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Saorge / Breil-sur-Roya
Vallée de la Roya
Parc National du Mercantour (zone périphérique)
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Bakery / grocery
Hardware / sports shop
Bank / cash dispenser
Open automobile access

A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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Hiking (mountain trail, in places narrow and exposed)
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R158 Saorge » Breil-sur-Roya
  |   1h45   |   8.5 km   |   317 m   |   528 m

This stage leaves Saorge along the valley balcony path above the Roya valley to the stage destination, Breil-sur-Roya, a village typical of the Mediterranean hinterland.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
510 m
| B  3.4 km / 0h45
X GR 52A
464 m
| D  5.1 km / 1h00
288 m
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  • Kat - 2023-09-08
    Most homicidally enraging stage of the entire Red.

    All you want is to be in Monaco with a €25 cocktail and here you are yo-yoing uselessly up and down this blackberry-overgrown, poorly-marked, mostly viewless, broiling hot, perpetually deviated trail, listening to the flat motorway by the flat river below, a million times, for a net 200m descent.

    I wish that instead of taking this stage I had walked down the road through the tunnel and been hit by a truck.

    Look, I am strong. I have walked the previous 157 stages. I was a bit under two hours into this one, including breaks to drink my planned-for-1h45 water ration, cry and curse people's grandmothers, and approximately halfway, when I gave the fuck up.

    When the path hits a wooden bridge with water pipes leaving a spring and a DON'T TOUCH sign, you can take an unmarked, unmapped trail to the right, follow the creekbed down to some huts, and emerge on the Chemin de Veil to road-walk to Breil.
  • Emeline - 2019-01-15
    Randonnée faite le 15 janvier 2019, très beau mais la durée est effectivement de 3h30. "En balcon" ne veut pas dire que c'est plat, il y a alternance de descentes et montées plutôt raides. Si on ajoute la montée vers Saorge depuis la gare et la visite de Saorge il faut prévoir la journée.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Hike made January 15, 2019, very beautiful but the duration is actually 3:30. "In balcony" does not mean that it is flat, there is alternation of descents and rather steep climbs. If you add the climb to Saorge from the train station and visit Saorge you have to plan the day.
  • Berta - 2018-08-31
    Für diese Etappe muß man mindestens 3 Stunden planen. Haben im Hotel La Bonne geschlafen. Schönes Zimmer, gute Betten. Leider war es durch das fröhliche Treiben in den benachbarten Bars ziemlich lange etwas laut. Doppelzimmer ohne Frühstück 75 €.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    For this stage you have to plan at least 3 hours. Slept in the hotel La Bonne. Nice room, good beds. Unfortunately it was a bit noisy for a long time due to the cheerful activity in the neighboring bars. Double room without breakfast 75 €.
  • Elisabeth - 2016-11-22
    Eh oui ! il y a une contradiction : le descriptif détaillé envoie le randonneur par un agréable itinéraire suivant le GR 52A par la montagne, tandis que le résumé et les points de passage concernent le "sentier valléen" qui suit la bruyante vallée de la Roya. De plus, il ne faut pas 1h45 mais bien 3h - 3h30 : ici tout le monde vous le dira ! Enfin, un éboulement vers la fin de l'étape oblige à une déviation très mal balisée...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Eh yes ! there is a contradiction: the detailed description sends the hiker a pleasant route following the GR 52A by the mountain, while the summary and the points of passage concern the "valled trail" which follows the noisy valley of Roya. In addition, it does not take 1:45 but 3h - 3:30: here everyone will tell you! Finally, a landslide towards the end of the stage requires a deviation very poorly marked ...
  • Henk Nouws - 2012-09-03
    You will walk nearby a road and a railway, and it's pretty noisy. Count 3'30" for this stage.
    I didn't try it, but I could imagine that the GR52A is more interesting to connect Breil and Saorge, but it will probably be longer.
  • Martin Schreiber - 2011-04-24
    Maybe it's possible that there are 2 VA's going to Breil-sur-Roya. One following the valley and the other one going up and down?
    Hotel "La Bonne Auberge" offers one of the cheapest accommodation in mid-town of Breil-sur-Roya.
  • Daniel Lepaul - 2010-10-20
    Cette étape est donnée pour 1h45 - 8km500 OK avec 1334m de montée et 1532m de descente . Il y a un problème dans le dénivelé ou dans le temps de marche . ça ne parait pas très cohérent .
    Automatic translation [Google]
    This step is given for 1:45 - 8km500 OK with 1334m ascent and 1532m of descent. There is a problem in the elevation or the running time. it does not seem very consistent.
  • Sabine_Bade - 2010-01-07
    Für die Strecke auf dem hier eingezeichneten Sentier Valléen ist eine Dauer von 3 bis 3h30 realistischer.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    For the route shown in the drawing on the Sentier Valléen a duration of 3 to 3:30 is more realistic.
Last update : 2019-12-18