The Cuves du Destel

A Ollioules walk posted on 19/08/13 by rinckenbach. MAJ : 12/08/17

A real route for hiking lovers. The Destel trail (named after the stream) offers a varied and enjoyable walk (climbing with a handrails and chains, a path along the water's edge, walking through the cuves (natural basins)).

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h15[?]
Distance Distance : 5.24km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 320m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 314m
Highest point Highest point : 375m
Lowest point Lowest point : 87m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Ollioules (83190)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.151837° / E 5.845694°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3346OT
Le GR51 en descente vers la Barre de Taillan Une vache et son maillon rapide laisée par un précédent randonneur Cascade de cuves Une autre cuve plus en amont dans les gorges


Upon leaving Ollioules (RN8), go towards St Anne d'Evenos, in the Gorges d'Ollioules, for about 1km. You can park at the kennel club (a small car park) on your left.
You have to cross the Reppe (a small river behind the parapet) to begin your walk on the other side. In summer you can cross it easily. In winter, the Reppe is much higher, but still crossable. To help you, there's a crossing 25m downstream of the Reppe which will allow you to cross easily. Once on the other side, turn left and up the Reppe for a hundred meters or so, and you will arrive at the Four à chaux (lime kiln).

1/ the Four à chaux will be your starting point (Photo1). Walk along the Reppe for about 500m (a small path) until the beginning of the Destel. Turn right along the bed of the Destel and back up it. Depending on the season (if wet) you can take the trail to the left. In summer, you can walk along the river bed. At the end of a walk on the pebbles and rocks, you'll arrive at the beginning of the cuves (natural basins).

2/ To help you on your walk, there are chains and handrails available (Photo2).

3/ Some of the walk takes you through the cuves "marker No. 1."(unless you have climbing equipment, in which case you can continue straight on). The second part will require a little more energy, taking you up to the right. On your right you'll see a blue dolphin and a chain pointing you in the right direction. Your ascent starts here...the climb is difficult - follow the cairns to the top.

4/ while continuing to follow the cairns once at the top, turn right where the red arrows will show you the path.

5/ A little further on these yellow arrows become the GR51. Follow this path until the telegraph crossing. A picnic table will help you catch your breath.

6/ Behind the picnic table the path descends. Do not rely on the red and yellow line. This will take you back to the Four à chaux (lime kiln). Be careful on the difficult descent.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.33 - alt. km 0.33
2 : km 2.2 - alt. km 2.2
3 : km 3.08 - alt. km 3.08
4 : km 4.59 - alt. km 4.59
D/A : km 5.23 - alt. km 5.23

Informations pratiques

Take plenty of water, especially in summer because it gets very hot in the cuves. The walk is not recommended for children under 10. Chains and other difficult sections: walking shoes highly recommended. Be careful as soon as you attack the climb, stick to the chains.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3346OT.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

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

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