randonnée dans le Tarn
randonnée dans le Tarn

Nature walks: our Top 6

We all have a good pair of trainers at home, we all like to get some fresh air. For stress-free hiking, the formula is always the same: set off and be guided by the beauty of the landscapes, the simplicity of your encounters and the conviction that each little corner of nature is a treasure to be preserved.

Laure Villain
Balade en famille à Cordes sur Ciel
Balade en famille à Cordes sur Ciel

The Heritage Path of Cordes sur Ciel

The walk begins at the foot of the centuries-old streets of Cordes sur Ciel. The Gothic façades are a gentle warm-up, but you'll have to earn your way to the top of the Cité! From Les Cabannes to Vindrac-Alayrac, explore the countryside around Cordes sur Ciel and its architectural treasures. From an old railway line, to a medieval bridge in the middle of nowhere, and a Merovingian necropolis, you'll set the scene for a film that takes you back in time! On this 15 km walk across the causse, don't forget to take a break to cool off and admire the views of the city of Cordes sur Ciel from every angle. Before setting off on any further adventures, why not take another leisurely stroll around the town and pay a visit to its craftsmen?

EASY -  15km / Duration about 4.50h

My Destination
Balade en famille à Cestayrols
Balade en famille à Cestayrols
Life in green 

The hillside path from Cestayrols

We can't stop finding good reasons to go on this walk. The route is easy and accessible to all, so you can take both your little ones and grandparents with no worry. All that remains is to convince them to start the walk because the village of Cestayrols has much to attract walkers. Nicknamed the "Snail village", it has the particularity in this bastide region of having its winding streets turn like a snail's shell up to the church. Once you're on the path, the sequence of landscapes begins: sometimes undergrowth, sometimes vines and meadows in a soft shade of green. The magnificent buildings you'll pass on the path will leave you in admiration. When it's time to stop for a picnic lunch, opt for the cool shade of a wash house or dovecote.
EASY - 9.5 km / Duration approx. 3 hrs 30

Top tip: extend your walk by stopping at Château Lacroux in Lincarque, just nearby. Bruno, the winegrower, is very friendly and will share all his secrets about Gaillac wines. Then grab a glass and enjoy the extraordinary panorama from the estate's terrace.

balade sur les remparts de Puycelsi
balade sur les remparts de Puycelsi
Among the earth and stones

The heritage path at Puycelsi

Set off for the grounds of the Verger Conservatoire Départemental to start the walk. More than 800 varieties of fruit are cared for here: they are not to be touched of course, but hopefully you have brought a few in your bag as snacks... Do you prefer bananas or apples? In any case, this sporty route will be a peach! Around you, valleys create differences in altitude. Focus on the landscapes to forget the effort required. Look out for the rocks of Puycelsi, take a refreshing moment near the Audoulou waterfalls and admire the Forêt de Grésigne, the largest forest in the Tarn and the biggest oak forest in the south of France. 
MEDIUM  - 12 km (or a 7-km variation) / Duration approx. 4 hrs

Our advice: return to Puycelsi at the end of the day and wait for the sky to light up for an unforgettable sunset from this medieval rooftop!

Entre 2 Pôles
Randonnée dans les vignes, vignoble de Gaillac
Randonnée dans les vignes, vignoble de Gaillac
Among the vines

The Vignoble & Châteaux path at Cahuzac-sur-Vère

This hike gives walkers a strong taste of the Gaillac region. On the slopes of the thousand-year-old vineyard, the path winds between vines, copses, moorland and valleys. It's an opportunity to discover the characteristics of this land, cradled between the Mediterranean and oceanic influences and dried out by the Autan wind. From the hillsides, let your gaze wander across the vast Grésigne Forest and the Tarn valley. With mountains on the horizon, typical Gaillac dovecotes stand, as well as wine farms, known as "Mas", often adorned with umbrella pines. At other stages there are different styles, castles mark the route: with their towers and surrounding walls, the castles of Mauriac and Salettes may seem impregnable, but they welcome visitors for a beautiful historical interlude.
DIFFICULT  - 17.5 km / Duration approx. 4 hrs 30

OT a Toscane Occitane
randonnée en hiver
randonnée en hiver
In the woods

The Suquets Path in Penne

From the village, you start on the road before joining a small path. From here, the view of the fortress of Penne is only disturbed by the passing sheep. Magnificent! After taking a few minutes to enjoy the view, you continue on into the woods. On the way, you cross hamlets and a small stone bridge, then slip into a landscape with a Mediterranean feel. Now the path climbs higher, but the misfortune of the calves is the joy of the eyes! A change of scenery is guaranteed when you reach the summit for a well-deserved break. Then the descent begins. Just a stone's throw from the finish, the descent follows the road next to the Pic cheese dairy. This is the perfect opportunity to fill your bag with good goat's cheese, before heading back up towards Penne, bypassing its fortress.

EASY - 11km / Duration around 3.15h

Vallée de Bonnan à Milhars
Vallée de Bonnan à Milhars
Of all colours

The Bonnan Valley

Just outside Milhars, a path winds its way between the slopes of the Bonnan valley, and you can see it all! On the surrounding heights, the dry slopes are reminiscent of Mediterranean landscapes. Down below, in the wetland area, a peaceful stream flows through rich flora and green meadows alternating with undergrowth. Long ago, this area was inhabited. Agriculture and crafts were practised here. The ruins you come across along the way are remnants of this, now littered with vegetation. We almost feel like looking for the fantastic creatures that might be hiding there... If you find them, give us a call! For our part, we're content to admire the colours of the valley as it unfolds before our very eyes, and as it glows in autumn.

Our tip: At the heart of the valley flows a beautiful waterfall. To admire it, take a walk along the path in autumn or winter!

MEDIUM - 11km / Duration about 3.15h

How about a horseride? 

The Tour du Tarn on horseback is a 500-km loop. But there is no need to go straight for the Grand Slam, there are many other routes that are suitable for riders and their mounts. Among our most popular spots is the Grésigne Forest with its shady paths and unmistakeable scents. You can also go to the Gaillac vineyards and enjoy being up high to better admire the lines of vines forming hypnotic mosaics.

randonnée à cheval dans le Tarn
randonnée à cheval dans le Tarn
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Equestrian centres

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