The Méouge canyon
Shaped by the same named stream , the Gorges de la Méouge are breathtaking. Protected site (Natura 2000 Zone), the gorges offer marvelous viewpoints accessible by the surrounding trails.
The village of Ribier is the starting point of this trail. Take the departmental road D 948 at the north leading to Plan / Antonaves. From there, it is possible to reach Laragne-Montéglin, a village proud of its old 17th century seigniorial castle built by Gaspar de Perrinet. You can fill your water bottles up at its pretty fountain at the central area and wander around its weekly market (on Thursday morning.)
The path going up through the Méouge canyons allows you to reach Barret-sur-Méouge, at the doors of the Drôme provençale. Lachau is the first village of Les Routes de la lavande – Lavender roads - you will cross by.
The trail makes you leave the Méouge for the Jabron valley. The valley is still quite wild and is characterised by its small successive reliefs.
The trail crosses several small rural villages (les Omergues, Montfroc, Curel…) and reaches Saint Vincent, at the bottom of Lure Mountain a wonderful rocky mark overlooking the area.
Ride alongside the Jabron banks towards Sisteron. A break is mandatory here, in this lovely small touristic city with its citadel sitting on its rocky spur.
You must continue alongside the north of the Buëch valley to reach Ribiers back again.
- The Sisteronais Buëch is labelled « Espace Cyclosport » by the Cycling French Federation and meet some welcoming quality criterion for road cycling cyclist.
Break recommended at Sisteron’s citadel: www.citadelledesisteron.fr
Access and parking
From Sisteron (9 km), follow the departmental road D 948 north-west towards Ribiers / Gorges de la Méouge.
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