Judy Churchill Coastal walks The Real Riviera

Local Autumn Walks

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Pointe Saint-Hospice

Once the holidaymakers have gone and the coast starts have got back to normal, this is a great walk to do.

Scenic, easy and low gradient, this is a walk for every member of the family. This local beauty spot which is host to numerous restaurants and beaches is a good choice for a Saturday or Sunday when you want to combine a restaurant with a pre or post-lunch stroll.

This Happy Hiker green trail will take you about 2 hours for a distance of 3.8 km and 100m of a gradient. This includes a visit to the pretty St-Hospice Chapel.

Take the Basse Corniche and go down to the center of Saint-Jean and leave your car in the car park opposite the port.

From the port of St-Jean walk along the quayside where the yachts are moored, go past the village square and walk up eastwards for about 300m along the route de St-Hospice past the la Voile d’Or (Hotel/ Restaurant) to arrive above the Fossettes beach at a crossroads where on the right you will see the start of a wide paved pathway through a pine grove. Do not take this pathway but carry on for another 100m along the road before going down some steps to Paloma beach. Cross over the beach to find a narrow pathway that winds around the cliff to the pointe St-Hospice. Go around the pointe via a paved pathway and you will shortly see a small footpath on your right that goes up to the St-Hospice chapel. After a brief return trip to the chapel (there is a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of the chapel and a Belgian cemetery), retrace your steps and pick up the coastal path again going right which will take you back to the pine grove along a high green metallic fence.

Come back into St-Jean via avenue CL. Vignon and take the passage on the right which will take you back to the port.

When walking, I advise taking hiking sticks, as they will help you with 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, first aid kit, 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, lightweight golfing jacket from One Eagle Monaco that not only enables a full range of movement but is also great for cooler Spring/Autumn walks as it keeps you at the perfect body temperature. In the winter months, you will need extra layers of clothing, gloves, a warm hat, and thicker socks. Last but not least, you will need the IGN TOP 25 map n° 3742 0T map (Nice-Menton) to mark out your trail before you set off. 

If you are a French speaker you can also find the https://randoxygene.departement06.fr/littoral/pointe-saint-hospice-9337.html but you will still need your IGN map as these on-line guides 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.com 

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 totaling up the number of km/altitude you do in any given year.

When you’re done, I strongly 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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