Loop hike Ru d'Arbérioz
Difficulties:E - Excursionist
from 01/02 to 30/11
Departure:Maison des anciens remèdes, Jovençan (630 m)
Arrival:Maison des anciens remèdes, Jovençan (630 m)
Difference in level:292 m
Trail sign:2A - 3 - Cammino Balteo - 1
Beautiful mainly flat walk in the middle of the vineyards and in the woods. It goes partly along the ru d’Arbérioz, a long canal (11km) that started from Aymavilles taking water from the Grand-Eyvia stream, but which in the 16th century was shortened and interrupted before Jovençan for unknown reasons or perhaps for the famine caused by the plague of 1630. Explanatory panels along the way allow you to get to know the territory, the flora, the fauna and the history of the “ru”.
Description of the route
Reach Jovençan and follow the signs for the church, leave the car in the parking lot in front of the church in the hamlet Les Adam. The itinerary begins on the left of the Maison des anciens rémèdes, an important museum for the discovery of the ancient healing secrets of the flowers and herbs of the Alps.
Take the mule track marked with sign 2A which with a fairly steep climb after about 5 minutes reaches a crossroads of 3 paths. Take the right one which a little further on becomes a dirt road in the middle of the vineyards.
Once you reach the inhabited nucleus of Turille (green house on the right), turn first on the left along the path of the Cammino Balteo and after a few meters on the right (marker Cammino Balteo on a stone) in an area of vineyards. After crossing an asphalted road, continue uphill (trail marker 3B /Cammino Balteo) and enter the wood of wild pine and broadleaf trees until reaching an intersection, follow trail marker 3B and after a few steps there is a panoramic point with benches and tables and with a spectacular view on the mountains . The panel provides some information on the monumental remains of Jovençan that can be seen at the bottom, on the opposite promontory and tells the story of Becca France and the village of Thora.
At this point, you have to take the white road in slight descent and go into a thick forest, then, at the first bend, follow the mule track to the left and start climbing again (3A). At the crossroads that you meet immediately after, turn right (3A) along a path that climbs for about fifty meters before turning right and becoming flat again. Reached the dirt road, there is another panel, which describes the flora of the area. Continue until you reach an asphalt road that climbs slightly, go along it on the left for a hundred meters until you reach the parking lot of the Chabloz.
Take the paved road which then becomes a path that climbs up on the left (signpost 1 e) and after passing through the small hamlet and some meadows, it gets back to the wood and comes out on the flat path of the ru d’Arberioz (Illustrative panel with the history of the ru a few meters on the right).
Turn left (signpost 3), the path continues in a wood mainly composed of Scots pines, broad-leaved trees, downy oaks, ash and shrubs, arrives near Pompiod quarry. There is the second panel which illustrates its history. After various ups and downs, you reach another panoramic point on the castle of Sarre and then down until the first panoramic point of the outward journey. Here turn right and retrace the starting path.