Saint-Félix-de-Sorgues hiking circuit "A path, a school"
This circuit runs on fairly flat terrain, goes from one bank of the Sorgues river to the other, in the heart of a pleasant rural setting which provides a wealth of wild orchids. It offers to go back in time and discover the foundation of Saint-Félix by the lordship of Saint-Caprazy, a medieval hamlet which is currently being restored with consistent determination.
A nice view over the village of St-Félix -de-Sorgues
This village, built halfway up the hillside, still has the remains of its former battlements: gate, tower with gothic openings, and old dwellings.
Village of Saint-Felix-de-Sorgues
The village was a Commandery ruled by the Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem. It is built midway up the slope and the remains of the battlements are still visible today: along with a gateway, a tower with gothic openings, and ancient houses…
North of the village is a walking route called “le circuit des Hospitaliers” which is marked with yellow P.R. signs, and allows bikers on peak form to extend their ride: this 12 km-long walking route is rather strenuous but provides lot of fun and some nice panoramic viewpoints.
This circuit is part of the "4 chemins, 1 école" series which was carried out by the schools in the Sorgues valley in partnership with the CDRP and the municipal councils in the valley (Versols-et-Lapeyre, Saint-Felix-de Sorgues, Marnhagues-et-Latour).
- Park your car on the parking lot opposite the school, along the D 7 road. Leave the car park towards the West and take the calade (a road paved with cobblestones) which slopes down Southward. Turn to the left, then to the right towards the bridge. As you cross the bridge, notice the old mill and the Metasequoia (a resinous tree planted along the left bank of the riverside).
- Take the path to the right then turn left in the curve to follow the ascending track. Make good use of a flat area to enjoy the scenic view over the village. Continue in the same direction through a few buissières (passages lined up with box-trees). During the spring and summer seasons, notice the numerous wild orchids. At the intersection, make a right turn on a descending trail. Leave the tarred track that slopes down to the right and ford the small brook.
- Before entering St Caprazy, take the right track. You can walk through this ancient hospitallers hamlet which houses the workshop of a wood turner. Carry on the communal path that runs along the hamlet, then walk downhill towards the North. Ford the brook and follow a rising path.
- Take the tarred track to the left, walk back to the old bridge to cross it. At the foot of the bridge, take to the left. Head towards the North-West, leave the calade to the right. Notice the old mill in front of which you pass. Follow the calade rising up between gardens (catch sight of pools called « sompes » which serve as a watering system). Walk across the D7 road and climb the stairs.
- Follow the rue du Revelin where remains of battlements of the ancient Hospitallers Commandery can be seen. Walk through the St-John gate, turn to the right and notice the village spring. Leave the Tourelle square to the right and walk down immediately to the righ (catch sight of a beautiful wisteria!)
- Walk down the stairs and take left towards the washing place. Carry on your way and leave one after the other two small roads sloping down to the right. Opposite the schoolyard, turn to the right and walk back to the carpark.
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.
Getting around by bus or by train: https://lio.laregion.fr/
Carsharing: BlaBlaCar, Rézo Pouce, Mobicoop, Idvroom, LaRoueVerte, Roulez malin
Access and parking
From Saint-Affrique, follow the road D7 towards Cornus. Saint-Félix-de-Sorgues is located next to Versols-et-Lapeyre.
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Where to sleep ?
The rooms are in an old protestant house dating from 1783 in a village that was a commandry for the Hospitaller order (vestiges of the fortifications and 14th century bridge). Starting point for two footpaths of 9 and 12 km with a wood turner and a duck farm to be discovered on route. Sylvanès is 9 km away for music lovers. For cheese lovers, Roquefort is 14 km away. Tourist information/documents available. We only accept cheques drawn on a French bank.
Access to the reading lounge with a large fireplace. CPL connexion (Powerline Communications).