Le Revest - Tourris castle for experienced hikers

Not a very long hike with less than 11 km but very hilly with a rocky, steep incline.

Technical sheet
No. 102822
A Le Revest-les-Eaux walk posted on 22/02/15 by Perrye83. Update : 08/12/15
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h10[?]
Distance Distance : 6.81mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1447ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1427ft
Highest point Highest point : 1332ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 410ft
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Le Revest-les-Eaux (83200)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.175029° / E 5.933818°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3346OT
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Description

Park near the Revest dam. (D).

From the car park, walk along the lake leading to the Ragas channel (1) which is usually dry except after periods of heavy rain (see : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8zyj07K...).
Beware of slippery rocks which may be loose too.

Retrace your steps to take a newly opened PR (=small hiking trail) which heads uphill to the left to the Cierge ravine leading to Fierraquet quarry road (route de la carrière de Fieraquet). (2). Across the road, you can choose the Turcos path leading to the Cassini pyramid, but we like to walk along the road for about 2 km, going down towards Tourris. Please be careful on weekdays because truck traffic is significant.

After the truck weighing site, take the path on the right (3) which brings us back to the GR51.

(4) At the junction; the GR turns to the right (azimuth 245 °), then to the left after about 500m (5). The waymark to be followed indicates "Vieille Valette" (6), Tourris castle, to the right. It runs along the estate before getting to the castle (7).

The path you need to take is on the left (azimuth 190°) leading us to the pass near the high voltage power line poles (8). We take the slightly tricky path that goes down through the rocks to the right. The Aven, located on the right Altitude 350 m (9) is impressive by its depth. It could also be a resurgence unnamed on maps.

We continue downhill until we cross the Ripelle (10) (spring no longer visible).
Now go uphill again to take the path that goes towards the Touravelle and at the fork crossing, turn right.
The trail is no longer mentioned on recent maps but still exists.
Keep going between the buildings of the Touravelle (buildings purchased by the General Council) and take the path that resumes at the end of the property (11).
Once you at the first junction, turn right to return to the car park near the lake.

You must then take the path uphill leading to la Touravelle, at the junction take a right.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.59 - alt. mi 0.59 - The Ragas channel
2 : mi 1.65 - alt. mi 1.65 - Fierraquet quarry road
3 : mi 3.07 - alt. mi 3.07 - Path towards GR51, to the right
4 : mi 3.31 - alt. mi 3.31 - GR 51 goes to the right
5 : mi 3.54 - alt. mi 3.54 - GR 51, on the right
6 : mi 4.31 - alt. mi 4.31 - Vieille Valette Sign
7 : mi 4.69 - alt. mi 4.69 - Tourris castle
8 : mi 4.86 - alt. mi 4.86 - High voltage power line poles
9 : mi 5.02 - alt. mi 5.02 - Aven Hill 350
10 : mi 5.19 - alt. mi 5.19 - La Ripelle Crossing
11 : mi 6.28 - alt. mi 6.28 - La Touravelle
D/A : mi 6.81 - alt. mi 6.81

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During the walk or to do/see around

(1) - The Ragas channel and the Revest lake.
(7) - Tourris castle, a beautiful 96 hectare estate.
(9) - The Aven, whose name I did not find.

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