Walking In the Ubaye Valley

Overlooked by several peaks (Tête de Louis XVI at 2,408m, L’Estrop at 2,961m, Les Trois Évêchés at 2819m), the Ubaye Valley is a must-see destination for walkers and hikers who love the alps. From Queyras to the Mercantour National Park, from the Italian border to the lac de Serre Ponçon (Europe’s largest man-made lake), the walks and hikes in the Camping River area are an invitation to discover the richness the Ubaye Valley has to offer.

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Whether it be lakes at high altitude, ibex, black grouse, griffin vultures and golden eagles, edelweiss, lavender, larch trees or one of the other 2000 plant species that can be found here, military fortifications or a thousand and one other curiosities to discover on foot, this veritable nature paradise surrounding Camping River has a walking discovery for everyone.

La Vallée de l’Ubaye…à pied

The Topo Guide book – La Vallée de l’Ubaye…à pied, maps out and explains 51 walks and hikes in the Ubaye region.

Each walk is colour coded to indicate the level of difficulty. The levels reflect the length of the walk as well as its vertical gain.

Very easy > 2 hrs Easy > 3 hrs Average > 4hrs Difficult < 4 hrs

It is useful to understand the beacon system found painted on rocks, trees, walls and posts along each route.

Big hike

National hiking route

Walks and hikes

For ‘big hikes’ spending a night or nights in a local mountain auberge, Hiking cards can be downloaded here or printed at the campsite (€ 0,50)

If you prefer to take in the natural beauty of the area leaving directly from the campsite and returning the same day, a local map of walks around Méolans-Revel can be obtained free of charge from reception.

These walks vary from 1h30 to 3hrs and include very easy to average difficulty walks. All can be accessed by foot from the campsite taking the old road behind the camping that leads to the village of Méolans. (add an hour for a return route along this track)

1 Villages perchés (3hrs)

departs from the Mairie Méolans-Revel. (Access on foot from the campsite add 1h)

Discover: The church de St Jacques, the Bell of Méolans, the Abéous water fall, the Maison Blanche

2 Petite balade au fil de l’eau (1h30) 

departs from the Mairie Méolans-Revel. (Access on foot from the campsite add 1h)

Discover: The River Ubaye, the wood museum, lake.

3 Village de Rioclar (2h30) 

departs from the Mairie Méolans-Revel. (Access on foot from the campsite add 1h)

Discover: The wood museum, Church Notre Dame des Lumières de Rioclar, mulberry bushes, the Maison Blanche.

4 De l’ubac à l’adret Ubaye, forêts et vignes (3hrs) 

departs from the Campsite.

Discover: the wood museum, the giant marmite, the old limestone oven route, 16th century Church de St Julien de Méolans, Chapel of the penitents, the Bell of Méolans, the vines at Chaudon, juniper bushes, the 18thcentury Chapel Notre Dame de la Salette de Chaudon, the Church de St Jacques.

5 Circuit des Maures Basses (2h30)

departs from the wood museum. (Access on foot from the campsite add 1h)

Discover: the wood museum, the giant marmite, botanical trail, the Bell of Méolans, 16th century Church de St Julien de Méolans, old hydraulic sawmill, the moors.

Feel the heritage 'LAVERGAN'

Camping River finds itself at the foot of the vallon de Laverq, where a choice of two small hiking trails equipped with ‘hives’ teeming with information on the natural and cultural heritage of the former parish of Laverq can be explored. The "scientific hives" host a total of 45 different information cards allowing the inhabitants and visitors to better understand the valley’s traditional way of life, hunting and gathering as well as informing us of the nature of this stunning valley. Following these "Lavergan heritage trails" you will discover some beautiful ruins (such as the 12 century Laverq Abbey) and can also follow the Tortes water discovery trail.

Duration: 1h to 4h

Level: easy

Altitude difference: 170m for the longest circuit

Balancing: yellow

Altitude: from 1579m to 1739m

Ref: IGN / TOP Map 25 No 3439 OT

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