This little adventure in the Sidobre will give you a taste of granite working, as well as some of the great sites and rocks on the GR36, such as the "sentier des merveilles", the "sentier des immortels", the "lac du Merle"...
These days we can go anywhere on the planet very quickly and very far, but it's also possible to say to ourselves that we can slow down, consume differently, sit back and realise that the treasures we seek at the end of the world are sometimes just a stone's throw from where we live! This is the concept of the microadventure, with the aim of moving towards sensible and reasonable consumption, looking for an authentic experience not far from home, and finally, a desire to take one's time.
The key points of your microadventure will be :
- Location: experience and discoveries in your own region from Albi, Toulouse or Béziers.
- The time: it should be flexible and adaptable to your schedule (from a few hours to a long weekend to take the time to "disconnect" or reconnect with the essentials.
- Cost: the great advantage of the micro adventure is its cost! An ecological cost with a low carbon footprint and a low economic cost. Here, we'll be favouring travel by bus or train whenever possible.
Here's an example that you can adapt to suit your needs or constraints.
Depart from Toulouse on Friday 12 June 2019.
Bus line 760: departs from Toulouse Les Argoulets at 7.10 a.m. and arrives at Castres gare multimodale at 8.25 a.m.
Connection at the same station with bus line 763 Brassac/Lacaune at 8.50am - arrival at Vialavert at 9.15am.
Then take the small path (beside the first buildings) towards the Maison du Sidobre for 100 metres.
9.30am First discovery: The immortals' trail to find out more about the formation of the Sidobre and our menhir statues (duration approx. 20 mins). The trail starts between the Maison du Sidobre and the small lake.
10 am. Second discovery: visit to the Granite and People museum (free admission), lasting around 20 minutes.
At the Maison du Sidobre, you'll also find all the information you need to find out more about our destination Sidobre & vallées or the Haut Languedoc Regional Nature Park.
10:30am Third discovery: Take the Vialavert sagnes trail to Lac du Merle (yellow markings, then white and red at the junction with the GR 36). Duration approx. 50 mins.
11:30am Relaxation and a moment to recharge my batteries in front of this magical setting and astonishing lake.
12pm Picnic break on one of the tables next to the lake.
12:30pm Continue to follow the GR 36 (after the wooden footbridge) towards Crémaussel (about 1 hour).
1:30pm Fourth discovery: sentier des merveilles, one of the Sidobre classics (if you don't want to spend too much time, just do the middle loop without the descent to Trois fromages. (lasts about 45 minutes)
2.15 pm Return to the Maison du Sidobre (approx. 2 hours)
4:15pm Snack break at the picnic area next to the Maison du Sidobre and the Petit Las.
4:45pm departure for the bus stop at the crossroads with Gabaude.
5.55pm - arrival Matabiau 7.06pm
Then take metro line A to Les Argoulets (about 9 min), at around 7.20pm.
Practical info :
line 763 Castres-Brassac-Lacaune https://tarnbus.tarn.fr/nouvelles-fiches-horaires/
Line 760 Castres - Toulouse https://lio.laregion.fr/IMG/pdf/oc-1909-fhbus-tarn-760-7v_hd2.pdf
TER between Castres and Toulouse
Maison du Sidobre: picnic and relaxation area, water point, WC, baby carrier hire €5
Lac du Merle : Picnic area
Crémaussel : Water point
If you want to extend this experience, our holiday advisors are on hand (by telephone or e-mail) to help you prepare for it (accommodation, ideas for activities, other walks, etc.).
Animaux acceptés : Non
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