Following the footsteps of the Visigoths in Villarzel-Cabardès

A Villarzel-Cabardès walk posted on 18/02/16 by nanarddu11. Update : 29/10/16

You'll be amazed by the well-preserved state of the Visigoths' tombs found along the way. You can explore the cemetery, made up of fifteen or so graves, at the corner of a path in the middle of shrub land.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h10[?]
Distance Distance : 6.83km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 91m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 92m
Highest point Highest point : 223m
Lowest point Lowest point : 143m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Villarzel-Cabardès (11600)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.280354° / E 2.461408°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2345E
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Villarlong Castle

Description

(S/F) Heading out of Villarzel Village towards Villeneuve-Minervois, take a right onto Chemin de la Bergerie which leads to the D35.

(1) Take the D35 on the left over 200 m. Continue on the path which heads off to the left (signpost) and keep going towards Château de Villarlong.

(2) At the fork, after passing the château entrance, go to the right of the chapel, then after 80 m, let the path curve to the left and go right towards Clarisse church ruins (a must see). Backtrack until you get to the larger path and continue on your right. After about 200 m regain the waymarked trail on the right. Get to Grand-Combe stream and turn left. At the junction roughly 500 m further, steer right and keep going for a good one hundred metres.

(3) Leave the large path and take the trail that heads off to your right (signpost) leading to the cemetery.

(4) After a short stop in the cemetery containing Visigoths' tombs, ignore a trail heading off to the left and keep heading north on the path reaching a crossroads (high point 223). Head left, due south-west. Go left at the first junction then right at the following four leading to the D335.

(5) Take the D335 to the left over roughly 220 m.

(6) Next take the carriage road on the right which extends to Rue de la Fontaine at Villarzel-Cabardès village entrance.

(7) Turn left onto Rue des Colombes then left again reaching your starting point
(S/F).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.54 - alt. km 0.54 - The D35 junction
2 : km 1.41 - alt. km 1.41 - To the right of the chapel
3 : km 3.69 - alt. km 3.69 - At the signpost, trail to the right
4 : km 3.88 - alt. km 3.88 - Cemetary
5 : km 5.55 - alt. km 5.55 - The D335, to the left
6 : km 5.76 - alt. km 5.76 - Carriage road on the right
7 : km 6.61 - alt. km 6.61 - Rue des Colombes on the left
D/A : km 6.83 - alt. km 6.83

Useful Information

Villarzel is a small village where parking is non-regulated. You can easily find a spot to park if you respect traffic and the villagers. 3 or 4 places are available near the start point.
The hike is waymarked Yellow (a line) and a few signpost remind you that you're on the Visigoths trail. The hike is pleasant and easy but good shoes are essential due to certain areas of terrain.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2345E.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Les Wisigoths de Villarzel-Cabardès

Visits to the Visigoths museum in Villarzel-Cabardès village available by reservation.
Musée wisigothique

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