This walk crosses the village of Montbel and that of the Baylards. It offers you at the entrance of the dam, a magnificent viewpoint over the Massif de Tabe. The creation of Lake Montbel swallowed up two old farms including that of Rey, now destroyed, and which constitutes a small island in the middle of the lake. Lake Montbel has an area of ​​570 hectares, its capacity is 60 million m3.

Start access:

From Foix, take the direction of Mirepoix. At the roundabout at the entrance to Mirepoix, take direction "Aigues-Vives". Continue again to cross Léran, then to the lake, the starting point of the walk.


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1 - Departure

At the Nautical Base of the Regatta, cross the dike on the left then enter the undergrowth on the right. Walk along the edge of the lake (yellow markers) to the dam.

2 - At the dam

At the dam, cross the dike then turn right (fence). Follow the border path which crosses a pine forest and will lead you to an aquaculture farm (not open to visitors). From there, take the tarmac path which returns to the village of Montbel via the Fort farm.

3 - Parking at Montbel beach

At the Montbel beach car park (located under the telephone booth), stay as close as possible to the lake to reach and cross the small Montbel dyke. Go left on the path that leads to the small dike of Luga. There, the yellow markers disappear to make way for the white and red markers of the GR7b which will have to be followed to the right, crossing the dike then the island of Luga and finally continue on the dike of Fajane to reach the hamlet of Baylards.

4 - Baylards

At Baylards, turn right for 300 meters and, at the small dike, fork to the left and stay on the edge of the lake until the La Tuilerie dyke where the penstock taken on the Hers river arrives and where you will find a refreshment bar.

5 - Return to the Léran dike

Behind the refreshment stall, take the path that goes to the right at the edge of the lake. This path leads to the Léran dike, which you will cross on the right to join the road that goes up to the nautical base of La Régate.