La Source de L’Huveaune
Dude and I love to hike. In the Fall and Spring we go about once a week. The first few times we went hiking we just happened upon a nice area and went to seek it out.
Then I got serious. One day while in Decathlon, I picked up a book that showed all the hikes in the Bouches du Rhone area. There is enough to keep you busy for quite some time.
One of the hikes we decided to go on was to La Source de L’Huveaune. We set out early because it was around a 6 hour hike. La Source is located about 20 minutes from where we live and it was marvelous. We put on our back packs, grabbed our cameras and headed off. Tinki wanted to stay home because she isn’t into hiking so much. Tant pis for her, cuz she missed a beautiful one.
The entrance to the hike is clearly marked and in the beginning you follow a wide path through hills and fields. There are a couple of houses in the area, but mostly just open space. If you go in the spring there will be lots of families since the weather is usually great for hiking (not to hot and not too cold).
Once you get to the point of finding the trail to La Source (this part was difficult and we had to ask some people because it is not clearly marked) it becomes a very small trail through trees. You know you are on the right trail because the river that flows from La Source will be on your right. It winds around through some little trees and over rocks and all the while you get to hear the wonderful flow of the water. It smells wonderful, too. It really brought back the great childhood memories of camping and the smell of the trees and fresh water.
Once you meet up with La Source there is a small waterfall which flows out of the ground. Take the bridge across it and there are some areas to sit and have your picnic lunch while enjoying the waterfall and the peacefulness.
After lunch, you can either finish the walk by returning the way you came, or you can continue on up higher and you will come to a cave. Dude and I chose to continue on. The trail between La Source and the cave is a bit more strenuous so be careful with smaller children.
The cave is the end of the line. My advice is to be sure you bring a flashlight with you. There is an opening in the cave in which you can enter. It is not huge by any means, but it is great! There are stalactites and stalagmites and you can see and hear the sounds of the dripping water. It’s terrific!
Since the cave is the end of the line for the hike, all you need to do is go back the way you came. Dude and I made a stop at the waterfall and bridge to get a last look and take a pastry break and then we were off back through the trees and finally the open fields and mountains.
This happens to be in my top 5 hikes. It is not a difficult one and the trees and river keep you cool in the spring time. Definite recommendation if you are in the Provence area. If you’ve been, please tell me how you liked it!
If you want to see more photos of La Source de L’Huveaune they appear on Flickr. To get there just click on the “More Photos” option under Photos on Flickr.