Navacelles Cirque and Moulins de la Foux

A Saint-Maurice-Navacelles walk posted on 03/05/15 by christophe13930. Update : 16/01/18

A fairly conventional circuit that lets walkers admire the Cirque de Navacelles and hike in the gorges of La Vis. The ruins of the Moulins de la Foux are the ultimate goal of the hike, with beautiful explanations of these water mills and on the underground portion of the screw, not yet fully explored.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h50[?]
Distance Distance : 12.43km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 553m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 547m
Highest point Highest point : 620m
Lowest point Lowest point : 334m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Cévennes, Massif central, Causse du Larzac
Location Location : Saint-Maurice-Navacelles (34520|34190)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.887083° / E 3.508055°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2642ET
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Description

Park in the car parking area on the D130, just before the viewpoint of the Cirque de Navacelles.

(S) Head out into the parking lot to find the beginning of the trail, as well as a map and information about route markings. You will quickly approach the cliff and soon find the overview of the Cirque de Navacelles.

Some loops followed by a route due north on the rump of the hill leading, twenty minutes later, to the D130 and the first houses of the village. On the IGN map, the path is dotted but it is clearly visible on the ground.

(1) Cross the road and turn right through the village down to La Vis that you follow to the left by not crossing the Roman bridge.

Continue along the bank GRP Yellow and Red markings. 1 km further on you will encounter the D130 up to a submersible bridge. The circuit follows this road going up to the left for about 300 m. The markings are clear before crossroads. Avoid the shortcut that you see opposite.

(2) Arrive at the crossroads, continue on the clearly marked GRP route on the right.
You will head up La Vis on its right bank. You will see a dam and some riverside areas suitable for picnic. The trail is shady and near the river, without any particular dangers (in early May).

(3) At the next junction, leave the GRP and continue opposite to take the path to the right leading to the Moulins de la Foux. They are well signposted. A somewhat delicate section (slippery ground) and is equipped with a rope rail.

Soon arrive at the mills where there is a great deal of information provided on both the mills and the resurgence of La Vis encountered on the approach. The crossing poses no problem with the water flow rates when we visited. Be very careful during high water and, if necessary, turn back.

The way back is marked in yellow and quickly rises up providing beautiful views of the gorge. You reach the D713 road in a hairpin bend at marker 493.

(4) Take this road to the right downhill for around 350 m until you find a well-marked path down to Navacelles on your left. You will come upon many dry stone buildings (ruins) on your way.

(5) At the junction, go straight to quickly reach the river at the very bottom with beautiful views of its course and the famous Cirque de Navacelles. You reach the village at the Roman bridge.
Just before this, there is a small detour of 200 m that takes you to see the waterfalls. To do this, go straight along the path in front of the houses and arrive on a terrace from which you can see the waterfalls.

Turn back to the bridge, cross it and go up in the village. You might be drawn to pay a visit to the crêperie to the before then resuming the morning’s route in reverse to reach Baume Auriol and car park at the starting point.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Cirque de Navacelles
1 : km 1.21 - alt. km 1.21 - D130, cross it and head down to the village
2 : km 3.14 - alt. km 3.14 - Intersecting roads, turn right on the GRP
3 : km 7.09 - alt. km 7.09 - Leave the GRP, turn right towards the mills
4 : km 8.19 - alt. km 8.19 - D713, turn right downhill
5 : km 10.33 - alt. km 10.33 - Branching path, go straight downhill
D/A : km 12.43 - alt. km 12.43 - Cirque de Navacelles

Useful Information

Note that there are public toilets in the village after the D130.

This hike is recommended from the plateau, more exactly from Baume Auriol, which is indicated on road signs. There is a fairly large car park. The road continues to Navacelles at the far end of the cirque, but it is narrow, with some shelters. In busy periods it must be a nightmare. This starting point means a greater difference in altitude included in the total for the hike.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2642ET.

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 Moulins de la Foux and the resurgence of La Vis are the goal of this hike.
The Cirque de Navacelles should be seen, as well as several houses in the village.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.71/5
Number of opinions : 86
Description quality : 4.64/5
Routemap quality : 4.69/5
Walk interest : 4.8/5


Walker
on Mon 24 Sep 2018 19:26:06 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 13/09/18
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

This was a great walk BUT do not park at the suggested place UNLESS you are a glutton for punishment. The route to Navacelles village from the suggested parking is very steep and quite long. It does offer great views but you could get these views by simply parking for 5 minutes and wandering about with your camera. At the end of the walk you will be very pleased if you do not have to hike back up the long and steep path.
Instead park in the village of Navacelles. We saw plenty of parking places.
The village of Navacelles is beautiful and well worth a wander. The route is then initially close to the river with a few beautiful spots to paddle. However the path then leads enticingly close to the river without actually giving the hiker many glimpses of it. Arriving at the mills it will have all been worth every step. Allow time to look about and read some of the information (available in English).
From here there is a steep pull up to the road but its soon over. Then its a mix of paths and road with nothing too strenuous until you find yourselves back at the village of Navacelles.
IF TIME IS SHORT then park at the top for the views, then park again in Navacelles and have a good look around. Then park on the road near the mills and walk there and back on the same path.

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