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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included
Our Baronnies Explorer self-guided walking holiday discovers a remarkably beautiful and quiet area in northern Provence. This is a secret and unspoilt corner of France where the Alps meet the Provence with beautiful historic villages and hamlets clinging to rocky mountainsides decorated in lavender, thyme, vines, olives, orchards and woodland.
This multi-centred holiday is designed to allow you to explore the Baronnies Regional Park at your own pace. You decide the number of nights and places you want to stay and we create a holiday tailored to your interests. Our walking guide includes a series of wonderful day walks of various lengths and difficulties spread across the park allowing you to discover one of the prettiest and least well known parts of France. The mixture of manicured fields in the valleys and wild and rugged ridges above creates beautiful landscapes bathed in the pure Provence sunshine.
There is flexibility with respect to the number of nights and number of centres you wish to include. Up to 4 centres possible with walks to occupy as much as a two week break. For example, stay near Nyons to discover a landscape of vines and olives before heading to Saint Jalle for remote landscapes and perched hamlets; or combine a stay at Remuzat for gorges and peaks with a stay at La Honas for lavender covered valleys and picturesque hills. See example holidays at bottom of possible walks. Prices relating to these holidays are on the "At a glance" tab.
Graded as moderate to challenging, the difficulty of the walks depends on your choices. Generally more moderate walks available in the guide book (depending on chosen location/s) than challenging ones. Due to the nature of the landscape some small sections can be relatively steep & rocky, & it would be unwise to do this holiday if you suffered from bad vertigo. Paths are generally good and well defined, although they can be rough in places.
Here is a selection of possible walks at each location
Based near Nyons
Vines, Olives & Villages of Nyons: Explore vine covered slopes where the sandstone has been eroded into strange hills and deep ravines. Great panoramic views of the surrounding hills as you explore pretty villages such as Rousset-les Vignes. 18km, +300m
Cougoir: Drive to a farm perched on the mountainside and climb to the summit of Cougoir which at over 1200m has dramatic 360 degree views. 6km, +350m
Based at Sainte Jalle
Tour of the 6 Cols: From the pretty ridgetop hamlet of Rochebrune you’ll discover a multitude of landscapes as you tour around remote and wild valleys 15km, +500m
Poet Sigillat & Arpavon: This walk takes in two typical Baronnies hamlets, clinging to remote hillsides. Great views throughout as you traverse around the slopes of Grande Javoniere. 12km, +350m
Ouveze Valley & Montagne de la Serriere: From Col Peyruergue, climb around rocky ridges above the picturesque Ennuye Valley, then return via orchard covered slopes with great views across the Ouveze Valley. 14km, +420m
Based at Remuzat
Saint May & Rocher de St Auban: This walk climbs gradually from the pretty village of Saint May to Plateau St Laurent and onto the edge of the grasslands of Rocher de St Alban for great panoramic views. Walk can be reduced in difficulty. 12km, +580m
Rocher de Bramard
Based at La Honas
Aulan Castle & rugged ravines: Transfer to Aulan, a pretty 12th century castle. Follow a picturesque valley to a desert of rocky ravines & then the perched village of le Poet en Percip. Climb to a ridge with great panoramic views. Descend to B&B. 15km +530m
Barons of Mevoullion: From our B&B you traverse lavender fields before circling the remarkable table top mountain which was once the site of the fortress of the local barons in medieval times. Great views of Mont Ventoux. 17km, +/-280m
Montagne de Chamousse: A wonderful walk from Col du Perty up to the summit of Chamousse which at over 1500m provides exceptional views over the Baronnies and east towards the Alps. Discover alpine pastures and vertiginous cliffs. 12km, +/-380m
Example walking holidays:
Baronnies Overview: 2 nights at each of the 4 locations with 8 nights and 7 days walking in total. All lunches and 6 evening meals included.
High Baronnies: 3 nights at Remuzat and 4 nights at La Honas with 7 nights and 6 days walking in total. All lunches and 6 evening meals included.
Vines, Olives & Orchards: 3 nights near Nyons and 3 nights in Saint Jalle with 6 nights and 5 days walking in total. All lunches and 3 evening meals included.
Short Break Walking Holiday: 2 nights near Nyons and 2 nights at Remuzat with 4 nights and 3 days walking in total. All lunches and 4 evening meals included.
For useful advice about independent walking and preparing for your self guided holiday please take a look at the articles in our top-tips section.
Once you have booked on this independent walking or trekking holiday, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Accommodation & Meals
Charming guest houses full of character. Beautiful traditional properties offering an authentic and very comfortable stay in B&B style guest houses. Peaceful locations, some with swimming pools where the welcome is warm and generous.
|La Honas||B&B||Renovated 17th century farm house situated in beautiful surroundings in the heart of the Baronnies||3 corns|
|La Maison d'Emma||B&B||5 bedroom guest house in a stone property which includes some of the former defences of the village. Loads of character with swimming pool. Restaurant in village for dinners.|
|Entre Terre et Ciel||B&B||Large stone buildings perched on the hillside with great views of the Eygues Valley|
|Domaine de Provensol||B&B||Renovated fortified farm which is now a vineyard and beautiful guest house in superb setting. Wine tasting||3* eq.|
Train and bus
TGV trains run from Paris and Lyon to Avignon.
The closest airport is Avignon. There are regular flights from a number of UK airports as well as French airports. Flybe has services from Exeter, Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. There are a number of car hire firms at the airport including Avis, Europcar and Hertz.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets in the uk
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.
We would be happy to book travel arrangements to France on your behalf for these self guided walking holidays.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries, Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Baronnies takes about 10 hours (excluding long breaks).
Tolls amount to about 45 euros each way.
Non secured parking is available at your guest houses. Please inform us of this at the time of booking so when can provide you with directions to the first guest house.
Also see our Baronnies Slideshow