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Hike from the campsite and discover a privileged environment with a rich heritage. Three pleasant hikesstarting from the campsite allow you to discover the chapels around the village of Aups, to see olive groves often organized in restanques, small stone walls and Mediterranean plants. These walks offer a beautiful view of the village of Aups, the plains and the mountain of Espiguières.
About 1h to 2 hours – 2 km
From the tourist office, walk past the church of St-Pancrace to the Clock Tower. Take the Rue des Aires and leave the ramparts through the Portal des Aires. Continue along the Chapelle Notre-Dame de la délivrance and cross the road to join the chemin des Devensaux.
At 150m, take the Trinité path to the right going up to the Sainte Trinité Chapel, walk down, and follow the dirt path to reach the first caves of Aups. Continue on this path to reach the Sainte Magdeleine chapel. Then continue to the intersection with the Chemin de la Croix des Pins.
Continue on the path to the right slightly sloping next to the low walls. Arrive on a small road, continue your descent to the oil mill Gervasoni and join the campsite directly opposite.
About 3.5 hours to 4 hours – 11.5 km
Follow the same path as the cave trail to the junction with the Chemin de la Croix des Pins.
Turn left. The path climbs up to a small wooded hill which allows access to a track in the forest. Turn right. The path heads east and comes to a short cut after 1 km (a small, steep path leads more quickly to the Croix des Pins). Continue on the path for about 1 km, reach a cistern and just beside it the junction with the Grande Colle track. Follow this track to the left to the col de Brès.
Just above, follow the track climbing to the left. The climb is about 800m to the top of La montagne des Espiguières. The track continues on the plateau to a cistern (about 1 km away). A path goes left into the woods and provides quicker access to la Croix des Pins.
Return to the path and continue across. The track continues through the middle of the forest to reach the Croix des Pins forest road at 1.7km. Turn right. At 800 m you will discover the Devensaux path. Return to the village by this path. Continue on the road to the gates of Aups. Return to the starting point through the village lanes.
About 2.5 hours – 7.5 km
From the tourist office, walk past the St-Pancrace church and on to the Tour de l’Horloge. Take the Rue des Aires and leave the ramparts through the Portal des Aires. Continue along the Chapelle Notre-Dame de la délivrance and follow the Avenue Victor Maria (D957) which ends in the Avenue Albert 1er. Just before the bridge, take the small tarmac path chemin de la Grave on the right. Continue for about 400 m and at the crossroads turn left onto the path la Peirière for about 1 km.
At the crossroads, go right onto the Chemin de la Croix des Pins. Pass le gîte l’Estré and go forward to the cistern (crossroads) where you have to go right on the spiky track as if you were returning to the village. At the next crossroads at the fork in the road, do not take le chemin des Devansaux to the right and take the track on the left towards la Croix des Pins. Continue south to a crossroads.
Do not take the yellow marked path but choose the track on the right towards “Citerne 25 m3”. At the tank, take the track on the left and continue for about 1 km. In the middle of a large bend, take a small path which continues to the right and which is marked in Yellow on a tree. (Be careful not to miss the beginning of this path). Continue along this small path and then turn right, climbing the path marked in Yellow Grottes de Sainte-Magdeleine.
Then continue along the track going by the caves and the rock chapel and a little further to the right the Sainte-Trinité Chapel. At the end of the tarmac path, take the path opposite. Turn left onto the Chemin des Devansaux. When you reach L’Avenue Victor Maria, turn left to the college roundabout. Go back to the portal des Aires, then the rue des Aires passing in front of the Tour de l’Horloge and then in front of the Eglise Saint Pancrace to come back to the starting point the tourist office.
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