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Albi and Tarn Valley up to Millau

Millau, Larzac, Tarn Valley, Pays de Roquefort, Gorges du Tarn


Dans le "Midi" du Sud-Aveyron
Far away from all the hustle and bustle, at 700km South of Paris, the Tarn river flows from the Cevennes through the departments Lozère, Aveyron and Tarn and the Grands Causses area.

Here le "Midi" (South of France) begins: A nice climate, : mountains, limestone plateaus (Causses), lush green valleys, roaring rivers (Tarn, Jonte, Dourbie, Lot, Aveyron, Dourdou). Lots of small villages here instead of large urban areas with dense population. No fast food here, but the French cuisine, honest food in small family-run hotels and you will get a warm welcome.

La Ligne Verte has settled in a small village in the Valley of the Tarn, 60 km from Millau and Albi, called Broquiès . This part of the course of the Tarn is called the "Raspes" and is attractiveif you
like quiet, simplicity and unspoiled nature. It lies in the Parc Régional des Grands Causses in South-Aveyron, Occitanie. Aveyron is also a rich source of (ancient) culture: the district of Templars, medieval cloisters and places of pilgrimage. And... apart from the cyclists and hikers, a renowned district for bird-watching, mountain-biking, (fly-)fishing, but above all a region if you
seek nature, quiet and farsights of mountains, valleys and plateaus, called Causses.

Albi is a nice start for accessing the Grands Causses nature park.
By the lovely Tarn valley you will reach Millau in 2, 3 or 4 days cycling, 7 or 8 days walking.

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Three distinct landscapes to enjoy Sud-Aveyron in the Parc des Grands Causses:
Walking in
Tarn Valley
Walking in
Pays de Roquefort
Walking in the
Gorges du Tarn

Find here some pictures with the views on Sud-Aveyron.

Tarn Valley, Between Albi and Millau

Millau, the Pont le Rouge and the viaduct

More pictures of Tarn Valley.

Between Albi , the pink city - with its beautiful old brick-built centre, the Toulouse-Lautrec museum and its Cathedral - and Millau, in the center of Parc des Grands Causses, you will be walking or biking alongside the Tarn river in a steep sided valley. Down in the valley between two hilly plateaux which rise up to 700m height, you'll get the feeling of being up in the mountains. The river flows swiftly to the West through the valley, also called "La Vallée de l'Amitiée, a very friendly place in which to stay and hike and a bit more to the East the Raspes du Tarn . You'll see and visit old castles in Brousse-le-Chateau, Coupiac, St.Izaire and pitoresque villages like Ambialet and St.Rome de Tarn. For centuries life and local trade has centered around these places.

Tarn Valley walking and cycling tours
Tarn Valley haf way Albi and Millau

From Millau, a pleasant small Mediterranean alike city, also the gateway to the better known canyons of the Gorges du Tarn and a centre for activity holidays, you'll start the Tarn Valley walk under the worlds highest viaduct from where you will be heading further downstream.

From the second half of june the chirring sound of cicades will go all along with you as if in Provence.

Light walking holiday in Tarn Valley

Pays de Roquefort.
More pictures of Pays de Roquefort.

South of the Tarn river, water acting on the limestone plateaux created caves, subterranean rivers, gushing springs.The most famous of the caves is now still used for the ripening of sheep cheese: Roquefort, king of cheeses, cheese of kings.

St.Jean d'Alcas
St.Jean d'Alcas and Cirque de Tournemire

Pays de Roquefort also includes the Causse du Larzac with its restored Medieval Templars garrisons from where crusades set oput in 10th-13th centuries, and the Redlands of Camarès with its Cistercienzer Abbaye de Sylvanès. St.Affrique, a small Southern town, is the starting place of many walks in this walking area. The landscape exudes peace and unspoiled natural beauty. Shepherds will be your only company during hours of walking.

Walking holiday in Pays de Roquefort and Templars

Walking or cycling the Canyons of the Grands Causses
Gorges de la Dourbie

Gorges and Causses, French canyons Gorges du Tarn

More pictures of Gorges and Causses.

East of Millau the Tarn river and its tributaries carved out 4 canyon like Gorges: Gorges de la Dourbie, Gorges de la Jonte, Gorges du Trèvezel and the most famous of all the Gorges du Tarn. These Gorges are at the heart of the most spectacular walking and cycling area of the Grands Causses Natural Parc. Steep crags of 400m and the typical scenery of limestone plateaux dissected by rivers.You'll see the Grotte Rose of Dargilan, the unusual scenery of the Causses (Le Chaos de Montpellier le Vieux and Roques Altes). Your walk begins and ends in Millau or at Château de Creissels.

Walking on Causses and Gorges in France

Walk in the Gorges du Tarn

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