This is a very different walk from most of my Luberon walks. The main attraction is the narrow and shaded Gorge de Vaumale (Combe de Vaumale). Nice for warm days from April to October, but not just after a rainy day because of slippery rocks. You walk along the bottom of the Gorge and there are quite a lot of small challenges in the form of high rock faces, narrow parts etc. However, with the help of all the solid steel bars fixed directly in the rock face and the occasional steel wire, you will not have much problems getting through the Gorge. Great fun for kids too, say from the age of 9 upwards. However, you will need both hands free for support, so on this hike all use of walking sticks should be banned.
This walk has been extended to include the long Gorge de Lioux. As I haven't had a chance to do the full walk yet, only the part concerning the Gorge de Vaumal.
Follow the Gorge de Vaumal at your own speed. Some may need a helping hand at certain points. However, it is fascinating to see how the rock face twist and turns and you cannot really go wrong down here. After a short half an hour, you come to the first possibility of leaving the Gorge. A small path crosses the Gorge here as you can see (and on the map). The main part of the Gorge is yet to come, however, so you continue for another good hour until you clearly see a yellow signpost marked Gorge de Vaumale 440m. Here is a nice opening if you want to have lunch.
|Falais de la Madeleine behind Lioux|
|Lavendel at Tourbe|
Duration: 6h (including lunch)
Distance: 13 km.
Ascent: 360 m
Difficulty: Difficult (Many small ladders and chains)
Map: IGN 3142 OT (1cm=250 m)
Pour le fichier GPX, vous pouvez télécharger à partir d'ici (voir ci-dessus) ou mettre à jour via ce lien VisoRando où vous pourrez également voir l'itinéraire sur une bonne carte:
For the GPX-file, you could download from here (see just above) or go to this VisoRando link where you also will see the route on a good map.
If you have problems with this VisoRando link, download the GPX-file from above and import it to VisoRando or other application.