A goodly little walk to blow away the cobwebs – just an hour north of Nice.
Stir yourselves from your beds and head up the D6202 and then approach La Colmaine (www.colmiane.com) from either via the Tinée valley or the Vésubie.
Head towards the pretty village of Saint Dalmas, where from the north side of the village you will find a tarmac road which has the familiar red and white striped markings of the GR5.
Continue along this path until an intersection 75 which is signposted to the Col de la Madeleine. It is a mere 200m of ascent, first through open country, and then through forest before coming to another decision making point – whether to carry on to the Col de la Madeleine at 1736 m or carry on to a very pleasant lunch spot at the Séréna.
Carry on to Col du Puei and then to the Col de Séréna at just 1307 m.
Over lunch enjoy your sandwich looking over the pretty fortified village of Rimplas and back towards La Colmiane.
The kids can scamper about whilst you gather yourself together for a short walk back and the promise of a quick look round the medieval village of Saint-Dalmas, and the Templar church.
More excitingly a chilled glass of rosé awaits you in the village bar!!
Whatever your fancy – it is a very pleasant half day out – silence – birds – views – convivial lunch – the finest!!
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