On the trail of the Romans

A Saussines walk posted on 10/02/15 by dimanche rando 34. Update : 17/06/19

This walk devoted to the discovery of Roman ruins will introduce you to two medieval Languedoc villages.The scrubland will bring you the fragrance of thyme and the landscapes will enchant photographers. Enjoy without moderation.
Note: To help with orientation, "tricky" sections have been highlighted with blue dotted markers.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h05[?]
Distance Distance : 10.14km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 72m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 71m
Highest point Highest point : 54m
Lowest point Lowest point : 20m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Saussines (34160)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.76185° / E 4.056625°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2842OT
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Description

Start from the Saissines school car park.

(D)To the right of the Virgin Mary, take the Rue Saint Victor. At the end turn right and take the Avenue de Boisseron, walking past the festival hall, and after 100m turn left on the Mas de Boulle trail.
At the end(1) Take small path to the left that crosses the stream and leads you to a wide path that you take on the left. When you get to the stream, cross it using the stepping stones, then continue on the other side on the dirt path that passes between Camargue bull enclosures. When you have walked along the camp site, you get to a crossing,(2) Take a short trip to the left to see the Château du Pie Bouquet (where Jackie Kennedy stayed in 1973). Return to the crossing and continue straight on. Immediately after you get to end of the camp site fence, turn right on a small trail that leads to the edge of the Bénovie cliffs, which you walk to the left of. At the end, continue along edge of the river for 500m, then join the tarmac path to the right and which leads to the departmental road just before the Roman bridge(3)
Do not cross the road but walk along the bridge toward the bottom to go underneath. Cross the river on the invert, and walk back along the bridge, admiring the multi centennial cedar tree. Take the Rue des Ramparts, followed by Rue des Douves and the Rue Souvielle; and observe the remains of the ramparts.
When you have arrived at the departmental road (4) cross it to find the Rue de la Carrière. After visiting the quarry, go to the top of the stone steps and follow the wooden fence to the left to descend toward the Rue des Fangades. Take this road to the right and after the bend, take the Chemin des Manardes which leads to the Rue du Tout Blanc which you walk up on the left to get to the cemetery. At this junction, take subdivision road opposite, the Rue de Mas de Barre, and ignore the others. At the end of this path, you'll get to the National road (5) be careful when crossing take the Rue des Hauts de Boisseron opposite, and at the fork stay on the left. Just after the first house on the left, by the street lamp, turn left (2 blue dots) onto a barely visible path which leads to a small mound where silos have been dug into the stone (cylindrical holes which were used to store grain, very rare in France and dating back to the time of the Gauls).
After visiting these silos, return to the house. Walk on the left along the Rue des Lavandes, cross the entire subdivision of Rompudes and at the end of the tarmac road, take the gravel passage (metal post with a blue dot).
Upon existing, turn right, walk down the street and at the bottom turn left and walk up to take a barely visible small path (between a house to the left and a fence on the right) and at the end, which is closed off by large rocks, turn slightly to the right and then almost opposite take the trail which goes toward the scrubland. Follow the path marked by blue dots (take a look but don't go toward the overhanging cliffs, there are spectacular landslides!). See the mill-wheel carved from rock and left where it is. Follow the blue dots carefully to return to the Mas de Boulle(1). When you get to the path, turns left and follow it to the end. Walk alongside the vine to your right for about 100m. Cross the road to take the small tarmac road opposite (6) which will lead you to a junction. Turn right and down to the village to join the start-point car park in front of the schools.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.96 - alt. km 0.96 - Mas de Boulle
2 : km 1.39 - alt. km 1.39
3 : km 2.28 - alt. km 2.28 - Track toward the Château du Pie Bouquet
4 : km 3.94 - alt. km 3.94 - Roman bridge
5 : km 5.48 - alt. km 5.48
6 : km 6.67 - alt. km 6.67 - Cross the national road CAREFULLY
7 : km 7.3 - alt. km 7.3
8 : km 9.03 - alt. km 9.03 - Walk alongside the vine to your right for about 10
D/A : km 10.14 - alt. km 10.14

Useful Information

You can enjoy a picnic in the quarry on stone tables. Take water, boots and a hat.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2842OT.

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

On this walk you'll discover two villages as well as a number of historic sites:
- Roman bridge from the 1st century AD
- fortified gate and ramparts,
- two châteaux,
- A site of Gallic silos (cylindrical holes dug man into the rock for storing cereals).

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.16/5
Number of opinions : 59
Description quality : 4.36/5
Routemap quality : 4.14/5
Walk interest : 3.97/5


Walker
on Mon 04 Feb 2019 09:44:05 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 03/02/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Nice walk mainly in the countryside but some areas though villages and new developments!!!!
Reasonably easy walking with a few small slopes. I have poor knees so sticks are helpful
Good example of the countryside in the Sommieres area

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