France - Cathar Castles trail - Hike on the tracks of the Cathar. (part 2)

France - Cathar Castles trail - Hike on the tracks of the Cathar. (part 2)

This is the second part of the self-guided tour on the Cathar trail 

Along the foothill of the Pyrenees between The Medieval City of Carcassonne and Toulouse, this walk starts in the small village of Quillan to reach the charming city of Foix and progresses from wild, lush countryside to mountains and sun-blessed vineyards, with a cultural heritage which derives from some of the most mysterious and dramatic pages of Medieval France. From one Cathar castle to another, walks are an immersion in sceneries off the beaten tracks with comfortable and carefully chosen accommodation.


This part of the Cathar trail can be combined with the 1st part starting from Tuchan (near Carcassonne or Narbonne)

Day 1

Arrive Quillan. Night in ***Hotel, B&B.

Day 2

From Quillan walk to the village of Nebias
From here the walk starts along the Cathar footpath to the 13th century Chateau of the Troubadours in Puivert.
Night HB in aGuest House. 21 kms/13 miles. 5hrs 45.

Day 3

Today's route goes through a thick fir forest and along through the heart of the Escale and Picaussel forests and onto the vast airy plateau of Sault using ancient paths to access the high valley of Aude and the Corbieres region. Overnight Belcaire. Guest House HB. 21 kms/13 miles. 6hrs

Day 4

We notice the difference between the Pays de Sault plateau and the county of Ariege as we walk along a pathway between high rock mountains that slip down through the impressive Gorge of the Frau before arriving in the village of Montsegur, the heart of Catharism. Stay for two nights at a welcoming and comfortable Guest House in Montségur, HB. 18 kms/11.25 miles. 5hrs30

Day 5

An evocative walk past ancient terraces with panoramic views of the famous Pog de Montségur, the last Cathar strong hold - the ancient Château de Montségur perches high on the top, a hard climb but worth it for the views. Overnight Montsegur, HB. 12 kms/7.5 miles. 6hrs30.

Day 6

From Montsegur the Cathar trail weaves its way to the village of Montferrier, crossing the Modini forest before reaching the Pyrenean village of Roquefixade, an ancient bastide of the 13th century. Overnight Roquefixade, HB. 17 kms/10.6 miles. 4hrs30.

Day 7

Superb terrain with stunning views as the trail follows a high ridge to the small town of Foix nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Foix is dominated by the three towers of its chateau. Overnight Hotel *** B&B. 18.5 kms/11.6 miles. 5hrs.

Day 8

Departure after breakfast.

titre 1

Self guided WALKING
Duration :
8 Days
From :
690 €

Included : see details in Dates and Prices section

Guest houses and 3 star hotels

Half board (dinners)

The luggage transfers from hotel to hotel

A road book and a map

Phone and email English speaking assistance




Access : Toulouse - Carcassonne. Train station

Starts in : Quillan

Ends in : Foix.



Phone : +33 558 48 71 65


See also : Cathar Castles from Tuchan to Quillan

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.Gorgeous scenery with distant snow capped peaks.

.Wonderful food and wine.

.Charming villages.