The circular

The circular

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Undergrowth and views of the Razès

The particular shape of these villages, called circular villages, is not exclusive to our region. It is explained by the relief and by the social organisation of the populations.
Its origin would be directly linked to the establishment of sacred spaces "Zone of peace" of 30 or 60 steps around the church (IX-XIIth century).


Signs : Yellow and Orange Circle

From the sign in the village, go downhill on the D43. Just before leaving the village, turn right and go down "Chemin de la Martine". From here you can see the Arnauteille campsite.
At the bottom, take the road again, cross the bridge where the stream "le Grand Rec" flows peacefully. Go past the entrance to the campsite
Continue to the electric transformer and 250m after it, turn right.

Gradually climb through a copse of oaks. The Montpellier rockrose occupies the edges of the path. Higher up, at the junction with the track, go right into the undergrowth.

The ridge allows you to see on the left, Limoux and the long roof of the tile factory, as well as its vineyards. On the right of the path, the agricultural and livestock landscape. Slightly to the left is the village of Montclar.

Further on, at the beginning of  the undergrowth, at the crossroads, turn right onto the small shady path which is very pleasant in summer. At the next crossroads turn right again and go down the track (steep slope).
At the bottom of the fork, turn left and cross a small bridge. Immediately afterwards, turn right onto a nice gravel track until you reach a concrete bridge to cross the stream "Le Grand Rec" one last time.

Then turn right onto the small road going up towards the village.

  • Departure : MONTCLAR – Parking lot on the D43
  • Arrival : MONTCLAR – Parking lot on the D43
  • Towns crossed : Montclar, Rouffiac-d'Aude, Pomas, and Cépie


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