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Refuge d’Art Andy Goldsworthy

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Andy Goldsworthy’s Refuge d’Art hike in Haute-Provence around Digne-les-Bains.

Andy Goldsworthy’s Refuge d’Art is a 150-kilometre hike proposed by artist Andy Goldsworthy:

  • An original artistic itinerary which is the only one of its kind in Europe, and which associates contemporary art (Land Art), hiking and rural heritage,
  • 150 km of hiking on the territory of Digne, through the biggest Geology Reserve in Europe (The National Natural Geology Reserve of Haute-Provence),
  • The biggest collection of permanent works by the internationally famous artist Andy Goldsworthy,
  • In no way a “binge” approach to culture, Andy Goldsworthy’s Refuge d’Art is to be discovered day by day, often visiting one Refuge or Sentinelle in a day’s walk.

Refuge d'Art Andy Goldsworthy in Digne les Bains

Refuges d’art and sentinelles to see along the way

This hike, designed by the British artist Andy Goldsworthy in partnership with the Musée Gassendi and the National Natural Geology Reserve of Haute-Provence, takes you on a 150-km hike in exceptional landscapes.

  • River of Earth – Musée Gassendi – Digne-les-Bains
  • Refuge d’Art – Chapelle Sainte-Madeleine – Thoard
  • Refuge d’Art – La Forest – Saint-Geniez
  • Sentinelle – Vallée de Vançon – Authon
  • Sentinelle – Vallée du Bès – Clues de Barles – La Robine-sur-Galabre
  • Refuge d’Art – Vieil Esclangon – Clues de Barles – La Javie
  • Refuge d’Art – Col de l’Escuichière – Le Brusquet
  • Refuge d’Art – Ferme Belon – Draix
  • Sentinelle – Vallée de l’Asse – Tartonne
  • Refuge d’Art – Bains Thermaux – Digne-les-Bains

Unguided hikes

150 km – 8 to 10 days walking – Good level – Blazed over the whole itinerary.
You can do this hike on your own, with your family or with friends.

  • Discover the whole itinerary backpacking or on hikes from base camp.
  • The sites are mostly free of charge and access (except for the work in the Musée Gassendi).
  • Only three Refuges (La Forest – Vieil Esclangon – Ferme Belon) have restricted access.

Please apply to the Musée Gassendi to visit them. You will be given a key (free of charge) in exchange for proof of identity at the Museum reception.

Andy Goldsworthy’s Refuge d’Art guided hike

You can do this hike with a mountain leader who will liven up this itinerary with his knowledge of the local natural and cultural heritage.

The mountain leaders in this association have been trained in the works of Andy Goldsworthy’s Refuge d’Art by the Musée Gassendi.

Refuge d'Art Andy Goldsworthy : Sentinelle in Authon

Find out more

The circuits, itineraries and location plans can be consulted on the dedicated site.

Musée Gassendi – Digne-les-Bains:

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