft - Chemin de la Grave
2 : mi 0.37 - alt. 1716ft - Fork
3 : mi 1.13 - alt. 2014ft - Crossroads
4 : mi 1.82 - alt. 2034ft - Water tank
5 : mi 2.15 - alt. 2044ft - Fork
6 : mi 2.72 - alt. 2159ft - Junction at marker 643
7 : mi 2.81 - alt. 2103ft - Water tank
8 : mi 3.42 - alt. 2188ft - Starting point of the trail
D/A : mi 4.43 - alt. 1696ft

Useful Information

2.5 hours of actual walking, but more like 5 hours accounting for photo stops, snacks and visiting the caves.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3443OT.

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

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.69/5
Number of opinions : 28
Description quality : 4.93/5
Routemap quality : 4.68/5
Walk interest : 4.46/5

on Mon 07 Jan 2019 17:55:18 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 07/01/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A really lovely walk - we went very slowly with lots of stops and it took about 3h in which time we saw two cars and no people! Much recommendee

on Mon 02 Jan 2017 19:59:39 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 01/01/17
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

A pleasant and easy walk along olive groves with nice views of the village and the distant mountains and the caves at the end of the walk as a dessert. The trail is wide and not really steep at any stage, except for the final descend back to Aups along the caves, which is sligthly rougher and steeper but still relatively easy. We did this walk above Aups after having done the neighbouring Veris trail at Bauduen a couple of days before with the same group of 5 (I refer to my description of that walk). In comparison we much preferred the Veris trail at Bauduen above this walk, which, admittedly may also be partly due to the clouded sky above Aups on the day. The Aups trail is slightly easier and shorter. However, when in doubt which of these two walks to take, our advice would be to take the Veris trail at Bauduen.

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