Woodland discovery trail

Woodland discovery trail

History and architecture
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The loop makes its way between the hedges of the Champsaur woodland. Along the way, there are information panels about farming, animals and plants.

On a hot summer’s day, walking under the cover of the ash trees to the lapping sound of a little canal, in harmony with the birdsong, is a real experience of peace. As you go round a bend in the path you might spot a deer or a fox. This is an introduction to another aspect of the Massif des Ecrins, far from the high mountains, but one that is not at all lacking in charm.


From the small car park near a large sheepfold and panels describing the route (near the bus stop), follow the blackbird symbols marking the circuit. The route is very easy, with a path lined with hedges leading to the old Les Costes road, which is now a track. Turn right and continue for about 200m. The "blackbird" tells you to turn right again and go down towards the St Eusèbe road. You have to cross a ford in a small stream (not difficult). Once on the tarmac road, you again turn right towards the village of Beaurepaire, which fully deserves its name (“beautiful spot”). Cross the village, then go up to the right again as you leave the village. A little road takes you up to the car park where the trail began.

  • Departure : Beaurepaire
  • Towns crossed : Chauffayer, Les Costes, and Saint-Eusèbe-en-Champsaur


Altimetric profile


A very easy hike, ideal for families.

Information desks

Tourisme Office of Champsaur & Valgaudemar

Les Barraques, 05500 La Fare en Champsaur

http://www.champsaur-valgaudemar.com/04 92 49 09 35
Open all year: Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and 14pm to 18pm.
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Access and parking

From the N85 at Chauffayer turn onto the D23 towards La Motte-en-Champsaur, Les Costes and Molines. Continue for 2 km along the D23 and stop at the trail information panels.

Parking :

Car park on the D23 near a large sheepfold, at the crossroads with the village of Beaurepaire at 1053m.


Parc national des Ecrinshttps://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr

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