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The Cathar Trail France

The Cathar Trail in France
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The Cathar Trail in france is a hiking trail that extends 250 km and offers the opportunity to discover many of the castles of the valley of the Aude. It takes at least 12 days of walking for travel in a dozen steps. But nothing prevents you , starting at the campsite Le Moulin du Pont d’Aliès, Axat make some steps several times, for some it will take half a day and other day …

The trail can dive into the characteristic landscapes of this beautiful region , garrigue and vineyards will Durban Tuchan and can be done within a week.
The trail is recognized Port New to Foix. The highest point at 1,230 meters above sea level is Bugarach , made ​​famous by the legend that this mountain would be preserved at the time of the Apocalypse . These tours take you back eight centuries back, the medieval time when inaccessible castles protected the kingdom of France.
For hikers , this trail is a must journeys.

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You’ll find beacons to guide you in blue and orange and yellow and red Ariege. We must follow the GR36 in the Corbières and Fenolheda GR7 and for parts of the Pyrenees.  In some places you will follow signs ” Cathar Way .”
Finally be aware that there are several variants of the Cathar trail which favors a rather walk north or south instead .

Whatever you choose , places to go are equally admirable.
The set does not present major difficulties, but it is nevertheless necessary to provide walking shoes and water , we become dehydrated quickly when walking .
Finally think of the hat to ward off the sun with you and Happy trails to all.

Example of a hiking trail the Cathar trail
STEP 1
PORT-NOUVELLE/DURBAN Corbères
26 KMS / 600 M DÉNIVELÉ/6H45
STEP 2
DURBAN-CORBIÈRES/TUCHAN
28 KMS/800M/7H00
To visit the Castle of Aguilar
STEP 3
TUCHAN / DHUILAC
23.5 KMS/750M/6H30
A visit Castles Queribus and Peyrepertuse
STEP 4
DHUILAC / CAMPS Sur l’ AGLYS
20KMS/850M / 5H5
STEP 5
CAMPS Sur l’ AGLYS / PUILAURENS
25.5 KMS/700M/7H15
A visit Galamus Gorge and Castle Puilaurens
STEP 6
PUILAURENS / BURDARACH
To visit The Pech Burdarach
STEP 7
BURDARACH / QUILLAN
24.5 KMS/700M/6H30
STEP 8
QUILLAN / PUIVERT
20 KMS/700M/5H45
To visit the castle of Puivert
STEP 9
PUIVERT / ESPEZEL
17 KMS/600M/4H30
STEP 10
ESPEZL / COMUS
20 KMS/500M/5H15
STEP 11
COMUS / MONTSEGUR
14 KMS/500M/3H30
A visit Gorges de la Frau and the castle of Montsegur
STEP 12
MONTSEGUR / ROQUEFIXADE
17 KMS/550M/4H15
To visit the castle of Roquefixade
STEP 13
ROQUEFIXADE / Foix
18 KMS/500/4H50
To visit the castle of Foix

Alternatives exist , campsite le Moulin du Pont d’Aliès referred to the official website of the Cathar trail but you can inspire many other sites.

sentier cathare rnadonnéeSources photographiques Jean Claude Alazard  jca.16@hotmail.fr