Les Balcons de Durance by bicycle
Les Balcons de Durance by bicycle

Les Balcons de Durance by bicycle

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This bicycle ride allows an incursion into the lands of Hautes Provence - Hautes Terres de Provence -. By crossing the bridge over the Durance River, you enter a few meters further the Sasse valley with its apple tree orchards. A short but stiff rise leads you the Melve plateau. From there, the landscape offers a view onto the val de Durance and the Buëch valley. A way onto the ridges leads you to Sigoyer. For the way back road, you will cross Vaumeilh and Valernes villages.
This circuit is added to the Hautes Terres de Provence one.

1 point of interest
Lake and river

The Durance River

More than a mere river, the Durance is a force of nature. From its source in Mongenèvre at an altitude of 2300 metres it rolls its way over 302 kilometres until it finally flows into the Rhône. Over time, there has been greater control by man over the river, particularly with the construction of the Serre-Ponçon dam, and it is an essential artery for the Hautes-Alpes. 
Source : www.hautes-alpes.net
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  1. From Sisteron, cross over the Durance towards the Baume district and follow the departmental road D 951 leading to la Motte du Caire. Reach the Sasse bridge (8,25 km).
  2. At the Forge (527 meters), follow the departmental road D 951 for about 9 km.
  3. Ignore Clamensane on your right and go on until La Motte du Caire.
  4. At the village entrance (690 meters) turn left and take the departmental road D 104. There is a short rise of 1,7 km until Melve.
  5. Just before the village entrance (833 meters) from the departmental road D 304, go on your left once again. Go through Sigoyer village (810 meters), (there is a viewpoint indicator and a panoramic view onto the Durance valley). Ignore the D 654 on your right.
  6. Pass by the Grêle pass (728 meters) and go down to the village of Vaumeilh.
  7. Turn left into the village and go on until Valernes (600 meters) and reach the departmental road D 304A in the Sasse valley.
  8. From the departmental road D 304A on the left, turn 100 meters further on the right to go back to the departure point in Sisteron.
Towns crossed : Sisteron, Valernes, Nibles, Motte-du-Caire, Melve, Sigoyer, Vaumeilh

Altimetric profile


  • The Sisteronais Buëch is labelled « Espace Cyclosport » by the Cycling French Federation and meet some welcoming quality criterion for road cycling cyclist.
  • This circuit is added to the Hautes Terres de Provence one.
  • Break recommended at Sisteron’s citadel:  citadelledesisteron.fr

Information desks

1 place de la République, 04200 Sisteron



04 92 61 36 50

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Access and parking

From Sisteron (1 km), go out of the tunnel under the citadel and take the departmental road D 951 towards La Motte du Caire and reach the Baume bridge.

Parking :

Parking lot on the right of the Baume bridge, alongside the departmental road in Sisteron.

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