Tourves: Saint-Probace - Caramy Gorges

A Tourves walk posted on 15/07/14 by squale1953. Update : 19/02/18

A beautiful hike in the hills of Tourves.
A remarkable view over the Saint-Maximin plains and the mountain La Loube.
Wonderful opportunity to discover and tour the Saint-Probace Chapel

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h00[?]
Distance Distance : 5.18mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 843ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 814ft
Highest point Highest point : 1650ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 909ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Sainte-Baume (Massif)
Location Location : Tourves (83170)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.390075° / E 5.931696°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3345OT

Description

Parking is available at the entrance of the Caramy Gorges. To get there take Route du Stade de Tourves then head in the direction of La Roquette/Caramy.
The hike begins by taking the road to Tourves for 750 m.
On this paved road to Tourves, take the second path on the left (the first path goes to the chapel but along a steep incline)
(1) At the old fish farm, pass by the small trails to the right and left, continue on this path to the pilgrimage route of Saint-Probace.

(2) This path leads us a steep hill to the chapel with admirable view of Tourves and Saint-Maximin in the north, and the Loube, and the Sainte-Baume in the south.
Continue straight on the path along the ridge with its breathtaking scenery.
Head down this road until you cross the “Bergerie de Sayou” sheepfold with a track. A General Council signpost shows 83 different destinations.

(3) Turn left towards “Tourves par les Gorges du Caramy".
At the next intersection, turn right and after the steep path head left on a small path.
Leave the trail to the left and get on a track at a new signpost.
Turn left and begin the descent into the rocky, steep gorges to reach the Caramy the Crossroads at Three Oaks.

(4) Turn left and go down following the course of the river along the path to reach a the “Les Rimbert” farm house.
Do not hesitate to borrow fishermen’s trails to approach the Caramy.
Take the wide trail to the Roman bridge “Pont de Cassède”.
The car park is 50 m further on.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.46 - alt. mi 0.46 - Leave the paved road
2 : mi 1.11 - alt. mi 1.11 - Path of pilgrimage
3 : mi 2.72 - alt. mi 2.72 - Turn left towards “Tourves”
4 : mi 3.6 - alt. mi 3.6 - Crossroads at 3 oaks
D/A : mi 5.18 - alt. mi 5.18

Useful Information

No drinking water refill point.

A hermit (Brother Séraphin) lives in Saint-Probace chapel.
He can open the chapel up for you and may even invite you to picnic with him in his garden. He is very welcoming and will share your meal.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3345OT.

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During the walk or to do/see around

Chapelle Saint-Probace.
Swimming in Le Caramy.

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