The Sargels residual mound
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Saint-Rome-de-Cernon

The Sargels residual mound

History and heritage
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Medium
3h
10,1km
+421m
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According to legend, the mound is referred to as “the tomb of the giant”. The Sargel mound which culminates at 761 m above sea level, offers  breathtaking views  over Lévézou, the causse of the western Larzac and the Merdelou peak.

Starting from the village of Saint-Rome-de-Cernon, escalate the Sargel  mound and discover a Caussenard built heritage such as a hamlet and a Jasse. This site is an ancient Neolithic human settlement.

From the summit, a superb view over the Grands Causses including the Roquesquatre rock on the southern side can be enjoyed.


2 points of interest
History and heritage

Village of Saint-Rome de Cernon

The municipality of Saint-Rome de Cernon originates from the amalgamation of the former municipality of Montclarat with that of Saint-Rome de Cernon, a process which was carried out in 1840. Ever since prehistoric times, humans have inhabited the Saints-Rome area as evidenced by the Sargels caves and the dolmens situated in the bois de Laumière. Human settlement continued during the Roman and Medieval periods as evidenced by the many remains: the Saint-Rome, Mélac, Montclarat and Laumière castles. Today's village expanded in the late 18th century, during the construction of the road from Albi to the Cévennes, and during the construction of the railway in the 19th century. As a result, the village became a place where important fairs and markets were held and has hosted many prospering trading activities.

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Panorama

Viewpoint from Sargels

The Sargels mound, which peaks at 761 m, is residual and was historically part of the Larzac plateau before the surrounding rivers dug their ways through the landscape. It provides a breathtaking view over the Lévézou mounts (snow-capped in winter) to the East, the Larzac foothills to the West and the Merdelou to the South.

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Description

  1. On the Southern part of the car park take the rue de la passade up to the end of the street, then turn left to walk across the D999 road and carry on along the Avenue de la Cavalerie where you cross the bridge up to the other end and turn left before the railway line on a road that leads to the stadium (signpost).
  2. 600 m further on, Just before this bridge, leave the road and take a trail along the railway.After 500 m, pass under a second bridge to cross the railway which you overlook now alongside your way. Carry on northwards until you catch sight of a small house (formerly a crossing-keeper's house) located below left.
  3. From there, turn sharp right and take the path which ascends the ravine. Leave the path to the right and carry straight on. After 700 m, follow the hair pin bend and continue along an old path lined with dry stone walls which leads to the Cave Basse.
  4. This path takes you above the swimming pool and turn left between the buildings. Walk along the trail into a “boussière” (a narrow passage defined by two rows of box trees) and join the path coming from the Cave Haute. Take left and just after right. Now, follow the wide trail ascending towards the mound. The slope becomes steeper and follows a series of hair pin bends. After the 6th bend you arrive on the plateau, where you will see a ruined sheepfold on the right. Walk to the left of the fence, and after a wide bend you will reach the calvary where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the surrounding plateaus: the Lévézou, Roquesquatre and the Merdélou.
  5. To return, retrace your way back to the Cave Basse (4). When you reach the swimming pool, take the left path which descends towards a dilapidated old barn: The Batisse.
  6. The path links up with a small tarmacked road. Follow this road up to the railway. Walk under the bridge that was left aside on the way there (2). Retrace your way back to the car park.
Departure : Car park opposite the Village Hall
Arrival : Car park opposite the Village Hall
Towns crossed : Saint-Rome-de-Cernon

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Recommandations

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

Avenue de Lauras, 12250 Roquefort/Soulzon

http://www.roquefort-tourisme.fr/

0565585600

Situated in the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park, the cheese village of Roquefort stretches on the hillside over the famous scree of the Combalou Rock, in southern Larzac. The village is at an elevation of 630 m and has 700 inhabitants.

OPENING PERIODS:

The Tourist Office is open all year round:

  • In July and August, Monday to Saturday: 9.30 to 18.30, Sunday: 10.00 to 17.00.
  • April, May, June, September, October; Monday to Saturday: 9.30 to 12.15 & 13.00 to 17.30, closed on Sunday.
  • January, February, November, December; Monday to Friday: 9.30 to 12.15 & 13.00 to 17.00, closed on Saturday and Sunday.
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Transport


Access and parking

Situated 15 km from Saint-Affrique and 18 km from Millau via the D992 and the D 999 roads.

Parking :

Car park opposite the village hall

Source

Communauté de communes du St-Affricainhttp://www.roquefort-tourisme.fr/

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