Point de Cabbé and Roquebrune
Walk 6059

Country - France

Region - Alpes-Maritimes (06) - Mercantour NP & Côte d'Azur

Author - Lou Johnson

Ascent - 240 metres / 792 feet

Descent - 240 metres / 792 feet

Time - 2.00 hours

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This circular walk starts from the SNCF railway station at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin which is close to the N7 coastal road. The route includes a section of the coastal path before climbing to the old village of Roquebrune situated about 250m metres above the sea. It is worth obtaining a street map of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin from the tourist office before starting as this will help with navigation. There is plenty of free parking by the station which is also served by frequent trains along the coast linking Nice, Monaco and Menton.

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To start the walk, exit the station and make your way down towards the beach. The coastal path follows the railway east and the first section by the station was under reconstruction in 2008 and difficult to locate. However you can still walk down to the sea and turn left along the beach and pick up the coastal path in a few hundred metres. Once on the concrete path continue towards Cap Martin. Shortly after the end of the beach Corbusier's wooden cabin is on your right between the path and sea. (This world renowned architect died after suffering a hear attack in the sea by this cabin.)

The path is a delight offering views across the bay to Monaco. Shortly after a section where the path crosses a metal bridge across a retaining wall look out for a path junction. The coastal path continues bearing right but we go left along the Sentier du Dragonnière. This leads up to Avenue Virginie Heriot. Turn right and then almost immediately left up Avenue General Leclerc to reach the N7 with a Police Station opposite.

Cross the N7 and take the Sentier Pelissier. This climbs uphill to reach the Chemin de Pelissier. Turn right onto this street and then left into the Chemin de Menton. This passes the La Pause and St-Roch chapels to reach the Millennium Olive tree, claimed to be the oldest in the World. Shortly afterwards you reach the old village of Roquebrune, which is worth spending some exploring with its Castle, fine Church and a square (Place des deux Fréres) with superb views over Monaco.

Having explored the village, locate the Escalier Chanone, which descends to the coast by the main door to the church. This series of steps lead you across two main roads (care needed when crossing) down to the railway station.

Suggested Maps

- IGN Carte de Randonnée - Nice/Menton/Côte d'Azur - 1:25000 Sheet 3742OT

Digital Mapping

French IGN mapping is available in digital format by area and 'cut your own' maps. For more information and availabilty go to the Anquet website.

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