How to reach the start
When you’re in La Possession, take the La Montagne road. Before you start climbing up to La Montagne, at the end of the road that runs next to the dual carriageway, you’ll see the car park for this paved road on the other side of the roundabout near the edge of the dual carriageway.
To get to Grande Chaloupe, take the coast road to Grande Chaloupe, and park on the road that passes in front of the old train station. You’ll find the start of the trail going towards Saint-Bernard by going up the road to the left. The paved route begins next to a shack painted yellow and red. To find the start of the Chemin Pavé (paved route) towards La Possession, continue along the road which passes in front of the station to the right. This road enters the gorge of Grande Chaloupe and after 500 metres, you’ll see the General Council’s information board at the beginning of the Chemin Pavé on your right.
0 km - Leave the car park and take the first lane on your left. You’ll find the start of the path 100 metres on from the start of this road.
0.6 km - The first hairpins are tough to climb, and you quickly gain altitude. More than 130 metres of height gained over 500 metres of distance. Now the slope is much more gentle.
1.2 km - This fairly flat part now ends.
1.7 km - After a long, fairly straight descent, you cross the Ravine à Malheur.
2.9 km - The climb back up the ravine is by an uphill slope with a height gain of 140 metres, then a long gentle slope.
3.2 km – You reach a junction. The trail that goes to the right joins the D41 mountain road.
3.8 km - After this long slight incline of more than 1 km, you begin to descend towards a ravine.
4.0 km - You cross the ravine of Petite Chaloupe, then go up the other side.
4.2 km - One last gentle ascent takes you above Grande Chaloupe.
4.5 km - You start the very steep descent. A drop of 200 metres over a distance of 700 metres.
5.2 km - The slope is more gentle when you arrive at the last straight section of the paved road.
6.0 km - The paved road gives way to a concrete road, and you arrive in front of Grande Chaloupe station. The start of the paved road is less than 100 metres after the station.
6.2 km - Pass the wooden barrier which bars the way to mountain bikes.
6.8 km - The zigzag climb is steep and steady. The views are magnificent over Grande Chaloupe, the ocean, the coastal road and the town of Le Port. The altitude difference is 200 metres over a distance of 700 metres.
6.9 km - The last hairpin passes near the rampart and a splendid open view allows you to admire the landscape.
7.0 km - The climb is more gentle, but there is no more vegetation to shelter you from the heat of the sun.
7.5 km - The gentle climb continues in a long, almost straight line.
8.0 km - The paving of the path ends. Basalt stones have certainly been taken from here for other construction work, and the trail continues to rise.
8.5 km - After a slightly sloping section, you come to the barrier marking the end of the paved path.
9.0 km - Continue this short walk on the concrete road to admire the view over Ravine à Jacques.
9.3 km - The concrete road is bordered by a few attractive houses, then you arrive at the first roads of Saint Bernard. To return to the old leper colony, turn left and then left again at the next junction. 10 metres after this junction, take the trail on the right. It joins a road that you go up to the left. You’ll be at the old leper colony 200 m further on.