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Walk St. Andre-les-Alpes to Riez

Listed under Walking in Western Loire, France.

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For my second run on the European long distance trail the GR4 I opted for something more dramatic. Beginning with views over the Valley du Verdon the trail begins by heading along the pine hills overlooking the Lac de Castillon to Castellane which has a chapel with a breathtaking view.

From there the trail follows a Roman forged route past ancient stone villages along the valley walls before hitting the main event, the Gorges du Verdon. It’s just as grand as you would hope it to be, towering limestone walls and the rumble of water add to the thrill of having to climb (ladders, granted) the walls themselves.

There is a wonderful place to stay in La Maline which has a balcony over looking the whole grand scene. I would recommend you stay the night here, if you’re anything like me you’ll want to spend as much time looking at the view as you can. From there the views don’t get any less brilliant, with beautiful bright blue lakes beginning to show on the valley floor below the deep gorges.

Once you get to the Plateau de Valensole the scenery changes dramatically and it’s pretty lavender floored oak woods and the more rural setting of Roman town Riez.

Written by  Larry Piper.

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