Distance: 8,5 km
Duration (average) : 04 p.m.
Level: Medium
Elevation: 295 D +
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Departure: ALBAS
Yellow PR
At the water's edge
Departure from the parking lot of the lake on the D106, direction Cascastel. A geological marvel of the Corbières, not to be missed! From the start, you are invited to read in the folds of the rock of the Serre de Ginouffre and to understand why the source of Pintrou is at its feet. After crossing a small body of water, climb the hill with red earth and dive with delight into the Valley of Paradise to learn that in Albas, deposits of dinosaur eggs were discovered in the 1960s. Then cross the successive layers of a syncline which deepens in the direction of Fontjoncouse and deserves some enlightened explanations. Along the way, look up at the village looming in the background. Here we are ! You cross this small Languedoc village of character. Visit it on the way back. You valiantly attack the climb to the windmill located on the ridge line. Panorama guaranteed.


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  • Vignobles et Découvertes

Your itinerary


IGN map reference (s): IGN 2447 OT


Step 1

Departure from the parking lot of the lake on the D106, direction Cascastel. Cross the D 106, go down, go around the lake and climb the hill by a few steps. Head towards the village using paths and paths. At the entrance to the village, continue straight until the D 40. > Possibility of visiting the village on the right (all the interpretation panels on the square in front of the town hall).

Step 2

Take the D 40 to the left in the direction of Villerouge-Termenès (yellow-green markings for "La Ronde").

Step 3

Go up the narrow track, cross the ridge (ruins of the mill) and go straight down into the valley alongside the stream.

Step 4

Cross the stream on the right (leave the yellow-green route of "La Ronde"), climb the secondary valley and pass north of the Serre d'Azeu by a roller coaster path.

Step 5

Leave the track for the path to the left (east) towards Roucadeu. It crosses the ridge (a short round trip leads to a 360 ° point of view). Continue by the path through the wasteland (ruined sheepfold on the left). It widens and begins the descent.

Step 6

Leave the path for the path on the right, in the scrubland. Go down and come out into the vineyards. Take the D 40 on the right for 50 m and, after the culvert, turn left and cross the Prat stream on the footbridge. Continue to the right in the scrubland along the stream before crossing it again on the concrete bridge.

Step 7

Go left into the gardens. > Possibility of accessing the Fount-Fresco source. Go down the road on the left for 400 m, take the path to the right and find the path to go. Via the D 106, join the car park.

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!

Ortolan Sparrow

Within the Corbières, ortolan sparrow is confined to relatively open scrubland, dotted with isolated trees (perches used for singing) and alternating with cultivated areas. Present from May to August in our latitudes, it sets up its nest on the ground, hidden in the vegetation.

The male is distinguished by an olive-grey head, creamy yellow/white rimmed eyes and light yellow whiskers. This insectivore likes areas that have undergone a fire or a controlled burn to settle. Species of Community interest.


Sebastien the Cathare The 21 July 2021
September 2020. Superb hike, what an original geology: red earth, syncline, etc ... The hike is perfectly signposted and the place is really nice, I made a deviation to climb to the Grand Duke of Albas, another curiosity of the corner.A must do

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