Sentier des douaniers. De Niolon à Méjéan. (Customs officers trail). From Niolon to Méjéan

A Le Rove walk posted on 02/05/13 by ricardalamenthe. Update : 21/12/18

Amidst sea, cliffs and rail roads, a beautiful active hike, emphasized by the horns of small passing trains, and an amazing little beach during the journey!
Experienced on May 1st, 2013, having the first bathe of the year at the Everine's beach!

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 6mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 938ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 896ft
Highest point Highest point : 650ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 33ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Le Rove (13740)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.339758° / E 5.256659°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3145ET
Download : -

Description

Starting at the Niolon's train station walk to the end of 'Chemin des Poseurs' and enter the trail. From the start, leave the first viaduct behind you and follow the valley uphill due nprth-west.

After the small bridge, follow the cliff slope to the left, you'll reach the fort of 'Niolon Haut'. Follow the ridge through the small trail to catch up with the large wide track. After approximately 800m, on a right-hand curve, follow the trail on your left-hand side, going down to Erevine's valley. Once at the bottom, go through the pedestrian tunnel and head to another viaduct. Erevine's beach is located right underneath, with a stunning view of the Erevine's island.
Just after the tunnel, turn right to climb over the rocks and follow the rail road tracks. There's no danger. Keep going until you get to the small Mejean harbor.

For the way back, use the same path to return to the beach. From there, a trail on the right-hand side is winds around the edge of the cliff, reaching Riflard's cove (Calanque du Riflard) then Jonquier's cove (Calanque du Jonquier). Once you get to the first viaduct seen at the beginning of the hike, turn left uphill toregain the trail in the valley. Turn right to get back to the train station.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.24 - alt. mi 0.24
2 : mi 0.36 - alt. mi 0.36
3 : mi 0.87 - alt. mi 0.87
4 : mi 1.45 - alt. mi 1.45
5 : mi 2.37 - alt. mi 2.37
6 : mi 3.55 - alt. mi 3.55
7 : mi 5.17 - alt. mi 5.17
8 : mi 5.66 - alt. mi 5.66
D/A : mi 6 - alt. mi 6

Useful Information

Good shoes.
Unadvised for kids, some spots are really steep.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3145ET.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The Erevine beach and Island.
The Niolon fort.
The Moulon's peninsula.
A few caves...

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