Easter Saturday in Baronnies


Posted by William Armstrong 8 April 2012

Early Easter Saturday, I left the Beaujolais with my son Leo for a long weekend away in the beautiful and largely unknown region of the Baronnies squeezed in between the French Alps and the Provence in southern France. By midday we were parked up at the Cold de Perty at 1300m and started our 4km walk to the top of the Montagne de Chamouse at over 1500m. Despite a shower on the drive south, we walked in lovely sunshine, although as the afternoon wore on so the clouds started to build up over the Alps. The wind was a bit fresh, but then again we were at altitude and it is still early April. The walk takes you across the slopes of the mountains with views out to the west and to Mont Ventoux. After a steady climb through the beech forest, the last section brought us out onto grassland grazed by sheep in the summer. The views from the top were superb, as they are in many parts of the Baronnies, with the southern Alps visible and their winter snow still covering the summits. My video below will give you a better idea of what I mean. The walk is one of our possible days out on our guided walking holiday in the Baronnies, in late June and October. We also have a self guided walking holiday which tours through this rugged and beautiful region of France. More about the weekend and other recent walks next week.