From Lavelanet, direction Roquefixade dominated by the ruins of the castle and marked by the Cathar history. Continue along the ledge to Soula with a magnificent view of the Pyrenees. Take a wooded road and reach the Lauze pass, a view of the famous pog de Montségur awaits you. Continue with the return trip to the pass. As far as Villeneuve d'Olmes you can see the traces of the textile industry. In Bélesta, before completing the circuit via La Bastide-sur-l'Hers, push up to the intermittent fountain, it is worth the detour.

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Cathar Pyrenees

Located to the east of Ariège, on the border of the Aude, this territory, labeled "Country of Art and History", revolves around [...]


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1 - From Lavelanet to Montferrier

Leaving from the cinema le casino in Lavelanet, take the road in the direction of Foix turning right onto the D10, after a few streets turn onto the avenue du Maréchal Leclerc and then take the main city road (D117). Then take the direction of Roquefixade by the D9A to Leychert to continue on the D117. You will go through Celles, Freychenet then arrive in Montferrier by the D209.

2 - From Montferrier to the Montségur pass

Crossed Montferrier and took the direction of the Col de Montségur by the D9. Climb to the top of the pass, admire the view!

3 - From the Montségur pass to Belesta

Go back down towards Montferrier. Back in Montférrier, continue on the D9 towards Villeneuve-d'Olmes. Arrived at the village, fork to the right on the D109 to then join the D509 towards Bénaix. After Bénaix, take the D210 towards Saint-Jean-d'Aigues-Vives.
Once arrived in Saint-Jean-d'Aigues-Vives, turn right towards the D117 towards Bélesta, you will cross the Aiguillon.

4 - From Bélesta to Lavelanet

If you want to take a break, the Fontaine de Fontestorbes is a few pedal strokes from the village. Take the road continuing on the D117 then turn left at Col del Teil on the D616 towards Lesparrou. Cross the village to join the D16 to continue towards La Bastide-sur-l'Hers. Arrived at the village take the direction of Laroque-d'Olmes via the D620. You will arrive in the village, turn left twice to catch up with Lavelanet by the D625.