Le Bois Noir

Le Bois Noir

Archeology and history
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A hike which is accessible for all with a small amount of climbing to explore a bocage landscape which combines agriculture with pastoralism and a delightful conifer forest, known as “Le Bois Noir” (“The Black Woods”).
Saint-Dalmas-Valdeblore, one of the four hamlets which make up the commune of Valdeblore, is built on the site of a former priory. The vestiges of this edifice remain: its gate tower with arrowslits in the walls and its crenelated sentry walk. Its 10th-century Romanesque church with its square clock tower contains some of the oldest wall-paintings in this area.


From the carpark (marker 78) opposite the church, go along “Rue de la Madone” then take the first street on the right which leads to a small square. Continue straight on along “Chemin du Portalet” heading down parallel to the ramparts and take the path on the left to reach the Ânes de Blore chalet.

Go past the latter and after the warehouse take the left path (large walnut tree) through a landscape which opens onto meadows and hedges. Shortly afterwards, enter the forest, whose cool atmosphere is delightful in summer. Softwood trees dominate (pines, spruces, larches) with a magnificent undergrowth made up of bushes. The slope steepens as you reach the Bois Noir path. Do not take the steep climb opposite and instead take the easier path on the right.

Continue along this path on the right until you reach Collet du Puei (marker 126), which is a pleasant place to picnic (tables). Return to the village of St-Dalmas-Valdeblore via the forest track you took on the outward journey. You can visit the picturesque village with medieval architecture should you wish.
  • Departure : Saint-Dalmas-Valdeblore
  • Arrival : Saint-Dalmas-Valdeblore, via Bois Noir (circuit)
  • Towns crossed : Valdeblore

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Activities accessible:
Donkey rental “Anes de Blore” at Saint-Dalmas-Valdeblore
Tel.: 00 33 (0)6 88 47 19 70

Paragliding at La Colmiane - Valdeblore
Flights with Imagin’Air, equipment adapted for handicapped people available

Information desks

Maison du Parc national du Mercantour - Saint-Martin-Vésubie

8, Avenue Kellermann - Villa Les Iris, 06450 Saint-Martin-Vésubie

http://www.mercantour-parcnational.frvesubie@mercantour-parcnational.fr04 93 03 23 15


Ouvert tous les jours sauf le dimanche du 15 juin au 15 septembre

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Office de Tourisme Métropolitain - Bureau d'information de Saint-Martin-Vésubie

Place du Général de Gaulle, 06450 Saint-Martin-Vésubie

https://www.explorenicecotedazur.com/info.saintmartinvesubie@nicecotedazurtourisme.com04 93 03 21 28


Ouvert toute l'année
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No buses: public transport only serves the preceding village, La Colmiane.

To reach La Colmiane: From mid-June to mid-September: Randobus Lignes d'Azur

Number 730 - Vallée de la Vésubie
- Departure from Nice Vauban: 7.15am/Arrival at La Colmiane: 9.10am
- Departure from La Colmiane: 4.40pm/ Arrival at Nice Vauban: 6.45pm

Further information at http://www.lignesdazur.com/ Randobus section
Tel.: 08 1006 1006

Access and parking

Via La Vésubie 50km from Nice: A8 motorway, - Exit 52 Nice Saint Isidore -  then RD6202 (towards Grenoble) to Plan du Var, then D2565 towards Saint-Martin-Vésubie.

Subsequently follow directions towards La Colmiane/Valdeblore, then Saint-Dalmas-Valdeblore.

Parking :

Carpark (marker 78) opposite the church at Saint-Dalmas-Vadeblore


Free loan of “Joëlette” off-road wheelchairs:
Département des Alpes Maritimes
Tél. : 00 33 0(4) 97 18 60 00

Mercantour National Park House at St-Martin-Vésubie
Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 93 03 23 15

Emergency number :114

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