Poffy - Signage in front of a rapeseed field © Lot Tourisme - C.Sanchez
Lot Tourisme - C.Sanchez

Circuit des Phosphatières du Cloup d’Aural

from BACH
That's it BACH
Duration 02:30
Difficulty Easy
Distance 9km
Denivele 80m

This path takes place partly on the way to Compostela and goes alongside old phosphate mines where many fossils lie.

In 2007, the inventory of the geological heritage of the Lot department revealed the presence of a geological heritage of unsuspected richness. This inventory revealed the presence of a very diversified heritage with indications of the opening of the central Atlantic Ocean 170 million years ago, an exceptional karstic morphology, rare mineral forms, etc.


Go equipped with suitable shoes and waterproof clothing, protect yourself from the sun, bring water and find out about the weather conditions.

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At the exit of the car park, follow the path along the D19 on the left for 300 m (caution, road traffic), and take the small road on the left.

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Before continuing straight ahead, take a break at the pretty wash house of Escabasse and its lake of Saint-Namphaise. Continue the path down to two remarkable wells. Continue to find a grassy path to follow on the left.

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Arrive at a crossroads, head right on the wide path (GRP® Midi-Quercy yellow/red markings).

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Leave it and turn right towards Bach. Reach the D22, turn left (cross) and immediately arrive at the D19, cross (Town Hall on the right), take the small road and then the path.

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Cross the D22, and join the small road opposite, continue for about 600 m, leaving the direction to the Bories Basses on the right. Reach a crossroads, go left for 50 m.

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Join the GR®36/46 which you take to the right. Leave the small road on the right (old lake and well). Arrive at a crossroads and turn left for 500 m (GR®65).

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Leave the crossroads on the right for a grassy path, bordered by low walls “chemin du loup“ and reach the starting point after crossing the D19 (caution, road traffic).


Yellow (+ interpretation terminals)

Sur la D19 à l'entrée du site des phosphatières.
46230 BACH
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