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Ride around the Rocket in Cheval-Blanc

The winemaker trail crosses a landscape shaped by farmers. Olive trees, cherry trees, vines and terraces structure this beautiful Provencal landscape.

The Rocket at Cheval-Blanc

1- Departure in front of the chapel, take the small paved road due north (yellow PR markup) which runs between the cliffs covered with Aleppo pine trees.
At the fork (2 panels “Forest Charter and Biotope Protection) pass to the left of the hamlet. In the spring you can hear chickadees and sittelles singing. Turning around, one can see the limestone cliffs whose crown seems to stretch its crenellated needles towards the Provencal sky. Hopefully we can see the rare blue blackbird in the ruins of an old castle.

2- At the next intersection turn right onto the stony road (P.L.25).
This one takes a bend that climbs behind the hamlet. At the pole “La Roquette” (137m) go straight towards Trou du Rat. This trail winds between holm oaks and pine woods. We engage in a small gorge or a good portion of the path is concreted. It opens in front of a field, bypassing it and continue this trail in the pine forest.

3- At the 2 wooden poles continue straight ahead and pass behind a large rock (path without markings) to quickly reach an iron barrier (Domaniale du Luberon Forest) that you pass in order to continue a very stony path, climbing slightly and winding in Le Vallon de la Roque Rousse. Lots of dead trees litter the trail, but the loggers take care of the clean-up. After 1 km we arrive at the GR6 with a tank (N°68).
At the intersection turn right this wide road, along a cedar-forest to the right. (often heard the chirping of kinglets, crested and black chickadees). Continue for 1km to reach a maintained forest road, at the pole turn right and at 100 m take the direction of Ferme des Mayorques again to the right.

4- The trail continues through a pine forest of Aleppo for a good kilometre, once the cistern (N°86) is seen one reaches the Mayorca. Beautiful view of the Crau.
Leaving the premises opposite the farm take the path between the almond trees (post les Mayorques 313 m) towards Régalon, Barrié. We pass behind the fence of the sheep we reach the ridge. Once at the top, a beautiful view of the Petit-Luberon ridge, where royal eagle, Bonelli eagle and Jean-Le-Blanc circaetes often hover in search of prey.

5- Follow the yellow markup (PR) of the trail that crosses the scrubland, well supplied with Kermes oak trees. Begin the descent by the Passe du Croupatas. We can see the Durance. Difficult passages between rocks. Between the pine trees you can see the villages of Alleins, Mallemort... continue the descent through the pine forest.

6- You arrive at an intersection, turn right “La Roquette” at the wooden pole, this small stony road takes you back for 1 km to the hamlet, arrived at an iron barrier, descend to the left to reach the road to the parking lot.

 
 

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La Roquette
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