Itineray type : Foot
Descriptif détaillé :
Leaving the car park, turn right towards the village. Turn left in the rue de l’Ancienne Poste, follow the bank of the Berre stream, cross the bridge over the Berre and continue straight ahead, following the chemin du Rec de la Coume (1).
At the first fork in the road, take the path on the left. This path fords the Coume stream (cemented passage). Climb the steep path and at the intersection (about 125 m after the ford), follow the path going uphill to the left. During the climb, looking down to the left towards the south, you can see the village of Cascastel, surrounded by little hilltops. The path follows the ravine of the Rec de la Coume and crosses an area of low garrigue vegetation and hillside vineyards at first. It is lined with almond trees and some mimosas. Getting closer to the top of the ravine, the vegetation becomes more arboreous, with holm oaks and some broad-leaved trees here and there. Continuing uphill, another panoramic view on Cascastel shows more surrounding hilltops. The planted pine wood trees replace the holm oaks. Some dry-stone walls, vestiges of terraced plots, remind us of the former human presence here. Another view, on the village of Villeneuve-des-Corbières this time, recognizable thanks to the monument which serves as a shelter for the Virgin of Sainte-Raphine de la Récaoufa on the hilltop. Spanish broom is everywhere, and box trees as well as some cypress trees round off the varied range of species present here. The path turns to the left and starts to descend: a row of mimosas on the left hand side seems to form some kind of guard of honour to celebrate the hiker. To the north, a view on the hillside vineyards below the Serre de Ginoufre indicates the nearby presence of the Albas syncline. At the next crossroads, while at first one’s eyes are drawn towards the sheepfold a little further northward to the right, we continue our path to the left, on the same track the mountain bikers take until the next fork in the road and the hiker continues to the left (2).
A good part of the itinerary is also lined with mimosas. After an artificial ford across the stream in the ravine of the Rivière, you once again walk on the same path as the mountain bikers. Go downhill along the stream till you reach the D106. Turn right on the road for a couple of meters, then go down towards the Berre, which you’ll cross at a ford (3). Walk past the watermill (“al mouly naou”, renovated mill) then go up towards the Croix d’Albas (a wayside cross) and a lovely almond tree. Panoramic view on the village and the Virgin of Récaoufa.
All that remains to be done now is go downhill, gently, surrounded by the vineyards, until you reach the car park.
(!) If you take this hike after a rainy period, it will be impossible to ford the Berre at the end of the walk. In this case, you should follow the D106 to your left and head back towards the village.
N° d'urgence depuis un portable : 112
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