Self-guided Oratories hike


These small, stone monuments, like miniature chapels, were built by our ancestors to implore Divine protection, or in fulfilment of a vow.

Placed strategically here and there along our local roads and paths, these miniature chapels were built for any number of reasons; to give thanks to God, in devotion to the Virgin Mary or to honour another saint who might have particular significance to the builder. Marking a crossroads, a pass or a perilous passage along a mountain path, these miniature chapels are an integral part of our landscape and heritage and a quiet invitation to peaceful reflection.

The Oratories hike lies between Chavalet and Barme; the walk will take you through the village high street, passing by various oratories, chapels, crosses and, of course, the Saint Théodule catholic church with its iconic bell tower.


  • Duration 3h11min
  • Distance 12.74 km



Free access.

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