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De St-Jean-d'Alcas à Sylvanès

De St-Jean-d'Alcas à Sylvanès

This hike which provides some amazing contrasts joins up with the Mascourbe agro-pastoral plateau, then runs down into the pleasant Sorgues valley and eventually ascends the forested mountain towards Sylvanès.

Walk along the St Jean d’Alcas fort by heading west.

At the first intersection take left a small descending road. The road then runs uphill. Leave the right road and in a left hand curve take opposite the first bouissière in the direction of Mascourbe via the dolmens.
Soon you will make out on your right a cazelle in good condition. A bit further on, the path runs across a cultivated field and nearby, the beautiful building of Ramondenc is worth seeing. The path rises on the Causses and reaches the 2 dolmens of Mascourbes.   
Enjoy the beautiful view over the Lévezou, the Larzac, the Escandorgue, and the Montagne Noire. As you reach a small road, take it on your left to walk past the Borie which is an ancient farm of the Hospitaller Commandery in St Félix. At the signboard indicating Mascourbe, just before the first house, take left into the bouissière which leads to the plateau.
At the junction with a trail, take the trail to the right. 500 m further on the trail reaches a power line, fork to the left to come up to the stone cross of Mascourbe which overlooks the Sorgues valley. Walk by the main trail down to the bottom of the Cantillergues dale.
Just before entering the village of St Félix, the trail turns into a sunken path that runs to the centre of the village. St Félix is an ancient Hospitaller Commandery and has kept evidences of its past: fountain, washing place, St Jean gate, battlements, covered passages, heritage house and 13th century Old bridge. From the ancient inn, take the calade (road paved with cobblestone) that runs down to gardens and the Sorgues river. Cross the bridge over the river and take the small road to the right towards St Caprazy for approximately 700 m, then in a left curve take right the path that leads to St Caprazy (ancient medieval hamlet). The path crosses a first trail, then a second one just before joining the Vareilhes farm.
Before reaching Vareilhes take left into the splendid bouissière that goes up to the Loubière. Once you’ve reached the Loubiètre pass, take the trail to your right and immediately after walk downhill to the            left to reach the Bâtisse farm. Walk down to the right to reach the D540 after the Mas Nau and take right that road for 500 m.
Before the small car park, take a track which starting point is not clearly visible and which runs down after a curve on the left side of the road, throughout a field first, then along a hedge. Ford the Vernhes brook. Reach the Combalou hamlet, walk downhill to the right to join the D540. After the bridge take the road to the left, pass through the hamlet of Rigal before reaching Sylvanès

18 km
5 h
max. 728 m
min. 391 m
630 m
-776 m

Altimetric profile

Starting point


Lat : 43.928Lng : 3.00531
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Dolmen Mascourbe 1

Les dolmens de Mascourbe font partie du groupe des "Treilles". Ce nom vient de la grotte se trouvant proche de la ferme des Treilles, à Saint-Paul des Fonts, d'où sont issus ces "bâtisseurs" des Grands Causses, aussi caractérisés par leur travail du cuivre et leurs étonnantes trépanations (percement de la boîte crânienne). A Mascourbe, on compte au moins trois dolmens.Table cassée en 2 morceaux et dalle de chevet trapézoïdale.

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Mascourbe 1 dolmen

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Ferme de Mascourbe

La ferme ou domaine de Mascourbe appartenait à la commanderie des Hospitaliers de Saint-Jean de Jérusalem de Saint-Félix de Sorgues. Mentionnée dès 1373, ses bâtiments  furent reconstruits vers 1583 à quelque distance du lieu primitif. Logis et bâtiments primitifs d'exploitation bien conservés sont organisés autour d'une vaste cour rectangulaire.

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Saint-Caprasy Estate

Saint-Caprazy is mentioned as a parish and community in a document...Read more

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Domaine de Saint-Caprasy

Paroisse et communauté attestées en 1026. Haut lieu de l'histoire de Saint-Félix. Gaubert de Saint-Caprazy vers 1150 devient le 1er commandeur de Saint-Felix de l'ordre des chevaliers de Saint-Jean-de-Saint-Félix  qui en gardera la propriété et la suzeraineté plus de 6 siècles.7 bâtiments :  : maison d'habitation, grange, bergerie, chapelle, etc.

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Ferme de Mascourbe

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6 informations complémentaires

Departure

Fort de Saint-Jean d'Alcas

Arrival

Sylvanès

Ambiance

The circuit is scattered with an astonishing array of heritage buildings, serving as landmarks and accompanying you throughout your discovery of these landscapes that has been shaped by the Templar and Hospitaller history and by the agro-pastoral tradition: fortified village, dolmens, buissières, shepherd’s hut, stone cross, Borie farm, medieval hamlet of Saint-Caprazy. This circuit is the third leg of the path that runs throughout the pays du Roquefort.

Access

To get to Saint-Jean d'Alcas via A75 (coming from Montpellier or Clermont-Ferrand), take exit 48 towards Cornus and when reaching Fondamente, turn to the right on D 93 towards Roquefort, 12 km further turn left to arrive to Saint Jean d'Alcas.
From Albi/Saint-Affrique and Millau rejoin D999, then D293 (between Saint-Affrique and Lauras) towards Saint-Jean d'Alcapiès. Follow this road for 7 km then turn right to arrive to Saint Jean d'Alcas.

Advised parking

Saint-Jean d'Alcas cemetery

Public transport

To get more details click on: site internet de l'Office de Tourisme and on Occitanie Transports
There is a bus station in St Affrique (lines 202, 2016, 2018) and a railway station in Tournemire (regional line).

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