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Walking

 

The Sentier Cathare and GR7, two of the best known long distance walks in France pass our door. The Route Du Pays De Sault (West) is just a few kilometres away. Details of these famous routes can be found by visiting the official site of the small town of Quillan so are not repeated here. They represent just a small fraction of the outstanding walking available in this area.

 

Our families favourite walks are probably the labyrinth at Nebias and Rocher De Scaramus.

 

The labyrinth is a naturally formed meandering path well signed through rocks and trees which provides endless interest for children and makes a lovely half day outing, either after a long journey to the Region, or in the middle of the Puivert-Nebias-Puivert round trip. The degree of difficulty is easy but fun.

 

Two trips to Rocher De Scaramus (1868m) stick in my mind. On one, with friends also with small children we drove up forest paths to about 1550 metres and stopped by a small water outlet before lighting a fire and eating very well. Afterwards full of wine and good humour we set off for the summit in warm spring sunshine, some went all the way, some just as far as they wanted but one of those on the top was little Thea just three years old. The views are sensational from the top with Pic Fourcat and the whole range of the Montagne De Tabe in the North East and Andorra and the high Pyrenee in the south.

 

Another day Ann and I with two friends traced the same path. It was May but snow covered the ground at that height and as we stopped for lunch in the lee of a rock cliff it began to fall afresh quite heavily. Whilst we sat there, quietly admiring the landscape, 2 chamois skipped happily along the ridge and neither saw nor heard us until 150 feet way. They stopped, studied us closely and wandered on their way totally at ease. My closest experience with these lovely gentle animals. After lunch, as we climbed, the sun broke through and quickly warmed everything up. Degree of difficulty, moderate depending on the weather.

 

Our regular walking customers have tried a variety of routes. I'm guessing that the core members would have Pech Du Bugarach (1230m) on their list of favourite tops. All things to all men, Bugarach provides a variety of walks on different terrain with a refreshment station at the finish. Refreshment is important here because walks rarely take in a refreshment station and in summer most water courses will be dry. Ask our advice please. From the top of Bugarach a long line of the Pyrenees is visible starting from Canigou down on the Mediterranean and extending well beyond Andorra. Bugarach has walks moderate to hard depending on choice of routes.

 

Au Petit Verger welcomes groups of ramblers for whom guiding and support is available, and also passing walkers following the Sentier Cathare and in each case we look forward to being of assistance

 

Randonnées

 

Les balades en famille sont bien illustré dans les guides touristiques chez nous, chemins des enfants, les grottes et toujours le preferé de tout le mode, c'est le Labyrinthe de Nebias.

 

Le Labyrinthe est un chemin creé naturellement par les rochers qui travers le forêt à droite et à gauche. Si vous suivrz les 'mains verts' peindre sur les rochers vous pouvez sortir d'un côté à l'autre. C'est un balade très amusant et éducatif pour enfants de touts âges.

 

Pour les randonners qui veulent gagner les hauteurs le Rocher De Scaramus (1868m) vous donne l'opportunite d'apprecier le paysage en tout beauté.

 

Vous pouvez aller en voiture jusqu'a environ de 1550m et pique-nique sur le flanc si vous desirez. Le panorama est magnifique; à voir le Pic de Fourcat et le Montagne de Tabe à nord-est au sud le Pays d'Andorra et les hauts Pyrénées.

 

Par printemps, il y reste souvent de la neige sur le summit.

 

Nous avons eu la chance de voir quelques chamois de trèe près pendant le mois de mai.

 

Les circuits autour de cette region sont classés selon leur niveaux de difficulté par le Pays d'Accueil Touristique du Quercorb.

 

Suivez les traces des troubadours et jongleurs sur le Sentier Des Troubadours (1.5km aller)

 

Decouvre l'histoire de la deuxieme Guerre Mondiale en grimpant jusqu'au la cabine  enfoncee dans la foret qui abrita le P.C. du Maquis de Picaussel. Elle a ete restauree et sert de point d'information.Des panneaux vous informant sur la flore et la faune et evoquent l'histoire des resistants de Picaussel (5.5km)

 

Grimp la Pech Du Bugarach où la terrain est rocheuse (1230m) et vous êtes recompensé par las vue, notablement le montagne de Canigou appellee Le Sacré Montagne De Catalonia. Chaque annee, le week-end precedant la Saint-Jean, des centaines de personnes venant de Catalogne ou d'ailleurs montent au sommet, avec un de branchages pour allumer un immense braiser et celebrer le retour de l'ete.

 

Dureee:6-8 heures, sentiers faciles et bien balises, mais la montee s'acheve par une escalabe.