The northern tip of the Ile de la Barthelasse

A Avignon walk posted on 02/02/16 by jb ristorcelli. Update : 02/01/19

A very easy walk. The first part up to the dam, very pleasant and shady. There's not shade on second part until you arrive, so wear hats in sunny weather.
Numerous birds and in particular grey herons, cormorants, swans etc. are visible near the water and on the banks of the Rhone.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 10.14km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 104m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 106m
Highest point Highest point : 36m
Lowest point Lowest point : 12m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Avignon (84000|84140)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.98599° / E 4.822516°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3041OT
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Description

Access: Park in the "Parc de Libertés" car park on the Ile de la Barthelasse. Leaving from Avignon, turn right after the Daladier bridge, you are now on the D228 (Route de l'Ison). After the Avignon lock located to your left, take the first road to the right to find the car park.

(D/A) Leave on the small trail the closest to the water (going directly east). Without making too much noise, you can see the various birds that inhabit these banks. The small path will join a large track. Stay on this track until the crossroads before the eastern arm of the Rhone.

(1) Opposite the eastern arm of the Rhone, take the path to your left along the fence, and go between the two stretches of water.

(2)When you get to a gate, turn right. Continue on this path until a metal gate signposted "Rhône/Ventoux". Turn right, a blue concrete post means you're on the right track. After the second blue post, turn right and then immediately left.
Stay on the largest path and you'll see where the Rhone splits. Go around to the left on the large path (west) and you'll come to the dam. Ignore the track that goes off to the left and join the access road to the Sauveterre dam.
(The site is currently undergoing work, so be very careful)

(3) Take the asphalt road to the left for a few meters and then turn right to go around the "Unnamed" power station. Pass the small canal, join the highest path that runs along the second arm of the Rhone.

(4) This is the northern tip of the Ile de la Barthelasse There's a viewing point over Mont Ventoux, Châteauneuf-du-Pape etc.
Turn left while remaining on this path, and go as far as the Villeneuve bridge.

(5) Go under the bridge, take an immediate left and join the track after having crossed a small canal. Stay on this track, with the road to your left and the small canal to your right.
Continue straight at the barrier.

(6) This path takes you back to the road that you cross to reach the car park(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 2.38 - alt. km 2.38 - Intersection opposite the eastern arm of the Rhone - Rhône (le)
2 : km 2.91 - alt. km 2.91 - Pumping station
3 : km 6.32 - alt. km 6.32 - Sauveterre dam
4 : km 6.94 - alt. km 6.94 - Northern tip of the island
5 : km 8.98 - alt. km 8.98 - Pont de Villeneuve
6 : km 9.95 - alt. km 9.95 - Climbing path
D/A : km 10.14 - alt. km 10.14

Useful Information

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3041OT.

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During the walk or to do/see around

Numerous birds and in particular grey herons, cormorants, swans etc. are visible near the water and on the banks of the Rhone. At the northern tip of the island, the viewing point over the villages: Sauveterre, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Mont Ventoux etc.

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