Pigeon huts and ATV cabins
Pigeon huts and ATV cabins

Pigeon huts and ATV cabins

Heritage and history
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Path making... A bicycle from one shed to another

A silhouetted hut on the plateau of Valensole, a pastoral hut in the shade of a slope, a fountain on a village square are all links that the territory maintains with those who have lived there or who live there on a daily basis. The paths leading to them become again pathways of life which invite everyone to adapt their step, or their turn of the wheel to better discover and feel the many facets of the Verdon.

18 points of interest

  • Water and rivers

    Let's give life back to the Colostre!

    The Colostre is a biological reservoir of great importance for lower Verdon and Durance. But it lost its beauty during the twentieth century, from a bed in braids to a more straight and steep path. If the number of fish species has decreased, the river and its valley still shelter some emblematic species such as the Beaver or the Small Horseshoe bat. A restoration project is under way to restore its good functioning and all its vitality.

  • Patrimony and history

    The dovecotes of the Louis Gardiol path

    1 / You are on the L. Gardiol path: look up. The attic of the village houses often had a dovecote, facing south. We can notice the flight grid surrounded by green and brown glazed tiles.

  • Patrimony and history

    The town cottages

    2/ In the outskirts of the town you will find cottages with an urban look very much influenced by "the 30s". Discover one of them, a small hook towards Valensole; we note its slender roof with four slopes, made of mechanical flat tiles are very characteristic of this period. A glass greenhouse was used as a winter garden.

  • Patrimony and history

    The cabin of Saint-Suffret

    3 / Just like many country cottages, it suggests the remains of a gutter that was connected to a tank underground. Collecting rainwater was the only way for the owner to have a water supply.

  • Patrimony and history

    The dovecote of Coulettes

    4 / At the end of the road on the right, the Coulettes’s dovecote, restored in 2013 by the Verdon Park, has retained its rural decor. The ground floor includes a bird table topped with a rack and an upstairs section for pigeons with pigeonholes. A wooden birdhouse was built to accommodate a barn owl.

  • Patrimony and history

    The dovecote of the village

    5 / Look at this little dovecote inserted in the setting of the village. The triangular pediment is pierced by a small, wooden flight grid. We see metal rods which indicate the presence of drawstrings that reinforce the hold of the masonry.

  • Patrimony and history

    The cabin in the field of the courtyard

    6 / This building, notable for the presence of a cypress, has a living room upstairs where the owner can warm up by the fireplace.

  • Patrimony and history

    The cabin of Ferrayes

    8 / This cabin, which is very run down, allows visitors to see the material used: The pebbles, typical of Valensole, were filled with a mortar of lime before being covered with a protective lime coating.

  • Patrimony and history

    The cabin of Envalenc

    9 / Metal plates are visible in each corner of the building. Smooth and slippery, they keep away predators, preventing them from holding on.

  • Patrimony and history

    The dovecote of Beines

    10 / The cone-shaped loft can be seen in the distance. Traces of a stone cornice remain, delimiting the old roof with a double offset.

  • Patrimony and history

    The covered well

    14 / Near the river, a covered well alongside the entrance to the remarkably restored shed.

  • Patrimony and history

    The cabin of Carles

    11 / Turn left and in 200m you will discover the cabin of Carles. Note the aesthetics of the Génoise tiling, which has two rows of tiles with rounded corners marrying the gable wall.

  • Patrimony and history

    The dovecote on the road to Saint-Blaise

    12 / Notice the frame of the window: It is made by the stack of solid bricks, cut with a notch which forms the rabbet. When better plastered, the shutters are more effective during windy days. Before the putlogs collapsed, you could still see a date inscribed in plaster: 1857.

  • Patrimony and history

    The cabin in the Saint-Blaise path

    13 / The cabin houses the gardening tools. Note the presence of an arbor supporting two vines.

  • Patrimony and history

    The flight grid

    15 / In front of the parking lot, there is hidden grid off behind a plane tree. It indicates a construction date "1847", the initials "LC", all decorated with trefoil hearts.

  • Patrimony and history

    The cabin of Saint-Maxime

    16 / The big cabin in the middle of the Saint-Maxime plain is used to store farm machinery.

  • Panorama

    The Lure mountain

    The dominant view extends over the village, the Colostre lowland and in the distance the main peaks of Provence, from here we can see the Lure mountain which culminates at 1826m.
  • Water and rivers

    The Saint Maxime spring

    St. Maximus, patron of Riez, was bishop of the city in the fifth century. His cult is celebrated in all areas and his name has remained attached to many places. This hill overlooking the city bears its name, as the source springs halfway up. One naturally lends therapeutic virtues to this source. Tradition has it that its waters cure the eye ailments that were formerly attributed to its low rate of limestone.


From Riez, take a small communal road and climb up the plateau; the climb is arduous but promises a striking view of the Verdon mountains. Find a trail that is at first brittle and steep and increasingly rolling. Travel between truffle and lavender to the village of Puimoisson. Go down the plateau by the Moustiers road, between rolling trails and small secondary roads, then follow the Colostre (ford, potentially flooded, caution! possibility of variant while staying on the road) in the direction of Roumoules. Exit Roumoules by the GR4 and, after a few hundred meters, climb up the plateau via a steep and stony path (bifurcation loop 2). Amore accessible variant takes you through the trading estate. There is a straight and rolling trail completely open on the fields of lavender and olive trees that join the chapel of Sainte-Maxime. Take a last stony descent (variant possible by road) until the heart of the picturesque lanes of Riez.

  • Departure : Riez
  • Arrival : Riez
  • Towns crossed : Riez, Puimoisson, and Roumoules


Altimetric profile


On the roads, follow the rules and be careful at intersections. - Do not attempt to enter the huts, they are private property! Be careful as you approach, some cabins can be dangerous (falling stones, snakes, & hellip;) - Be careful in the hot summer temperatures: take plenty of water and a picnic. Make sure you have all the necessary accessories/equipment for a good hike: helmets, repair tools, air pump, anti-theft, maps, sunscreen.

Information desks

House of the Verdon Regional Nature Park

Domaine de Valx, 04360 Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

http://www.parcduverdon.fr/info@parcduverdon.fr+33 (0)4 92 74 68 00

House of the Verdon Regional Nature Park

Find out more

OT Riez

Allées Louis Gardiol, 04500 Riez

http://www.ville-riez.fr/tourisme.riez@wanadoo.fr+33 (0)4 92 77 99 09


Limitons les déplacements en voiture, pensons aux transports en commun et au covoiturage. Tous les transports en commun sur www.pacamobilite.fr

Access and parking

A 18 km au nord-est de Gréoux-les-Bains, par la D952.

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