Place : Volonne (Alpes de Haute Provence)
Public : Adults
Given that Volonne sits at the confluence of the Durance and La Grave rivers, the village’s name is thought to come from the Celtic word, “Vel Aon”, meaning “to the water”. Volonne’s main feature is two 13th and 16th century towers that cast their gaze down over the village nestled below at the foot of a sun-drenched rocky outcrop, leading some people to call it the “Petit Nice” of the Alps.
The Chemin de Ronde is part of the village’s old ramparts that provided a defensive system for the village, between the two towers. The houses projecting out over the ramparts were subsequently added to these old fortifications and form the boundary of a historic, partially covered walkway.
The municipality has been particularly keen to safeguard its heritage and enhance the village. As such, it has been working with volunteers from the Union APARE-CME since 2016 to make improvements to the Chemin de Ronde.
This year the work will reach completion as the cobblestone lane and restoration of a vaulted passage with lime render provide the finishing touches that you will make to this lane.
Once the work is done for the day, you’ll have the chance to discover the Ammonite Road, known by Geologists the world over, visit the Romanesque monastery of Ganagobie, the Penitents des Mées and go for hikes in the foothills of the Alps and the Luberon, where you’ll be able to swim in the Verdon Gorges and surrounding lakes.
Type of work : Dry stone masonry, rendering and cobblestone path.
Accommodation : Separate male and female dormitories in a permanent building, you can bring your own tent.