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Gorges du Tarn Causses

Castelbouc

History and culture
Water and geology
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This is a fairly shaded walk with pretty views onto the protected site of Castelbouc and the opportunity for a swim at the end!

3 points of interest

  • Water

    The spring of Castelbouc

    The vast spring as you enter the hamlet has four outlets, including one at the back. These openings, out of which water surges during heavy rain, reinforce the translation of the Occitan bouc as bouches (“mouths”). All springs are fed by a catchment area of varying size. Here, the catchment area is the sector of Aven du Pic de l’Usclat, Aven du Loup (Cros garnon) and Aven du Crapaud (Fretma) on the Causse Méjean plateau.
  • History

    The strange legend of Castelbouc

    For you to judge…
    The etymology of Castelbouc is castel blanc, meaning “perched on the rock” in Occitan.
    Legend has it that during the Crusades the castle’s lord was the only man to have remained behind in this little hamlet of dwellings built against the cliff. He had many female visitors, and it was important to him to satisfy their needs. Unfortunately, the Crusade was so long that he was unable to keep going to its end. When his soul left his body, an enormous he-goat was seen hovering over the castle tower… Ever since, a bleating sound followed by strange murmurings can be heard on the summit. This is the legendary origin of the name of Castelbouc...
  • History

    Castle of Castelbouc

    It is also said that the castle of Castelbouc got its name from the fact that only goats managed to climb all the way up to the ruins. The men who built it certainly knew their rock-climbing! The Knights Templar archives mention the castle between 1175 and 1191. In 1588, the Estates General of the Gévaudan ordered that the castle be demolished so as to deprive the protestants of the Cévennes of an impregnable retreat. On 21 April 1592, its complete destruction was ordered. (Lozère departmental archives)

Description

From the car park, enter the hamlet and cross the square.
1) At the bread oven, take the lane on the left. 50 m further on, turn left and climb to the castle ruins. Go uphill on this path, ignoring all others. It comes out on an old forest track.
2) Turn right and follow the forest track for over a kilometre.
3) At the fork, continue straight ahead on the track that goes downhill to join up with the old track linking “Chaldas/Castelbouc”.
4) Take this downhill to Castelbouc. Go back up into the hamlet to reach the car park.
  • Departure : Castelbouc, as you enter the hamlet
  • Arrival : Castelbouc, as you enter the hamlet
  • Towns crossed : Gorges du Tarn Causses

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Altimetric profile


Recommandations

Caution: the first section of this path is steep. Make sure your equipment is appropriate for the day’s weather conditions. Remember that the weather changes quickly in the mountains. Take enough water, wear sturdy shoes and put on a hat. Please close all gates and barriers behind you.

Information desks

Tourism'house and national Parc at Florac

Place de l'ancienne gare, N106, 48400 Florac-trois-rivières

https://www.cevennes-gorges-du-tarn.cominfo@cevennes-parcnational.fr04 66 45 01 14

This office is part of the National Park's associated tourist-information network, whose mission is to provide information on, and raise awareness of, the sites and events as well as the rules that must be observed in the National Park's central zone.

On site:  exhibitions, video projections, events and shop Open year-round

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Tourism office Cévennes Gorges du Tarn, Ispagnac

Place de l'Église, 48320 Ispagnac

https://www.cevennes-gorges-du-tarn.com/contact@cevennes-gorges-du-tarn.com04 66 45 01 14

This office is part of the National Park's associated tourist-information network, whose mission is to provide information on, and raise awareness of, the sites and events as well as the rules that must be observed in the National Park's central zone.
Open year-round

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Access and parking

From Ispagnac, drive into the Tarn Gorge on the D 907b; after Blajoux, at Le Céret, take the road that goes downhill on the left to Castelbouc

Parking :

As you enter the hamlet

Source

CC Gorges Causses Cévenneshttps://www.gorgescaussescevennes.fr/
Parc national des Cévenneshttp://www.cevennes-parcnational.fr/

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