A pleasant walk along quiet country roads and forest trails from Bonnieux to Goult, via the hilltop town of Lacoste.
This walk starts on good walking trails out of Bonnieux before transferring to a mixture of quiet country roads and farmland tracks between orchards and vineyards. Starting out you can see Lacoste with its distinctive castle ahead of you beyond the fields. A short steep climb takes you into Lacoste (take time to explore) before a short section of road leads to some farm tracks and then onto tranquil forest trails. Descending into the valley of the River Calavon on tarmac road, you will see the hilltop town of Goult beyond. It's another steep pull up into Goult, but you can reward yourself with liquid refreshment at one of the cafes in the main town square just off the Rue de la Republique. Underfoot conditions are largely good today and the road walking tends to be low-traffic. As ever, take care with oncoming vehicles on the final section.
Enjoy a well-earned beer at the Cafe de la Poste in the main square in Goult when you arrive at the end of today's walk. This is a great place to watch the world go by.
At the end of today's walk there are sections of road walking. Take good care, particularly when walking around bends in the road, to avoid passing traffic.
Be sure to take your camera with you today. The views of Lacoste rising from the valley are worth capturing for posterity.
Chateau de Lacoste
Lacoste is dominated by the castle. It was originally owned by the Marquis de Sade but is now one of the homes belonging to the French fashion tycoon, Pierre Cardin. While the castle is a private residence and not open to the public, a climb to the exterior affords magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
Moulin de Jerusalem, Goult
At the top of the village of Goult, opposite the remains of the castle ramparts, you will find the ancient windmill, the Moulin de Jerusalem. Whilst windmills have been common in Provence since the 12th century, this particular example dates back to the 18th century and boasts a position that offers fine views over the valley back towards Bonnieux and Lacoste.
Alternative Travel Arrangements
There is a bus service (Ligne 15.2) between Bonnieux and Goult. It may be necessary to walk to Pont Julien (6km) to catch the bus should you choose to miss out today's walk. See www.vaucluse.fr for further details.
Food and Drink
Lacoste has 2 restaurants that open for lunch and a small shop. If you are travelling in early or late season, it's worth checking with your accommodation host if they will be open. Alternatiely, you can stock up in Bonnieux before you depart.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: