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St-Paul d'Arnave chapel

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary in Arnave
5.2 km
2h 10min
Very easy
  • This itinerary, which forms a tour of the village of Arnave, is devoted in particular to a visit to the Romanesque chapel of Saint Paul, a jewel of tranquility in a rural setting. This well-preserved Romanesque chapel is the oldest in the region.

  • Access: By car, north of Tarascon, take the D618 towards Mercus. On leaving Bompas, turn right onto the D20, Route des Corniches, dotted with fine Romanesque chapels. In Arnave, park your car on the village square near the plane trees and fountain.
  • Guidebook with maps/step-by-step
    (D/A) From the village square at 570m, cross the Arnave bridge and immediately turn right. If you look carefully, you'll find the chapel on its promontory at the top of Saint-Paul. After ten minutes or so, close to the stream, the track begins to climb. Past the wide meadows of Miédevièle and the reservoir on the right, the track begins to climb steadily. You abandon it after a twenty-metre steep incline as it gets lost in the fields. Shortly afterwards, the track heads straight for the chapel.

    0h30 - CHAPELLE SAINT-PAUL (722m). Go left, due south, for the Col d'Ussat. You're entering the Forêt de Barthala. Descend, ascend, descend, and you pass to the right of the Orri de Pédissol.

    0h55 - REPLAT DU PEDISSOL (755m). From the flat, you must make a right-hand turn. You'll soon reach the last hairpin bends of the climb up to the pass.

    1h15 - COL D'USSAT (859m). At the crossroads. Go east at the pylon, towards Arnave.

    1h40 - CHEMIN DE FRANQUE. The path takes you back to the D20, which you will have to climb for 200m.

    2h10 - Via impasse de Trapadou and rue du Bayle, turn right into the village square.
  • Departure
    Arnave
  • Difference in height
    360 m
  • Access: By car, north of Tarascon, take the D618 towards Mercus. On leaving Bompas, turn right onto the D20, Route des Corniches, dotted with fine Romanesque chapels. In Arnave, park your car on the village square near the plane trees and fountain.
  • Environment
    • In the country
    • Mountain location
    • Village centre
    • Village 2 km away
  • Spoken languages
    • French
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
360 meters of difference in height
  • Maximum altitude : 846 m
  • Minimum altitude : 550 m
  • Total positive elevation : 360 m
  • Total negative elevation : -360 m
  • Max positive elevation : 178 m
  • Min positive elevation : -286 m
Services
  • Equipment
    • Car park
    • Free car park
  • Services
    • Pets welcome
      • Dogs must be kept on a leash due to the presence of herds.
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