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A walk in Embrun

A walk to visit the city of Embrun in the Hautes-Alpes and then go to the lake of Serre-Ponçon

The walk starts with a visit of the old town then continues to the leisure center of Embrun located on the lake of Serre-Ponçon, the walk is quite long (4 km for the outward journey), it takes place on flat ground most of the time but the ascent is still quite severe to go back to the old town. The path is pedestrian. To avoid coming back by the same way you can go along the road to come back in the center of Embrun, otherwise you have to go back the way you came.

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Duration: 3 h.

The downtown area

The downtown area
Embrun is a nice little town, there is a lot of activity in the streets on market days.

The Brown Tower of Embrun

The Brown Tower of Embrun
The Tour Brune is the former keep of the archbishops of Embrun, the tower can be visited for free, from the top you will have a magnificent panorama on the whole city and the valley. To see.

The Notre-Dame-du-Réal cathedral in Embrun

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The Notre-Dame-du-Réal cathedral in Embrun
One of the most beautiful churches in the region, the visit inside is worth it.

The gardens of the Archbishopric

The gardens of the Archbishopric
A small park is located next to the cathedral, the view on the surroundings of the city is grandiose. There is not much left of the archbishop's gardens, which were confiscated and sold after the revolution of 1789.

The Lake of Serre-Ponçon

The Lake of Serre-Ponçon
We can see the lake of Serre-Ponçon in the distance, the goal of our walk.

The walk of the belvedere of the edge of the Roc

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The walk of the belvedere of the edge of the Roc
A short walk of a few hundred meters allows to admire the panorama.

The walk to Serre-Ponçon

The walk to Serre-Ponçon
From Embrun you can walk to the lake of Serre-Ponçon. Signs indicate "plan d'eau" in fact the lake is located right next to the lake of Serre-Ponçon. The easiest way to reach the lake on foot is to take a pedestrian path at the beginning of town at the level of the "Leader Price". Be careful, the lake is quite far : 3 km.

View of the city of Embrun

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View of the city of Embrun
After a rather steep descent we have a magnificent point of view on the city of Embrun posed on its rock.

Along the Durance River

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Along the Durance River
One goes then along the Durance on some kilometers to go to the lake, one crosses many sportsmen who train on a road closed to the traffic.

The Durance

The Durance
The Durance is the most important river of Provence. The lake of Serre-Ponçon was created from a dam on the Durance.

The leisure center of Embrun

The leisure center of Embrun
At the end of the walk you can rest and swim on the beach of the leisure center of Embrun. If you continue on the other side of the lake you will see the lake of Serre-Ponçon. Then you have to come back by the same way. You can also take a bus back to the city center (check the schedule).

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