Labastide hiking path
A very fine view over the Tarn valley with the Eco-friendly town of Trébas and the Ambialet tourist site
- This hike starts from the intersection in the village where you take the D555 towards Plaisance for 300 m up to the Lesparro road. Take the left hand dirt road and when you reach the top of a little slope at a crossroads you will see a stone cross, where you take the track to your right. This path goes down to where it joins up again with the D555. Follow the road on your left towards St Sernin for approximately 400m.
- After the fork with a sign-post indicating the road to Bousquet, take the dirt track to your right that winds its way down a steep slope to the river. As you approach the bank of the river Rance, turn to your right along a track overlooking the river, and walk past the remains of an ancient shelter built in a rock excavation. The path then joins up with the riverbank and stays parallel for about 1 km.
- When the La Bastide houses come into view, take the right hand path that leads into the hamlet, walk through the hamlet and follow the road uphill for 150 m. Be careful not to miss the small path on your left that joins up with the road to Vernière. Follow that road up to the Vernière farm.4
- Walk around the farm to the right and after about 50 m leave the tarmac road and follow a dirt road on your right for approximately 80 m, then turn left. This path will rise gently leading you to a nearby statue of the Virgin Mary. Enjoy a superb view over the confluence of the Rance and the Tarn rivers and over the Tarn valley. To return to Solages, walk along the road up to the village.
Access and parking
Labastide-Solages is situated 50 km west from Saint-Affrique and can be reached by the D 999, D 33 and D 555
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Where to eat ?
I am Anne-Lyse Chanut, Chef of the restaurant Les Magnolias where I would be delighted to welcome you and share with you my love for cooking and good products.
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Wath to do
Plaisance Intermunicipal Swimming pool
Come out to the swimming pool in Plaisance to spend a relaxing afternoon and enjoy a bit of freshness during the hot and sunny summer days.
Here, your children will play peacefully under your supervision and the watchful eye of a lifeguard.
The youngest ones will enjoy the paddling area with toys at their disposal.
At teatime, let yourself be tempted by a frozen delicacy or a drink that you can savour on our terrace.
Just a few metres away, you will appreciate a wooded area where you can have a picnic and stroll along the river or throughout the village.
A lifeguard offers swimming lessons and aqua-gym classes.
A free car park is available close by the Moulin de l'Horte campsite.
What to see
St Martin Romanesque church (located in the village of Plaisance)
St Martin church was erected during the 12th century on a rocky promontory overlooking three meanders of the Rance River. The church dedicated to St Martin was for the most part built in the Romanesque style, namely the choir and the transept. In contrast, the original nave was later enlarged in a Gothic style. The building which has an octagonal bell tower is visible from a great distance, and you can't miss it from wherever you might come. This church appears like a watchdog supervising the Rance valley and its illumination at night makes it a landmark.
From the 19th century porch, one can access to the inside of the church through a Romanesque style door which is the only remaining part of the original 12th-century nave.
On the left side of the entrance, stands a 15th century cross of the Hospitallers of Jerusalem. A fleur-de-lys and a Maltese cross ornament this cross which comes from the ancient Hospitallers Commandery of St Laurent, a hamlet situated in the heights of the municipality. This Commandery was later transferred to Martrin. The cross was taken back to the church of Plaisance. In contrast, a replica was set in St Laurent where it had been originally located.