Sunday, 1 September 2013

Maritime Alps - Cime du Ters to Morga

Sunday 1st September

We slept well on our private campsite. No noisy neighbours here.
The first col of the day was Baisse de la Liniete (1342m). We walked downhill all morning, mostly through pine woodland and mixed deciduous lower in the valley around Baisse de Figuera (750m) finally reaching a road and paths that took shortcuts into Sospel.

Sospel is a pleasant town with a river running through the middle and a distinctive old footbridge. We stopped for lunch and sat by the river to eat.

Dry rough terrain of the southern part of the GR52

The GR 52 is clearly marked out of town crossing a railway line and some short cuts across the road which is soon left behind once more. The path climbs steadily through shaded woods to l'Albarea and out into. Clearing by a water trough where we rested in the shade for a snack. This was the last water supply before Menton.

Our first view of  the Mediterranean
Some height is then lost to cross the Ravin de Roulabre and several side valleys; all dry. The path climbs steeply to Col du Razet 1032m with a view of the Mediterranean Sea in the heat haze. After the col the path levels out for a while before climbing up to Colla Bassa through dense trees.

The path takes a right turn down a rough track to a muddy bend where a narrow path turns off on the right at 969m. The path passes a small house in the left with a satellite dish. A little further on the route crosses to the other side of the valley where we camped on an abandoned field terrace.

Ascent 865m
Descent 1482m

Abandoned terraces make good camping spots
with the Med in the distance

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