village ofAlbas - Circuit The Three Valleys PC33 - Albas
Martine Bouchet Lot Tourisme

Les Trois Vallées

from ALBAS
That's it ALBAS
Duration 04:30
Difficulty Difficult
Distance 14.7km
Denivele 414m

This more sporty circuit is really worth the effort. You will go from valleys to causses and discover fabulous landscapes. You will be rewarded for your effort with a magnificent panorama over the Lot valley.

The limestone soils of the causse do not know how to retain water. As soon as it falls from the sky, it penetrates the cracks in the rock and is lost in the depths. It forms rivers there which sometimes resurface at long distances, in contact with a clay pocket. In the Lot valley, water that penetrates the ground flows along the slope and quickly forms streams that suddenly spring from the ground. This is the case at a place called "les Payrols".

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On the esplanade, turn right. Go along the river by the old towpath under the village. Further, leave the cemetery on the right and continue straight.

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Cross a small bridge. At the hold, turn right towards “Cambou”. On the square, turn right and continue on the road until the D 8 at Château Eugénie. Cross it and take the path opposite. It turns into a path and runs along the cellars of the wine estate. Join the road that crosses the Payrols stream.

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Continue opposite on a grassy path. Further on, join the road and follow it for about 400 m. Leave 2 paths on the left before taking a wider and more rugged one. Follow it for more than 1,5 km, in the valley of the Payrols stream. On the left, see the manganese tunnel then the “Dent de Charlemagne” rock. At the bottom of the clearing, a passage leads to the natural site of Payrols: pots, limestone deposits and waterfalls in spring. At a fork, follow the path that climbs to the right, crossing a small stream.

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Continue to climb. Arriving in the hamlet, turn left on the small paved road. Cross the hamlet and follow the road towards the D 37. Lower down, take a small forest path on the left. Come out on the D 37. Cross it and go straight ahead.

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Possibility of shortening the circuit by turning to the right by the road which goes up. Then reach the crossroads and continue straight... At the bottom of the valley, follow straight ahead to reach "Les Courpoux". Further on, cross the private castinée road and take a path opposite which runs along the meadows. Then take the first path on the left which crosses the stream. At the crossroads, turn right for 50 m. On the left, go up through the woods. Take the path to the right going down. Below, continue straight. Cross a stream. Go back up into the woods. At the next intersection, continue opposite and further on, turn right. Come out on a weathered path which becomes tarmacked. 200 m further, find a cross on the left side of the road. Leave the vineyard path on the right and continue straight. Then turn right on a grassy path.

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Go to “Cénac”. On leaving the hamlet, turn right on a rugged path. Arriving at the bottom, cross a small bridge and at the crossroads, take the steep path opposite which surveys the hill.

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Take the castin ridge path on the right. At the next crossing, turn right and walk along the vineyard of Cahors.

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At the “Croix Girard” crossroads, follow the small road that leads to the orientation table.

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Take a passage on the right which leads directly to the village by a narrow path by the “Cévenne”.



Esplanade sur les berges du Lot à Albas
46140 ALBAS
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