Itineray type : Foot
Theme : Cultural
The many explanatory signs alongside the path, informing you of the local geological history. Other information boards can be found in front of Albas town hall.
Descriptif détaillé :
Starting off from the car park, cross the D106 and go down towards the lake. Walk around it and go uphill (1) using the stairs. Go down several paths and tracks on the red soil, head towards the village, covering parts of the “Around the Bouichas/Autour du Bouichas” hiking path (yellow markers) as well as the “Ronde au Coeur des Corbières” (“Around the heart of the Corbières”) path (yellow/green markers).
On entering the village, turn right and cross the ‘place des Chasseurs’. Here, you leave the two paths previously mentioned (‘Bouichas’ + ‘Ronde’) and follow the “Geologist’s Hike”’s proper markers.
Take the rue de la Fontaine until you reach the old washtub, then turn right, place de la Mairie.
Here, you’ll find the information boards with reference to the geological history.
Leave the village by taking the D40 in the direction of Villerouge-Termenès. You’ll now follow the yellow/green markers proper to the ‘Ronde’.
Take the track to your right (2) and walk uphill until you reach the mill. Leave the mill on your right, then go down straight ahead. You’ll soon be walking alongside the stream.
Leave the yellow/green markers of the ‘Ronde’, cross the stream on the right and (3) walk uphill behind the Serre d’Azeu (a steep climb!).
The slope will slowly become less steep. Leave the track and take a path on the left in the direction of (4) Roucadeu: nice view of Mont Saint Victor and the surrounding Corbières. The path leads to a plot of fallow land (the remains of an old sheepfold to your left) and to a back track. The track broadens then starts going down. Leave the track (5) and take a path on your right, through the garrigue and along another plot of fallow land. Follow the path descending through the garrigue.
The path passes through a number of vineyards then eventually ends when you reach the D40 once again. Turn to the right, follow the D40 for a couple of meters. Immediately after having crossed a culvert, take the path to your left and cross the Prat stream (footbridge). Continue down the path through the garrigue. You’ll walk alongside the stream then cross it again (concrete footbridge) and continue amidst the gardens in the residential area (6). If you wish to, you may opt for a short round trip to take a look at the Foun Fresco spring.
Turn to the left and continue on down the road for about 400 m then, to your right, follow a track which will soon intersect the outward track.
N° d'urgence depuis un portable : 112
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