Moyenne Tinée Valley
Pointe de Clamia
by Judy Churchill
This Happy Hiker blue trail is suitable for all the family and can be done all year round. Located in the stunning Moyenne Tinée valley in the picturesque village of Marie, it has a positive gain of 430m and will take you 2 hours 45 mins – 3 hours to complete.
Marie, situated about 1hour 15 minutes’ drive from Monaco is named after the Virgin Mary. You can read all about its fascinating history on the story board erected in the village. The stunning views start right from the Marie itself where it’s very easy to park. There is a famous Auberge in the village and the medieval village streets are pretty and quaint, so take the time to have a stroll around before leaving for home after your hike.
The hike alternates open pathways and woodland with magnificent views all the way round the circuit. At the end there is even an exercise circuit in the woods for those who feel they’d like to flex some extra muscles. The inhabitants of this village certainly don’t need to build a gym they have everything on their doorstep.
To access the village, take the A8 motorway and then exit to follow the Var valley RM. 6202 up to la Mescla. Turn right into the Tinée valley RM.2205 until you come to the turn off for Marie and drive up the RM.58 to the village.
The hike starts in the village car park (600m) at way marker 63 on your map. However, in reality the way marker doesn’t have a number on it so start at the signpost at the bottom of the steps at the entrance to the car park and walk up to the top of Marie to way marker 64. Follow the circuit round though way markers 71 and 72 and then a long stretch until you reach 73 and then continue to 74. The last part takes place on the road that leads up into Marie and back to way marker 63.
When walking, I advise taking hiking sticks, as they will help you on both the ascents and the way down. They also guarantee you get a full body work out. You’ll need a cap and sunglasses to keep the sun off your face (the sun is a lot stronger in the hills and mountains so don’t forget the sunscreen). Remember to take more water than you think you’ll need (at least a litre and a half per person) and enough protein bars for during and after the hike. I always have a high fibre, high protein breakfast before I set off which means that I don’t need to carry a large picnic with me as good protein bars are sufficient (always take a couple of extra ones). Purpose-made hiking boots/shoes, a roll-up rain jacket and a rucksack are a must and you will need lighter wear for the Spring/Summer season and heavier/warmer for Autumn and Winter. I have a Bogner zip-up, long-sleeved, light-weight golfing jacket from One Eagle Monaco which not only enables full range of movement but is also great for cooler Spring/Autumn walks as it keeps you at the perfect body temperature. Last but not least, you will need the IGN TOP 25 map n° 3641 ET map (Moyenne Tinée) to mark out your trail before you set off.
If you are a French speaker you can also find the hike on this link: https://randoxygene.departement06.fr/moyenne-tinee/pointe-de-clamia-9247.htmlbut you will still need your IGN map as these on-line guide maps are only approximate. There are also hike specific apps such as Visorando, which have both free and purchasable versions and can be very useful guides and even have GPS options https://www.visorando.comhttps://www.visorando.comwhic.
If you have Strava you can record your walk on this app and it will give you lots of fascinating statistics at the end as well as totalling up the number of km/altitude you do in any given year.
When you’re done, I heartily recommend a foot massage using Young Living Essential Foot Oil (a combo of Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender) – your feet will thank you later!
Enjoy your hike and don’t forget your camera!
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