Drystone architecture and miraculous spring hike
Lasts 3 hours - Distance: 8 km – easy and level - marked: yellow/red, white/red (GR91) and yellow (Conseil général) - leave-Park: Parking in Le Beaucet. From Carpentras, take the direction of St-Didier continue on D39 road. Park at the bottom of the village, on the square "Maquis Jean Robert". This itinerary provides gorgeous views over the Monts de Vaucluse to the Dentelles de Montmirail, and takes in the Comtadin plain and Mont Ventoux.
Stone is present throughout this hike. Varying from grey to blue, pink and white. It is found in walls, terraced fields, bories and other ingenious indigenous works. For this walk - there is first a slight zig-zag climb, then you arrive on a plateau with magnificent views over the Provencal scrubland, the hills and eroded rocks. The walk goes boy the Saint Gens spring, a miraculous spring. Legend has it that Gens, a young man from Monteux became a hermit in these hills in prayer. Ever since he had left Monteux, not a drop of rain had fallen. His mother came and found him and implored him to pray for water. Gens brought water forth from the rock where the spring still flows. The hike then goes through the hamlet of Barbarenque, where the resistance movement was strong, then to Le Beaucet which has a splendid view over Venasque, ranked as "one of the most beautiful villages in France". CoVe - www.provence-ventoux-comtat.com