From mountains to valleys, this circuit invites you to discover mansions and water mills. After admiring the windmills of Castelnau-Montratier, a green and preserved landscape will accompany you.
New city of the Middle Ages, the bastide of Castelnau-Montratier, departure of this circuit, is organized around a large central covered square, straight and parallel streets. Its outlying Roman-Byzantine style church built in 1907 was consecrated in 1921. Three beautiful windmills standing proudly at the entrance to the bastide bear witness to a rich and prosperous past.
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 town hall, go to the left under the arcades and take the lane completely to the left which runs along the retirement home. Arrived on the place of the fairground, to turn on the right. At the roundabout, take towards Cahors, then take the rue de l'ancienne gendarmerie on the right, then on the left the "chemin de la colline". As you walk up this street, turning around, you can admire the neo-Byzantine church and the old village of Castelnau-Montratier (XNUMXth century bastide).
At the cross road, turn left and head towards the mill. At the D 659, cross and continue straight, along the two mills, go 500 m. At the bend, take the grassy path to the right and descend into the Grande Barguelonne valley. Cross the road and head towards the place called "Jouanès".
Continue right. After 500 m, leave the first road on the right and, 100 m further on the right, follow the wide dirt road which climbs up to the plateau. At the crossroads of four paths, turn left and continue to a side alley. Turn left. Take advantage of the panorama and the wide open spaces.
At a fork, stay to the right and continue to the road. Turn left. At D 4, cross. Go 50 m and take the grassy path on the left.
At a Y, take the left path which descends. At the road which becomes a dirt road, turn right and continue straight into the Grande Barguelonne valley.
Cross the D 104 and head towards “Thézels”. At the chapel, turn left towards “Le Fustier”. Take the first road on the left which climbs towards the hamlet of “Meaux” and walk along the beautiful Quercy houses (view of the chapel of “Thézels” and the valley of Grande Barguelonne). Continue straight on the path on the right to the D 4. Turn right, then left at the crossroads.
In the bend, take the passage that descends into a housing estate, then head through another grassy passage towards the D 19. Cross it and continue straight on to the Place du Foirail, walk along the village hall and take Rue Joffre to arrive at the starting point.