Distance: 14,6 km
Duration (average) : 04h
Level: Medium
Elevation: 741 D +
Departure: PADERN
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Padern, dominated by the ruins of its castle locking the Verdouble and Torgan valleys. Follow the Cathare Trail (GR® 367) which leads to the Château de Quéribus which stands at the top of a rocky peak (728 m; eagle's nest blocking the passage from Fenouillèdes to Corbières; from the summit, the view opens up to 'in the Pyrenees and Canigou; the last bastion of the Cathar resistance, Quéribus became a royal frontier fortress for France from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth century). Go back down to Cucugnan, posted on a rocky hillock at the bottom of the valley, at the top of which stands the Omer windmill (a former castrum which protected the hunted Cathar heretics; homeland of the famous priest immortalized by Achille Mir, taken over by Daudet. Continue to 'in Duilhac.


Your itinerary


IGN map reference (s): IGN 2447 West Tuchan


Step 1

Take the lane climbing above the church. Climb the stairs to reach the Saint-Roch chapel. From there, climb up a steep path towards the castle of Padern. Pass in front of the castle (no access), then go down opposite on the other side by a wide lane. At the bottom, go up to the left on a track. Ignore the paths on the left then go up to the left on the edge of the Bergerie du Crès.

Step 2

Extend the track by a path climbing to the ruins of the former priory of Molhet (348 m). Go up a hill (panorama), then continue to the right on a track. At the rock of Mouillet (489 m), grassy flat area, turn left (HT pylon). Reach the Bois de l'Abeilla pass (view of the Verdouble valley, Cucugnan, Peyrepertuse) and descend on the other side.

Step 3

Turn right onto a track, then turn right again 70 m further on, on a track. At the next crossroads, go up to the left towards the Château de Quéribus, following the ridge line. Lead to the parking lot of the Château de Quéribus (602 m). (Possibility of going up to Quéribus by the path on the left (400 m - 10 min)).

Step 4

Go to the end of the car park to follow a small stony path down the slope towards Cucugnan. The descent is very steep on the rocky escarpments (!) Follow the markings carefully). Take a track on the right, pass a path on the left and one on the right, then continue on a small road to the left. Cross the D 14 and go up to Cucugnan.

Step 5

Cross the village, then go down near the tourist office. Follow a path to the right between the cooperative cellar and the D 14. Walk straight through the vines and reach the Col du Triby; Ignore the path on the left which joins the D 14. Turn right, ignore a path on the right and walk through the pine forest.

Step 6

Take the downhill track on the right. Further on, cross a small road to follow another road opposite for 240 m.

Step 7

Taking a left, climb over rocky outcrops. Climb to the left to reach the entrance to Duilhac (336 m).

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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