N°8 The Verzolet valley
A wide trail to cycle up along the Verzolet stream allows a gentle warm up. On the way back, everyone has his own method to ford the stream, either one stays on the bike and runs the risk of getting his feet wet, especially in case of a high water level, or one performs a careful balancing act, walking from stone to stone. You’ll be cycling your way back mostly on singletrack paths with three ascending parts, some nice downhills and beautiful scenic viewpoints.
Castle and remains of fortification walls
The Roquefeuil family lived here over a period of eight centuries, from 1250 to 1810, the date on which the owning family had to sell the castle. The building was then sold to different owners and part of it was converted into a farmhouse. Then in 1962, a couple from the Roquefeuil family bought back the stronghold.The castle and the whole of the old village were included in a walled area called a castrum which spread out between the Sorgues and the Verzolet rivers. The castrum was originally composed (11th century) of only a small castle that was later extended during the 13th or 14th century to protect people from the clashes during the One Hundred Years War.
Start your ride from the village of Versols. Cycle up the trail alongside the Verzolet stream passing a fish breeding farm on the way, until you reach its source in the catchment area.
- Ford the brook so that you are on the opposite side and take to your right a path which is lined with box trees and overlooks the left bank of the brook. You can now ride back downstream to the village of Versols.
Versols: this ancient fortified village still has its original gateway and some remains of the old battlements at the center of which is the castle. The building was remodeled during the 15th and 16th centuries and holds a carved stone bearing the family Roquefeuil’s coat of arms.
A 17th century painting, depicting Saint-Thomas putting his finger in Jesus’ wound, can be seen in the 16th century church.
In case of flooding, do not try to ford the Verzolet.
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.
Saint-Affrique Tourist Office
Boulevard Aristide Briand, 12400 Saint-Affrique
The Tourism Office is open all year round, the opening hours are:
·July and august:
From Monday to Saturday: 9h – 13h & 15h – 19h
Sunday: 9h – 13h
·From September to June:
From Tuesday to Saturday: 9h – 13h & 14h – 17h
Closed: Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays
From November to April, the office is also closed on Saturday afternoon.
Access and parking
Situated 9 km from Saint-Affrique towards Cornus via the D7 road.
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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).
What to see
This fortress was built in 1439 to protect the inhabitants from the Hundred Years' War. Is a little fortress, notable for the regularity of the streets and the houses. You will discover the church, built in the 12th century, the justice house and others curiosities. In the upper parts of the fortress, you will meander in the rampart walk, in a refuge hall and in the abbess house.
Where to sleep ?
This accommodation which nestles in the Sorgues valley opposite the village of Versols is only a 10 minute drive from St-Affrique, a 15 minute drive from Roquefort and a 45 minute drive from Millau or La Cavalerie. Our two bedrooms are perfect places to relax before you explore the countryside with many stimulating and interesting options.
The Bambou bedroom provides a cool and natural well-being atmosphere aimed at restoring the balance between body and mind. The Coquelicot bedroom generates an atmosphere of charm and authenticity reflecting the surrounding nature. Each bedroom is equipped with its own shower room and private toilet.
You may also like to make use of a very large living area with a kitchen, two spacious terraces and an extensive wooded garden comprising a children's area.
Where to sleep ?
83 m2 surface gite for 2 people, lounge, dining room, and kitchen located in the tower.
On the first floor is a bedroom with a bathroom (shower), large terrace with private spa, garden furniture and a view over the swimming pool and the village.
Communal equipment: indoor heated swimming pool, conservatory, petanque strip and barbecue area. Free access to wifi and private carpark.
What to see