Le Barroux - Lac du Paty

A Caromb walk posted on 02/03/14 by slinky. Update : 05/12/16

Hike against the backdrop of Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail. The Pré Fantasti haunted house, the lime kiln, the Barroux and the Lac du Paty, Aeropostale crash site.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h40[?]
Distance Distance : 12.9km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 404m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 402m
Highest point Highest point : 454m
Lowest point Lowest point : 187m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Monts de Vaucluse
Location Location : Caromb (84330)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.111643° / E 5.105672°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3040ET
Vue sur le Mont Ventoux depuis la chapelle du Paty La plaine de Caromb Paysage remarquable à l'approche de Caromb Lieu du crash de l'aéropostale


Park in the car park of the village hall in Caromb.

(D/A) Turn right on Avenue Jean Moulin and then left on Route de Beaumes de Venise, continue onwards for 400 m then take Chemin des Charettes to the right.
At a fork with the Chemin des Vayets, stay on the Chemin des Charettes that goes to the right.
Arrive on the D13 and head to the left for 100 m to find a path to the right (1) secured by a chain that you must pass by.
Opposite is the “Pré Fantasti”, a house which legend says is supposedly haunted.
To continue, there are two options:

  • Either go around the house to the left and follow the road through the scrubland (no markings and an almost non-existent path in places) to go down to the lime kiln (2), then take the D938 left towards the bridge over the Gourédon (3).
  • Or head back down to the road (D13) (1) and go right on it to the bridge over the Gourédon (3).

Cross the bridge and turn right on the road up to the village of Barroux.
Head towards the castle (via Chemin André de Richaud) and enjoy the views.
Take Cours Louise Raymond on the right, then the first left (Rue des Ecoles) and the fourth right (Rue Marius Jouveau).
Take the first stairs going up on the left to the castle, then take a right.
(4) Head down around the castle on the left into Rue Marius Jouveau, turn left in this street heading down.
Farther down the stairs lead right, then cross the road to find the Le Barroux GRP sign.
(5) Follow the GRP towards Malaucene - Le Rocher de Talon, pass by the path on the right and continue, then leave the trail to the right to take the D938, then after the bridge turn left to find the same path.
Head along the river and climb the trail to get to the Rocher de Talon sign.
(6) Turn right in the direction of Lac du Paty - Le Bois d’Hugues, still on the GRP.
At the sign for "Le Bois d'Hugues”, go right to the Lac du Paty - Font Mourèle.
(7) Reach the lake, head along it by the left to get to the other side. Turn right on the bridge on the path, head along the lake to the dam.
Go left following green markings and then yellow markings ignoring paths leading off to the right and left to get to Chapelle du Paty.
(8) Take the direction of the Aéropostale crash site on the track that heads around the chapel on the left.
50 m before reaching the Aéropostale sign, a path turns right back down to Caromb (yellow markings).
WARNING a few hundred metres below, the trees have been cleared and so some markings are now missing.
This area was the site of the plane crash, but there is almost nothing visible left.
Approaching the houses the markings join a road (Chemin du Plagnol) (9) that leads to the town centre.
Turn right onto Avenue Charles de Gaulle, then left to find a roundabout. Turn right to return to Route de Beaumes de Venise and take the second left to the car park. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 2.12 - alt. km 2.12 - Path on the right, chain barrier.
2 : km 2.69 - alt. km 2.69 - Lime kiln.
3 : km 2.84 - alt. km 2.84 - Bridge over the Gourédon.
4 : km 4.01 - alt. km 4.01 - Château du Barroux
5 : km 4.32 - alt. km 4.32 - Junction with the Le Barroux GRP
6 : km 5.48 - alt. km 5.48 - Sign for Rocher de Talon.
7 : km 6.85 - alt. km 6.85 - Lac du Paty.
8 : km 8.21 - alt. km 8.21 - Paty chapel.
9 : km 10.53 - alt. km 10.53 - Junction of the marked path and Chemin du Plagnol.
D/A : km 12.9 - alt. km 12.9

Informations pratiques

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Visit the village of Barroux and its castle.

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