Nine-Hour Rock Via Ferrata
Departing from the city center, the Via Ferrata of Digne les Bains offers several routes and a breathtaking view of the city.
Its southeast exposure guarantees sunshine all year round. In summer, it is recommended to go there in the morning, to enjoy the coolness of the shade.
It is accessible to children from 1m40 and 40 kg.
Access time: approach walk of 45 min to 1 hour
Return: 30 min walk
Starting altitude: 600m
Length of the via: 750 m
Difficulty: Fairly difficult (AD+) to Difficult (D)
Journey time: 45min to 3h30/4h
To get there
From the Tourist Office, take Boulevard Gassendi to the square
General de Gaulle then the Cours des Arès, then go up the stairs (between the Petit Saint Jean residence and the Café du Cours). At the top of the stairs continue via the Montée de l'Oratoire then turn left on Chemin de Pied Cocu, then take the path leading to the start of the route. From this point, count 45 min walk.
From the Bourg campsite, take the Rocher de Neuf Heures path, the
follow to the summit, then descend for about 500m and take the path on the left leading to the start of the route.
To engage in a via ferrata, it is essential to have the specific equipment for this practice, to know perfectly its use and the techniques of climbing progression.
To all and especially to beginners, we recommend the supervision by a professional.
Access to the Digne les Bains via ferrata is free if you have your own equipment.
Equipment rental at the Digne les Bains Tourist Office.
- Respect the direction of the itinerary
- Do not engage in the via ferrata in stormy weather, during snowy periods or at night
- Respect the site and its environment.
COVID 19 special provisions
We are attentive to health developments and compliance with the health rules in force. We are committed to an approach that respects the recommendations made by the various competent authorities. Do not hesitate to contact us to know them.
- Special Info: AD
Labels & accessibility
- Tourism Quality ™
- Haute Provence Geopark
- Haute Provence members
Comfort / services
- Parking nearby
Activities on site
- Climbing sports / Rope sports
- Via ferrata
Free access. Access to the via is free if you have your own equipment.
Rental of complete equipment (harness + Y lanyard with energy absorber + helmet + pulley)
Adult: €17; Child (under 14): €15; Student: 15 €
Group (from 9 people): 15€ per person
Rental of an element (helmet or lanyard or pulley): €5.
- Bank / credit card
- Vacation check
From 15/04 to 15/10, daily from 6 a.m. to 20 p.m.
From 16/10 to 14/04, daily from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m.