Distance: 10,5 km
Duration (average) : 03h
Level: Easy-to-use
Elevation: 271 D +
Departure: BOUTENAC
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From the Château de Boutenac, seat of the Corbières appellation, this route offers a superb panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Coupled with the Lauza loop which starts from Ferrals-les-Corbières, it forms "The Corbières winegrower's path".


Points of interest

Your itinerary


IGN map reference (s): IGN 2446 East


Step 1

Leave the wash house, climb towards the ramparts of the castle and turn right, take the ford, head towards the church, the basin and its Statue of Liberty, then in the rue du Center (many winegrowers' houses where the sandstone de Boutenac dresses the facades), rue de la Révolution de 1789 (admire the 161th century tower-keep on the way), rue de la Forge then continue left towards the Old Chemin de Ferrals and climb towards the massif of the pine forest. After the ruined sheepfold with a sloping roof (protection against the prevailing wind), visible on the left, arrival on the DXNUMX.

Step 2

Take it on the left for 1 km to Laval (marker B of the Corbières winegrower's path).

Step 3

Turn left in the alley of plane trees and 250 m after the house, turn left on the track which rises in a landscape of scrubland. A few stops to admire the views: to the west the Alaric, closer to the Lauza plateau and its sheepfold and in the distance, Conilhac, a village nestled in the hollow of the Lézignan pine forest. Just below the path, the valley occupied by the hillside vineyard and surrounded by the pine forest. To the north west, in the distance, the Montagne Noire and the Minervois dominate the landscape. The ground becomes sandstone and the vegetation adapts: cistus of Montpellier, arborescent heather, cypress and pines in increasingly tight plantations.

Step 4

At the intersection, take the uphill track to the left: we find the mountain bike markings for a few meters. About 150 m later, access to La Vigie: Round trip 250 m on the track on the right uphill: fire watch tower. Beautiful panorama and varied views: to the east, the Fontfroide massif, the villages of Saint André de Roquelongue and Montséret, to the south, Saint Victor, the village of Thézan, Mont Tauch in the distance, to the southwest , the Corbières massif and the village of Saint Laurent de la Cabrerisse, to the west the Alaric and to the north the Montagne Noire. When returning from the access to La Vigie, continue the route of the loop on the track to the left for 150 m.

Step 5

Then turn left on the ridge path. On your left, viewpoint over Alaric, the plain and the pine forest of Lézignan on your right Saint André, Montséret, Saint Victor. The ground has become limestone and the low vegetation of the scrubland is resuming its rights. Suddenly facing you, facing north, the view opens onto the Lézignan landscape and behind, the Minervois plain, the Serre d'Oupia, the Montagne Noire and the Fontfroide massif, the villages of the Narbonne plain. The ridge path runs along the limestone rock bars and the ravine on the right. We leave the ridge to enter a massif of pines with a few blocks of sandstone rocks and we begin the descent. Notice in a bend a chestnut tree and a dry stone low wall. Go past the remains of a stone quarry.

Step 6

Take the D 161 to the right in the direction of Boutenac and as on the outward journey, 500 m further, leave the D161 (marker C of the Corbières vineyard trail) to fork to the right, towards Boutenac.

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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