Distance: 6,5 km
Duration (average) : 03h
Level: Difficult
Elevation: 420 D +
Departure: TERMS
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At the water's edge
Park in the car park at the entrance (or exit) of the village. Departure materialized by a stone stele, near the large bridge in the village. This Petite Vadrouille takes you back to the seigneurial era, from the tenth to the twelfth century, by telling the story of the longest siege of a feudal castle during the Albigensian crusade (1209-1229). > The numbered cairns refer to the “Les petits vadrouilles” booklets which evoke different themes (material and natural heritage, local stories and legends, etc.). They are available at Pom's multiservice points as well as at Termes and Villerouge-Termenès châteaux.


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  • Vignobles et Découvertes

Your itinerary


IGN map reference (s): IGN 2346 East, IGN 2447 West


Step 1

Join the stone stele near the bridge in the village. The reception of the castle (purchase of tickets for the visit and information) is on the other side. On the village side, go towards the church (open) and go up the alleys (GR® 36). Continue on the path which climbs towards the ridge.

Step 2

The trail splits in two (cairn 1). Fork to the left (GR® 36A) and continue on the ridge. Ruins of a sheepfold (cairn 2) evoke herds. We are on the Serre de Coste-Rase. The forest (cairn 3) begins (and recalls the importance of the wood supply for Montfort's army). Reach the Frau (cairn 4) (505 m; at the bottom, open the deep gorges of more than 400 m which testify to the violence of the geological upheaval caused by the formation of the Pyrenees in the Jurassic era).

Step 3

Go down the path to the Gardie pass.

Step 4

To the right, a return trip along the ridge leads to a viewpoint over the castles of Termes and Durfort, as well as the Montagne Noire and the Minervois to the north (cairn 5). Return to the Gardie pass.

Step 5

Descend westward on the undergrowth path (GR® 36A).

Step 6

Before the hairpin bend, leave the GR® and descend the steep path (be careful!) Towards the river. The path overlooks the valley and the Buade mill (cairn 6).

Step 7

Fording the river (be careful! Possibility of crossing on a footbridge located a few meters downstream). On the opposite bank, go see the waterfall 100 m upstream (on the left), come back then climb towards the D 40. Take the road to the left for a few meters. Before the tunnel, take the path on the right (view of the cruciform window of the castle chapel) (cairn 7).

Step 8

Go up the path on the left. It leads to the foot of the castle walls (cairn 8) (possibility of visiting the castle, with an entrance ticket). Return to the heart of the village.

Be careful, the fire risk is often high, especially in summer, and can lead to flower bed closures. Find out before you go consulting the fire risk map for outdoor activities.
Fires strictly prohibited. Do not smoke and never throw cigarette butts in nature. Fires are numerous and catastrophic in our region. In the event of a fire or accident: give alert 18 or 112 from a cell phone.
Protect yourself from the sun and take enough water with you.
Avoid picking flowers and plants. Take all your trash. Close fences and keep dogs on a leash in pasture areas, villages and protected areas.

Mountain bike routes: the routes are often shared with hikers or other users (cars, tractors, etc.). Be careful and always anticipate that a pedestrian may be present around a bend to have time to brake if necessary. Pedestrians have priority in principle, slow down at crossings or stop if the configuration of the terrain requires you to do so.
Thank you and happy hiking!


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