After a short, easy hour’s walk, the Courtaou des Esclozes is a beautiful reward. Let yourself be charmed by this exceptional site, a witness to the life of the past and the know-how of the Campanois.
In 2012, a group of heritage and mountain enthusiasts founded the “Pierre des Esclozes” association with the aim of restoring a hut and a courtaou enclosure (a group of high altitude pastoral huts). The ditch that fed the leytés (stone niche through which water from a canal flows, to keep the milk cool) has also been restored with the help of other local associations.
The restoration was carried out using traditional techniques and materials (dry stone walls, slate and local wood). Every year, two workcamps are organised in a festive setting, with the programme including maintenance of the building, cleaning of the gully, etc.
The Courtaou des Esclozes is an example of a successful renovation!
On the site, panels will tell you more about life in the mountain pastures in the past: a place where the Campanois lived for part of the year and the starting point for the production of one of the essential elements of the valley’s economy, butter.