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Luberon Cycle: Cherries, Lavender and Roussillon Ochres

After a couple of busy days settling back into the house and getting on top of a few things I needed to do, I decided to get back out on the bike this morning.

I had an appointment with my neighbour to pop to the Recycling Centre (furniture hunting) at 2 pm. Continue reading here for Julie’s photos and descriptions of her morning cycle beyond the Véloroute du Calavon to see the ochre cliffs of Roussillon and a few of Provence’s other treasures along the way.

Roussillon Ochre Cliffs @VaucluseDreamer

Véloroute du Calavon

This easy cycling route is a voie verte (or “greenway”), a paved route for bikers, walkers and rollerbladers. There is a network of them in France, many built where railroad tracks used to be, making them nice and flat.

The Véloroute du Calavon begins in Cavaillon and goes to Apt, though it is not yet complete, so there are gaps along the way.

My wife and I like to start near the village of Baumettes. To get there, we take the D900 and get off at the D29 exit going south. After about 200 meters, there is a small parking lot on the left, and you can join Véloroute from there.

We head east, with a rocky hillside on our left and the valley floor on our right. After a couple of kilometres, we pass the abandoned Goult train station, sitting forlornly next to where the train tracks used to be.

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Julie Whitmarsh

Julie Whitmarsh

Julie and her husband Andy started visiting the Vaucluse area 25 years ago & over the years have increased the amount of time they spend there with their growing family. She has a deep affection for the area, finding it is a great place to visit, where the whole family can relax and enjoy time together.

She longs for the day when she can ‘up-sticks’ from her home on Dartmoor & relocate to the Luberon and spend her days cycling, walking, visiting markets & brocante fairs and of course enjoying the local food and drink.

Her blog VaucluseDreamer gives her a space to highlight some of her favourite things about the area from places to visit to particular activities that she and her family all enjoy.

She hopes one day it will be a place where she can share the process of renovating a house in France, but at the moment that will have to wait.

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