The Joncas
The Joncas

The Joncas

History and heritage
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A peaceful and family hiking starting from the ancient Vabres cathedral up to the site of the Joncas, which intermingles typical colours, pastoral landscape and human heritage

The Vabres area which is a green and fertile region dedicated to market gardening invites you to head off the beaten path and reach the site of the Joncas with its bright colours resulting from an ancient quarrying. Visigoth tombs and views over the Sorgues and Dourdou valleys intersperse this very accessible hiking loop.


From the car park situated on the Town Hall Square, take the rue des Marronniers, then carry on opposite by the  rue de la Murette and follow the rue du Pasquié up to the Balros intersection.

  1. Once at the crossroads, take opposite the stone pathway for 100 m, then turn to your left on the dirt track.
  2. Arriving at the junction with the road, turn right and walk up to the first houses, then follow the path that slopes up across brooms up to the graves. Carry on by the ridge line to reach the viewpoint and enjoy the scenic views over the Sorgues and the Dourdou valleys.
  3. From there, join the Joncas path and notice further down the particular soil colour due to the former quarry when it was still in operation and to a 19th century plaster furnace.
  4. Follow the logging trail that extends the path and walk through the Joncas wetland. Slightly after the ruined house, take right for 20 m, then left on a path that goes along the edge of the wood.
  5. As you enter the woodland, take right the Pesquié trail that runs along the brook of the same name, up to the village.
Departure : the car park situated on the Town Hall Square in Vabres-l'Abbaye
Arrival : the car park situated on the Town Hall Square in Vabres-l'Abbaye
Towns crossed : Vabres-l'Abbaye

Altimetric profile


Box tree moths are active from May to October. During the caterpillar phase, they feed on the leaves of box trees. They crawl down trees and move on long silken threads, although these threads are annoying when hiking they do not pose any health risk

Information desks

Avenue de Lauras, 12250 Roquefort/Soulzon


Situated in the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park, the cheese village of Roquefort stretches on the hillside over the famous scree of the Combalou Rock, in southern Larzac. The village is at an elevation of 630 m and has 700 inhabitants.


The Tourist Office is open all year round:

  • In July and August, Monday to Saturday: 9.30 to 18.30, Sunday: 10.00 to 17.00.
  • April, May, June, September, October; Monday to Saturday: 9.30 to 12.15 & 13.00 to 17.30, closed on Sunday.
  • January, February, November, December; Monday to Friday: 9.30 to 12.15 & 13.00 to 17.00, closed on Saturday and Sunday.
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Access and parking

On the D999 road that links Millau to Albi, 4 km after your driving out of Saint-Affrique towards Albi

Parking :

Town Hall Square in Vabres-l'Abbaye


Communauté de communes du St-Affricain

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