Piégon and the Giants’ hamlet

In the mountains of the Baronnies, imagine a lost hamlet inhabited by giants... Skeletons with very long shins were found in the crypt of the chapel. They are the source of the name of the locality.

Technical sheet
A Piégon walk posted on 30/08/14 by bruno.benito83. Update : 12/11/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h05[?]
Distance Distance : 6.55mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1535ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1526ft
Highest point Highest point : 2657ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1132ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Baronnies, Dauphiné
Location Location : Piégon (26110)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.301476° / E 5.126783°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3139OT
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Description

(1) From the Piégon communal hall car park, pass by the monumental sculpture. At the next junction go up left towards the chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Cadenet.

(2) Continue along a small road that passes under the ruins of the old village of Piégon and at the next intersection, go straight towards the place known as Le Jas. At a first fork, turn right, pass by a dirt road off to the right a little further on and continue to a second fork where you turn right towards Pignes.

(3). Leave the road before the next turn and take a steep path climbing a slope to the right. Head along a ridge to a small gate on the edge of the fields of vines (remember to close the gate behind you).

(4) Continue left along a track that goes to the east through the vineyards. Continue straight, cross a rocky lock and continue to follow the trail across a wide valley to the ruins of the Giants’ hamlet where you will find the old chapel and some ruins.

(5). After the hamlet, continue on a clear path. Leave the first path leading up to the left in a bend and at the next, take the trail that goes left (yellow markings).

(6) Pass nearby an iron cross and after a steady climb, arrive at Pas de Maneyrole.

(7) Take the left path that rises through an orchard to an intersection and go straight until it leads to a pass.

(8) From the pass, turn left at a small trail leading to the summit of Gros Moure (846 metres). From the pass, pass a track to the right (fence) and continue straight down a shady path on the north-west flank of Mount Buisse. Arrive at the Jas, take the road taken on the outbound journey.

(9) At the intersection (fountain), turn right and join the starting point of the circuit by road (yellow markings).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Car park - Start point
1 : mi 0.18 - alt. mi 0.18 - Notre-Dame du Cadenet
2 : mi 0.4 - alt. mi 0.4
3 : mi 0.87 - alt. mi 0.87
4 : mi 1.19 - alt. mi 1.19 - Les Pignes
5 : mi 2.31 - alt. mi 2.31 - Hameau des Géants
6 : mi 2.77 - alt. mi 2.77 - La Combe
7 : mi 3.21 - alt. mi 3.21 - Pas de Maneyrole
8 : mi 3.91 - alt. mi 3.91 - Col du Gros Moure
D/A : mi 6.55 - alt. mi 6.55

Useful Information

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During the walk or to do/see around

(1) La Belle Vendangeuse, a monumental sculpture (30 m long and 6.80 m high) on "Saffre" (local name given to La Molasse) by Jean-Pierre Eichenberger.
(2) Notre-Dame-du-Cadenet chapel (12th Century).

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