Trekking the Cathar Way

The GR367 Sentier Cathare in southern France

By Luke Smith, Nell Sleet

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Guidebook to the GR367 Cathar Way (Sentier Cathare) in the Languedoc region of southern France. The 260km waymarked trail from Port la Nouvelle on the Mediterranean to Foix traces the history of the Cathars through the Eastern foothills of the Pyrenees. Split into 13 stages and offering a northern variant, the route takes about 2 weeks to complete.

Seasons

Best walking between April and June and between September and October. The summer months can be very hot, with accommodation busier and more expensive. Accommodation may be closed in winter and higher parts of the route can be impacted by snow.

Centres

Port-la-Nouvelle, Durban-Corbières, Tuchan, Cucugnan, Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes, Puilaurens, Axat, Bugarach (north variant), Quillan (north variant), Puivert, Espezel, Montségur, Montferrier, Foix

Difficulty

Difficulty varies from day to day, with some stages fairly gentle and others more strenuous, involving steep rocky paths and as much as 1000m ascent. A moderate level of fitness will improve your enjoyment of the trek. There are no technical difficulties but some sections of the route can feel remote, with few facilities (although accommodation is available at the end of every day stage).

Must See

Cathar castles: Aguilar, Quéribus, Peyrepertuse, Fenouillet, Puilaurens, Puivert, Montségur, Roquefixade and Foix; historic wine-producing villages such as Tuchan and Cucugnan; Galamus Gorge; the remote Boulzane River; the imposing ridge of the Pech de Bugarach; pretty Quillan (north variant); French Resistance memorials; fantastic panoramas from the Plateau de Languerail; Frau Gorge; views towards the Pyrenees
ISBN
9781786310477
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15 Jan 2022
Edition
Second
Pages
160
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
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Luke Smith

Luke is a writer and runs the slow travel blog What if we walked? with his wife Nell. They travel the slow way, exploring the world on foot, and document their journeys on their blog and their Instagram (@whatifwewalked), as well as other media. Their recent journeys together include the Rota Vicentina in Portugal, The Painters’ Way in Germany and the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome.​

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Nell Sleet

Nell is a writer and runs the slow travel blog What if we walked? with her husband Luke. They travel the slow way, exploring the world on foot, and document their journeys on their blog and their Instagram (@whatifwewalked), as well as other media. Their recent journeys together include the Rota Vicentina in Portugal, The Painters’ Way in Germany and the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome.

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