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Walk on the Causse du Larzac in Templars County.

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In centre of Pays de Roquefort you can visit the Roquefort caves and the Templars cities of Ste. Eulalie-de-Cernon, Viala du Pas de Jaux and la Couvertoirade.

St.Jean d'Alcas
Pays de Roquefort

You'll cross part of the Plateau du Larzac and go down to green and colorfull Sorgues Valley. The next part of this walk you will be heading up to the Plateau de Guilhaumard.

Past rugged rock formations on these limestone plateaus where dinosaurs were found you'll be walking over a steppe-like landscape with fantastic colors and exceptional vegetation.
The ravine, Cirque de Tournemire, you'll pass beneath as well as to top over footpaths and at save distance of the abyss. Beautiful villages such as Ste Eulalie remind you of the late presence of the Templars.
Often you will meet the only dwellers of these causses: the shephards and their Border Collies with flocks of sheep occasionally passing small brooks walking up the Plateau de Guilhaumard.



Many different cultures have made their mark on the area of Aveyron and the evidence of very early civilisations is shown in the stone monuments and rich architecture of the past, which include dolmens, menhirs, fortresses, fortified castles, abbeys, churches and in the rock worn out cart tracks.

The Romans were in Aveyron from 118BC. The road which linked Rodez and Millau was littered with villas and grand estates. It also connected to the Via Domitia, giving access to the whole Roman Empire. In fact Millau was one of the largest centres of pottery production in the Roman Empire.

The early Middle Ages saw the presence of the Knights Templar in Aveyron. Rouergue and Rodez were sold to finance the Count of Toulouse’s part in the 1st Crusade.

Rugged rockformations of the causses.

Roquefort village and the Cirque de Tournemire-Brias


Wide karstic plateaus extend in the carbonate rocks of the Grands Causses area, north of Montpellier (south of France). They are surrounded by a hard rock base that feeds important rivers, such as the Tarn River and tributaries, and crosses the plateaus creating deep gorges. The Larzac plateau, the most southern, makes a link with the Mediterranean region. It is traversed by one of the main national roads and another main road under construction from Clermont-Ferrand to Montpellier and Spain. The karst water resource of the plateau, from springs, is used as a water supply for the Millau area (30,000 inhabitants); but it also recharges surface rivers, mainly during the summer and fall when the water level is low, in a region that is well known for water recreation activities, for fish farming and, above all, for sheep farming and Roquefort cheese production.

St.Affrique Medieval bridge on Sorgues river.

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standard** packages

Basic rate in € p.p. - double room sharing. Bags transfer, maps and written route instructions included
BnB's Dinners Basic rate p.p.
2p sharing room
Single room
5 days 4 4 € 591 € 5 € 202
6 days 5 5 € 682 € 6 € 234
7 days 6 5 € 820 € 21 € 293
8 days 7 6 € 958 € 22 € 341
9 days 8 7 € 1044 € 25 € 381

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Extra nights BnB   Dinner Rate p.p.
2 p sharing room
Single room
St. Affrique ** Pont Neuf yes yes € 84 € 0 € 52
Ste.Eulalie-de-Cernon ** Cardabelle yes yes € 63 € 2 € 34
Millau Hotel Le Commerce ** yes no € 45 € 15 € 41
  • Not included: Lunches.

  • Supplement for rooms with 2 beds: € 4 per night per room

  • Solo-traveller: add 70 % to basic rate including the single room supplement

Discount p.p. for small groups and families
See terms and conditions of group discounts

Parties van 3 personen :   6 % p.p.
Parties van 4 personen :   8 % p.p.
Parties van 5 personen : 10 % p.p.
Parties van 6 personen : 10 % p.p.
Parties van 7 personen : 10 % p.p.
Parties van 8 personen : 11 % p.p.

Itineraries Stages Pricing

H29 Stages 5 days 6 days 7 days 8 days 9 days
la Couvertoirade ** La Salvetat du Larzac Day 1 Day 1 Day 1 Day 1 Day 1
Ste. Eulalie-de-Cernon ** Auberge Cardabelle Day 2 Day 2 Day 2 Day 2 Day 2
St. Jean d'Alcas *** Moulin de Gauty Zwembad Day 3 Day 3 Day 3 Day 3 Day 3
Lauras ** Le Combalou (via Roquefort)   Day 4 Day 4 Day 4 Day 4
St.Affrique ** Hôtel le Pont Neuf Day 4 Day 5 Day 5 Day 5 Day 5
Millau, Hotel du Commerce **     Day 6 Day 6 Day 6
la Cavalerie ** Hotel de la Poste         Day 7
la Couvertoirade ** La Salvetat du Larzac       Day 7 Day 8
Leave after breakfast Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9
Transfers after breakfast to Millau or busstation le Caylar (optional)

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H29 Track details Hiking distance Elevation gains (cumulative)
St. Jean d'Alcas - St. Affrique 19 km ↑350m↓350m
Couvertoirade - Ste. Eulalie 22 km ↑ 350m ↓ 50m
Ste. Eulalie - St. Jean d'Alcas 22 km ↑ 250m ↓ 350m
St. Jean d'Alcas - St. Affrique 21 km ↑ 250m ↓ 350m
St. Jean d'Alcas - Lauras (via Roquefort) 15, 18 of 23 km ↑ 250m ↓ 350m

Ste. Eulalie-de-Cernon
Ste. Eulalie-de-Cernon


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