So drive down all the way you
came up and continue at point 056 N43°52,425 S6°17,823 to
your right. Soon you will arrive at the small village of Majastres
at point 058, N43°54,730 S6°17,432 where tarmac starts again.
Inside the village is somewhere
the turnoff to the right to the old track network but I didn't find
it. So I continued about 1,5 km further on the only road until the
roadsign pictured left at point 059, N43°55,218 S6°16,452.
Turn onto the dirt track to your right.
What follows is a quite bad
and overgrown stretch. Some deep washouts helped to keep the speed
low. Luckily this is only for a short distance.
||At point 060 you
come to the main track you missed in Majastres, running from right
to left. Turn left. N43°55,120 S6°16,766.
The track turns uphill and
on a saddle you come to the crossing pictured left at point 061
Straight on brings you to Blieux
on a good gravel road and back to tarmac.
Right shows Majastres where
you came from. Looks more like a mule track to me.
So turn left.
track runs down to the bottom of a valley where you find a wonderful
picknick/camping spot.(point 062, N43°55,646, S6°17,288).
If you want to stay overnight try to ask permission. I believe there's
a farm if you cross the ford and turn left twice.
At the ford you have now 3
1. Turn left and soon left
again. May lead you to a farmer. Not explored.
Turn left and soon right. Brings you to the ruins of the village of
Le Poil. They are NOT abondoned. You will be surprised by the cars
you see on the parking spot at the old cemetary. This is a dead end
and you must turn around. Point 064, N43°56,200 S6°17,088
3. Or you go slightly to your
right after the ford. The track immediately climbs up the mountain
and soon shows deep washouts. Those get so deep a 4x2 will no longer
be able to pass.
After a while you see the ruins
of Le Poil from above on the other side of the valley.
Soon after this comes a track
from the right at 065, N43°56,404 S6°17,629. Go on straight
on the main track.
Now comes an important part.
If you don't have asked for permission to use the road to the observatory
from Barrème you must persuade one of the shepherds here
to allow you the use of the track down to Barrème. This is
easiest done by buying some fresh cheese from them. I met one of
them and he was an exceptionally friendly man, pushing an old Patrol
over the tracks. The car was only held together by rust and bailing
wire. If you see him give him greetings from my part.
It's important to have at least
an excuse for driving the track as it soon will pass an "closed"
At point 066 you turn off to
your right. The track straight on dead ends soon.
067 N43°56,615 S6°17,942 you will run into this interdiction
sign. This again was put up by the ONF. Ignore it at your own risk.
But you will enjoy the travel more if you know that you're allowed
on it. Also remember the looong way you drove and how tiring it'd
be to backtrack.
Now always keep to the main
track as it winds its way down the forested mountain slopes. At
point 070 N43°56,157 S6°21,394 turn right and downhill.
Just when you think it's finally
over you will run into a closed gate at point 071 N 43°56,008
This gate however is seldom
locked although it doesn't look like. It takes some pushing and
pulling on the locking mechanism to open it. Carefully close the
gate behind you.
A last look back...
At the crossing only 100 metres
after the gate you can turn left or straight on. Left leads you
directly to Barrème, straight takes you to the main road
If you want to go back to Moustiers
St. Marie I strongly recommend you drive to Barrème and take
the long loop northeast and then south. This will take only a good