Enjoy a touch of southern atmosphere between Larzac and Lévézou
This rural stroll offers you an alternative way of exploring Saint-Rome-de-Cernon by walking along dirt and stone tracks. Head your way to the esplanade of the old graveyard and enjoy the perfect panoramic viewpoint over the village. Contemplate the artistic heritage, throughout Greschny’s frescoes in the church, but also the rural heritage such as a lavogne which testifies to the agro-pastoral roots of the village.
Village of Saint-Rome de Cernon
The municipality of Saint-Rome de Cernon originates from the amalgamation of the former municipality of Montclarat with that of Saint-Rome de Cernon, a process which was carried out in 1840. Ever since prehistoric times, humans have inhabited the Saints-Rome area as evidenced by the Sargels caves and the dolmens situated in the bois de Laumière. Human settlement continued during the Roman and Medieval periods as evidenced by the many remains: the Saint-Rome, Mélac, Montclarat and Laumière castles. Today's village expanded in the late 18th century, during the construction of the road from Albi to the Cévennes, and during the construction of the railway in the 19th century. As a result, the village became a place where important fairs and markets were held and has hosted many prospering trading activities.
Starting point and finish of the hike are located at the carpark, which is on the left side when watching the castle. Walk across a small square and right at the first street (rue du château) take left for approximately 40 m. When reaching the fountain, take to the right the D999 for 40 m. Before the petrol station, take right and walk along the church an ascending slope. Keep on going for 100 m up to the D31, follow this road for 50 m, and then take a tarred track for 300 m.
Right at the first tarred hairpin bend to the left, carry straight on the dirt track. The path first goes through a wooded section then leads to a plateau. Take right up to the D31 and walk across the road to the left.
Turn immediately to the right on a tarred track towards Puech Ricard. Carry straight on for 800 m, leaving to your right the road that leads to the Cazals farm. 500 m further, look up at the lavogne (a paved pond to water the flock of sheep). Walk for 200 m and leave to your left a stone cross.
200 m further, fork to the right and take a stone path towards St-Rome-de-Cernon. Keep walking up to a steep path overlooking Saint-Rome and enjoy the panoramic view. Walk to the left side of the castle and the “old graveyard”, then follow to the left a cemented path and you're back to the carpark, the starting point of your hike.
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.
Access and parking
The village is situated on the D992, 15 km from Millau towards Saint-Affrique
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Experience a 6 day family adventure in total freedom!
Day 1: First steps on the Larzac, are you ready to step into the adventure?
Day 2: The Roquefort cheese ripening caves
Day 3: Discover Sainte Eulalie de Cernon in the heart of Larzac
Day 4: Enjoy an evening meal at a peasant market
Day 5: Build your own hut, make a wood fire and set up the night camp!
Day 6: Explore the Tournemire Amphitheatre.
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River hiking is a softer variation of canyoning where obstacles are not mandatory and any difficult area can be bypassed if necessary. This activity is suitable for all ages from 8 years old.
All participants must be able to swim.
All the necessary technical equipment is supplied (neoprene wetsuit, harness, helmet).
Make sure you have closed sports shoes so that your feet are well maintained.
Several sites adapted to river hiking are available in the Aveyron department.