Distance: 20,6 km
Duration (average) : 06h
Level: Medium
Elevation: 408 D +
Yellow and green PR
Departure next to the municipal center of Embres and Castelmaure.


Ranking & labels

  • Vignobles et Découvertes

Your itinerary


IGN map reference (s): IGN 2547 OT


Step 1

From the foyer (sign for the “Ronde au coeur des Corbières”), take the Route des Cannelles in front of the cooperative cellar, for 1 km 500. (Possibility of going back and forth to the right at the source of Les Cannelles).

Step 2

Turn left, cross the ford of the Grave stream and continue on the tarmac path towards Castelmaure. (Possibility of making a small loop marked in yellow around the chapel of St Félix and the hill of Castelmaure). After the hamlet, continue the road.

Step 3

At the first intersection, turn left then about 50m after, turn right. Go about 600m until the next intersection (possibility of joining the village of Saint Jean de Barrou, on the left (return trip about 2kms)).

Step 4

Go right then straight ahead.

Step 5

After a small hut, the path turns right. It is for a moment bordered by low walls. Take the road to the right. Pass in front of the Notre Dame de l'Olive chapel. We walk past vineyards and wasteland. Cross the stream of Saint François. Turn right onto the D27.

Step 6

About 150 m after turn left on the tarmac path and about 550m further on, turn right onto the road. On the left, view of the renovated mill. Arrival in Fraïsse. Turn right on rue du Quartier Neuf. On the D205, opposite the street, sign "Ronde au cœur des Corbières".

Step 7

Cross the Place de la Fontaine on the right and turn left into the rue des Jardins. Go past the subdivision, exit the village.

Step 8

At the fork go down to the left. Ignore the paths to the left and to the right, continue the main road which climbs along low stone walls and vines. A dirt road follows the road. Continue straight ahead (view to the left on the Tauch and to the right on the Villesèque wind turbines.

Step 9

Going downhill, take the path that rises a little to the left until you reach a plateau. The landscape sinks into the garrigue (rosemary) (View of the village on the left). Go down the hill by a path (cypress on the right) which leads to a wider path. Take a right downhill. Go along a vineyard, you come to a tarmac path. Take it to the right.

Step 10

Cross straight through the middle of a vineyard. At about 200m at the crossroads of 4 paths, leave the cabanot on the right and turn left between the vines (markings) on a path which crosses a stream fording. Continue on a good path. Go around the hill of Calla on its left along the D27. Turn right on the small tarmac road, cemented or path, go around the hill on the left, between vineyards and wasteland (! Markup).

Step 11

At the intersection, turn left along a vineyard, the dirt road (! Markings). At the 2nd intersection, turn left along a vineyard, the dirt road. Climb towards the pylons. Intersection: turn left towards the concrete pylon. At the pylon, turn right and a few meters later, turn right at the intersection, still on the edge of the vineyard. We advance towards a rocky hill. New intersection: turn right towards the highest hill. You go around a vineyard and you come to the little Fraïsse road in Mandourelle.

Step 12

Take the road to the left, pass the property, cross a bridge and turn right immediately. We are on the Cathare Trail (yellow / blue).

Step 13

At the end of the path, take the path to the left along a wasteland then climb towards the cliff. The path winds through scrubland and rockery, uphill to the plateau of the wind turbines. Take the path to a path.

Step 14

Turn left. We pass in front of a ruined sheepfold and a large diameter well (! Beware of danger). Then take another path on the right (! Pay attention to the markings). (Other wells are visible further on, on either side of the path).

Step 15

Arrival at the motorable track. Leave the Cathar path which turns right and turn left (orange equestrian route). At the junction with the PR, leave the track and follow the yellow markings to the left. Go down towards the Borde des Chèvres then the D50 and Villesèque.

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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