Circuit around the Capitelles of Saussines

Located between Nimes and Montpellier, the village of Saussines has a quite exceptional heritage: a listed 12th century church, a castle, beautiful mansions, old washhouses.
The gorse scrubland is close by with six capitelles (1), a nature trail, a picnic area with tables and is close to a spring at the high point of the circuit, plus there is a beautiful view of the Pic Saint Loup and the Cevennes.
Important note: Ignore the numbers marked on the ground and stick to the VisoRando instructions instead

Technical sheet
No. 99442
A Saussines walk posted on 02/02/15 by dimanche rando 34. Update : 18/06/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h55[?]
Distance Distance : 8.19mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 174ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 174ft
Highest point Highest point : 210ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 98ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Saussines (34160)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.762253° / E 4.056576°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2842OT
Download : -
Information sign at the start


(S) Beginning of the hike: the car park in front of the schools.
Take Avenue de Montpellier to the left of the statue of the Virgin Mary. You will pass the town hall and the church of Saint Etienne.
Turn right on main street, continue for a hundred metres or so, and then turn left into Rue du Château. At the end of the road turn left and take the RD135 for about 200 m. Turn right onto the small road that leads to the old washhouse. Continue on this path to the small road that we cross heading opposite over the meadows. At the end, turn left to reach the edge of the stream. Follow the wide path for about 700 m ignoring all others.

(1) Turn left on to a narrow trail on a shelf with a beautiful view of the village. As you head out of the scrubland, turn left on the path leading to a small paved road taking this to the right for 500 m. (2) Upon arrival at the coast, go to the right into the woods on a beautiful trail through scrubland to reach the first capitelle. Follow the track on the right to reach the river Bénovie then head to the left along an old drovers’ path: the path to Montredon known as “de la monnaie” which leads on for a further 600 m. At the exit, turn right along the plot and take the virtually opposite path that leads through the scrubland in the direction of the second capitelle. 100 m after this capitelle, turn right and walk along the river Bénovie. At the end of this narrow trail, turn left to go up to an cross through a grove. It runs along the old drovers’ path on the right into a beautiful underwood, reaching the third capitelle, then head by this on the right. We cross a small wall and take the drovers’ path for 200 m to reach the fourth capitelle. At the end of this path there is another small wall to cross (3). Follow a beautiful alley lined with low walls, head out of the gorse to the left and then immediately take a right along a wide path to the fifth capitelle. 150 m after this capitelle you get to the point (4) (two options: go straight ahead for a 14 km hike following the signs with yellow dots or turn left along the stony path which is the normal, 10 km circuit), and at the end turn right and follow the road for 500 m. Then, start the botanical trail with a chance to enjoy the different plants of the scrubland taking you to the picnic area located on the banks of the stream (5).
At the end, turn right on the pebble path which leads to the RD135. (Take care)

(6) Take a right and continue for a hundred metres, then turn left and take the path that winds through vineyards to arrive at a small paved road to the right (7), then take this for 200 m.

(8) Take the red dirt road that leads to the peak of the hike at a crossroads, turn left onto the paved road that descends to the village.

Once arrived at (9) head to the pine forest and cross through to arrive in Rue des Sables, and at the end turn right to reach the car park and start of the walk.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 144ft
1 : mi 0.29 - alt. 154ft
2 : mi 0.91 - alt. 112ft
3 : mi 1.58 - alt. 144ft - Path through the woods
4 : mi 2.33 - alt. 105ft
5 : mi 2.91 - alt. 148ft
6 : mi 3.23 - alt. 135ft
7 : mi 4.23 - alt. 128ft - Spring
8 : mi 4.93 - alt. 210ft
9 : mi 5.94 - alt. 151ft
10 : mi 6.23 - alt. 141ft
11 : mi 6.62 - alt. 148ft
12 : mi 6.95 - alt. 151ft
13 : mi 7.6 - alt. 161ft
D/A : mi 8.19 - alt. 144ft

Useful Information

Mountain bikes are prohibited, high-ankle walking boots recommended.
Source aux Tourilles (even in August) picnic area with tables.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2842OT.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

(1) A capitelle (Occitan: capitèla) is a hut built of dry stone, that is to say without mortar, in the scrubland of old towns in the department of Le Gard. This term, originally used strictly only in Nîmes, tends to take the generic meaning of "dry stone hut" and has spread through the neighbouring departments (Ardèche, Hérault, Aude). (Wikipedia)

Opportunity to visit the church (by appointment, call +33 (0) 4 67 86 63 53.
On the way back from the hike there is also an opportunity to taste local wines (see the information board at the beginning of the hike).

Other walks in the area

distance 6.3mi Vertical gain +236ft Vertical drop -233ft Durée 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saussines - 34 - Hérault

This walk devoted to the discovery of Roman ruins will introduce you to two medieval Languedoc villages.The scrubland will bring you the fragrance of thyme and the landscapes will enchant photographers. Enjoy without moderation.
Note: To help with orientation, "tricky" sections have been highlighted with blue dotted markers.

The Aujargues hills
distance 11.05mi Vertical gain +436ft Vertical drop -443ft Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Aujargues - 30 - Gard

Amid hills and valleys, a bull ranch (manade) under the pine trees, abandoned quarries, and quaint villages with narrow, shady lanes. A wonderful glimpse of the Gard.

distance 7.17mi Vertical gain +210ft Vertical drop -210ft Durée 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Aubais - 30 - Gard

A pleasant and easy hike through scrubland and vines with views of the plain of Congéniès. A remarkable site, the Chapelle Saint-Nazaire enshrined in scrubland.

distance 8.93mi Vertical gain +1171ft Vertical drop -1171ft Durée 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Montmirat - 30 - Gard

A hike mostly through forest, under the canopy of the Bois de Lens.
Throughout the walk you'll experience stunning scenery.
You'll also discover the Pielles Roman quarry, Macassargues caves (which were occupied by Neanderthal man), the pre-Roman sanctuary of Mabousquet (1st century BC), the Clunisian abbey of Jouffre (3rd century) and the Castellas de Montmirat (11th century).

Oppidum de Nages and the Village of Langlade
distance 5.29mi Vertical gain +699ft Vertical drop -699ft Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Langlade - 30 - Gard

A walk in scrubland from Langlade to the Gallo-Roman site of the Oppidum de Nages offering a view of the entire Vaunage with the Cevennes, the sea and Pic-Saint-Loup in the distance.

It ends with a visit to the village of Langlade with its narrow streets, mill, its temple, its 2 squares... and its ancient houses.

distance 8.06mi Vertical gain +1171ft Vertical drop -1158ft Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lauret - 34 - Hérault

Circuit on the eastern slopes of the Causse de l'Hortus visiting its sites of interest: Lafous mill, Embruscalles lake, Mas Neuf, the archaeological site of the Causse rock with a view of the entire Gard plains and the pre-Alps beyond, Mont Lozère, Aigoual and more...

distance 3.4mi Vertical gain +180ft Vertical drop -180ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sauve - 30 - Gard

A journey through both geological time and history, exploring the medieval village of Sauve and the chaos of the Mer des Rochers.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.