Rando Guillestrois

Sentier des Thurifères

2 h 30
Duration
Easy
Easy
Loop
Loop
4.9 km
Total Length
430 m
Ascent
430 m
Descent
Uses
  • Pedestrian

Departure : Saint-Crépin, bourg → Arrival : Saint-Crépin, bourg

This itinerary was made as an interpretation trail. Interpretation panels will help you discover one of the most important sites of Thuruferous Junipers in Europe: a unique forest and very unusual trees. After your hike, you should take a moment to visit the village of Saint Crépin with its strong architectural and vernacular heritage.

Quite large and well-marked, the trail is supported by walls made of dry stones. It goes through the “forest” of junipers overlooking the village of Saint-Crépin perched on its rock. The ground is still stony but the trail flattens again and goes through dry grassland with some junipers scattered here and there, then it goes up in small bends within sight of the closest housing in the hamlet of the Guions. At a junction, head down to the left towards “Combe Albrand”. It is also possible to go down the same way you came or take the alternative route.

Variant

Return via the hamlet of the Villard.

Topoguide

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

Access

In the village of Saint-Crépin, the trail starts behind the post office, at the exit of the village, towards Briançon. Park along the wooden fence, not far from the panel marking the entrance to the site.

Clic for map interaction

On the way...
rural
Winery 1

Walking down the Rue de l’Archevêché both old entrance gates can be seen, you will notice many beautifully carved stones some depicting vines, grapes and leaves and also homes that formerly served as wineries like this one. The winery housed the wine press, the tank, barrels and utensils necessary for growing grapes and making wine. Most were built in the 16th and 17th centuries. They are privately owned and not open to visitors.

rural
Saint-Crepin Mill

The old mill is still a beautiful building but it cannot be visited, as it is privately owned. Water was diverted from the canal to drive the turbines, which then set in motion the wheels. Grain or nuts could be ground – with no mill there was no miller, with no miller there was no flour or oil, the mill was a vital part of life in the mountains.

rural
Hameau des Guions

Le hameau des Guions, situé à environ 1300m d'altitude, est très ancien. 7 familles y vivent en 1763. A partir de 1900, la population décroît. En 1945, il n'y a plus d'habitants. Le hameau est restauré à partir de 1959 et les habitations sont aujourd'hui louées. Autour du hameau, on peut encore voir les champs en terrasse, autrefois irrigués par deux canaux.

Flora
Genévriers thurifères

Ici vous pouvez voir le plus grand ensemble de genévriers thurifères de France. Cette espèce, que l’on rencontre en Espagne et au Maroc, s’est installée ici lors de périodes chaudes. Les arbres de Saint-Crépin ont des formes curieuses ; des troncs dédoublés et des branches tordues qui sont les témoins de son exploitation par l’homme au cours des siècles passés.ce sont des arbres qui peuvent avoir jusqu’à 1000 ans.

Fauna
Papillon azuré

Azuré est le nom pouvant désigner plusieurs espèces différentes de petits papillons à nuances bleutées parmi les Lycaenidae et principalement dans la sous-famille des Polyommatinae. Ils doivent leur nom à leurs nuances couleur d'azur, un bleu ciel. Les femelles présentent souvent des couleurs plus éteintes ou brunes

Altitude profile

Altitude (m)

Min : 947 m - Max : 1370 m

Distance (m)

 

Advices

The way back from Combe Albrand follows a trail that can quite steep in places and slippery in rainy conditions. We recommend wearing hiking shoes on this trail. Be careful of the sun exposure on this trail: take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from the sun in summer.

See also

Markings
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