Itineray type : Foot

Labels : Vignobles et Découvertes

Descriptif détaillé :

Take the rue de la Poste, then the tarred chemin de la Fontaine uphill for about 1 km.
This itinerary is the same as the Sentier Cathare (Cathar Trail).
At the fork in the road, take a smaller, parallel road on the left and follow this uphill for about 200 m. You’ll arrive at a grassy glade.
Follow the path uphill to the left for a couple of metres.
Leave the path once you’ve arrived at two pine trees (1) and take a path to your right (! pay attention to the markers) which goes uphill on the slopes of the Sauveille. You’ll have a nice view on the Corbières and the village nearby (to the north) as well as on the Mont Tauch and its windmills (to the west). After a small col, the path goes somewhat downhill then levels again and becomes rocky, just underneath the ridge on the right-hand slope. Box trees, holm oaks and Phoenicean juniper trees will offer you some protection against the Tramontane wind on the days this is dominant.
The path winds onward, not knowing whether to go up- or downhill (! heed the markers) and before the last ridge it goes downhill (2) on the slope of the hill, in a rocky landscape. You’ll walk on what used to be a terraced landscape which indicates the former presence of sheep on the plots of cultivated land, now lying fallow. Walk down the slope. You now have two options:
- A short roundtrip to the Canelles spring (20 minutes):
Take the path on your left and follow it downhill till you reach the small road. You could take a break in the specially developed picnic area and enjoy the coolness of the Canelles spring water (3).
- Continue the hike:
Take the path to the right and go down towards the Grave stream.
Ford it but do NOT continue on the path ahead of you. Take the small path which follows the stream on the right bank (4) after crossing some stone steps and walking around the sheep farm. A few metres further on, cross the stream and follow it on the left bank on a small path at the foot of the Sauveille. There are some shady sections during this part of the hike which make it very pleasant. You’ll reach a vineyard on the edge of which you’ll continue, on the bank of the stream. Once you’ve reached the end of the vineyard plots, the path crosses an area with pine-trees. You’ll leave the path and go uphill (5) on some steps to the right on the slope of the hill (! watch the markers; steep climb). You’ll reach a vineyard which you’ll walk around at the lower end, on one side and a half of it before taking a path on the left which will take you to the glade again. You’ll then return on the outward track and follow the small road which will take you downhill till you reach the village.
Additional information
Saint-Martin des Canelles: the Canelles site appears to be characterized by some intense past archaeological activity. At the end of a very narrow gorge, topped by some jagged rocks (one of which is called the Roc Traucat), a subterranean stream wells up. It must have been the subject of some serious worshipping to the guardian God of water, seeing as this is a pretty dry region! At the foot of the cliff, entirely made of solidified tufa, the remains of an ancient construction can be seen. According to H. Grizaud, these may be the vestiges of a sanctuary dedicated to Roman nymphs, consisting of fountains and a basin for the catchment of water from the spring, on which a pre-Romanesque chapel will be built in the Carolingian era. (From Abbé J. Giry: ‘Les Corbières’).

N° d'urgence depuis un portable : 112

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