Trail running N° 28 Lapeyre – Montaigut castle
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Trail running N° 28 Lapeyre – Montaigut castle
Versols-et-Lapeyre

Trail running N° 28 Lapeyre – Montaigut castle

Geology
History and heritage
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A natural stronghold awaits you before laying siege to Montaigut castle: the Loubière plateau, a formidable playground with breath-taking passages and landscapes!

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.


2 points of interest
History and heritage

Saint-Caprais church

Saint-Caprais church stands opposite the entrance to the graveyard. In 1058 it was given to the Saint-Victor Abbey in Marseille. During the middle ages, the church was the centre of a very old parish which included the Lapeyre, Montalègre and Versols castles. In a short period of time a monastery was set up here by the Marseille Benedictine monks, but the 18th century Cassini map only mentions a ruined priory. The rubble of the Romanesque church was cleared away in 1880 revealing its former outline in the ground. The carved tympanum contains several informative details. The upper arch moulding which is ornamented with acanthus leaves intertwined with a 3 braided strand, displays a pattern called “fond de corbeille” (basket weave) on its top. The rose-colored sandstone used in Lapeyre is identical to the type used in Conques. The embossed pattern and the acanthus leaves can also be seen in Conques on one of the capitals, which dates the tympanum during the 3rd quarter of the 11th century. From the graveyard, two arches, the remains of the ancient Saint Sauveur church, can be seen in the village. This church was built on the fortified rock from which the village of Lapeyre was given its name.
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Small heritage

The del Pas cross

This large metal cross is situated at the junction of paths, which allows a beautiful view over the two sides of the Loubière plateau, the Sorgues side and the Rougiers side.
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Description

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If you wish to visit the castle, be careful, going there and back is required.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
Departure : Hiker’s car park – behind the graveyard in Lapeyre
Arrival : Hiker’s car park – behind the graveyard in Lapeyre
Towns crossed : Versols-et-Lapeyre, Saint-Affrique, Gissac

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Recommandations

Water supply – energy food supply – appropriate shoes - rain jacket


Information desks

Saint-Affrique Tourist Office

Boulevard Aristide Briand, 12400 Saint-Affrique

http://www.roquefort-tourisme.fr/

contact@roquefort-tourisme.fr

0565585600

OPENING TIMES:


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.

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Transport

Getting around by bus or by train: https://lio.laregion.fr/

Carpooling: BlaBlaCar, Rézo Pouce, Mobicoop, Idvroom, LaRoueVerte, Roulez malin

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

Parking :

Hiker’s car park – graveyard in Lapeyre

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