Rando Guillestrois

Panacelle

2 h 30
Duration
Difficult
Difficult
Loop
Loop
12 km
Total Length
666 m
Ascent
-668 m
Descent
Uses
  • Mountain bike

Departure : Office de Tourisme → Arrival : Office de Tourisme

This itinerary’s beautiful landscapes will be a delight for experienced bikers, who will be able to test their skills on several tricky sections. The less experienced, will take their time to discover the surrounding views.

From the Guillestre tourism office, take the road up towards the fair ground car parks as far as Chemin de la Longeagne. Follow the Longeagne road to the last houses and skirt the Sugarloaf to the left. Cross the main road at the Port'eau and pick up the road opposite towards the Pied du Bois estates. Continue on the tarmacked road behind the houses that quickly turns into a forestry trail leading up to the Combe Chauve forest. After a climb of a few hundred metres, leave the forestry trail to join a path to the right that first goes through the woods before winding its way down to the Rif Bel valley. Now on a wider downhill pathway, cross the footpath over the Rif Bel to the left. After a fairly steep climb, you will reach the road to Vars, which you will follow along an uphill parallel pathway for several metres. In the bend, cross the main road and head towards Panacelle on a pleasant downhill path that leads to the Chagne. After crossing the bridge over the Chagne, the route continues up to the stream. The route is steep for about 50 m, then turns right (gate for livestock, please close it behind you) and continues on a pleasant trail alongside the old irrigation canal. Further on you will come to the track for the Chagne farm, which you will follow as far as the village of Risoul. Pick up the tarmacked road that leads to the church. After the large hairpin bend to the left, go down to the entrance of Guillestre, by a path down to the right. Then head to the centre of the village to return to the start point.

Transport

Transport : Regular line from Gap and Briançon. Bus station stop in the center of Guillestre / Access Road Tourist Place Salva, the village center

Access

Tourist Office

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On the way...
water
Salva fountain

Many fountains were also built to honor great men or events. Joseph Salva was one such figure: a tireless construction manager who achieved a great deal to improve the water supply to agricultural land including the construction of the Cristillan floodway in the Ceillac valley among many others. Today these channels still exist, managed and maintained by the canal association (ASA).

fortification
Walled Town

Nothing now remains of the Guillestre Castle dating from the 13th century, although manuscripts from the time confirm its presence. However the towers and ramparts that are still visible show that Guillestre was heavily fortified and bear witness to the protective role it played in those days.

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risoul station 1851

The 1850 Risoul Ski Station was built in 1971 on the heights of Risoul, where the highest piste starts at 2457 metres altitude. Nowadays, the station welcomes skiers in the winter, and in the summer, the pistes are transformed into alpine meadows where cattle and sheep graze !

fortification
Eygliers tower

Voici l'une des tours de l'enceinte fortifiée de Guillestre. Les travaux de construction sont en cours en 1397 lorsque la tour s’effondre sur elle-même, pour cause de malfaçons. L’ironie du sort veut que ce soit aujourd’hui la tour la mieux conservée de l’ancienne fortification !. Site fermé.

water
Canal Salva

Ce "pont" que vous voyer enjamber la route du Queyras est un canal. il s'agit du canal Salva, construit par l'ingénieur du même nom en 1872. Ce canal prend l'eau dans le torrent du Cristillan à Ceillac à 1300m d'altitude. il chemine sur plus de 6km jusqu’à Guillestre où l'eau sert encore à l'irrigation des cultures, notamment sur le plateau du Simoust.

Geology
Pain de sucre

Ce cône calcaire, vestige de la dernière ère glaciaire est idéalement situé pour permettre une lecture de paysage du Guillestrois tant sur le plan géologique que botanique. Un panneau du Centre Briançonnais de Géologie Alpine vous apporte de nombreuses informations. Quant à son nom, Pain de sucre viendrait d'une évolution dans le temps de : Gramison, Grandes maisons, pain de Suc (lo sucas=grosse tête, patois) puis Pain de sucre !

religious
Notre Dame d'Aquilon Church

In the centre of Guillestre you will find the majestic Notre Dame d'Aquilon Church with its imposing door with its famous Stylophore lions (from the Greek word meaning bearer of a column) typical of Lombard architecture that can also be found in other Guillestre churches. Note the use of local construction materials: tufa stone, pink Guillestre marble and larch wood roof shingles.

rural
The Green Stone

From the 11th to the 19th century, Guillestre and Risoul were very closely linked, so a careful system had to be put in place to manage their common interests. The charter of 1329 stipulated that joint consuls from opposing villages were to be elected to wield their authority over both. The heads of households voted for the consuls. According to local tradition, the meeting between the consuls took place at the Green Stone, the municipal boundary between Risoul and Guillestre. The French Revolution changed this local administrative organisation by adopting the same methods for the whole of France. The Escartons, charters and other local organisations all disappeared. Historical truth or a mere legend? The Green Stone symbolises an original way of practicing local democracy, and the close links between the people of Guillestre and Risoul.

rural
Fairgrounds

Ici se tenait la célèbre foire de la Saint-Luc où Français et Italiens des vallées voisines venaient vendre et acheter leurs bestiaux. Si l’emplacement a changé, la foire agricole de la Saint-Luc se déroule toujours chaque année en octobre. C’est probablement l’une des plus grandes foires agricoles des Hautes-Alpes, et sûrement la plus ancienne, puisque son origine remonte au Moyen-âge.

rural
Medieval house

Ici vous pouvez encore voir la façade en bois d'une maison du XVème qui abritait la boutique d’un artisan et son logis au-dessus. Avec ses remparts, Guillestre est une cité sûre. La population se fait donc de plus en plus nombreuse et la place vient à manquer. Pour tenter de gagner de l’espace, certaines maisons sont astucieusement agrandies au-dessus des ruelles, créant ainsi de pittoresques passages abrités, comme vous pouvez le voir ici. Ce site est privé, non accessible au public.

Altitude profile

Altitude (m)

Min : 971 m - Max : 1255 m

Distance (m)