Distance: 38,7 km
Level: Medium
Elevation: 927 D +
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Departure: FABREZAN
This sporty, but not very technical circuit, starting from Fabrezan, will take you around the pine forest between Ferrals and Boutenac via numerous trails. Departure from the cooperative cellar. You will pass next to the Saint Siméon chapel, you will overlook the Cru de Boutenac vineyard. When you reach the highest point at La Vigie (watchtower: 273m), you will have a 360° panorama (view of the sea, the Corbières, the Pyrenees and the Carcassonnais). You will sometimes take the same route as circuit 10 as well as portions of hiking trails. Possible connection with circuit 8. To see: Fabrezan: quay and Pont d'Orbieu, medieval tower. Ferrals: the covered washhouse, the Lauza vineyard. Viewpoints: Ferrals: the Lauza. Boutenac: la Vigie (watchtower), ridge descending towards Boutenac, terminal: side point 265. Before the Saint Siméon chapel: side point 197. Villerouge la Crémade: descent towards the Pinada campsite approximately between side points 199 and 189.

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IGN map reference (s): IGN 2446 East Ferrals les Corbières - blue series, IGN 2446 West Capendu


Step 1

From the cooperative cellar, take the direction of Quai d'Orbieu, leave the village by the D611, route de St Laurent and turn left on the 1st small road just after the bridge. After about 230m, turn left. After the ford on the Nielle river, take a wide path on the left. Continue through vineyards to the small road that leads to Ferrals les C, along the Nielle (not always visible). After the cemetery, continue straight on rue de l'Egalité then cross the D106 and continue opposite by rue des Nobles and avenue des Vignerons. The markup is common with the yellow PR "the Lauza loop". At the fork, turn right into rue de la pinède and exit the village by chemin de La Prade. At the next fork, go up in the direction of Lauza that you leave on the left to go down towards the property of La Pujade. A few meters later turn right and leave the small road to enter the pine forest. (Common route with the mountain bike loop "La pinède") Go up the track. At the first fork, turn left, pass the "Sylobre" hunting hut and turn left. Follow the route to an intersection. Turn left to climb towards the Vigie de Boutenac (round trip, access allows you to enjoy the viewpoint at the top). Leave the “La Pinède” mountain bike loop. Continue the common route with the yellow PR of "the loop of the terroirs", until Boutenac (descent towards the D161 which one takes to the right for approximately 450m then path to the right in front of a ruined sheepfold). Exit the village by avenue des Corbières (D161), direction Gasparets then turn right (chemin de l'Allée) before the last houses towards the Château de Boutenac. About 150m later, leave the access road to the castle and continue below in the rue des Remparts. Do not go down towards the village but turn left on the Chemin du Château. Follow the surrounding wall of the park to the end and continue straight ahead below the road via a grassy path. Cross the Garouille stream and continue uphill on the common route with the yellow PR "les combes par la chapelle", in the pine forest of Boutenac. Arrival in front of the St Siméon chapel. Continue to climb the track for about 300m then take the track on the right (we leave the PR). We are on a small variant of about 700m which joins the route of the yellow PR. Leave it definitively about 1200m further on (Combe Naurus). Continue on the track for around 1900m. We follow the Combe des Roumanis and the Combe du Geys before returning to the route followed on the way out on the “terroirs loop”, the “La pinède” mountain bike circuit and in the common sense. Continue on the main track, downhill to the DFCI water tank, which you go around uphill. (Circuit 8 link: about 100 meters before the tank, a downhill track on the left allows a link with circuit 8 towards Thézan.) Continuation: Descent on the main track (we leave the mountain bike circuit "La Pinède" on the way. right at the level of an intersection of tracks) to the Pinada campsite. Cross the D106 and continue opposite between the vines for 350m. Take the 1st path on the right and descend between vines and pine groves. 1100m after, go up a little towards the vineyards of Trotocas, then go down again towards the intersection with the small road. Turn left and at the next intersection, find the way to go back to Fabrezan. Connection between circuit 9 and 8 Departure: Thézan, route de Narbonne about 190m after the crossroads with rue de la Paix Cumulative elevation: 121m Total distance: 2km342m (one way) Rating Direction of traffic described: Thézan / pinède de Boutenac Take the small road which joins the D613; Cross it carefully and continue opposite the small road which climbs due north between the plots of vines. A wide track follows him. It comes to an intersection of tracks: the DFCI tank is a little further on the left.

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!


Annequin-Amaury The 29 July 2021
Hello, It has been several times now that I partly do this track over my various outings; but having gone anyway by all the routes it offers, I decided to give my opinion on it. I tried once the trail was complete but gave up on the way ... I might try it again when I got more training! Indeed, this track has several difficulties in my eyes: - First of all, a short climb after Ferrals-les-Corbières. - Then, a long climb - with a few moments of respite all the same - which stretches from the Pujade to the Vigie at the top. - Then, a rather long somewhat technical descent with a sometimes chaotic road, your hands will be on fire with the tremors. - Finally, after Boutenac and until the return to the top at La Vigie, a rather long climb with complicated passages, this is where the will will play a role. For the rest of the route, it is mainly downhill or flat or even a slight climb. Thus, this track is for people confirmed in mountain biking; otherwise you can start with track 10 which is easier to start with. Note that the view of the vines and the pine forest is pleasant all along the route, especially towards the summit. Regards.

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