Col Salidès pass via St-André-de-Valborgne
The village of St André de Valborgne
Bernadette Lafont on the Camisard saga in and after 1702. As you reach the square again, quench your thirst at the fountain and have a look inside the Romanesque church (12th century).
Château de la Fare
The mediaeval castles
Château du Folhaquier
It is separated from the hamlet by a ditch cut into the schist bedrock, and a square tower can still be seen that was built in the 16th century on 12th century ramparts, as well as the vestiges of a round tower at the other end. The foundations of the castle chapel are easy to distinguish, and the Romanesque church of Notre-Dame du Folhaquier, which remains in an excellent state, has withstood the elements for almost a millennium.
The transhumant shepherd of the Col de Salidès
At the end of summer, each livestock farmer comes to recover his animals. Be careful around the dogs that watch over the flock!
It is important for the herd to graze here. The animals fertilise the soil and maintain the open spaces.
Start behind the Romanesque church of St-André de Valborgne, next to the bridge.
Cross in front of the church, cross the square and take the small road on the left to follow “Col Salidès”, via “Mas Galabert", "La Virevolte" ,"Les Mézariés". Then climb to the col Salidès pass via "La réserve de l'Hon".
At the Salidès pass, head towards "Aire de Côte". At the signpost "Bel Fats", walk downhill to "St-André de Valborgne".
This walk is taken from the guidebook Massif de l’Aigoual, published by the Communauté de communes Causses Aigoual Cévennes as part of the collection Espaces Naturels Gardois and the label Gard Pleine Nature.
Caution: patous (livestock guard dogs) at the Col Salidès pass and around Caprices des Cévennes farm! Seek advice on how to behave near these dogs from tourist offices and National Park information centres.
Tourism & national parc'house
Col de la Serreyrède, 30570 Val d'Aigoual
04 67 82 64 67
The Maison de l'Aigoual houses the tourism office Mont Aigoual Causses Cévennes and the Maison du Parc national. This visitor centre provides information on and raises awareness of the Cévennes National Park, its sites and events as well as the rules that must be observed in the National Park's central zone.
On site: changing exhibitions, video projections, Festival Nature events and shop Open year-round
Tourism office Mont Aigoual Causses Cévennes, Saint-André-de-Valborgne
les quais, 30940 Saint-André-de-Valborgne
04 66 60 32 11
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.
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