Trail running N° 28 Lapeyre – Montaigut castle
The gradual ascent to the Croix del Pas takes you from the banks of the Sorgues to the Loubière plateau, scattered with juniper trees and stone heaps. There begins the whole range of what a trail can display: steep slopes, breaks in rhythm, twisting and turning paths, up and downhill sections. The detour to Montaigut castle that overlooks a patchwork of red lands and farming lands, is a must.
The del Pas cross
- The first challenge of this circuit is the 300 m ascent to the Croix Del Pas that must be performed gradually. A wet but quiet and soothing path offers a gentle start on the left bank of the Sorgues and allows you to get the right tempo.
- After 2 km at a slow running pace, the bottom of the bump is already there. The rising slope is made of several landings along a series of small eroded ravines where water flows into micro waterfalls during the wet season.
- At the Croix Del Pas, head towards the castle of Montaigut via a technical and nervous downhill section into a small steep corrie. The tiny village of Montaigut is known for its eco-museum, its old school and its feudal castle, proudly overlooking from this defensive site, the Rougier de Camarès situated down below.
- If you wish to visit the castle, be careful, going there and back is required.
- The rest of the route is quite similar, nervous and rocky, continually offering changes in rhythm. The steep ascending slopes and short technical downhills following one another without respite to finally reach the summit of the Serre des Cabros with again a 300 m positive difference in altitude.
- It is finally downhill time! The Mur de la Loubière is a short local vertical Kilometre with its specific marking, featuring a 400 m difference in altitude over a distance of 2.7 km and which is run in the downward direction. This section displaying a series of technical difficulties is like a giant slalom descent, a favourite and a real treat for downhill lovers.
Water supply – energy food supply – appropriate shoes - rain jacket
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
From Saint-Affrique, follow the direction to Cornus. Lapeyre is the first village you drive through in the valley. Head to the right towards Gissac to park your vehicle next to the graveyard
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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.
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