Rando Guillestrois

The Hamlets of Eygliers

2 h 30
Duration
Difficult
Difficult
Loop
Loop
22.5 km
Total Length
750 m
Ascent
-749 m
Descent
Uses
  • Mountain bike

Departure : Aérodrome de Saint-Crépin → Arrival : Aérodorme de Saint-Crépin

After a gentle start from the aerodrome, this itinerary will be a delight for those who love beautiful landscapes, as it offers an incredible view of the Durance valley and the fortified site of Mont-Dauphin. Winding downhill enthusiasts will also benefit from it. You will also go through the pretty hamlets that overlook Eygiers. The circuit is approximately 20 km long so is not suitable for a first outing.

From Saint-Crépin aerodrome, cross the bridge and continue straight on up to the railway track. Take the road to the right and go under the main road using the underpass further on. When you reach the crossing at the entrance to Saint-Crépin, turn right then at the first crossing, turn left, then immediately right on the road that crosses the estate. The road becomes a dirt track, goes past the Croix des Hodouls (cross), crosses the Merdanel stream and goes up to the hamlet of Hodouls on a tarmacked road. At this hamlet, take the road to the right that goes past the shops and links up to a pleasant single track along the edge of the field. Continue to the Frairie and from there follow the road to Eygliers. Turn left in front of the church, then 300 m further turn left again to cross the Rua Alay. With some effort, you will reach the road of the hamlet du Coin. From the village, follow a forestry trail that continues to the left. At the first crossing, follow the route to the right and after a large bend to the left, continue for a few hundred metres, then in a right bend, go up the fairly steep trail to your back right. When you reach the forestry hut, follow the trail that goes up above the hut and continue following the old dry stone walled path and the level of the slope, to reach the Bois Durat trail. Turn right. Link up to the road that leads to the village of Gros, before joining a magnificent winding descent to the right. You will then go through the following hamlets: la Goavie, then Font d'Eygliers before heading down to the Guil river. Take the trail to the left alongside the Guil. Below the fortified site of Mont-Dauphin, follow the dyke to the left, go under the main road bridge, cross the railroad at the level crossing and go through the Eygliers leisure park. The itinerary then follows the banks of the Durance back to the start point in Saint-Crépin.

Topoguide

Map of mountain bike trails Guillestrois

Transport

Road access Aerodrome of Saint Crépin, by the RN 94, from Briancon and Embrun

Access

Aerodrome of Saint-Crépin

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On the way...
water
Font d'Eygliers water fountain

The many water fountains in the village remind us that "Font" means “source” which is where the name “Font Eygliers” comes from. Note the “naïs” near the water fountain: stone basins that are filled with water for retting hemp. Retting is soaking the hemp in water to allow the fibers to separate from the stem.

rural
The Font d'Eygliers communal oven

The oven is in a stone building covered with larch shingles. The communal oven was as much a focal point of village life as the water fountain. Water and bread: the basic daily frugal diet at the turn of the century. Bread was baked to last for several days or even weeks. Nothing like our modern baguette ...

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!

religious
Sainte-Marie-Madeleine Chapel

This is a small chapel surrounded by houses in the hamlet of La Font d'Eygliers. Manuscripts dating from the 17th century tell the story of a baby who was abandoned on the steps of the chapel but who was then rescued. During the 1994 renovation of the chapel scenes from the life of St. Madeleine were painted on the walls.

rural
Farm 1 La Font d'Eygliers

Farm with a winery, typical of permanent rural dwellings in mountain villages with a central water fountain. The hamlet of La Font consisted mainly of wineries that were kept busy because Eygliers has the sunniest slopes of the area, ideal for vineyards.

religious
Saint-Antoine Church

This simple Romanesque church is the parish church for the inhabitants of Mont Dauphin fortress. A beautiful porch enhances its simple facade, with pink marble columns and smoothed flagstone floors. Look out for the two animal heads carved on one of the doors and inside, rare 16th century paintings discovered in 1968.

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.

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.

Geology
Rue des masques

Cette étrange faille est due à l’effondrement partiel de la falaise de « pouding ». Cet évènement dût se produire au Moyen-Age, cela frappa l’imagination de la population. Pendant des siècles, les bergers racontèrent que des géants monstrueux et des nains turbulents faisaient des apparitions dans ces lieux. Dès lors, les voyageurs cessèrent de passer par ce chemin une fois la nuit tombée. Il est intéressant de préciser que le nom de rue des « Masques » vient du provençal « Masco » qui désigne précisément des sorciers qui jouent aux boules avec les rochers.

Altitude profile

Altitude (m)

Min : 883 m - Max : 1308 m

Distance (m)