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A hike in Pays du Verdon that takes ancient Roman roads, runs alongside an abandoned village and a chapel sheltered by rocks with magnificent landscapes.
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.
You can park in Aubanes at the end of the D123.
From the car park follow the signs for the trail (Yellow marks and a shepherd’s silhouette) heading north-east climbing to the abandoned village of Chateauneuf-lès-Moustiers (1). Do not hesitate to visit the ruins and the small cemetery.
Continue via the lovely balcony track (still marked in yellow) overlooking the Bau stream. This track is actually an old Roman road that connected the Via Augusta and the Via Domitia. When the path runs along the rocks of Notre-Dame take a moment to head up and see the small Notre Dame chapel under the rock (2).
Continue on this trail to cross the stream (3) 3 and up onto the opposite bank. At the intersection, head in the direction of Les Bondils and return to the D17 (4) that follows it to the right for a few hundred metres.
(5) Then take the small path that heads left towards the hamlet of Les Maurels. You are back on an ancient Roman road, less visible than the last, following the mountain sides. Follow it paying attention to the yellow markings, until the trail heads back down to the stream (6) and joins the trail that goes up to Rougon. Head down to the right towards "Plaine de Chateauneuf" to reach the D17 (7).
On the D17 turn left at the next intersection following the small road down to the right before crossing the small river (8) and go up to the D123. Turn right to reach the car park
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 3333ft
1 : mi 0.65 - alt. 3691ft
2 : mi 1.37 - alt. 3625ft
3 : mi 2.66 - alt. 3527ft
4 : mi 3.84 - alt. 4058ft
5 : mi 4.05 - alt. 4026ft
6 : mi 5.87 - alt. 3780ft
7 : mi 6.47 - alt. 3537ft
8 : mi 7.3 - alt. 3054ft
D/A : mi 8.92 - alt. 3327ft
The end of the circuit takes place on a small, quiet paved road.
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The abandoned village of Chateauneuf-les-Moustiers, the rock chapel and the old Roman roads.
The Gorges du Verdon of course, Lake Sainte-Croix and villages like Moustiers-Sainte-Marie or Rougon.
Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 29
Description quality : 4.68/5
Routemap quality : 4.79/5
Walk interest : 4.03/5
Global average : 4 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good
Interesting walk just off the beaten track of the Gorges du Verdon area, in part along well preserved sections of Roman road, and passing through rural communities. Directions were good. Felt like we had learned and discovered new facets of an area we know well.
The Imbut trail is a hike that lets you discover the Verdon in the heart the gorge and the river bed. Extraordinary landscapes await you but this hike is difficult and certain sections on the cliffs (Chemin Vidal) and through rocks (section until the Baou Beni), require a good level of physical fitness. Be careful of vertigo!
The altitude calculated by the software is a little high, it's closer to about 800m.
A very enjoyable loop on the peninsula of Bauduen alongside Lake Sainte Croix.
Very nice course with beautiful views of Lake Sainte-Croix.
Very beautiful hike to do between April and October.
A beautiful walk through various landscapes, olive trees, impressive stone walls, a pine forest, caves and cave chapels.
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