|View of Montagne de Ventoux|
|Jas de la Bouscarle|
At Contadour, you have public WC and a large parking, but I suggest you drive on for another 1.7 km to avoid the extra hours walk along this road. Here you see a yellow signpost for “La Bouscale” taking you off this road on the right, on to a yellow marked dirt road. Park here and take this dirt road into the woods.
where you have a narrow plateau going south at the 1429 meter point. This walk, however, will now follow the yellow and red marked “Tour de la montagne de Lure” in western direction. After about 30 minutes, the path leaves the ridge, going slightly off to the left, marked for “Jas des Terres Roux”. After only some 15 minutes, you take the signposted left turning and follow on southwards to the old Bergerie (another 30 minutes). This has been classified as a historical monument because of the fine quality of the work done by restoring these buildings using only the traditional method of “dry stones”. Well worth a good look.
|Le Crete de Montagne de Lure|
GPX-file: Banon1 (Free download from list)
The VisoRando hike might deviate slightly from my original, but it's the reference used by Jacky for the last TET hike in January 2020.
January 2020 - Jacky.
With spare time on your hands, why not visit the abandoned village of Redortiers. It had 500 inhabitants in the 19th century, situated 950 meters above sea level with a magnificant panoramic view of the Haut-Provence Plateau. You see it on your IGN 3240 OT map, half way between Banon and Le Contadour, and you can drive there from the D5 road you followed to Le Contadour.
If you are more serious about visiting abondoned villages, check out this 17,5 km. walk from Banon, visiting among others, Redortiers.
You must not miss a stop in Banon, where perhaps the main attraction today is the famous bookshop called "Les Bluets". In addition Banon is world famous for its particular goat cheese, wrapped in chestnut leaves and tied with raffia.
|Jas des Terres du Roux|
Le GR est définitivement fermé depuis le 01 janvier 2020, merci de faire passer le message à vos amis randonneurs , il n'y a plus d'accès au public, c'est privé ainsi que les bergeries. Au passage la bergerie des terres du roux n'est pas classé mais inscrite au monument, depuis 1992. Merci
un des propriétaires
Sur ce site vous avez l'info officielle des propriétés privées sur le GR des bergeries : mais on doit pouvoir faire un tracé qui évite le GR (on voit sur la carte un tracé pointillé qui monte à la crête.