A pleasant walk along quiet country roads, forest trails and a quiet cycle path from Goult back to Bonnieux, via the hilltop town of Lacoste.
This walk starts with an ascent to the top of Goult before descending on a rocky but good path through woodland to the valley of the river Calavon. From here, follow a mixture of quiet country roads and farmland tracks between orchards and vineyards. Follow a short section of path adjacent to the old Provencal train line, now a cycle and pedestrian path. Soon you will see Lacoste with its distinctive castle ahead of you beyond the fields.
A long but steady climb brings you into the beautiful village of Lacoste, where you should take time to explore, why not reward yourself with a cool refreshing drink at one of the sunny outdoor terraces. Descend on a rocky path flanked by old stone walls back down to the valley floor. Continue along pleasant paths and trails past clusters of grand yet rustic looking buildings, keeping your sights set on the next objective, Bonnieux.
Follow a quiet tarmac path back into the town centre. Underfoot conditions are largely good today and the road walking tends to be low-traffic. As ever, take care with oncoming vehicles.
Be sure to make the effort to walk to the Chateau in Lacoste. It tends to be a quiet spot and although you can’t enter, there are some interesting sculptures in the garden and is a nice spot to enjoy your picnic.
Today’s walk involves some sections of road walking. Take good care, particularly when walking around bends in the road, to avoid passing traffic.
Food and Drink
Lacoste has 2 restaurants that open for lunch and a small shop. If you are travelling in early or late season, it's worth checking with your accommodation host if they will be open. Alternatively, you can stock up in Bonnieux before you depart. We recommend always starting your day carrying at least 2 litres of water per person per day, and maybe even more on particulalry warm or longs days. Provence can become very hot and it is important to stay hydrated.
Points of Interest
Moulin de Jerusalem, Goult
At the top of the village of Goult, opposite the remains of the castle ramparts, you will find the ancient windmill, the Moulin de Jerusalem. Whilst windmills have been common in Provence since the 12th century, this particular example dates back to the 18th century and boasts a position that offers fine views over the valley back towards Bonnieux and Lacoste.
Chateau de Lacoste
Lacoste is dominated by the castle. It was originally owned by the Marquis de Sade but is now one of the homes belonging to the French fashion tycoon, Pierre Cardin. While the castle is a private residence and not open to the public, a climb to the exterior affords magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.