Gordolasque Valley from Pont du Gountet
Country - France
Region - Alpes-Maritimes (06) - Mercantour NP & Côte d'Azur
Author - Lou Johnson
Ascent - 50 metres / 165 feet
Descent - 50 metres / 165 feet
Time - 1.00 hours
This short walk provides an easy introduction to the delights of the Gordolasque Valley with its superb mountain scenery. The start is just over an hours drive from Nice using the N202 to Plan-du-Var and then taking the D2565 towards Lantosque. Continue up the Vesubie Valley and take the D171 to Belvédère and the Gordolasque. Care is needed to make sure you take the correct road immediately prior to Belvédère. From this village the narrow road winds its way up valley to reach a large parking area near the Pont du Gountet (1690m). This is the start of the walk.
The walk starts from sign no. 411 and stays on the west bank of the River Gordolasque. Continue upstream passing some immense boulders, which are used by climbers for bouldering, to reach sign no.413. Cross the river here using the bridge. Once on the other side, bear right to follow the clear track on the east bank of the river. This change of scene has its benefits as the retrospective view up the valley is superb and much better than the view from the path used on the other bank at the start of the day. Cross the river at sign no.412 using the Pont du Gountet to reach the car park.
- IGN Carte de Randonnée - Vallée de la Vésubie Parc National du Mercantour - 1:25000 Sheet 3741OT
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