At the end of the causse de Sauveterre, travel along stunning landscapes between Scots pines and the canyon of the river Tarn.
Discover the hamlets of Eglazines and Saint-Marcellin, astonishing troglodytic habitats.
3 points of interest
Site of a castle and seigneury named Gladinas, which by deformation will give later on Eglazines. This troglodytic hamlet sheltered 20 inhabitants at the end of the 19th century.
It is located on the edge of the limestone (on the watertight coast) which release sources. Like St-Marcellin, the hamlet marked out a required passage between the plateau an dthe valley. Before the opening of the road of the Gorges in the 20th century, these muleteers path formed essential connections between these soils with additional ressources.
The scene of St-Marcellin in a natural cirque in the hollow of the impressive cliffs of Sauveterre is part of the classified area of the Gorges du Tarn registered on the UNESCO world heritage. It's an exceptional place with numerous environmental and landscaped wealth (sensitive natural space) which make it a symbolic site of the department. It's semi troglodytic hamlet consits of a priory adjacent to a Romanic chapel and its small cemetery, of a caussenarde house and vestiges of a rupestral fortification (forcia): St-Marcellin's castle. Many other vernacular elements such as source, baker's oven, jasses and balms, enrich these heritage. The hiking trails which crosses it, appears among 100 most beautiful strolls in France.
Isolated on the edge of the Limestone plateau of Sauveterre, it's an old caussenarde farm with panoramic views on the Limestione plateaus and far off, the Viaduct of Millau.
- Go towards the town center of the village Liaucous and come down on the cobblestone street then across the alleys to join the road on the left side and follow on about 500m.
- Take the path on the left that goes into the woods alongside the hill slope under the Roc des Agudes.
- Go through the hamlet of Eglazines under the cliff edge. This track goes to the cirque of Saint-Marcellin.
- Arrive at the hamlet of Saint-Marcellin and continue on the track up to the causse de Sauveterre. Pass the cross and follow on about 200m.
- Get on the track on the leftside towards the fountain des Paillasses (drinking water source). Follow on the left the "caussenard" path.
- At the crossroads, come off the path on the right towards Vors and foward the track on the left until the junction with the path of Eglazines.
- Turn off towards South in direction of Puech about 800m. Leave the path and turn right onto the track going into the forest. This track goes along the cliff and passes below the via ferrata before regaining the village of Liaucous.
- Departure : Behind the church in Liaucous
- Arrival : Behind the church in Liaucous
- Towns crossed : Mostuéjouls and Massegros Causses Gorges
Access and parking
21 km (13 miles) North-east of Millau, take the direction of Aguessac on the D809 then follow the sign Le Rozier on the D907.
Few miles before Le Rozier, turn left at the crossroads on the D192 until Liaucous and follow the indications Parking via ferrata.
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