A 540 km network of prepared and marked trails awaits you throughout the Pays de Roquefort et du Saint-Affricain. The numerous trails that crisscross the valleys and frontal Causses, landscapes with red soils and wooded glens, are rich in stunning scenic views and provide an amazing historical heritage.
Whether you are a novice backpacker or an experienced hiker, you will find a pathway that fulfils your expectations.
PREPARE YOUR OUTING
THE WEALTH OF LOCAL PATHS
The great variety of reliefs and the wealth of small roads and paths, which are often single-tracks, make the region suitable for every type of excursions: hiking, horseback riding, cycle touring or mountain biking. The area is also adapted to all levels of practice, from the family stroll with a little difference in altitude to the sportive and technical outing featuring steeper slopes. All the circuits combine an opportunity to be in nature and cultural discovery around the small built heritage set in a patchwork of outstanding landscapes: causses, rougiers, and tree-filled glens.
WHERE TO FIND INFORMATION ON ALL HIKES
You can find and download all relevant information on your GPS, or print all the walking trails on the Rando Grands Causses website. If you would rather use your smartphone, information is available on the Rando Grands Causses mobile application.
All itineraries are marked with yellow paint (or red and white on a few sections of national hiking trails) by voluntary organisations. Furthermore, directional signage is in place and footpaths are maintained on a regular basis. Nevertheless, washouts or fallen trees may occur on the routes, so if you encounter any such problems you can make a report (click on the exclamation mark on the hiking card of the website).
CHOOSE FROM OUR SELECTION
5 circuits have been carefully selected to help you to explore the area
THE LADDER PATH
Stunning scenic views over the Larzac, the Tournemire amphitheatre and the village of Roquefort are the highlights of this hiking circuit that looks back at the pastoral life of yesteryear.
In former times, an employee of the Mas de Roquefort farm would bring a meal to the shepherd who kept their flocks of sheep grazing on the Combalou plateau. To do this, he would take a shortcut by climbing the scree that runs below the cliff edge by means of two ladders. This is where the name given to this path; “the ladder path” originates from. It provides a wealth of discoveries such as the Saut de Balhol fault, the Jasse du Combalou, and the 11th Saint-Pierre chapel set on its rocky spur.
• The Combalou scree
• The Combalou Jasse
• The Saut de Balhol and the Combalou cliffs
• The St-Pierre rock and chapel
This stunning landscape was shaped by the sea that covered the causses more than 200 million years ago and has given rise to a varied flora and fauna that has established itself here.
Starting from Tournemire, this circuit traverses a majestic natural setting composed of an assortment of limestone rocks and grey marls. As you make your way along the path, try to identify the different bird and butterfly species that have taken shelter in this environment – Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-billed Chough, and the Large blue – and the variety of plants that hang onto the cliffs, such as Hormathophylla macrocarpa and more. A pleasant stroll through an ecosystem of biodiversity!
• The Plesiosaur house
• The cliffs of the amphitheatre
• The Fournials fortified farm
• The Grépounac cross and the scenic view over the amphitheatre and far in the distance, the village of Roquefort
RAYSSAC HIKING TRAIL (SHORT VERSION)
Starting from a red sandstone hamlet, this pleasant walk will lead you through woodland and small valleys so that you can explore the wealth of an amazing heritage which has born witness to the manufacturing of sarcophagus during the Middle-Ages.
The village of Rayssac, situated at the edge of the Rougier, welcomes you to enjoy a refreshing and shady circuit in an oak woodland, through thickets of white heather (May is the blossoming season). An entire local heritage awaits you: rock tombs, medieval sarcophagi, and also an aqueduct which provides evidence of irrigation in the Dourdou plain during the 19th century.
• Rock tombs and medieval sarcophagi
• The bridge canal
• The red sandstone hamlet
FROM SAINT-FELIX TO THE LOUBIÈRE
This pleasant getaway towards the Loubière plateau is punctuated by calades (roads paved with cobblestones), a pass, beech groves and farmhouses, all promising stunning scenic views over Saint-Félix and the forested landscape.
Starting from Saint-Félix-de-Sorgues, an ascending section runs through trails and farms and leads you to the foothills of the Loubière plateau, providing some sumptuous vistas over the surrounding forests. Once you’ve reached the highest point, you begin a long downhill walk through box trees and beech trees. A beautiful and refreshing walk!
• The Pont Vieux
• The hamlet of Saint-Caprazy (dwelling house, barn, sheepfold, chapel)
• Buissières (a narrow passage defined by two rows of box trees)
NOTRE DAME DE MASSILLERGUE TRAIL
From the Coupiac medieval castle to the charming small valleys surrounding the village, this trail offers an opportunity to enjoy a short getaway in a haven of freshness, walking with the quiet splashing of a brook.
Under the porch of Coupiac church is the Romanesque tympanum of Notre-Dame de Massillergues. A little way from the village, is the location of a church which no longer exists and where a contemporary chapel now stands. Between the two sites is a pleasant family loop that finds its way through a green forested setting from where you never really lose sight of the castle towers!
• Romanesque tympanum of Notre-Dame de Massillergues
• View over Coupiac castle