A tour around the Loubière
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A tour around the Loubière

Agropastoralism
History and heritage
Panorama
Medium
2h30
40,8km
+980m
-980m
Loop
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 Although this biking loop runs over a short distance, it requires an effort as intense as is the beauty of the landscapes you will go through! Explore the Sorgues valley and the Rougier de Camarès while cycling around the majestic Loubière plateau.

This ride offers you an extraordinary change of scenery: the Sorgues open valley on one side, the burgundy soils of the Rougier on the other, separated by the impressive wall of the Loubière. Be prepared to have your eyes filled with spectacular views, but save enough stamina for the steep final slope to Montaigut castle that awaits you at the end of the ascent.


2 points of interest
History and heritage

Village of Lapeyre

This village was controlled by the Templars Commandery during the 12th century and has kept much of its medieval architecture with its old houses clustered around the Tower. There is also the tombstone of Médora Leig, a daughter of the English poet Lord Byron which you can visit in the graveyard.

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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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Description

  1. From the Saint-Affrique Tourist Office, Boulevard Aristide Briand, take the D225 road towards Millau.
  2. Turn right onto the RD7 road in the Vallée de la Sorgues and ride along the river up to Lapeyre.
  3. Turn right towards Gissac before 5 km of steady ascent (6%).
  4. Once you get to Gissac, take a right towards Montlaur. Then, go across the village and carry on your ride downhill on the main road.
  5. At the crossroads, take the RD101 in the direction of Montlaur.
  6. Turn to the right towards Montaigut castle and its dreadful ascending slope (8.5%) before heading your way down back to Sant-Affrique.

 

Departure : Saint-Affrique Tourist Office
Arrival : Saint-Affrique Tourist Office
Towns crossed : Saint-Affrique, Versols-et-Lapeyre, Gissac, Vabres-l'Abbaye

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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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Access and parking

Saint-Affrique is situated 31 km southwest of Millau via the D 992 and D999 roads.

Parking :

Bus station car park, boulevard Aristide Briand in Saint-Affrique

Accessibility

Emergency number :
114

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The safety of our clients and our staff is priority number one. In response to the coronavirus disease, we have taken additional health and safety measures to ensure our guests security.

We have strengthened our cleaning team and increased the frequency of disinfection of bedrooms, common areas, hotel private areas and especially areas and facilities used by everyone (entrance hall, lifts (by now unauthorised use), door handles, toilets, Reception Hall, room access cards and others).

•    The staff is currently trained to prevent the spread of the coronavirus by means of new cleaning and disinfection techniques appropriate for today's conditions.

•    We have provided our employees with personal protective equipment.

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•    The storey's staff will not carry out the daily cleaning in occupied rooms to prevent anyone to entering your room.  

•    Change of bathroom linen will be available at the Reception if needed.

•    Alcohol-based disinfectant hand gel is available to our clients in the Reception Hall and in each floor.

•    Your access badge will be disinfected and placed in an envelope. Upon your leaving, please put it in the box provided for this purpose, in the Reception Hall.

•    A reminder of the appropriate physical distancing measures is displayed in the Reception Hall and on each floor.

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