Between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, in the heart of the sun baked Corbieres region of south-west France, this walk progresses from wild, lush countryside to mountains and sun-blessed vineyards, with a cultural heritage which derives from some of the most mysterious and dramatic pages of the history of France.
Between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, in the heart of the sun baked Corbieres region of south-west France, this walk progresses from wild, lush countryside to mountains and sun-blessed vineyards, with a cultural heritage which derives from some of the most mysterious and dramatic pages of the history of France. Scenery in abundance, from pine, oak and beech forests, to rivers and deep gorges and distant mountain peaks. Yet the walking is not especially difficult and the flowers and wildlife are substantial additional pleasures.
£695.00 per person based on two people sharing a room.
£795.00 in single room
£950.00 solo walker in single room
April to October
Day 1: Arrive and overnight in Quillan. overnight Hotel Cartier (dinner not included)
Day 2: Quillan walk to the village of Nebias.
From here the walk starts along the Cathar footpath to the 13th century Chateau of the Troubadours in Puivert. Overnight and dinner Relais Marionnettes Puivert.
21 kms/13 miles. 5hrs 45. +700m -495m
Day 3: Puivert to Belcaire
The route goes through a thick fir forest and along through the heart of the Escale and Picaussel forests and onto the vast airy plateau of Sault using ancient paths to access the high valley of Aude and the Corbieres region. Overnight and dinner Hotel Bayle Belcaire.
21 kms/13 miles. 6hrs. +583m -25m
Day 4: Belcaire to Montsegur
We notice the difference between the Pays de Sault plateau and the county of Ariege as we walk along a pathway situated between high rock mountains that slip down through the impressive Gorge of the Frau before arriving in the village of Montsegur. Overnight and dinner L’Oustal, Montsegur.
18 kms/11.25 miles. 5hrs30. +660m -772m
Day 5: Montsegur to Montsegur:
We walk from Montsegur, along a steep rocky trail, as the route leads onto the foothills of the mountain knowns as the Massif of Tabe. Overnight and dinner L’Oustal, Montsegur.
12 kms/7.5 miles. 6hrs30. +774m -580m
Day 6: Montsegur to Roquefixade
From Montsegur the Cathare trail weaves its way to the village of Montferrier, traversing the Modini forest before reaching the Pyrenean village of Roquefixade, an ancient bastide of the 13th century. Overnight and dinner Auberge des Troubadours, Roquefixade.
17 kms/10.6 miles. 4hrs30. +400m -760m
Day 7: Roquefixade to Foix
The last section of the Cathare path follows a high ridge from Roquefixade castle to the small town of Foix. This walk combines superb terrain with stunning views. Overnight Foix. 18.5 kms/11.6 miles. Overnight Hotel Lons (dinner not included)
5hrs. +350m -720m
Day 8: Departure
Hotel Cartier Quillan
Relais Marionnettes Puivert
Hotel Bayle Belcaire
L’Oustal, Montsegur (2 nights)
Auberge des Troubadours, Roquefixade
Hotel Lons Foix
By Air: There are numerous options to arrive by air
Carcassonne (CCF), the nearest airport (52km / 32miles) and the easiest to access;
From the airport, there is a shuttle bus to the central railway station in Carcassonne. From the central railway station, there are a few direct trains each day, and other options including buses and changes in Limoux.
Perpignan–Rivesaltes (PGF), with mostly seasonal flights (73km / 45mi);
To get to Quillan from Perpignan airport, you will need to catch the direct bus (only one per day) or alternatively take a shuttle bus or taxi from the airport to the Gare Routiere Départementale in the centre of Perpignan and then catch a bus to Quillan.
Toulouse Blagnac (TLS), a more significant international airport (138km / 85mi);
There is a shuttle bus to the central railway station from the airport. From there, you can take the 1-Euro bus or train to Quillan.The train from Toulouse to Carcassonne can be booked online at www.sncf.com.
Ryanair, Flybe and easyjet amongst others serve one or several of the airports.
Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sunblock/cream, compass, torch, first-aid kit.
We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.
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