Lioux - The Madeleine cliff

Circuit around Lioux returning through the Madeleine cliffs, with fine views of the Vaucluse ranges.

Technical sheet
No. 4098643
A Lioux walk posted on 29/03/15 by Tamtraductions. Update : 11/12/17
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h40[?]
Distance Distance : 8.02mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1119ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1115ft
Highest point Highest point : 1844ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 807ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Monts de Vaucluse
Location Location : Lioux (84220)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.939508° / E 5.291802°
Download : -
Cliffs from the car park


500 m before Lioux, take the uphill road to the right above the cemetery towards the car park at the Lioux windmill.

(D) From the car park, with your back to the direction sign, take the track opposite towards the Plan des Yves. This forks immediately. Follow the right-hand track waymarked in yellow down through the boxwood and holm oaks. Continue straight ahead at the first intersection. Ignore the next track to the right and continue downhill until you reach the Plan des Yves junction.

(1) Head left towards the Chapelle Sainte-Madeleine (ignoring the two leftmost tracks which lead back up the hill). This track runs level, through olive groves, vineyards and cherry orchards. Stay on the main track, which is well marked, ignoring all others until you reach the Chapelle Sainte-Madeleine.

(2) Continue on the other side, passing to the right of the chapel, towards the Croix de la Lave. After 50 m, leave the main track for a narrower track on the right, which runs level among pines and holm oak.
At the Saint Marc shrine, cross road D115 and continue on the other side on the track leading to the Croix de la Lave. Continue straight ahead on the main track ignoring all others. The track passes round a vineyard, dips into a valley and rises for a few metres to the Croix de la Lave junction.

(3) Bear left towards Font-Jouvale. The track passes alongside a vineyard, dominated by a dry-stone hut centre left, then enters the valley. When the track becomes narrower, leave the valley floor and follow the waymarks up a path on the left-hand side to road D115.

(4) When you reach the road, turn right for a few metres and cross over. Find the path rising to the left following the green waymarks for route No 12. The path climbs steeply, and, after a few hairpins, meets another path. Turn left and emerge on to a wider track 20 m further up. Continue to the left of this track, which climbs steadily to a cross, of which only the base remains.

(5) Ignore the track opposite and head right, following the green waymarks for route No 11. At a fork a few yards later, take the right-hand path and follow it as it bears west to follow the cliff edge. From this point on, follow the green waymarks which run close to the cliff, ignoring the other waymarks which appear from time to time.

(6) At an intersection on an esplanade, ignore the tracks to the left and the one that heads right, downhill towards the Verrerie and continue straight ahead. Keep following the same waymarks close to the cliff edge, enjoying the panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Over 2 km later, the waymarks lead down to the car park

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1093ft
1 : mi 0.81 - alt. 807ft - Plan des Yves
2 : mi 2.21 - alt. 1119ft - Chapelle Sainte-Madeleine
3 : mi 3.15 - alt. 1047ft - Croix de la Lave
4 : mi 4.82 - alt. 1434ft - Leave valley floor and head left
5 : mi 5.28 - alt. 1762ft - The cross
6 : mi 6.38 - alt. 1745ft - Junction with path towards the Verrerie
D/A : mi 8.02 - alt. 1093ft

Useful Information

Be careful! The second part of the hike runs close to the cliff top.

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

During the walk or to do/see around

The Saint Madeleine chapel and its little hermitage, which are in excellent condition.

Other walks in the area

distance 7.79mi Vertical gain +1020ft Vertical drop -1020ft Durée 4h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lioux - 84 - Vaucluse

Walk up Vaumale valley along a beautiful trail equipped with climbing aids and then come back down the wilder and less rocky Lioux valley.

distance 7.87mi Vertical gain +955ft Vertical drop -938ft Durée 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Murs (Vaucluse) - 84 - Vaucluse

Lovely hike without much difficulty. After climbing uphill for just under a kilometre, just enough time to reach an altitude of 700 m, where the the panoramic view of Lubéron with its lowlands and further below the valley behind Murs, opens up to you. Just for your enjoyment, this view will last for more than 4 km. The majority of the circular hike is through forest paths.

distance 3.62mi Vertical gain +994ft Vertical drop -33ft Durée 2h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Gordes - 84 - Vaucluse

The walk starts near Gordes (listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France) and passes through the Véroncle gorge to Murs and its castle.
A very pleasant, energetic walk in the ravine of the Véroncle gorges, discovering the remains of old mills from different periods along the way.
There are a few ladders and ropes, and an old sluice shaft that cannot be avoided.

The Véroncle mills
distance 6.21mi Vertical gain +1017ft Vertical drop -988ft Durée 3h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Gordes - 84 - Vaucluse

The route leads up the Véroncle canyon then down the south-facing slopes of the Monts de Vaucluse.

distance 9.94mi Vertical gain +1253ft Vertical drop -1237ft Durée 5h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Gordes - 84 - Vaucluse

Loop around Gordes and its dry stone dwellings, through the valley of Sénancole and its unique Sénanque Abbey.

distance 9.2mi Vertical gain +2733ft Vertical drop -2703ft Durée 6h35 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse - 84 - Vaucluse

A demanding route that climbs up to the crests above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, where you will have unrivalled views.

The Nesque River gorges from Monieux
distance 5.17mi Vertical gain +1257ft Vertical drop -1240ft Durée 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Monieux - 84 - Vaucluse

The Nesque River gorges and the Saint Michel chapel starting from the Bourget Lake in Monieux.

Around the Aigue Brun
distance 8.97mi Vertical gain +2172ft Vertical drop -2172ft Durée 6h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Buoux - 84 - Vaucluse

Circuit around the Aigue Brun to see the different aspects of this valley nestled at the foot of the Luberon.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.