Trail running No. 27 Saint Jean d'Alcapiès
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Trail running No. 27 Saint Jean d'Alcapiès

Agropastoralism
History and heritage
Panorama
Medium
2h30
19,7km
+604m
-603m
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This undulating loop interspersed by technical sections with downhills and elevation gains takes you to explore a fringe of the causse, where medieval history and pastoral tradition have left their mark.

With an old railway turned into a green path as a backbone, this initially gentle route soon raises the difficulty level and holds in store some challenging passages for you, a real treat of a running trail. However, as a jewel of Cistercian architecture, Saint-Jean d'Alcas fort is an important place to visit that adds to the charm and mystery of this little known part of the causse.

 


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History and heritage

Caussaunejouls Lavogne

How a lavogne works is very easy to understand; imagine a gigantic upturned umbrella that collects rainwater!

In the beginning, there was a natural pond with impervious clay soil. This small pond was a real boon for people who quickly set these watering sources up as they were so critical on the causses where water seeps into the cracked limestone. First, they tiled the inside of the pond and finished off the work by laying paving stones around the edge of the pond to preserve the water quality and prevent gullying due to the large flocks trampling the soil when the sheep come to drink.

The pond tiling was made either with lauzes, flat stones or with paving stones laid one after the other.

Once completed, this gigantic upturned umbrella would provide a great variety of animals with a welcoming habitat, just look down over a lavogne and see how it swarms and buzzes with life; what a frenzy of activity!

From this lavogne, you will enjoy a stunning view to the north over the Combalou, a residual mound that shelters the Roquefort maturing caves.

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Description

  1.  You start at a gentle pace on a large trail that runs alongside the St-Jean brook. The tempo is steady, and you warm up on a rising false flat to reach the D93 (in the future, this section will be replaced by the green lane, which is under development) and the hamlet of Massergues.
  2. Once you have passed the last house, at km 4, the circuit becomes tricky and technically demanding. You first jump the Quajos ravine, then ascend the small valley to head towards the medieval city of St Jean d'Alcas, a beautiful and superbly preserved stronghold.
  3. From here, you start a nice descent on the hillside of the emerging Verzolet valley to join the Moulin de Gauty.
  4. Once you have run past this beautiful gite classified with a Panda label, you climb back to the causse by taking a path that can be considered as typically caussenard, allowing access to Caussanuéjouls (and its lovely lavogne).
  5. You are now at the halfway point with, first of all, a long section overall downward, passing at Mas d'Alzac to reach the green lane (leading to St Affrique) after a gratifying technical part in the boxwoods.
  6. In the final third of this circuit, the return back to St Jean d'Alcapiès is carried out via a well-known path to hikers, the Volcano path. This path goes around the Coste du Rouquet, overlooking the Pradelles brook, and can be graded a « small » 100 m D+ that makes muscle sore a bit at the end of the route.
Departure : Saint-Jean d'Alcapiès, Alcapia
Arrival : Saint-Jean d'Alcapiès, Alcapia
Towns crossed : Saint-Jean-d'Alcapiès, Saint-Jean-et-Saint-Paul, Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, Versols-et-Lapeyre, Saint-Affrique

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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 train : https://lio.laregion.fr/

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

Access and parking

From Saint-Affrique, take the D999 towards Millau. After 6 km, turn to the right in the direction of Saint-Jean-d'Alcapiès.

Parking :

Carpark of the multi-purpose hall Alcapia

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What to see

At its entrance, is a 180 million-year-old complete skeleton of an extinct marine dinosaur, the Occitanosaurus tournemirensis which was discovered fossilized in the “grey clay soils.”

The ecologically Sensitive Natural Space (SNS) of the Tournemire amphitheatre which is situated in the village of the same name, stretches over an area of approximately 130 ha and marks the boundary between the frontal causses and the causse du Larzac. This area has a remarkable environmental importance due to the geomorphology of the site and also owing to several natural habitats of European interest that it provides. This natural space shelters numerous noteworthy bird species: the Eagle Owl, the Golden Eagle, the Common Whitethroat, the Wallcreeper, the Red-billed Chough and some inconspicuous bats. A few plant species well-adapted to the topography, the rock and even sometimes to the Mediterranean climate can be observed: Hoppe's Figwort, Hormathophylla macrocarpa...

The House of Plesiosaur displays the skeleton of the marine reptile (it's a copy, the original is at Millau's museum) along with interpretative panels about the geology, Plesiosaur, flora, birds and bats. It is also the starting point of the Tournemire amphitheatre hiking circuit that enables you to immerse yourself in a unique environment and of the point of departure for the amphitheatre interpretive trail.

"Espace Nature Aveyron" is a mobile application which allows to discover the whole range of animal and plant species living in this ecosystem and to enjoy the SNS stroll.


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