A pleasant walk through the Alpilles.
Not particularly difficult, this is a hike that is excellent for beginners.
Nevertheless, there are beautiful stretches, commanding views and surprising natural displays of surprise and vigour.
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.
(S/F) The walk starts at the Chemin de Saint-Jean in Aureille.
Then we follow the GR6 to the right by Roucas Toussi.
A small slope leads us onto a plateau by the Chemin de la Colle where I had the chance to meet a goatherd with whom I chatted and took some beautiful pictures.
At the 4 farms, there is an excellent 180° view to enjoy.
(1) Leave the Chemin de la Colle and follow the GR6 which heads down to the right. Follow the D24 and cross the D25 (2) to take the Gros Calan forest path.
(3) After some time leave the Gros Calan to resume walking along the GR6 on the left towards Eygualières.
Visit Eygualières (which is really worthwhile, with a beautiful view at the Mas du Banon).
(4) Return by the same route with a small climb (don’t enjoy too many beers if you take a break at the boozer in Eygualières!) Turn left to return to the Chemin du Gros Calan.
(5) Follow this trail to the left (uphill) until you find yourself facing the Aureille watchtower. Now take the trail down to the junction of the D25.
(6) Cross the D25 and turn right following the 25A in parallel.
Follow the Route d’Eygualières along the D25A downhill during which you can enjoy views of the Balmes du Larron, the south Vallons and the Civadières.
Arriving at Aureille, 500 m after entering the village take a right along the Chemin de St-Jean, to return to the starting point (S/F).
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 440ft
1 : mi 2.66 - alt. 738ft - Leave the road to La Colle
2 : mi 3.38 - alt. 492ft - Cross the D25
3 : mi 4.35 - alt. 728ft - Take the GR6 to the left
4 : mi 5.92 - alt. 371ft - Eygalières
5 : mi 7.1 - alt. 630ft
6 : mi 7.48 - alt. 768ft - Turn left on the Chemin du Gros calan
7 : mi 8.73 - alt. 804ft - Cross the D25
D/A : mi 11.16 - alt. 440ft
Short stop at Eygualières during the journey to visit the village and have a snack before resuming the walk. The Provencal village is a lovely place to have a break.
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Access to the Grottes de Calès site is forbidden.
Return by the olive groves below the Défens d'Eyguières.
__Caution! Because of the nature of the rock (mollasse sandstone, and therefore friable) and the cliffs, parts of the site are dangerous.
A municipal order prohibiting access to these areas is currently in force. Take great care.__
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