This loop leads the walker to the ridges which dominate the village and the castle of Mercuès.
Along the Lot valley, the most sumptuous residences are often the wine chateaux. It must be said that at all times, the vine was by far the most profitable crop.
Residence of the Bishops of Cahors built in the XNUMXth century, the castle of Mercuès had been abandoned for several years when, at the end of the 1970s, the wine merchant G. Vigouroux undertook to restore it to its former glory. This is how the medieval residence perched on a cliff overlooking the valley of the Lot was converted into a luxury hotel-restaurant.
Go equipped with suitable shoes and waterproof clothing, protect yourself from the sun, bring water and find out about the weather conditions.
With your back to the village hall, go left, leave 3 streets on your right then take the street on the left. Leave the rue des Arcades on your right and 50 m later, turn left. Continue to the road, turn right and cross the SNCF bridge. Continue to the crossroads marked with an iron cross.
Take the path to “Cap de la Croix Noire”. Follow the paved road until you come to a sharp left turn. Leave a first path on the right and take the next one.
Arrive at a cross road, turn right. Continue uphill towards the plateau. Come out on the road, turn right until the next crossroads of the roads of Mercuès and Calamane.
Take the first hairpin road on the right, continue on a path leaving a truffle field on the right. Continue on this winding path and descend on a stony path. Go past a reservoir on the left and down to a road.
Arrive at a road, turn left to arrive at the gate of the castle. Take the path that opens to the right of it. Continue straight ahead to the starting point.