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Le Sentier des Ocres

· 1 review · Hiking trail · Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
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  • On the Sentier des Ocres
    / On the Sentier des Ocres
    Photo: Fiona Marshall, Macs Adventure
  • The ochre cliffs from the Place Jean Eynard
    / The ochre cliffs from the Place Jean Eynard
    Photo: Fiona Marshall, Macs Adventure
  • Roussillon
    / Roussillon
    Photo: Fiona Marshall, Macs Adventure
  • The valley beyond Russillon, looking towards Mt Ventoux
    / The valley beyond Russillon, looking towards Mt Ventoux
    Photo: Fiona Marshall, Macs Adventure
  • Shady path on the Sentier des Ochres
    / Shady path on the Sentier des Ochres
    Photo: Fiona Marshall, Macs Adventure
  • The Sentier des Ocres waymarks
    / The Sentier des Ocres waymarks
    Photo: Fiona Marshall, Macs Adventure
  • / The ochre quarry in autumn colours
    Photo: Fiona Marshall, Macs Adventure
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A short but very dramatic walk along the footpath called the "Sentier des Ocres", the site of the former ochre quarries of Roussillon.

easy
1.4 km
1:00 h
69 m
51 m

This short walk (total 1.4km for the longer loop) is a must-do when you are in Roussillon.  The Luberon Ochre Hills were mined and developed in the 20th century and this former quarry now forms a protected parkland with a managed footpath to allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular coloured ochre cliffs. There are two short circular trails, the longer of which is documented here, through the picturesque valley and forest of chestnut and pine trees. Intepretation boards explain the geological reasons ochre is present in the landscape here, and tell of its extraction for use as a pigment in times past. A small entrance fee is payable at the gate. 

Author’s recommendation

Wear walking shoes and avoid white clothing!

outdooractive.com User
Author
Fiona Marshall
Updated: July 25, 2018

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
331 m
Lowest point
296 m

Safety information

The paths are dusty underfoot; care should be taken in wet and slippery conditions.

Equipment

No specialist equipment is required.  

Tips, hints and links

Photography

Take your camera, as the cliff vistas are stunning.

 

This tour is available on the following itineraries:

WFSCP

WFSCPIS

Start

The Place Jean Eynard near the entrance to the Sentier des Ocres (309 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
43.901750, 5.293936
UTM
31T 684219 4863518

Destination

Entrance gate to the Sentier des Ocres

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00km – START POINT – On the road at the Place Jean Eynard looking towards the Sentier des Ocres.  Stand with the car park behind you facing the ochre cliffs. BEAR RIGHT up the path in front of the Café de L’Ocrier, signposted Sentier des Ocres.

0.10km – After passing the toilets on your right, walk past the car park, the small souvenir shops and the water fountain and continue STRAIGHT ON following the signs for Sentier des Ocres.

0.20km – Arriving at the entrance to the Sentier des Ocres, pay your entrance fee and enter the walkway.

0.25km – Follow the boardwalk to enjoy impressive views of the ochre cliffs, the remains of the former ochre quarries of the town. Descend the steps.

0.35km – After crossing the boardwalk bridge, you will note the route markers as there are 2 options for this walk.  For the shorter option, follow the yellow arrows and for the longer option, follow the double red arrows. These notes document the longer version.  At this stage both versions follow the same route so continue to follow the marked trail as it winds through the forest below the cliffs.

0.60km – At the point the path splits. If you want a shorter walk, follow the yellow arrows. To continue with the longer walk documented here, follow the red arrows.  

0.70km – Enter a clearing and enjoy the dramatic views of the red and orange cliffs. Continue to follow the double red arrows through the forest.

0.95km – At this point, the path rejoins the shorter (yellow) trail. Follow the arrows up the hill, taking time to relax on the benches placed thoughtfully by the path.

1.50km – At the entrance booth to the Sentier des Ocres your walk is complete.

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5.0
(1)
Doug Weedon
May 08, 2019 · Community
Fantastic views and landscapes Go early to avoid crowds
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Get there early its worth it
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.4 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
69 m
Descent
51 m

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Highest point
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