NOTRE DAME DU CARLA

At LAGRASSE

Itineray type : Foot

Theme : Cultural

Season : Summer

Descriptif détaillé :

The hike
Start out on the path marked out in red/white, situated to the left of a wayside cross under a pine tree. Walk uphill, leaving the village below. You’re closing in on the cliff where a lone stone pine stands directly above the cemetery. Remarkable view over the village. Next, the track goes into a wood composed of stone pines, Aleppo pines and cypress trees. Shortly after, the track continues on the north edge, before you reach (1) a rocky depression: the Buttocks of Charlemagne. Walk up this rocky path before reaching a flat section. You’ll walk past a collapsed capitelle and a big cairn. (2) Panoramic view on the Payrol coomb or the ‘combe du Chaudron’, at the bottom of which the Alsou stream meanders. When you reach a track, turn left and continue till you get to the main forest track. (3) Here, you can decide to go back to Lagrasse by following this trail downhill. To continue the hike, turn right and walk along on the Lauza plateau, through a section with replanted trees in the communal forest (cedar and stone pine trees). At the next intersection, go on following the path and ignore, to your right, the track that goes down to the Alsou gorges. (4) At the next junction, take the rightmost track.
You’ll now leave the red/white markers and follow the yellow ones whilst crossing the plateau planted with holm oaks and pine trees. 100 m after the replanted tree section, (5) a cairn to the right indicates the start of a small path which leads into the pine wood. You’ll continue to walk along on the hillside of the ‘Grand Bac’. Ignore the side-road to the left and continue on this path covered by the pines and oaks till you reach a track. (6) A short roundtrip to the right allows you to visit the Notre-Dame du Carla chapel. Don’t forget to go uphill, just above the chapel, to admire the cross before taking the same track back down (lovely views in the hairpin bends) and returning to the hike. At the next junction, go straight ahead and get back to the red/white markers.
(7) Turn right and walk along on a very nice cypress-lined lane. Walk past a covered well before reaching the remains of the Lauza maison forestière. View on the Corbières and the Pyrenees.
(8) Turn left and take the main track lined with cypress, cedar and pine trees. Ignore the secondary tracks and, before the junction, get back on the outward track with a nice view on the Alaric just up ahead. At the sign saying “Forêt communal de Lagrasse” (Lagrasse communal forest), (9) continue on the forest track going down towards the village.
Ignore all the secondary tracks. Once you’ve walked past a capitelle, the road bends to the left. View on the village and the abbey.
Walk alongside a few dry-stone walls and olive trees and get to the tarred road.
Return to the village.

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