Saturday, February 1, 2020

Cucuron: Autour de Cucuron et Vaugines

Cucuron Etang

This is an easy walk for almost all year. Fantastic views most of the way, first along the vineyards towards Vaugines, later along the “balcony routes” back from Vaugines towards Cucuron and last down past the old Cucuron Chapel “Hermitage”.

Start off from the end of the Etang in central Cucuron along the GR-markings for Vaugines. You take off from the GR, however, fairy rapidly, following the signposted vineyard route (wrought iron signs) for the first leg of this walk. You will be entering Vaugines at the Church end of the village in about an hour.

Approaching Vaugines
From Vaugines Church, walk through the village lengthwise and at the other end of the village, start by following GR-signs for the Luberon ridge (Vallon de Vauniere). But not for long. About 1 km after having left the village, you take off from the GR (here a forest track) and take off to the left on a mounting footpath. Here you will have the first little climb of the day before it soon flattens out. Walk on to the right for another 4-5 minutes.

Vaugines Church
As you join another forest track (about 45 minutes from the Church), take sharp right and follow the track a bit upwards, then back down to Vallon de Vauniere. Back in Vauniere, take right and descent the valley for about 200 meters, till you see a small path taking off to the left (not marked on maps). Here you will have the second little climb of the day, but at the top you are rewarded by a fantastic view and a wider forest track to follow over to the next valley with magnificent views all along because of recent logging.

When the forest track meets up with the next forest track in a T-junction (another 30 minutes), take left and start a small climb up this valley. Keep right at the first cross-road and you will soon be on another small path opening up as the “balcony route” between Vaugines and Cucuron. It will take you about 30 minutes before the path ends up on the Cucuron side on a forest track going up to “la Citerne. Take right here and you see a small Cave on your left. A bit further along, you have a nice place for lunch at the 582 meter point.

To get the last bit of this “balcony route”, you need to climb up along the forest track a bit to the 360 degrees turning of the big forest road just north-east of the where you had lunch. Follow the big road down towards Cucuron, but at the 530 meter point, you take off to the right on a smaller forest track out to the Chapel Hermitage, where you will be in slightly less than one hour from lunch.

Chapel "Hermitage"
You continue the path south of the Chapel (signposted 2.2 km to Cucuron) and follow the yellow markings back to the village.

Basic information:

Duration:       5,5h (group of 20)
Distance:      14 km.
Ascent:         400 m
Difficulty:      Easy
Start/finish:   Cucuron
Map:             IGN 3243 OT (1cm=250 m)

GPX-file:       Cucuron1   (Link to free download from list)

VisoRando Lien.
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.

31.01.2020: Anne, with lunch after 3 hours at 12.40. 

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