Tour of St-Jean d'Alcas
Tour of St-Jean d'Alcas

Tour of St-Jean d'Alcas

History and heritage
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From the Cistercian Fort of St-Jean d’Alcas, a walk that illustrates the contrast of the pre-causses: first the crossing of the arid plateau, then the immersion in the cool Verzolet valley.

Following the boxwoods and the paths, a hike out of St-Jean d’Alcas ramparts that crosses the agro-pastoral landscape of the causse before walking along the Verzolet banks, a tributary of the Sorgues River. A whole vernacular heritage marks out the tour: Gauty water mill, now renovated, dolmen and the “lavogne” (cobbled watering place) of Hermelix hamlet.


  1. In front of the fort, go down the cobblestone street and turn left immediately. After 200 m, take right to reach a wide path. Take it on left on 2 km until the stream of Versol.  Cross over the footbridge. Pass in front of the "Moulin de Gauty” (old mill).
  2. Go up on the plateau by a narrow path. Follow left a wide track direction south-west that joins the hamlet of Hermelix (to see nearby a dolmen, a “lavogne” (cobbled watering place), a fountain).
  3. In the hamlet, pass an old stone cross, turn left and continue on a track that goes down to the stream.
  4. At the crossroad, turn left and follow the creek on the right bank. Continue on the small shaded path to Moulin de Gauty.
  5. Go back to Saint-Jean d’Alcas by the same way as to go.
Departure : Fort of St-Jean d'Alcas
Arrival : Fort of St-Jean d'Alcas
Towns crossed : Saint-Jean-et-Saint-Paul, Versols-et-Lapeyre

Altimetric profile


Is in the midst of the park
This itinerary is located in the World Heritage zone Causses and Cévennes, mediterranean agropastoral cultural landscape.

Information desks

Tourist Office Larzac et Vallées

Place du Claux, 12230 NANT


Located on the ground floor of the Town Hall (mansion of the 18th century), The Tourist Office welcomes you all year and offers tourist information on the Larzac and its valleys, the department of Aveyron, and also on neighboring counties. Free Wifi access.

Opening hours :

From Novembre to February: Tuesday morning 9:00-12:30
March and October :  Tuesday to Friday 9:00-12:30
April : Tuesday to Friday 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-17:30
May, June : Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-17:30
July and August : every day 10:00-12:30 and 14:30-18:00
September : Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-17:30

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Access and parking

28km south-west of Millau by the D999 and the D293.

Parking :

Parking at the entrance of the village


C.C. Larzac et Vallées - CDRP Aveyron

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