Ramble and Bike rides



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Ramble and Bike rides

Walking routes

There are more than 4000km of footpaths and tracks traversing hills and mountains to be explored in Luberon, a region in Provence that one often calls small! Turn the corner of one of the paths and you could find a village, perched on the banks of a flowing fountain, or perhaps the striking red coulour of the ground surrounding hundred year old cypress trees, a chamois quietly grazing on the hillside, or simply the beautiful scents of provence which fill the fertile plains.... The Vaucluse offers an area of exceptional natural beauty for all the family. You will find a selection of 10 signposted circuits which last between 1 hour and 3 and a half hours and which are suitable for all the family and clearly marked. From the campsite you can join the magical no. 4 circuit- ’Colorado Provençal’, or the C5- ’l’Aiguebrun’. For those who are keen to explore further, the other circuits are just a few kilometers and maps are available at the reception.

Hiking routes- the Vaucluse ’GRs’

No less than 5 long distance foot-paths traverse Luberon and there are countless kilometres of small walks and county paths. > GR6 : via Oppédette, Saint Saturnin lès Apt, Gordes. This GR crosses the region of Luberon from East to West lingering in the mounts of Vaucluse following the ochre fault, ochre quarries of Gignac, Colorado Provençal, Gargas et Roussillon. > GR9 : via Monieux, Villars, Apt, Vaugines. Descending from Mount Ventoux, the GR9 crosses the mounts of Vaucluse, then the Calavon valley before crossing the Aiguebrun rock and valley. > GR92 : via Saignon and le Mourre-Nègre. A variant of the GR9, this path follows the crest of Luberon in order to reach its peak at 1125m. > GR4 : via Oppédette, Sault, Malaucène. The GR4 goes back towards Ventoux via the Oppedette gorges, from the Payrs d’Apt and its ’lavandin’ towards the area of Sault and its fine lavander. > GR97 : Tour of Luberon. With the GR97, keen walkers are able to journey across Luberon in 8 to 10 days thanks to the stages set up for convenience. > GR653D : The St-Jacques de Compostelle path. This path allows pilgrims and other hiking enthusiasts to link Montgenèvre with Arles by following the Via Domitia route.

Bike rides in the Vaucluse

The Luberon is revealed to you through its network of little « secret » roads which are only used by people from the area. Guided by efficient signposting you will ride through the valleys and hills to discover the wide variety of landscapes of the Luberon and Haute-Provence. Typical villages, remains of ancient buildings, eco-museums will make agreeable stops and feed your curiosity. Passingby the campsite the ’route des Ocres’ is without doubt among the most original trails. This itinerary goes along quiet little picturesque roads, and is for all levels. You will see some of the most beautiful landscapes and most remarkable villages in the Park. You won’t need a map: signposts give you directions both ways at every crossroads. In each village you go through, coloured signposts give you all the practical ….and pleasant information you need. A 51-km loop which goes through Apt, Rustrel, Villars, Saint Saturnin les Apt, Roussillon and Gargas. If you want to shorten your trip, follow the yellow-ochre signs.

Mountain biking in the Vaucluse

> Bike-park : The bike park in Villars is a permanent site measuring 15 hectars and dedicated entirely to mountain biking. Dual tracks, learner’s tracks, mogule fields and other equipment allow for a complete learning experience of the discipline. Open to everyone, the bike park also offers various guided activities: trails discovering the countryside, trails used for instruction, technique practice for all levels, meetings for young people etc. Contact : Pays d’Apt Bike-Park 84400 Villars - tel. 06 82 94 28 92

Pony trekking in the Vaucluse

For an experienced and capable rider the Vaucluse offers many opportunities for hacks lasting half days, whole days or even several days thanks to the network of paths and tracks. The routes link accommodation where both horse and rider will find suitable comforts, amenities and equipment. For beginners, the Luberon riding schools offer hacks accompanied by qualified instructors. Some also offer horse riding lessons, pony clubs, horse carriage rides etc. Contact: Pony Club d’Apt (Hacks, lessons, horse and pony breeder)- Valérie Constanza- Route de St Saturnin-lès-Apt 84400 Apt tel. 06 84 24 55 83. Ranch du Coq (Horse riding for tourists of all levels. Breeder, livery). D22 - chemin du Pied Long 84400 Apt, tel. 06 68 89 02 39. Centre équestre de Tourville (lessons and hacks for all levels) 84400 Saignon tel. 04 90 04 78 39. Par Monts et par Chevaux PASS - La Plaine 84750 Viens tel. 04 90 75 36 91 / 06 80 42 82 40

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