The sheepfolds of the Contadour

A Redortiers walk posted on 05/06/13 by bernardino. Update : 21/01/18

Discover the dry stone sheepfolds to the west of the Lure mountains.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h05[?]
Distance Distance : 7.5mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 837ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 840ft
Highest point Highest point : 4678ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 3957ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Monts de Vaucluse, Montagne de Lure
Location Location : Redortiers (04150)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.11543° / E 5.624717°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3341OT
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Description

Park in the small car park just before the hamlet of Tinette (D).

Continue down the road to Tinette; this is the GRP footpath (Grande Randonnée de Pays – Long Regional Hike) that goes around the Lure mountains. In Tinette (1) the road becomes a track and then a path.
Keep following the path until you reach the restored sheepfold of Jas des Terres de Roux (2).

Keep following the GRP path due north for about 1km until you reach a crossing at right-angles that is not on the IGN map. Take the wide track to the right (3) (no waymarks) and keep going along the plateau towards the ruins of the Fraches sheepfold (4).

Turn left and head due north. The path will take you past another sheepfold that is also in ruins and then reaches the Jas des Agneaux sheepfold (5), which is 5 minutes from the GRP footpath.
Join the GRP footpath and stay on it until you reach the high point marked by a large cairn (6).

Head due south down the path to the right with the yellow waymarks. Keep going until you reach a large junction where you can make a detour to the left to see the last sheepfold (7).

Come back to the crossroads, turn left down the path, and then turn right at the next crossing. Walk down the edge of the forest until you reach the crossing with the DFCI (forest fire prevention) water tank (8). Turn left onto the path which leads back to the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.45 - alt. mi 0.45 - Tinette
2 : mi 1.42 - alt. mi 1.42 - Bergerie du Jas des Terres de Roux
3 : mi 2.43 - alt. mi 2.43 - Crossroads to Les Fraches
4 : mi 2.9 - alt. mi 2.9 - Les Fraches sheepfold
5 : mi 3.7 - alt. mi 3.7 - Jas des Agneaux sheepfold
6 : mi 4.19 - alt. mi 4.19 - Cairn
7 : mi 6 - alt. mi 6 - Last sheepfold
8 : mi 6.5 - alt. mi 6.5 - Crossroads with the DFCI water tank
D/A : mi 7.5 - alt. mi 7.5

Useful Information

There are many shelters in the area, all in the form of sheepfolds.
The sheepfold of Terre de Roux has been restored and is now classified as a historic monument. It is well worth the visit, being careful to respect the site, to admire the remarkable stack of stones forming the roof. A pure masterpiece.
The highest sheepfold, that of Jas des Agneaux, has a special history: it was here that Jean Giono shot them film Crésus, with Fernandel in the lead role.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3341OT.

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

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The Oppedette gorges.
The Colorado de Rustrel.
Forcalquier and Apt.

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