Les Gorges de Colombières

Map showing route of walk along the Gorges de ColombièresIf you are interested in more of a ramble than a gentle stroll you might want to try the 13 kilometre Gorges de Colombières walk. The path is rugged and parts are much more demanding than the easy broad track of the Gorges d’Héric.

 

View from the path along the Gorges de ColombièresFar fewer people attempt it, but for keen ramblers it is a very rewarding walk. The climb is tough: 400 metres ascent in less than an hour, but the path is shaded all the way by chestnut trees and the sound of the stream below (the Arles) is your constant companion. There are plenty of suitable places for a picnic on the way and if you fancy a dip in the stream to cool down there is an excellent spot for a swim at about 680 metres.

The reStart of the walk up the Gorges de Colombièresturn via the plateau and alongside the Arles is beautiful, particularly in spring when the heather is in full bloom.

The path is clearly marked with yellow way markers.

 

Distance : 13km

Level : Difficult

Ascent : 840 metres

Time : Allow 5-6 hours

Start of the Walk: Colombières sur Orb (10km from Hérépian)

Directions from Hérépian to the start of the walk:

Take the D980 west from Hérépian. As you approach the village of Colombières sur Orb turn right at the sign pointing to the Bibliothèque, Mairie and Salle Polyvallante with the walkers’ and parking signs below (see photo to the left). The start of the walk is clearly marked on the left after a short distance. The car park is down a slip road to the right.

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