Cirque d’Archiane

Easter is looming,  so it’s time for my next escape. The journey was by plane (to Paris) and train,  and apart from a delay to the TGV part of the journey (because of a bit of a punch-up at Marne-la-Vallée,  and police being called), I arrived at a civilised hour,  in time to light a fire and heat up some smuggled turkey and tomato pasta for supper.

The forecast for today was worsening later, so with shopping and stuff to do at some stage, the first ride was this morning. I decided to revisit Cirque d’Archiane: I’ve been there before, but this was the first time with my Sony HX50 and good light.

You’ll see from the photos what a stunning place it is: a long deep valley surrounded by towering rocks, in the summer it is very popular with walkers, but on a weekday in March not a soul to be seen. Approaching from Châtillon-en-Diois you get your first glimpse of the rocks above the valley as you approach Menée, where you turn left. Then just follow your nose and prepare to gawp at the scenery.

It’s a there-and-back road, so you’ll have take the detour to see it, but it’s well worth the effort. And though it’s worth it for the scenery alone, if you’re interested in the geography or geology, I expect you’ll be harnessing the power of the internet to find out more about this extraordinary place. 

Menée
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