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Gordes to Abbaye de Senanque. Transfer to Saint Rémy.

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  • / Beautiful views over the Senancole Gorge
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  • / Abbaye de Senanque
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A short walk to the famous Abbaye de Senanque. 
easy
Distance 3.1 km
1:00 h
125 m
100 m
Leaving Gordes, you will quickly leave the hustle and bustle behind and follow quiet country trails to the picturesque Abbaye de Senanque. Take some time to explore the peaceful grounds, enjoy a picnic and relax. A taxi transfer will take you from the Abbaye to your hotel in Saint Rémy. Please see your accommodation details for transfer time and details. 
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Update: April 18, 2019
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
459 m
Lowest point
342 m
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Safety information

There are very short sections of road walking on this walk. The roads tend to be quiet but take care of any passing traffic.

Tips and hints

Food and Drink

Gordes has numerous independent shops including a couple bakeries and a supermarket where you can stock up for the day. All are on or near to the square in front of the castle. There are no facilities en-route during this short walk, other than at the Abbaye de Senanque, should you choose to visit there. 

 

Points of Interest

Senanque Abbey

Senanque is a beautiful and still-working 12th century abbey, tucked into an isolated valley north of Gordes. Famous for its lavender fields, and associated craft industry, it welcomes visitors all year round (reduced hours in the winter months). There is a dress code (it’s a working monastery!) and an entrance fee, but it’s a popular attraction and despite being extremely busy during the summer months, offers an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.

More details can be found at http://www.senanque.fr  - click “English excerpt“ to the right.

Start

Main Roundabout, Gordes town centre (355 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.911769, 5.199838
DMS
43°54'42.4"N 5°11'59.4"E
UTM
31T 676633 4864425
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Destination

Abbaye de Senanque

Turn-by-turn directions

0.0 km – START:  With your back to the Bastide de Pierres restaurant, and the castle and war memorial statue in front of you, BEAR RIGHT at the roundabout onto the D15 road following the sign for ‘Abbaye de Senanque’.  Walk on the pavement/sidewalk where it is available, as the road swings right, then left again.

0.40 km – At the sign for ‘Le Mas de Romarins Hotel’, TURN RIGHT off the main road, onto a steep gravel path. You will also see the red/white markers, which you will be following for the entirety of today’s walk (see image named 0.40km)

0.60 km – Come to a paved road. TURN RIGHT onto it and follow it as it ascends gently. Although usually quiet, be aware of passing traffic.

0.80 km -  Where you see a dead-end sign (T), BEAR LEFT onto this smaller side road and follow it downhill. 

0.90 km – Come to a yellow walkers’ signpost named ‘La Rougiere 379m’. TURN RIGHT onto the rocky ascending path, following the sign for ‘Sénanque’ (1.7 km) and the red/white markers.

1.80 km – Come to another rocky path that intersects the path you are following. BEAR LEFT across it to rejoin our path on the other side. Follow the red/white markers.

2.20 km – Arrive at the top of a slope and a paved road. There is also a yellow walker’s signpost named ‘Cote de Senancole 460 m’. TURN LEFT onto the paved road, following the sign (unfortunately in a state of disrepair at time of writing) for the Abbaye. Follow the road, being careful of any passing traffic. Lovely views over the gorge open up on your left.

2.40 km – There are views of Mont Ventoux directly ahead of you. BEAR LEFT off of the road onto a rocky descending path. Follow this path, taking care as it can often be wet and muddy.

3.00 km – BEAR LEFT onto the further descending path which will take you down to the Abbaye. Even though this path is marked with an ‘X’, you should follow it as it takes you to the abbey, whereas the path ahead takes you straight past it.

3.10 km – FINISH: Come to the Abbaye. Take some time to explore. You will be collected here by taxi from the car park. Please check your accommodation details for pick-up times and details. 

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Coordinates

DD
43.911769, 5.199838
DMS
43°54'42.4"N 5°11'59.4"E
UTM
31T 676633 4864425
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

If you intend on visiting the Abbaye de Sénanque, take clothes to cover up. Shorts and t-shirt may be refused. 

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.1 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
125 m
Descent
100 m

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