Itineray type : Foot
Theme : Cultural
Season : Summer
Descriptif détaillé :
Walk along the dressing room building and take the road towards the cemetery, in which the remains of the Romanesque chapel of Saint-Vincent (12th and 13th century) can be found. Oral tradition has it that this site is the original location of the primitive village of Castelnau. Walk along the walls of the cemetery and the chapel. At the fork in the road, leave the MTB markers and (1) turn right towards the Bosquet (the copse). The path goes on amongst the vineyards. After walking past a small vineyard on your left-hand side, (2) turn left on the next path and walk uphill towards the wood.
Leave this path after a couple of meters and enter the pine wood where a series of narrow and broader paths (! markers) awaits you.
Enjoy the charm of the pine wood. You’ll overlook the vineyard and in the background the village, situated on the hill. Up in the distance, a view on the horizon is blocked by the Montagne Noire. You’ll walk past a motorcycle racing circuit (below). All of this is situated on your left-hand side. You’ll walk underneath a power line (3 electric cables) and immediately after that, you’ll start going down the slope on your left. Once you have arrived at the bottom of the slope, do not take the broader path, but walk alongside it on a path that begins just before a small and low dry-stone wall. The path goes slightly uphill over the vineyards (! markers).
You’ll cross an area with Mediterranean cypress trees. Take a broader, partially tarred path to the left. Walk down this path and, after having walked past the last cypress trees and a small vineyard on your left, (3) turn right on a grassy path that leads to a track you’ll take turning left only to turn right again after a couple of metres on a piece of road part concrete, going up, on the Teulières hill. Magnificent area with holm oaks and pine trees. Before the path starts going down, turn left on a small path (! markers) winding along in the garrigue. You’ll come to a spot offering a clear view on the plain. Some white oak trees are here as well. The path broadens in this area where plots of fallow land and garrigue overlook the plain. Wonderful view on the village. Follow the markers till you find yourself at the foot of two vineyards, one on each side of the path, and continue the trail going down towards the road you can already distinguish in the distance. Before you get to the road, take a path to your left going up into the garrigue, leading to a track you’ll take on your right. Follow this track till you get to the D127 which you’ll take to the left towards the village. On entering the village, just after the stream and the small bridge, (4) turn right and walk up in the direction of the ancient part of the village. Walk alongside it but don’t go there, instead taking a path overlooking the plain. A few metres further up, turn left on a path going uphill along a hedge made of cypress trees. Continue towards the pine trees. Walk past those, take the path to the right, on a hillock between the plain to your right and the village to your left. Up ahead, the Gaudière power station catches the eye. Walk downhill along the housing development towards the D527, then turn left (5) and take the avenue du Paradis to return to the village. Take the rue du Commerce and enter the ancient part of the village, which was once fortified: you can still imagine the surrounding wall by observing the village’s lay-out. Cross the place de la Liberté, then walk through a covered passage and turn left in the rue Haute where an alleged former inn belonging to the famous road to Santiago de Compostela displays its legendary scallop on the lintel of one of its windows. Next, take the rue du Vieux Château going up.
You will come to a tarred part of the road. On your right, a short round trip (yellow cross) can be taken towards the bell-tower (panorama). At the top of the Pech, only the foundations of the ancient castle are left as well as the medieval cistern (partially collapsed vault).
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