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The three Valleys

The three Valleys

Starting from the village of Saint-Izaire which holds a medieval red sandstone jewel, explore this route along the Dourdou, Tarn and Gos valleys and enjoy many spectacular views and a tremendous historic heritage.


Take the road towards Faveyrolles up to the first intersection, then fork to the right on a dirt road for 800 m (scenic view over the village). Reach the disused "Le Graudenc" farm building, carry on towards the culminating point at the foot of a high-voltage tower, then walk down the Gos creek valley and enjoy an extensive scenic view over the distant horizon.
After a steep slope between two fields, fork to the left at the intersection right by the small stone cross. Walk past dilapidated buildings and follow the track down to the valley. On the valley bottom, right at the intersection, take a hairpin bend to the right above the sandpit which can be seen 50 m further.
Walk along the shady bank of the Tarn river and through the hamlet of Les Alverhnes. After a 300 m section of tarmac road, go down to the left and pass under the stone bridge of the former railway.
Go to the left of the tunnel along the Dourdou river and carry straight on, leaving to the left a nice private bridge over the Dourdou river next to the hamlet of Janolles. Follow the river and pass under another bridge of the former railway, then get back to the tarmac road.
Take to the left towards the Mas de Gascuel. Walk along the farm and take the gently sloping dirt road that leads you back to the village of Saint-Izaire.

17 km
4 h 30 mn
max. 517 m
min. 244 m
520 m
-519 m

Altimetric profile

Starting point


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Village de Saint-Izaire

L'histoire de ce village se confond  avec celle du vieux château épiscopal, résidence d'été des évêques de Vabres.Il est fait mention du nom de ce village pour la première fois dans un acte de 862.Au XIIème siècle, invasions, brigandages et luttes entre féodaux font régner une terrible insécurité et il est vraisemblable que le village s’enferme peu à peu dans des remparts qui deviennent le refuge des habitants des environs lors des désordres. Le château et le bourg fortifié datent des évêques de Vabres qui font de Saint-Izaire leur résidence d’été ainsi qu’un solide refuge.A la fin des guerres de religions, avec le retour de la paix, cette enceinte a perdu son rôle de fortification, elle a été percée de fenêtres, les portes fortifiées ont été démolies pour le passage des charrettes ou pour agrandir les maisons voisines. Le tracé des rues, ruelles et maisons est inchangé depuis le Moyen-âge, et dans certaines rues on peut encore voir de très belles façades et fenêtres du XVème siècle.

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Village of Saint-Izaire

The history of this village is intertwined with that of the old Episcopalian...Read more

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Departure

Village square in Saint-Izaire

Arrival

Village square in Saint-Izaire

Ambiance

In the middle of a red soil and wooded glen landscape, a whole architectural and industrial heritage awaits you: the castle of Saint-Izaire, an ancient sand pit, a former railway line and the hamlet of Janolles with its 16th century buildings. A hike located at the confluence of the Dourdou, Gos and Tarn rivers and during which times are intertwined.

Access

From Vabres-l’Abbaye, follow the D25 up to the village of St-Izaire.

Advised parking

At the edge of the river Le Dourdou right after the bridge

Public transport

Travel by bus or train: https://lio.laregion.fr/
Carpooling : BlaBlaCar, Rézo Pouce, Mobicoop, Idvroom, LaRoueVerte, Roulez malin

Advice

Box tree months are active from May to October. During the caterpillar phase, they feed on the leaves of box trees. They crawl down trees and move on long silken threads, although these threads are annoying when hiking they do not pose any health risk

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