Discovery trail of Trevezel Gorges
A dizzying cut between the Causse Bégon and the Causse Noir, the gorges of Trévezel display impressive dolomitic rocks overhanging the vegetation of thickets, beech trees, oaks, and black pines. The hike, starting from the beautiful village of Cantobre, revolves around the confluence of the Trévezel, which comes from the Aigoual, with the Dourbie River.
The bearded vulture
Since 2012, a project to reintroduce bearded vultures has been launched in the Grands Causses with the aim of strengthening the French population of bearded vultures.
Two sites were selected to let the birds go, one in Meyrueis, in the Jonte gorges and the other in the municipality of Nant, on the Trévezel Gorges.
The bearded vulture is one of the 4 species present in France and one of the largest raptors in Europe.
It is a scavenger and feeds on bone remains taken from ungulate carcasses (sheep, goats, chamois ...).
The mill and the canal
Located at the foot of the hamlet, on the Dourbie River, you can see the mill of Cantobre. In the past, it was a mill for grinding wheat, nowadays it is a micro power station. It is fed by a canal, which brings the water of the Dourbie retained upstream by a dam. A fishway has been set against the dam, allowing them to go up the river even if there is no more water flowing on the river in summer.
Panorama on the gorges of Dourbie river
The church Saint-Etienne de Cantobre
The church Saint-Etienne de Cantobre, attached in 1135 to the abbey of Nant, became parish at the end of the 12th century. Only the apse with three sides, lit by three windows, and the span of the choir are Romanesque. The nave and side chapels were rebuilt in the 16th century.
The bell tower houses a bronze bell from 1630, it is on the list of objects classified M.H. November 5, 1943.
- From the parking, take the D145 for 380m to reach the village of Cantobre.
- At the exit of the village, turn left (leave the road) and enter the path that goes into the woods. First narrow and steep, the path becomes more comfortable. Continue for 450 m.
- At the treatment plant, the path leads to an intersection. Take the path opposite.
- Continue straight on the path (don’t cross the fording). The path continues with a track to the mill (follow yellows signs).
- From the mill, take the small road along a stream for 900 m and then goes up towards Cantobre.
- Turn left and go up the path for 150 m , then turn left again to reach the village of Cantobre.
You cross a sensitive natural area, presenting animal and plant species of heritage interest. Please, stay on marked paths, respect private property and nature. Don’t pick flowers. Bring back your waste, take care of the risk of fires. Keep dogs on a leash. Put on good shoes and take enough water. Check the weather forecast before leaving.
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
Access and parking
From Millau, take the D991 towards Gorges de la Dourbie, Nant. Then turn left in direction of Cantobre, about 5 km before Nant.
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