From the Vélodrome d’Esclangon you have a beautiful view of the geological adventure of the UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence and the Natural Geology Reserve of Haute-Provence in the Bès valley.
When you get to the little summit of the Serre d’Esclangon it is easier to understand how it got its name – the “vélodrome” is a geological particularity in the Bès valley which resembles a stadium containing a banked cycle-racing track.
The surprising landscape of the Vélodrome d’Esclangon was sculpted by marine deposits colliding with the uplift of the Alps around twenty million years ago when there was a beach lined with vigorous mountains.
The Vélodrome has been fascinating geologists for decades and many have worn out their boots on the paths that criss-cross it.
And in the middle of it, a miracle of balance highlighted by erosion, the Lame de Facibelle emerges.
Sedimentation and deformation go hand in hand here.
Find out more
Tourist office: www.dignelesbains-tourisme.com/en/
UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence: www.geoparchauteprovence.com
Natural Geology Reserve of Haute-Provence: www.mondepartement04.fr/environnement/espaces-naturels-sensibles.html
Panorama du vélodrome : www.rando-alpes-haute-provence.fr/panorama-du-velodrome/
Lame de Facibelle : www.rando-alpes-haute-provence.fr/lame-de-facibelle/
Tour du Blayeul à vélo : www.rando-alpes-haute-provence.fr/tour-du-blayeul-velo