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Visit to a Knights Templar village

Hikes & walks in Campestre-et-Luc

This walk will lead you to the Knights Templar village of La Couvertoirade. Take the GR 71 to the northern edge of the Luc estate, on the right of the D 273 road. Follow the GR to La Couvertoirade without changing direction. After passing through an oak forest, descend gradually to the Virenque Gorges, the sides of which are planted with ancient oak trees, the remains of a medieval forest which used to cover the entire Causses region.

Then follow the dried-out river bed for a short while and, on the right, climb up towards La Couvertoirade.

Description sheet

DepartmentGard
Departure municipalityCampestre-et-Luc
Outing typeHike
DifficultyEasy
Duration3h00
Recommended periodfrom january to december
EnvironmentCountryside
Kilometres3.7 mi
Altitude upon departure650m
Change in altitude100m

Access

Depart from the hamlet of Luc, near Campestre.

Itinerary

Take the GR 71 to the northern edge of the Luc estate, on the right of the D 273. After passing through Salbouch Wood, descend gradually to the Virenque Gorges, the sides of which are covered in oak trees, the remains of a medieval forest which used to cover most of the Causses. Follow the dried-out river bed for a short while, then climb to La Couvertoirade past oak trees and over moors; you will arrive at a large drinking area for cattle in the Templar village. Visit the village. Return via the same route.

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