A beautiful stroll between the alleys of the city of Saint-Lizier and the intimate paths of Couserans, to reach one of the most beautiful belvederes in Ariège: the tuc du Montcalivert and its splendid view of the lord of Couserans, the Valier.
Start from the city of St-Lizier and climb the Tuc du Montcalivert offering a 360° view of the Pyrenees, the valleys and the plain. The return takes you on the way to Santiago de Compostela and crosses the pretty bastide town of Montjoie.
Tuc de Montcalivert
View from the Tuc de Montcalivert in Saint-Lizier © Stéphane Meurisse - Ariège Pyrénées Tourisme

Departure access: You can park in the car park at the top of the village of Saint-Lizier, there is space and it is free.

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Couserans Pyrenees

On the western part of Ariège, the Couserans and its 18 valleys is a vast territory divided between high mountains, mountains and [...]

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1 - Departure

Go up to the Palace of the Bishops.
At the car park, follow the dirt road opposite which goes around the ramparts from the outside.
50m after the rampart, you fork to the right on a path that climbs towards the cross of Pouterolles.
Take a left, pass the public bench and go down the grassy stairway.
Then, take the road to the right, towards the cemetery.
At the crossroads, you continue straight on the dirt road.
Cross the barrier set up to cross the meadow, and find the path in front of an old sheepfold and leave the property.
Take a path on the left that goes up.
It becomes a road at the level of a farm and reaches a crossroads.

2 - Turn right towards Maubresc

Maubresc is visible below, up to the Calvary on the right of the road and turn left.
After about fifty meters, turn right (path).
Follow the road and turn left at the next crossroads (at this crossroads there is a small bridge which crosses over a stream, so do not take it; you can find an old washhouse below the crossroads on the south side).
About 200 meters later, take a gravel path on the left (recent in 2012).

3 - Tuc du Montcalivert viewpoint

Continue on the path which rises to the top of Tuc du Montcalivert.
Enjoy the place ...

4 - Go back down to the South-East

Go back down towards the South-East (back to the cross looking towards the Pyrenees, the path is at 10 am) by a path in the undergrowth and reach Bergerat.
Take the road, then turn right and cross the D18.
Continue on the path opposite (old Roman road) and arrive at an intersection with the GR®78 (Chemin de Compostelle indicated).

5 - Turn right, follow the GR®78 until you return to St Lizier

This GR® crosses Montjoie en Couserans.
Unfortunately, the end of the hike is on the road so be careful.