Mont Dauphin

John was off kayaking on the Ubaye today, so I had a day to myself. I tidied the van and did a rather large load of washing before catching up with editing my photos and writing my blog.

Then Jackie asked if I fancied a walk up to Mont Dauphin with her, and her niece and nephew, Evie and Ollie. Mont Dauphin is a fortified town, built in 1693, high on a rocky outcrop at the confluence of the Durance and Guil rivers. It’s pretty impressive.

After a flat walk along the roads from the campsite, we began to climb uphill past an area where marmots can often be seen. They were all hiding from us though! Then the path got even steeper as it rose through the woods. The views were amazing.

After about an hour, we reached the fort on the top, pausing to get our breath back and cool down a little.

We had an ice cream in a cafe and wandered around the fortified town for a while. It was quite interesting reading the information boards dotted around. Then we headed back down the hillside to the campsite.

We watched some gliders soaring around like birds on the thermals and, managed to spot a couple of marmots hiding in the shade.

Lunch and a lazy couple of hours were then in order, once I’d folded the washing (which was dry already!) and put it away. John texted to say they were having a good time and were going to run the river a second time.

He arrived back with a grin on his face. Now he’s cooking our tea on the new Cadac gas stove, plugged into the LPG tank on the van. So many gadgets!

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