Place : La Tour sur Tinée (Alpes Maritimes)
This workcamp takes you to the picturesque valleys and hills, in the Alpes Maritimes Department, where you’ll help restore an historic walking trail. You’ll rebuild a retaining wall bordering the path and reset the cobblestones, continuing efforts from previous workcamps. The trail itself links the villages of La Tour sur Tinée and Brec d’Utelle.
You’ll get to grips with traditional dry stone masonry techniques and learn how to place each stone so that your efforts stand the test of time.
Building technique: Dry stone masonry
Accommodation: Municipal hostel, in dormitories, right in the village centre. The hostel is just 5 min walk from the workcamp site.
Help out, in turn, with daily tasks (cooking, cleaning). Building work in the mornings, Mon-Fri. Free time in afternoons and weekends, with a choice of group excursions and activities.
Some ideas for excursions: You’re just a stone’s throw from the Mercantour National Park with a huge choice a walking trails and hikes, as well as visits to rivers and springs, such as the Vallon de Cramassour.
Please note that the local area is very popular with hikers, so do bring suitable footwear.
A bit of history:
Just 50 km from Nice, the village of La Tour sits high above the Tinée Valley, with breath-taking, panoramic views of the surroundings hills and mountains.
Historical records dating back to the 12th century refer to a fortified settlement called “La Torre” which occupied the current site of the village and a castle once sat atop a hill above La Tour.
The village has an Italian look to it and is also the starting point for many walks and more serious hikes.
We’ve been working in this lovely village since 2017 and after having discovered a forgotten 17th century cobblestone lane, our volunteers have been trying out dry stone building techniques to rebuild several retaining walls alongside the trail.