Des aiguiers à Travignon

Walking/pedestrian at Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt

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19.4 km
Loop
Walking/pedestrian
6h
Hard
  • Starting at the hilltop village of Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, a great trip on the Sentier des Aiguiers, the top of Mount Cluyer and the ruins of Travignon.

    A long walk without great technical difficulty but with a good vertical drop that initially passes through the beautiful hilltop village of Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, then takes the ''Sentier des Aiguiers'' crossing the dome of Mount Cluyer, coming back to the abandoned hamlet of Travignon and finally ending with the large wild valleys of the southern flank of the Monts-de-Vaucluse

    Start / Arrival: ''Information Point'' of Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt

    Back turned to the ''Information Point", next to the post office and pharmacy, go left then right onto the Rue Victor Hugo on 50m. Begin to the left on the Rue de la Combe and take a quick left under the puppet. Climb the cobblestone to the mill. Go up the path to the right on the edge of the plateau. Then take a right, cross the dam, pass through the castrum and turn left into the castle. Bypass the chapel on the left.

    1 - At the crossroads, go straight across. Continue to the right and climb to the Chemin des Gavaniols. Continue straight. Leave several roads to your left and right leading to houses. Pass a sloping ledge and reach the Aiguiers Bessons.

    2 - Rise to the right onto the path. At the 1st (new alternative route) then 2nd crossing, continue on the path in front. Leave a track going to the right and reach the rocky ledge. Climb the East ridge (markings barely visible), reach a small covered aiguier (Provençal underground water tank) and continue right to the Mount Cluyer dome. Pass the viewpoint and reach the summit plateau (milestone).

    3 - Descend the trail due north, continue on the path under the pines and come out on La Liguière track. Follow the track for 150m and at the Y-like crossroad, continue left on the Chemin de la cassette (private pathway!). Bypass the farm to the right (gate) and reach the track below. Turn right (GR®) and after the aiguiers of Gayeoux, turn right. Go down 400m and leave a path to the left.

    4 - Take a sharp left (milestone). Climb the small mountain pass of Travignon and switch to the aiguiers upstream the hamlet. Descend to the right on the rocky path, then turn left. Go through the ruins of Travignon, take a sharp right at the exit of the hamlet and immediately a left to go down the winding paths of the old mule track.

    5 - Take a sharp left and immediately right (GR®). Hurtle down the trail which is very craggy down below. Continue at the valley bottom. Skip the narrow pass of the Rocher de la Cadière. At the crossroads "Puits du Geay", go straight. Pass the narrow gully of the Portes de Castor and go straight.

    6 - look to the right for the 1st orchard along the track. Turn right, go up 100m along the field and climb the trail to the Bois du Defens. At the path, go across, descend and coming out of the scrubland, turn right. Go up the Rue de Fontaine de Guby to the right. Reach the Chemin de Romanet then the Cours de la Liberté to the left to go back to the village center.

    Be careful with your ankles through the rocky areas (lapiaz) of the dome of Mount Cluyer (between points 2 and 3), then the craggy path going down in the valley of Travignon (between points 4 and 5).

    Do not enter the ruins of Travignon; risk of collapse!

    Respect the tranquillity, the ancestral heritage and properties (some Aiguiers and Bories are private).

    Refrain from picking mushrooms and do not enter the truffle zones.

    Although the hiker always has priority, stay alert when approaching bikers, very present on the paths of the area.
  • Difference in height
    893.31 m
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
893 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 377 m
  • End altitude : 377 m
  • Maximum altitude : 1051 m
  • Minimum altitude : 357 m
  • Total positive elevation : 893 m
  • Total negative elevation : -893 m
  • Max positive elevation : 406 m
  • Min positive elevation : -365 m