THE FOOT OF CHARLEMAGNE
Itineray type : Foot
Theme : Cultural
Descriptif détaillé :
In front of the Maison Forestière, take the asphalt track going uphill. Ignore all the side roads and go on climbing this fairly steep passage. At the next crossroads, just after a cypress hedgerow, pursue straight ahead. Continue uphill above the village of Lagrasse after you’ve left the Bénaourio housing development behind you.
After a sharp turn, leave this track and take a smaller, still steep path to the left, indicated by a cairn, overlooking the village.
At a fork in the road close to a plot of game cover crops surrounded by pine trees, the path to the left gives you the possibility to make a short roundtrip to (1) the Roc de la Cagalière where you have an exceptional panoramic view on the village, the Corbières, the Alaric and the Pyrenees.
Go downhill and take the marked small path which will lead you to a forest track you’ll take going left.
You’ll now walk in the pine wood. Watch out, not far from where you are, to your right, where you can see two cairns, you’ll be able to walk towards the illustrious (2) Foot of Charlemagne, about 50 m away from the path.
Legend has it that a hole in the limestone was made by the hoof of Charlemagne’s horse.
Get back on the track and at the next crossroads, you’ll find (3) the information board for the ‘parcours botanique’ (botanical path) ‘Lo Romanissa’ you might want to discover before continuing your hike.
Turn right after the green water-tank, then continue on the track through the Lagrasse communal forest.
This shady part of the walk is excellent for hiking in summer.
All along this hike, you’ll come across beautiful dry-stone walls which remind us of the pastoral history of this area.
You are now on the forest track of “Col Rouch”. This part of the area is called “Red Earth” because of the colour of its soil caused by the red silt present in it.
This layer of red marl can sometimes include conglomerate outcrops in certain spots.
At the next intersection (4) (information sign indicating forest track “Col Rouch”), leave the track which continues straight on and turn right on a hillside path which will take you back to the village of Lagrasse after about 2 km.
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