Autumn is here and it's the season of beautiful nature walks that begins! We love it because all these colors are a boost to ♥️!
Okay, it's not Quebec, but in Ariège Pyrénées, we still have large spaces of which we do not have to be ashamed !
And then it must be said that the forest is an infinite source of wonders : picking up mushrooms or chestnuts, watching and picking up leaves of all colors, listening to the bram of the deer… In short, here, we have everything you need to spend a top fall! ?
TUTORIAL “AN AUTUMN SUNDAY IN ARIÈGE, INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE”:
1 – Prepare a thermos of hot tea ☕ and cinnamon cupcakes for example (any other little delicacy will do, the main thing is to have fun!)
2 - Choose a ride In the list below
3 – Halfway, find the best vantage point.
4 – That's it, you're there! It's snack time." with a view ": make yourself comfortable, pour yourself a little tea and look in front of you. Do you feel happiness coming?
Wouldn't that be luxury after all? Time, a panoramic view and a hot tea!
- Bethmale lake
Bethmale lake is a classic of Couseran walks and what's good is that you never get tired of it! We don't know what we like the most: its ♥️ shape or its turquoise color? It is a small setting of emerald waters as intriguing as it is poetic! It is said that its blue-green reflections are those of the dress of a witch who once haunted the village… Are you interested in legends? This way !
Good to know
If you want to have a picnic in the sun, don't go there too late in the day, the sun quickly hides behind the peaks!
Once the walk is over you can also go up to the Core Pass, the panorama is sumptuous.
- The Prat d'Albis
Apart from watching the paragliders soar through the air, the Prat d'Albis is a fabulous labyrinth of forest tracks, panoramic ridges or even mysterious fir forests. All 20 minutes by car from downtown Foix! What more ? Park either at the paragliding takeoff (here) or at the very end of the road that leads to the summits (you won't be able to go any further, the road simply stops!). Then, follow the small paths available to you, in any case: panoramic view on the horizon!
Good to know
You can follow the ridges and climb up to Rocher de Batail, here. The view is amazing and the exercise not so sporty!
Remember to take binoculars, it's a great spot to observe birds, paragliders or the mountain in front of you.
- Cominac barns
The specialty of the Granges de Cominac? Their architecture! It is certain, you will not see other barns like these in Ariège! You can make a small loop starting from the church of Cominac or simply go to the viewpoint above the village (here).
Good to know
Juliette went to explore the Couserans and in particular the Granges de Cominac, she tells you about her adventure? Read the article ?
- The path of the ladies in Caraybat
The advantage of this route is that it faces south! Clear, you will be in the sun all along the ride, ideal for filling up with vitamin D. Departing from the village of Caraybat, this 9-kilometre loop will offer you very beautiful views of the Lesponne valley and the castle of Roquefixade in the distance. A must-have on your fall checklist!
- The abyss (or hole) with crows – Plateau de Sault
The walk is really easy and rewarded with a truly unusual experience! Count 10 minutes of walking through a thick forest of fir trees and you are faced with a chasm 184 meters deep and 60 meters in diameter ? A footbridge has been built to allow visitors to better observe this impressive geological feature!
This mysterious place is necessarily conducive to legends! It is said that it was once home to dwarfs and giants. It also seems that on Christmas Eve, when the clock strikes 12, the abyss opens and reveals the treasure of the witches who live there. To those who would be tempted to steal the treasure, beware: at the last sound of the bell, the abyss will close!
- The Peak of the Three Lords
When we hear "the Peak of the Three Lords" we imagine a chivalrous story a little out of time, don't you think? At the risk of disappointing you, no knights or fortified castle at the top but rather an incredible view of the peaks of Couserans including the Valier, an emblematic Ariège peak that sits in the distance (we recognize it by its shape: its top is flat!).
This hike is sometimes demanding but every effort is rewarded. Whether you choose to leave from Port de Lers to follow the ridges to the Pic or via the Etang d'Arbu, landscapes are gifts just for you.
Blogger Anne Dubndidu made it in the fall and she loved it! She tells you this in a very comprehensive article and here are some pics?
- The Peak of Tarbesou
Although this hike is a must in any season, autumn is really conducive to do it! However, be careful not to do it after the arrival of the first snow! Or do like Caroline, our outdoor specialist, put on your touring skis ==> Read the adventure story.