Get away from it all

On the towpath from Bouziès to Saint-Cirq Lapopie

Saint-Cirq Lapopie towpath
Saint-Cirq Lapopie towpath
V.Seguin Gallery
Duration 3h
Round trip 8km
Accessible by mountain bike and all-terrain stroller

Carved into the rock between Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Bouziès, along the river, let yourself be surprised by this hiking trail, a marvel in nature, created by man.

Walk on the towpath, Bouziès
Walk on the towpath, Bouziès
Lot Tourisme - T.Verneuil

Let yourself be seduced by this charming walk listening to the birdsong, the calm of the water and the view of a resplendent nature while letting you be guided by the red and white markup...

A walk in the time of sailors

The walk begins at the Saint Cirq Lapopie nautical stopover or at the port of Bouziès for 10 km round trip of discovery and enchantment. While following the lot river, you will see a first lock, that of the medieval village, then a second, the lock of Ganil and it is at this moment when the cliff drops steeply to water level, that at been dug the rock over 300m long and 2m high. You will then discover the vision of this environment according to a Toulouse artist who sculpted the bas-relief in the side of the path in his own way.

However, it is possible to start the walk from the center of the village, the path will be a little more stony but just as pleasant for 8 km round trip.

If you only want to reach the dug rock and stroll in front of the Monnier sculptures, the departure is planned from the Bouziès car park (2,5€ per day) up to the height of the Ganil lock, you will then have traveled 3km one way -return.

No difficulty for this 2h-2h30 return hike, you follow the river so it's flat. However, bring sports or walking shoes, it will be more comfortable. The only small difficulty will be the climb to the village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie for 10 short minutes.

The "Rando Cruise" formula

In July - August, you have the possibility of going one way by boat and returning on foot by the towpath, in one direction or the other.

You will find this "Croisière Rando" at Saint-Cirq Lapopie cruises.

A bit of history along the way

Built in 1845 by men, the towpath was used by horses to allow barges or flat-bottomed boats to go up the currents loaded with local goods towards Bordeaux.

The loaded products were rather Cahors wines, dried plums but also the productions of wood turners and more precisely taps of wine barrels.

In 1926, the Lot was declassified as a navigable river and redeveloped for pleasure boating since 1990.

Steps :

Departure from the Bouziès car park

Sculpture "M the mammoth"

Mammoth sculpture at the start of the towpath in Bouziès
Mammoth sculpture at the start of the towpath in Bouziès
E.Faure

Gift of artists Eric Manes-Malmon and Yvan Mathis; sculpture created in July 2013 as part of the Association M le mammoth, installed in Bouziès in July 2016.

Old railway bridge

Bridge of the old railway line in Bouziès at the start of the towpath
Bridge of the old railway line in Bouziès at the start of the towpath
E.Faure

Beginning of the excavated part

Sailing on the Lot at Bouziès
Sailing on the Lot at Bouziès
Lot Tourisme - C. Ory

Sculptures by Daniel Monnier

Sculpted walls - Towpath from Ganil to Bouziès
Sculpted walls - Towpath from Ganil to Bouziès
C. Ory

Daniel Monnier undertakes shortly before a new development, the realization of the bas-relief in the dug side of the towpath. He presents in his own way the environment of the river, its fauna, its flora and its fossils.

Ganil Lock

Habitable boat at the Ganil lock along the towpath
Habitable boat at the Ganil lock along the towpath
E.Faure

Village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

View of the village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie
View of the village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie
J.Morel

Discover this village camped on its rocky outcrop above the river: panorama, medieval history, artists, gastronomy... everything is gathered here.

Discover Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

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