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Hike - Baou of St Jeannet.

  • Oct 21, 2012 · 9:30 AM
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Defiantly some masochistic tendencies forming in this group -hardly the muscles have recovered from Georges Sundays Saorge breeze than Brian proposes a visit to the historical village of St Jeannet next weekend followed by a short2.5 hrs. hike up the Baou....

St Jeannet village - 06640 – 420m above sea level
Estimated time 2.5 hrs , Distance 5.6km , Denivele about 400m. Level easy/moderate but dontlet that kid you it will be steep

Gather at 9.30 am leaving 10am sharp.
Rdv Point Parking at entry to village (large parking on your left, next to tourist information) Meet at Tourist information point. The village of St. Jeannet sits on a ledge beneath the towering Baou de St. Jeannet, with the Baou de la Gaude just to the right (east), and the Baou des Noirs and Baou des Blancs lined up to the west towards Vence. The village is beautiful, picturesque, authentic, and not overrun with tourists.
Use the free parking lot at the entrance to the village; it's only a short walk into the center. The Place St. Barbe comes first, with benches and a great view out to the sea. (The view is even better if you take a walk up to the top of the Baou de St. Jeannet.) There's a handy café-terrace right at the place, and an excellent Auberge-restaurant.

Take the time to explore the village before you hike up the baous. There are a lot of little streets winding back through the ancient buildings, and you'll see the lovely Eglise Paroissiale St-Jean-Baptiste, built in 1666 and currently being renovated (28 May - 26 July '96). Wandering through the old streets, you'll discover a little "Panorama" terrace after going through a beautiful low arched passage. Among the old buildings and other ancient things to see in the village are a couple of pretty fountains, one of them dating to 1875.

St. Jeannet is reputed to be a center of "witchcraft", with some of the older village women apparently using herbs and spells to cure ailments and who-knows-what else. Another rare feature is that the village has its own water system, from springs high on the Baou.

The Baou de St. Jeannet also has well-hidden caves up on the side, where the villagers have sought refuge in times of trouble for many, many centuries. The Baou de La Gaude, to the right looking up from the village, has the remains of a neolithic fort at the peak. Another feature for walks up this Baou is "le vieux chêne", an oak tree at least 600 years old, on the wooded peak about 200 m north of the Baou's front peak.

First record, 13th century Castrum de Balma loannis
Prehistoric: There are oppidum and prehistoric sites on the Baou de St. Jeannet, Baou des Noirs and Baou de la Gaude (a prehistoric fort).
Gallo-Roman: The prehistoric site at Collet du Mourre was reoccupied in Gallo-Roman times.
Medieval: Saint Jeannet was ruled by the Villeneuves from the 13th century until the Revolution.

Looks interesting to me…
Please post your contact details if you can offer a lift ,picnic if the weather holds, alternative auberge in the village. approx 20mins from coast inland from St Laurent dVar


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    October 22, 2012

  • Marjie H.

    Yogurt,Yomping and Yoga! Great combination, Great Day!

    October 21, 2012

  • Marjie H.

    Emma,you didn't sign up for the walk officially so I post your feedback here. Lovely to meet you and ERick and look forward to seeing you again on another adventure. Marjie H x I wanted to say Erick and I had been very happy to meet this very congenial group and to do the promenade. But how can I post a comment?? THANK YOU!

    October 21, 2012

  • Marjie H.

    Good Morning Peeps, have checked the weather forecast , overcast morning then chance of rain later. Bit early in the season for duvet days! Ideal walking conditions for a steep climb I'd say and motivation to get ourselves out early as the afternoon is definatley set for a long resto lunch with a couple of nice bottle of RED! we let you organise that one Brian. Lets review at 8 am

    Matt Hi ,we are 2 full cars coming from Nice at this time and one from Monaco , but lets see if anyone wimps out. Pickup would have to be Cangnes. Lets speak later this am.


    October 21, 2012

    • Matt H.

      Thats alright Marjie looking like its going to be a late night for me. Hope you guys have fun!

      October 21, 2012

  • Matt H.

    Hey guys! Looks like fun if anyone is able to offer a lift from Vence or Cagnes-sur-Mer last minute let me know![masked]

    October 20, 2012

  • portia g.

    Brilliant thanks Ken I will be in touch today.

    October 19, 2012

  • Kenneth B.

    Portia Yes I have a spare seat, let me know where you live[masked]

    October 17, 2012

  • Jackie W.

    PORTIA, Ken is offering you a lift, you should post your contact details on this website. I don't think I can make it.

    October 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys looking forward to another hike. If there are any lifts available please let me know.. [masked]

    October 16, 2012

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