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Day 3 Rivière-sur-Tarn - Gorges du Tarn - Rivière-sur-Tarn (110 Km.)

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We started visiting the Tarn gorge by the road D907bis, which runs along the right bank. Tarn River glides like a turquoise serpent at the foot of high cliffs. Here and there, as in the Pas de Soucy, arising blocks of several hundred tons detached from the walls: the mass of Roque Sourde, for example, had come away without breaking. Just above the Roche Aiguille (Needle Rock), launches its 80 m high into the sky defying the laws of equilibrium.

Tarn gorge
Tarn gorge

Along the road we are looking at many facilities for the rental of kayaks, rafting, etc. At the height of Vignes we ascend the D995s road until the Point Sublime, located on the edge of the Causse de Sauveterre. From this viewpoint you can see the Tarn canyon, the circus of Les Baumes and Les Détroits (Narrows), where the river is encased between two tall cliffs that rise staggered to 400 m above river.

Tarn gorge - Sublime Point
Tarn gorge - Sublime Point

We continue along the D998 towards Cabrunas, where we found another small viewpoint to the Tarn. A couple of kilometers after this village there is another viewpoint from which we can see from above the village of Sainte-Enimie, encased in the back of the gorge. The views are spectacular, like the road that descends to the level of the river, with several curves of 180 degrees.

Tarn gorge - Sainte-Enimie
Tarn gorge - Sainte-Enimie

Sainte Enimie is a medieval city that was born from the source of Burle. Its streets are cobblestoned. It owes its name to Enimie, sister of King Dagobert, who to escape her marriage decided by the king, voluntarily contray skin disease. She had a dream that told her to bathe in the waters of Burle, in Gévaudan, to cure their disease. Enimie was cured of his illness, but as soon as she reached the Causse she sick again. Then she knew she had to stay near the medicine source and at the same site to build a monastery there.

Tarn gorge - Panorama of St Chely
Tarn gorge - Panorama of St Chely

We stop at the Panorama de Saint Chély, located on a curve in the road D 986 that goes from Sainte-Enimie to Meyrueis. The free access viewpoint overlooks the meander of Saint Chély du Tarn. From this point, the village located on the bottom of the gorge is seen miniscule.

Tarn gorge Roc des Hourtous
Tarn gorge - Roc des Hourtous

The Roc des Hourtous and the Roca de Serre, at the highest point, are two excellent viewpoints to see the straits of the Tarn, Mount Lozère and the massif of Aigoual, green and leafy. The access to the first one is one Euro. You must walk through a picnic area that has a terrace with splendid views over the gorge.

Tarn gorge - Downhill to Les Vignes
Tarn gorge - Downhill to Les Vignes

We go down again towards Vignes by a very serpentine road and escorted by numerous rock formations in which the imagination of each one allows you to discover different shapes.

(in 110 Km.) Rivière-sur-Tarn: We rest in this village again.


 

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