Mausoleum, châteaux, chapel, farms, hamlets – so many sites steeped in a history that simply begs to be told...
From the mausoleum in Lanuéjols, go uphill into the village and towards the church. Below the cemetery, go downhill on the right to the road. Cross it and take the farm track on the valley floor. Cross first La Prade brook and then the Vareilles road to reach Finiols. In that hamlet, turn right at the T-junction and go downhill to Le Boy. Here you join up again with the D 41, onto which you turn right for 300 m. Then take a track on the left going uphill to Chapieu. Before you arrive on the plateau, at the third hairpin bend, take the level track to reach the Château de Chapieu, 150 m ahead. Return to the track and go uphill to Chapieu farm, skirt its buildings and continue straight ahead to a forestry track. Turn right onto the track and walk to the Col de La Loubière. At the Col (pass), take the lane back downhill to Le Masseguin. In the hamlet, take the path that goes uphill on the left. A ridge path will lead you to St Geniès chapel. Continue on this path, which goes downhill all the way to the road. Turn right onto the road, and, in the hairpin bend, take the track. After 200 m, leave the track for a path on your left going downhill to Vitrolles. Return to Lanuéjols on the road.
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The mausoleum takes you back to the Gallo-Roman period; the châteaux on their seigneurial land to the Middle Ages. On the Causse de Mende, Chapieu farm relives the era of large Causse farms, whilst in the valley the hamlets reflect today's agriculture. Human work has left its marks everywhere.
From Mende, head towards Balsièges (N 88), then take the N 106 towards the Col de Montmirat (from Florac, take the N 106 towards Mende/Col de Montmirat). At Rouffiac, take the D 41 towards Langlade/Lanuéjols
By the mausoleum in Lanuéjols
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