A round-trip to Peyroules
Great walk in the footsteps of the past, in the middle of old cultivated areas. The abandoned hamlet of Ville overlooks the Jabron valley and the village of Peyroules Nice to do in the spring!
The chapel Saint-Pons
The town chapel is the former parish church of Saint-Pons Peyroules. Used as a chapel throughout the 19th century under the name of Saint-Anthony, the patron of the parish, it was abandoned in the mid-20th century. The attachment of the inhabitants and the determination of the town council have saved it from the ruin in the beginning of the 21st century.
View of the valley
From the ruins of the hamlet of Ville, you have magnificent views of the valley and the village, with its cultures, dense forests, and the mountains in the distance.
The Hamlet of Verraillon
How strange is the name of "Ville"! The word Town, from the Latin "villa", indicates a group of houses in the Upper Middle Ages. Today we would say a village. A fortified village was therefore already there in the Middle Ages, the ruined chapel still remaining was the former castral church.
The fountain of Sainte-Anne
This fountain is located in a station of Saint-Pierre pilgrimage and thus allowed pilgrims to drink fresh water. It was moved, hence its recent appearance, and now benefits from a new catchment basin.
This cow wheat is very recognizable with its beautiful purple and yellow inflorescence. It is quite rare and grows in fields and wasteland of a few very sunny areas of the department. Its fruit contains two large poisonous seeds (poisonous aucubin in large quantities).
Parish church of Sainte-Anne
The parish church of Sainte-Anne is a religious building built in the 19th century (1830).
From the car park, follow the D452 towards la Foux on 300m.
1- At the village's exit (junction with D452 road of Mousteiret), go up the paved road to the left (rue du Collet). Pass a shed and take the path going left. Bypassing the valley, go up the hill passing through the pines and oaks. Further down, cross the small stream of Ste-Anne, and reach a wider path 100m further. Take this path for 500m and reach the junction with the itinerary of the Col des Portes.
2- Follow to the left the path to the Peyroules round-trip until the farmof the Pré Neuf. Follow the trail that bypasses the home. Quickly reach old cultivated areas. Follow the main road and go down towards the imposing Romanesque chapel and the abandoned hamlet of Ville.
3- After the chapel, at 200m, it's possible to follow the trail to the hilltop hamlet of Ville and to see the panorama of the valley. Otherwise, go down the path towards the southeast. Pass a small mountain pass. Go along the trail along the valley, cross the ravine of Ville and go down the hillside to the reach the road. Return to the starting point by the B-road; for about 800 m.
Avoid high summer temperatures, leave early. We recommend: 2L of water per person, a hat and proper hiking shoes. Preferred seasons: spring
Access and parking
At 15 km southeast of Castellane by the D4085 (Napoleon road) and D452.
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