Walk 47 – La Colle loop (Autour de la Colle), Esparron-de-Verdon, France – 3.2 miles

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A good hike on a mixture of cobbled streets, minor surfaced roads, stoney tracks, and one section leading uphill through more overgrown terrain. You will be rewarded with beautiful views into the village of Esparron-du-Verdon and across to the hills of the Gorges du Verdon. Enjoy the flowers, buttlerlies and olive trees as well as an optional visit to see the village chateau and church.

Parking available off D82 beneath the Église Saint-André

Autour de la Colle, Esparron-de-Verdon

WALK REPORT: 4th May 2016

This was the second walk of the day for my husband & I! We only had one full day in the area before heading home so we wanted to make the most of it and see as much as we could. Each walk was relatively short at around 3 miles each so we were back at our accommodation by 2pm to spend the rest of the day with our family.

It is definitely worth taking a walk up the stairs to visit the 13th century Château d’Esparron and the roman architecture of the neighbouring church, Église Saint-André at the start of this walk. We were fortunate enough to be staying in accommodation right next to the church and so started the walk from there. From most parts of the village you have no need for a watch with the church bells keeping you right on the hour, at 10 minutes past the hour and at half past the hour! Welcome during the day…. not so much during the night!

Église Saint-André

I loved the quaint village of Esparron-de-Verdon with it’s narrow cobbled streets and pretty fountains. There seemed to be a running theme in the area of painting the wooden window shutters a beautiful light blue colour which I very much admired.


The whole village is so colourful this time of year. I especially liked the perfectly-formed roses growing up the wall of the tiny fire station!

I enjoyed photographing all the wild flowers we came across during the walk, particularly on the more overgrown section of the path. There was also a variety of different types of butterfly fluttering around but they proved too difficult to take a good picture of!

Funny story from this walk was when I commented on how nice it smelled at one particular point. The scent of the flowers mixed with the heat from the midday sun and lack of a breeze was a party for the nosebuds!   Hubby found this highly amusing considering he had just let one go shortly before…. :-O

Nice views over the farmland to the hills which form the Verdon Canyon. Look at that sky!
This is an example of the rougher, less visible path mentioned in the route description. It is fairly overgrown as you can see. Once you find it however, it is easy to follow.  The yellow flowers in the foreground let off a lovely coconut smell in the sun.
A small olive tree plantation we came across at the roadside towards the end of the walk

If you enjoyed this walk you may also be interested in the Discovery Path which starts from the same area 🙂

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