Itineray type : Foot

Theme : Cultural

Season : Autumn

Descriptif détaillé :

Walk between the stele and the upright rock, ignore the start of the ‘Sentier Francis Lastenouse’ (on your left), walk across the wooden footbridge and start climbing alongside the Caunes ravine amidst the red soil, the garrigue, the box and pine trees.
350 metres further up, turn right (1) on a path going across the ravine (the former connexion with Ribaute) and uphill next to a stream.
This will lead you to a track, in front of a vineyard.
Turn (2) right.
When you start going down again, the path makes a serious turn to the left. Get off the path and head towards the well-named (3) Sarrat de la Bade (‘badar’, in Occitan, means to watch open-mouthed). Indeed, a roundtrip of 500 m leads you to a magnificent view over the village of Tournissan, and more to the left the village of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse, the wine-growing plain, the Saint-Roch chapel, the Corbières massif, the Pyrenees mountain range with the Canigou, Madres and the ridges in the Ariège. The path goes down over screes and landscaped stairs on the hillside of the Sarrat. At the bottom, it crosses (4) a series of eroded rocks, sculpted on the red soil. (! Heed the markers.)
You’ll also see several dry-stone walls, and heaps of stones removed from the fields, reminders of a highly active pastoral past.
Continue in the direction of the ‘Roche Trouée’ the path will go round. Before you start crossing a pine tree copse, you’ll walk along at the foot of this odd rock, whose basis contains a cavity penetrating into the rock.
Next, go downhill towards the plain.
The path then goes on just below a plot of fruit trees (5) and continues on the slope in the garrigue above the vineyards.
Go down towards the Caunes ravine, cross it and return to the stele and the car park.

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