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The Cathar Way A walker's guide to the Sentier Cathare - Cicerone

A guidebook to walking the Cathar Way, a waymarked trail through France's southwest, linking historic castles associated with the ill-fated 13th-century Cathar heresy. This 250km (2-week) route runs through the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Languedoc region of southern France, from the Mediterranean to Foix. Beautiful and historic area.

EAN13 : 9781852844868

  • Publisher/Serie : Cicerone/International trekking
  • Destination : Occitanie
  • Activity : Trekking/Trail
  • Publication date : jun-2012
  • Pages : 192
  • specifications/quality : paperback
  • Language : english
  • Dimension : 11.6cm x 17.2cm x 1.3cm


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The Cathar Way - the Sentier Cathare - is a popular, well-waymarked trail which links several of the world-famous 'Cathar castles' of south-west France.

A challenging, fascinating and rewarding route, it is not an arduous mountain trek. The trail runs for about 250 kilometres – from the Mediterranean coast westward to the historic town of Foix. It can be walked in two weeks or less by anyone who is well-equipped and moderately fit. Good-quality accommodation is available at regular intervals along the entire length of the trail.

The trail traverses the dramatic foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, a beautiful countryside which enjoys plenty of sunshine and is rich in wildlife.

The highlights of the Cathar Way are the 'castles in the sky' like Quéribus, Peyrepertuse and Montségur. These incredible medieval fortifications will forever be associated with the ill-fated Cathar 'heresy', which was brutally suppressed in the thirteenth century. 


Ideal Easter to early autumn, but can be hot in some areas from early June to mid-September.


Port-la-Nouvelle and Foix (end-points). Acces via Toulouse, Montpellier, Nîmes, Perpignan, Barcelona, Girona, Carcassonne.


Hillwalking but not an arduous mountain trek (highest altitude 1300m). Can be walked by anyone who is well equipped and moderately fit.

Must See

Cathar castles of Quéribus, Peyrepertuse and Montségur.


The Sentier Cathare
The Cathars
Cathar History
Cathar Castles
The Cathar Region
The Sentier Cathare, Port-la-Nouvelle to Foix
Getting There
Getting Around
How to Use This Guide
Planning a Trek Along the Cathar Way
Stocking Up
Equipment and Water
Stage 1 Port-la-Nouvelle to Durban-Corbières
Stage 2 Durban-Corbières to Tuchan
Stage 3 Tuchan to Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse
Stage 4 (Main Route) Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse to Prugnanes
Stage 4 (North Variant) Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse to Camps-sur-l’Agly
Stage 5 (Main Route) Prugnanes to Puilaurens
Stage 5 (North Variant) Camps-sur-l’Agly to Bugarach
Stage 5 Link from North Variant to Main Route
Stage 6 (Main Route) Puilaurens to Quirbajou (or Labeau)
Stage 6 (North Variant) Bugarach to Quillan
Stage 7 (Main Route) Quirbajou (or Labeau) to Puivert
Stage 7 (North Variant) Quillan to Puivert
Stage 8 Puivert to Espezel (or Belvis)
Stage 9 Espezel (or Belvis) to Comus
Stage 10 Comus to Montségur
Stage 11 Montségur to Roquefixade
Stage 12 Roquefixade to Foix

Final Thoughts
Appendix 1 Accommodation and Further Information
Appendix 2 Useful Addresses and Websites, Taxi Services
Appendix 3 Other Long-distance Paths in the Cathar Region
Appendix 4 Useful Publications
Route Summary


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