Beautiful course, above and in the Alzou valley, visiting two mills: the Moulin du Saut (fortified mill of the 12th century) and the Moulin de Tournefeuille.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(S) The starting point is the car park along the D840, 250 m before the intersection with the Departmental Road No. 36 coming from Gramat and near the aerial adventure park but on the other side of the big bend (to the right).
From the car park, cross the D840 and take the small road downhill. Go under the railway track and turn left. Head along the railway track and at the level crossing (1) turn right.
Follow the path on the plateau that will gradually descend into the valley. At the bottom, at the intersection (2), turn right to get to Moulin du Saut. Do not hesitate to take the path down through the Moulin du Saut to the waterfall below.
Turn back and return to the last intersection. Continue on the path along the valley, cross the bridge and go up the opposite slope.
Arrive at the upper car park (3), turn right onto the path along the cliff towards Rocamadour. Enjoy magnificent views from the top of the Alzou Valley and the Moulin du Saut.
After about 200 m along the ridge, take the path to the right (4) which goes down into the valley. Pass the site of the Moulin de Tournefeuille and take the path that goes right (5). After about 400 m, leave the path in the valley to take the left path that climbs up to the plateau. At the top, continue to the railway track (6). There is a barn on the right. Take the path to the right and walk along the railway. Arrive at the small bridge, pass under the railway to the left and cross the D840 to reach the car park at the starting point.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 915ft
1 : mi 0.6 - alt. 942ft - Level crossing
2 : mi 1.8 - alt. 830ft - Turn right to get to Moulin du Saut
3 : mi 2.07 - alt. 892ft
4 : mi 3.33 - alt. 850ft - Take the path leading down to the right
5 : mi 3.78 - alt. 659ft
6 : mi 4.58 - alt. 909ft - Railway
D/A : mi 4.83 - alt. 915ft
With the agreement of the author of the hike, we add this statement:
There is a GR route between the two mills (this is also the classic hike) but this a variant that tours the mills and the valley from the Le Causse, along the plateau above.
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Close to the starting point (200 m away), on the other side of the big bend there is an aerial adventure park and the Gouffre du Saut de la Pucelle. Beneath the aerial adventure park course. Entry is permitted and free. It is a chasm into which small stream that is very popular with cavers disappears. Beautiful natural site.
Also note the natural camping site in “Ferme Estay" 400 m further on.
A lovely hike beginning at the viewing point of the Cascade d'Autoire and the Château des Anglais and which, at the halfway point, crosses the Marais de Bonnefont.
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