Rando Guillestrois

Mont-Dauphin - Place forte et son village

2 h
Duration
Easy
Easy
Loop
Loop
2.5 km
Total Length
125 m
Ascent
125 m
Descent
Uses
  • Pedestrian

Departure : Eygliers Gare → Arrival : Eygliers Gare

his trail will lead you to the site of the stronghold and village of Mont-Dauphin (a UNESCO World Heritage classified site). This loop will give you the opportunity to discover not only the environmental riches and the fauna and the flora of the site.

The trail starts at the “marmots” site and follows a tarmacked road before branching off sharply to the right and reaching a trail along a former canal up to a triangular junction. Take the trail going up to the left to reach the RD 137. Leave the road and follow the steep trail to the left (take the steps in front of you). Walk along the cliff until you see the fortifications (be careful not to take the trails that lead to climbing sites). You will get to flat ground. From here, follow the quite steep trail on the right on the edge of the ramparts to reach a carpark (bus park). Take your time to walk through the fortifications and discover the cultural heritage of Mont-Dauphin and its village where you will find many craftsmen. For the return walk, go back to the bus park and take the trail through the pines at the other end of the carpark (indicated with a yellow PR sign). The trail has large curves and leads to fields. Go down to the left at a junction and take the trail return to the marmots site (you can observe this mammal but DO NOT FEED THEM).

Variant

For a panorama option, at the bus park, cross the road towards the lunette d'Arçon (fortified element). Turn left to take the trench made for attacks and then, walk alongside the cliff up to the plateau that gives an exceptional view on the gorges of the Guil.

Topoguide

"HIKING, On foot in the Guillestrois – Great WALKS" - Guidebook sold in tourism offices in the area.

Access

From Guillestre, follow the N94 towards "Briançon". At the roundabout of the N94, turn right to Eygliers station. Park your car in the carpark to the right a few metres from there.

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On the way...
religious
Chapel of St. Guillaume

The chapel of St. Guillaume is closed to the public but it is the Legend of St Guillaume that is of most interest. For centuries, the miraculous hand of Saint Guillaume has been the object of pilgrimages and prayers, so on the only day of the year that the chapel is open - Easter Monday - do not miss the procession that brings the hand of St. Guillaume in a casket to the chapel. The local tradition is then to tap hard-boiled eggs, whoever’s egg cracks first has to buy the next round!

fortification
Lunette d'arçon

In 1700 Vauban had already recommended the construction of three advanced defensive elements. The first half-moon was built between 1728 and 1731, but the other two were never constructed. The building was then modified following orders from General Arçon in 1792 with the addition of a tower connected to the main fort by an underground tunnel.

Altitude profile

Altitude (m)

Min : 895 m - Max : 1020 m

Distance (m)

 

Advices

Please respect the facilities and stay on the marked paths. This site is part of Natura 2000 and its environment is vulnerable. You can see the marmots but, to preserve them, please do not feed them.

See also

Markings
  • Marks PR - Yellow PR - Yellow