While this stage links two masterpieces of Romanesque art, the church of Sainte-Foy in Morlaàs and the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Lescar, it also boasts a very interesting natural heritage despite its proximity to the city of Pau. The view of the Pyrenees is omnipresent on a clear day, and you can discover the Bastard forest, the green lung of the Lande du Pont Long, trodden by thousands of walkers, pilgrims and shepherds.
max. 341 m
min. 170 m
With your back to the entrance to Sainte-Foy de Morlaàs church, turn left into rue des Cordeliers (towards Pau). Drive alongside the stadium and then, at the traffic lights, continue straight on for 100 m; go up the one-way Rue des Frênes, leaving the D923 on your left. At the top of the only hill of the day, before rejoining the D923, turn right into rue Capdessus. After a few houses, cross the Route de Maucor at the lycée (pedestrian crossing and bus shelter) and follow the road to the right. Very quickly, at the corner of the sports ground, turn left onto a tarmac road. After the secondary school annexes, continue straight ahead on the country lane. A track takes over from the tarmac; continue straight down the main forest track to reach the Pau plain. At the bottom, at the T junction, follow a gravel track to the left for 800 m. When you come to a bend in the road, follow the tarmac to the right. At the next crossroads, turn left onto the Chemin de Higueres for 30 m, then right onto the (tarmac) Chemin de Casteyre. After the last houses (organic farms), a track continues along the road. At the T-junction, take the left-hand path over the Casteyre bridge.
300 m further on, leave a grassy track in front of you to keep to the gravel track that bends 90° to the right. The Morlanné track (tarmac) takes over and brings you to a T-junction: go left for 50 m, then turn right (Larricq bus shelter). Quickly ignore a cul-de-sac of the same name on the right and the accesses to the housing estates, keeping the main road between the houses. At the end, carefully cross the D222 (traffic) and continue straight ahead along the (tarmac) Morlanné lane. 800 m further on, cross another road (be careful) and walk straight ahead through the villas on the Pont Long moor. At number 1314, at the four-way junction (8 km / 2h00), turn left onto the Chemin de Petit. 150 m further on (T), turn left again, then right at the metal barrier. The track runs alongside fields facing the Pyrenees (leave the side paths on either side). At the end of the straight, the gravel path veers left, then right, and crosses a stream. After 100 m of tarmac, fork right onto a gravel path towards a riding school. In front of the entrance to the buildings, veer to the right and follow a path along the fence into the Bastard national forest. Once through the gate, turn right onto the wide, straight path (3rd alleyway east) for 1.2 km. Relaxation area and water point (information), at the junction of Salié, Roumieu and Ossalès roads.
White and red (GR®)
Hiking Route (GR®)