Pyrenees – Cathar Castles, Quillan to Foix

Pyrenees, France

Holiday overview

Destination

France


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Apr - Oct


Price

£ 659 pp


Duration

7 nights


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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.

 

Price:

£659.00 per person based on two people sharing a room.

 

Supplement £20.00 per night for single room.

 

Supplement for one person walking alone £109.00

 

Extra nights can also be booked at extra cost

 

Included:

7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners, luggage transportation, map and route instructions, transfers as necessary for the programme.

 

Not Included:

Flights, train tickets, drinks with meals, lunches

 

Departure Dates:

April to October

Day 1: Arrive and  overnight in Quillan

 

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  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 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 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  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 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.

5hrs. +350m -720mDay  8:  Departure.

 

Day 8: Departure

PRICE

£659 per person based on two people sharing.

 

ACCOMMODATION:

7 nights accommodation

 

INCLUDED:

7 breakfasts, 5 dinners, luggage transportation, map and route instructions, transfers as necessary for the programme.

 

GETTING THERE:

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.

 

 

What to take:

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.

 

Insurance:

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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