THE REGION’S LOOP
Itineray type : Foot
Descriptif détaillé :
Take the rue de la Fontaine, head towards the church, the fountain and its statue of liberty, then take the rue du Centre (several wine-grower’s houses with façades made of Boutenac sandstone), the rue de la Révolution de 1789 (admire the beauty of the 12th century donjon on your way), the rue de la Forge, then turn left towards the Ancien Chemin de Ferrals and start climbing the pine wood massif.
After the remains of the sheep barn with the pitched roof (serving as protection against the prevailing wind) you’ll notice on your left, you’ll reach the D161. Turn left and follow the D161 for about 1 km until you reach Laval (landmark “B” on the ‘Sentier vigneron des Corbières’, ‘Corbières wine-grower’s path’). Turn left (1) and follow the plane-tree lined driveway, then 250 m beyond the house, turn left again to follow the path going uphill (2) in a garrigue landscape. Make a few stops to admire the view here and there: in the distance to the west, you’ll see the Alaric mountain and just in front of it, to its right, the Lauza plateau with its sheepfold. Right behind that, the village of Conilhac, nestled in the hollow part to the left of the Lézignan pine wood.
Just below the path, there is a small valley with hillside vineyards surrounded by the pine wood. To the north-west, up in the distance, you can distinguish the Montagne Noire and the Minervois region. From here on, there is a sandstone soil and the vegetation changes likewise: Montpellier cistus, arborescent heather, cypress and pine trees, growing closer and closer together. At the crossroads, take the path to the left: you’ll find the markers for the mountain-bike trail for a couple of meters.
100 m further, at the next crossroads, a short round trip on the uphill path to your right, enables (3) you to go to the watchtower:
You can make a short round trip to the observation tower used to keep watch for forest fires. A beautiful and varied panoramic view is on display here. 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 south-west: the Corbières massif and the village of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse. To the west: mount Alaric. And finally to the north: the Montagne Noire.
If not, to continue the loop trail, continue the track to the left then 150 m further on, turn left (4) on the ridge path. To your left: panoramic view on the Alaric, the plain and the massif of the Lézignan pine wood. To your right: Saint-André, Montséret, Saint-Victor.
A limestone soil is present here and the low vegetation, so typical of the garrigue, takes over once again. All of a sudden, right in front of you, the view extends to the Lézignan landscape and, in the background, the Minervois plain, the Serre d’Oupia, the Montagne Noire, the Fontfroide massif and the villages of the Narbonne plain. The ridge path continues, a rocky limestone wall to its left, the ravine to its right.
We then leave the ridge and enter a pine wood massif dotted with some sandstone blocks. Now it’s time to start the descent.
In a bend, a chestnut tree and a dry-sandstone wall can be seen.
Before reaching the D161 again, you’ll notice the vestiges of a stone quarry. Turn right and take the D161 back to Boutenac.
500 m further up the road, leave the D161 (landmark “C” on the ‘Sentier vigneron des Corbières’).
Turn right and continue towards Boutenac.
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