Route Napoléon à cheval labellisée « Grand Itinéraire Équestre »Route Napoléon à cheval labellisée « Grand Itinéraire Équestre »

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With 800 km of blazed riding trails, the department of the Alpes de Haute Provence is ideal for horse riding and trekking in unspoiled natural surroundings.

When you ride across the secret but welcoming mountains that our local author Jean Giono loved so much, you may come across the shepherd and his flock as you travel down the trails, pack a donkey who will follow walkers, learn to ride and trek and breathe in the delightful scents of thyme and lavender.

But don’t forget that this immense wealth is precious and fragile.

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You can ride all these circuits with IGN (ordnance survey) maps from gîte to gîte or guided by professionals who can be contacted to organize, supervise and take care of your stay.

The Route Napoléon on Horseback itinerary is labelled a “Grand Itinéraire Équestre”

The Route Napoléon on Horseback itinerary is a 360-km horse trekking itinerary on blazed trails developed for riders which goes from Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes) to Vizille (Isère). This Grand Itinéraire Equestre goes through 4 departments (Alpes Maritimes, Alpes de Haute Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Isère).

It links Castellane, Digne, Volonne and Sisteron over a distance of 110 kilometres in 5 days on foot or on horseback.

It is described in a carto-guide and on the www.crte-de-provence.fr website.

In the Alpes de Haute Provence the itinerary goes through the following municipalities: Peyroules, La Garde, Castellane*, Senez, Barrême*, Chaudon-Norante*, Entrages, Digne-les-Bains*, Le Chaffaut St Jurson, Mallemoisson, Mirabeau, Malijai*, L’Escale, Volonne*, Salignac, Entrepierres, Sisteron*

* : Napoleon’s waypoints in March 1815 for food and lodging

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  Horseback itinerary informationswww.crte-de-provence.fr/mes-itineraires.html (in french)

 

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Riding in Haute-Provence Luberon

Circuits of three, six or nine days to organise as you wish in the Pays de Forcalquier-Montagne de Lure which was so dear to our local author Jean Giono.

Ride the route that Angélo, the hero of his book, Le Hussard sur le toit (also very popular as a film), took and where the splendid gallop had many people dreaming and particularly the riders among them.

The legs can be used for day rides.

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Riding itineraries in Haute-Provence Luberon montagne de Lure

Carriage tour loop from Forcalquier to the Montagne de Lure

Discover all the charms of Haute-Provence in a horse-and-carriage tour.

The itinerary follows the blazed trails and little roads which will take you on legs of 4 hours each day on average with stops in equestrian inns. You can adapt your itineraries and adjust them to 3 and 5 days.

Originality: the diversity of landscapes, hilltop villages and towns of character, waterways and waterfalls, olive groves and oil mils, fields of spelt and lavender, sheepfolds and huts, the Domitian Way and all our local producers, etc.

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Carriage tour loop from Forcalquier to the Montagne de Lure


 

Riding in Monges

Five or 6 days of horse trekking in the Monges. In an exceptional location with impressive landscapes, the Monges is a blend of mountain pastures, forgotten narrow valleys, a vastness and unforgettable views.

This is a place out of time which is ideal for the experienced horse-trekker and also accessible to the guided beginner.

From 400 to 2,115 metres, its wildlife, scenery and heritage are all incredibly varied.

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Riding in Verdon

The “Tours du Verdon à cheval” is a blazed and signposted network of riding itineraries around the Valensole plateau which is famous for its spectacular fields of lavender, the deep blue of the lake of Sainte Croix and the Verdon, the buttresses of the Montdenier massif, the Gorges du Verdon and the village of Castellane upstream of the grand canyon.

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Riding centres and riding tourism centres

With its 800 km of blazed riding trails, the department of the Alpes de Haute Provence is ideal for horse riding and trekking in unspoiled natural surroundings.

 

Find out more

Horseback itinerary informations: www.crte-de-provence.fr (in french)

 

Advice to riders

Riders and horse trekkers, if the department of the Alpes de Haute Provence has charmed you and you want to try an unforgettable horse trek through the most fabulous landscapes, don’t forget that the weather can change very fast in this middle-mountain territory.

Please note too that some trekking trails in the department may be more suited to experienced riders and horses.

The itineraries proposed are, of course, only indicative and we are available for further information about the itineraries or for help with preparing your trek.

Report a problem on the riding trails

To help us improve the blazed and maintained trails in the department, please report any problems you notice on the itineraries you follow by using the Suricate national website. (in french)

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