Rando Guillestrois

Rif-Bel

2 h 30
Duration
Easy
Easy
Loop
Loop
6.2 km
Total Length
150 m
Ascent
150 m
Descent
Uses
  • Pedestrian

Departure : Office de tourisme de Guillestre, Place Salva → Arrival : Office de tourisme de Guillestre, Place Salva

This short and easy loop starts in Guillestre town centre and is perfect for family strolls. It also gives the possibility to discover the geologic specificity of Guillestre: its pink marble.

The itinerary starts in front of the Guillestre tourism office (on the road going behind the pizza hut). Once you have reached the Grand Selve trail, follow the yellow markings to the right that lead to the starting point. When you reach the Queyras road, you need to cross over and take the trail going left up to the Lauze. On the trail, turn directly to the right. Alongside the trail, you will find a canal with tall poplars overhanging to the left and hayfields spreading to the edge of the wood to the right. Higher, you can see the Guillestre pink marble quarry. Once you have reached the Lauze, follow the road up to the ‘Chazal’ housing lot and take the road going up to the right. On the trail of Combe Chauve, turn right at the junction. The trail goes past a ONF panel (the French National Forests Office). After about 200 m, the trail meets with a path edging a canal that heads right just below. Take this trail for about 500 m, and then turn left onto a small path going up into a forest of sparse pines. This trail goes through a small dell alongside the mountain. Continuing in the undergrowth, it heads down for a few bends (interesting flora: the savin juniper, a creeping species of junipers) bringing you out above the Rif-Bel farm. The circuit reaches the road and goes right towards Guillestre. Further ahead, it goes alongside the pink marble quarry workshop and goes returns to the starting point on the Queyras road.

Topoguide

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

Transport

Gap-Briançon bus line.

Access

L’itinéraire démarre en face de l’office de tourisme de Guillestre (sur la route qui part derrière la cabane à pizza). Une fois sur le chemin de la Grande Selve, suivre à droite le balisage jaune qui emmène jusqu’au départ.

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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 : 1080 m - Max : 1230 m

Distance (m)

 

Advices

Shared itinerary: a part of the trail is also part of a mountain bike circuit.

See also

Markings
  • Marks PR - Yellow PR - Yellow