Distance: 70 km
Level: Difficult
Elevation: 1670 D +
Departure: TUCHAN
Tuchan, Paziols, Padern, Cucugnan, Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse-Rouffiac-des-Corbieres

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In Tuchan, visit the Château d'Aguilar then discover the Fitou wines at the Mont Tauch cellars and at the Château de Nouvelles. Join Padern by taking the cycle route (D14) which crosses the Verdouble gorges, overlooking its limpid waters. Cross Padern, a charming village built around its castle, then take the direction of Cucugnan. Between Padern and Cucugnan, the Domaine du Grand Arc welcomes you for a tasting of Corbières (follow the signs to the right about 1,5 km after Padern). In Cucugnan, a visit to the Château de Quéribus will take you to the height of the sky by looking up to the Pyrenees and Canigou. Be careful, the climb to the castle requires a good pedal stroke! Back in the village, taste the earthly pleasures of the Terroirs du Vertige. Then go to Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse, a stone village nestled under its fortress, the visit of which will delight lovers of old stones and landscapes alike. Then head towards Rouffiac-des-Corbières from where you will have another splendid point of view of the castle of Peyrepertuse. On the way back, a refreshing break will be welcome at the Moulin de Ribaute (supervised swimming in summer. To reach the lake, turn left at Duilhac. If you are on a mountain bike or hybrid bike, you can reach Padern directly by continuing on the Chemin du Moulin de Ribaute. Otherwise, return to Tuchan, passing through Cucugnan then Padern. Alternative: Possibility for the bravest to branch off at Padern towards Maisons by the D123. Follow the Torgan gorges and dive into the heart of the wild Corbières. in Maisons, follow the sign indicating "Palairac". At the Ferréol pass, take the direction of Palairac and Tuchan by taking the D39. About 2,5 kilometers further, turn right towards Tuchan. (variant: 25 km, difference in level +700 m). These estates, cellars and shops labeled Pays Cathare and Qualité Sud France welcome you by reservation. During tastings (free or for a fee), spittoons are at your disposal to be able to return to salt the safe! Possibility of delivery. TUCHAN Château de Nouvelles 04 68 45 40 03; Les Caves du Mont Tauch 04 68 45 44 73 CUCUGNAN Domaine du Grand Arc 04 68 45 01 03; Les Terroirs du Vertige 04 68 45 41 61 Where to eat, have a drink? TUCHAN Le Relais d'Aguilar (Pays Cathare restaurant) 04 68 45 47 84 CUCUGNAN La Table du Curé, Restaurant Assiette de Pays and Café de Pays (Pays Cathare) 04 68 45 01 46; L'Auberge du Vigneron (Pays Cathare) 04 68 45 03 00 DUILHAC-SOUS-PEYREPERTUSE L'Auberge du Moulin, 04 68 48 95 34; La Batteuse, Restaurant Assiette de Pays (Pays Cathare), 04 68 45 04 96 ROUFFIAC-DES-CORBIERES L'Auberge des 3 Cathares, 04 68 58 40 31

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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