Cascade de la lance

Cascade de la Lance

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary in Colmars
2.6 km
  • A walk which all members of the family can complete in the beautiful citadel of Colmars, sheltered within its Vauban fortifications. Walk alongside the Lance mountain stream in a forest of Scotch pines and end your walk at the delightful Lance waterfall.

  • The track winds along between beautiful holiday cottages which date from the late 19th/early 20th century. Here and there, the small channels which convey the waters of the Lance for irrigating crops appear.
    At the end of a meadow on the left, a one-storey building can be seen: the old sawmill.
    Then the track becomes a path. Il runs alongside the course of the Lance, in the clear shade of the Scotch pines among the undulating terrain, mounds of debris from the nearby ravines. Some of these...
    The track winds along between beautiful holiday cottages which date from the late 19th/early 20th century. Here and there, the small channels which convey the waters of the Lance for irrigating crops appear.
    At the end of a meadow on the left, a one-storey building can be seen: the old sawmill.
    Then the track becomes a path. Il runs alongside the course of the Lance, in the clear shade of the Scotch pines among the undulating terrain, mounds of debris from the nearby ravines. Some of these ravines, which are still active, drain out torrents of water during the plentiful autumn rains and the spring thaw.
    The pathway comes close to the cliff. After a few strides at the foot of the cliff, the rhythmical and breath-taking spectacle of the Lance waterfall reveals itself in a cirque of dark rock.
    During cold winter's days, the water freezes and becomes an ice waterfall, the silent echo of the lively waters.
    Follow the same route on the return journey.
    Difficulté = Very easy
  • Departure : Colmars-les-Alpes Tourism Office.
    Arrival : Cascade de la Lance.
    Go to Colmars-les-Alpes, in the Haut Verdon valley. Leave your vehicle in the carpark near the ramparts. When almost opposite the Porte de France, take a small country road which is indicated with a small sign.
    Parking : Carpark, Colmars Tourism Office.
    Local bus routes in Alpes-de-Haute Provence, Regular/weekly routes Digne-les-Bains, Barcelonnette, Larche et Digne-les-Bains, Colmars, AllosDepartmental Council Transport ServiceTel.: 00 33 (0)4 92 30 08 00www.cg04.fr
    Provence Railway from Nice to Digne-les-BainsTel.: 00 33 (0) 4 97 03 80 80www.trainprovence.com
    SNCF Accès Plus Service for people with reduced mobilityTel.: 00 33 (0)890 640 650 then press 1 orTel.: 36 35 then say "Accès Plus"www.accesplus.sncf.comaccesplus@sncf.fr
  • Documentation
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