The banks of the Lot, along the towpath, the village of St Cirq Lapopie and the calm of the causse are the highlights of this walk.
André Breton, father of the surrealist movement discovered the place in 1950, on the occasion of the inauguration of the first "World Route" which was to start from Cahors. He was then seized by the beauty of St Cirq Lapopie and made it his summer home port.
Take the path that goes up the Lot valley along the river. It passes under a railway bridge. Continue along the path then along the towpath cut into the cliff (bas-relief). After the lock, continue along the edge of the Lot.
Arrived at the paved road (dovecote on a piton), turn left and continue to go up the river. The route passes at the foot of the cliffs under the village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. 100 m before a second lock, take the path to the right which climbs steeply towards the village.
At the level of the first houses, turn left then immediately right and go straight up into the village. Just after passing a first lane on the left, take the lane on the right which winds up towards the facade of the church (visible 100m away). This lane passes under the esplanade of the church, continue to climb it straight. Arrived on the square of the tourist office, cross it diagonally to join in the opposite angle the alley which continues to rise. 80 m further on, turn right at the T-junction. At the top of the village, carefully cross the departmental road (pedestrian crossing) and follow the direction of the pedestrian access: "P6 Combelles P5 Bancourel". Follow the D8, via the pedestrian access, for 300 m (Géosite Bancourel interpretation panel) and cross it again at the crossroads with the D40 (two pedestrian crossings, be careful). Immediately take the path on the left which descends under the D40 for 80 m and take the first road on the right.
In the hairpin bend, continue opposite at the entrance of a house by the path lined with boxwood and arrive in a valley.
Leave the path on the right which descends towards the towpath and continue on the path opposite. Arrived at the level of the D40, go down it on the right, cross it and immediately follow the path on the left. The privately owned trail passes through gates between two artificial lakes. Exit the private property by crossing the fourth gate on the right (close the gates securely behind you).
Continue to the right along the gravel road which then becomes a tarmac road, take the road to the right and the D40 to the left. It leads to the starting point.