A circular walk through forest trails from Goult to the small hamlet of Saint Pantaleon.
Today's walk is a pleasant circular journey from the hilltop town of Goult through forest trails and the fertile fields that surround the town. After making your way out of Goult, stopping off to enjoy the views from the Moulin de Jerusalem, you have a steep climb up the ridge on the opposite side of the valley before the walking becomes easier again. The forest soon opens up into neatly maintained farmland as you make your way to the small village of Saint Pantaleon. The walk back offers similar easy trails until the steep, but relatively short, climb back into Goult.
Take some time out to enjoy the vista from the Moulin de Jerusalem. This ancient windmill dates back to the 18th century and the views extend over the valley towards Bonnieux and Lacoste.
You will pass by many large, isolated properties on this day. As is common throughout this part of France, many have guard dogs. Generally the dogs are locked within the property walls. Should you come across a dog that is not tethered, do not approach. If the dog runs towards you, stand still and stay calm. Do not run away. Generally the dogs will come close (5 to 10 metres) and bark but come no closer. Stay calm until the dog decides that you are not a threat when it will generally calm down and walk away. Move slowly away.
A sun hat, as for every day, is an important piece of equipment.
Terraces Cultivees de Goult
A short walk from the Moulin de Jerusalem, you will find a natural amphitheatre, protected from the mistral winds, where local farmers used to grow olive and almond trees on largely barren land. These terraces, built to maximise use of limited available land, are quite unusual and worth the short deviation from the path.
Eglise Saint Pantaleon
This small 12th century chapel is notable for its stone cut tombs (now open and empty) scattered around the base of the church walls. If open, the simple but delightful interior offers cool respite from the summer heat.
Food and Drink
Although there is a small cafe in St Pantaleon, we recommend that you stock up on snacks and drinks before you leave Goult as the cafe does not keep reliable opening hours. There are two boulangeries and a general store (epicerie) in Goult where you will be able to buy bread and cheese amongst other local delicacies.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: