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Most of the fields and enclosure are private : please respect them !
Please do not climb the dry stone walls and buildings they are fragile!
Protect this exceptional environment so that our children can profite from it too
THE BLAUZAC “CABANES” WALK
The route is marked in green & yellow.
The walk will take about 1h30 to 2h30 to complete. It is about 7Km in length.
Take care during the hunting season. The path is not recommended during boar hunting.
Look for the “cabanes”, they are hidden in the scrubb
Departure point: Park in front of the village school; to the right descend the road Chemin des Capitelles; At
the end turn right into the Chemin du Pont Romain.
At the bottom of the hill, where there is a well on your right, turn left onto a stony path. Carry on for about 300
metres to join the PR 38.
Follow the path to the right labeled “Circuit des Capitelles”, turn left towards a pyramidal hut called the Cabane
de Guiraud and then immediately take the stony path to the right, behind the hut.
Follow the path for about 1 Km. Pass in front of a “mas” (farm house) on your left.
Turn right in front of a “mazet” (stone cottage) – signed-. Follow the main path, leaving a ruined farm house on
your right. Continue for about another 200 meters. On the left a chain across a field entrance indicates the
entrance to the site of the 3 Cabanes’ or 3 huts
Visit the field known as the “Parcelle des Ecoliers” (school children’s plot), the 3 “cabanes” and the arboretum.
Follow the pass north and take right, up the pass to the “Mas de la Librotte”
Take the lane to the right, going straight on up to the summit of the hill. Turn for the last time and follow the
signs back to the village;
No fires, barbecues or cigarettes please. The “garrigues” is fragile
Blauzac is situated to the east of the Gard Department, 18 Km to the north of Nîmes and 7 Km south of Uzès, in
a zone of country side known as the Garrigue*. The village of Blauzac has today over 1,200 habitants, in a
area of about 1,500 hectares.
Blauzac, set on a hill, has a privileged position, close to the St Nicolas bridge that crosses the Gardon. This
historic bridge was built in the 13th century by monks of the order Frères Pontifères (brothers of the Pope).
The village, typical of the Uzès region, built around its 12 th century chateau, was a staginig post on the roman
raod from Nîmes to Uzès. Near the hamlet of Malaïgue, there is a hidden old bridge to discover known as the
“pont romain” or Roman Bridge. The “garrigue” that runs to the north of the road hides numerous dry stone
huts known locally as “cabanes”, but also known as “capitelles” or “borries” in the Mediterranean area.
The librotte hillside, is now almost entirely wooded, but used to be cleared and with only very basic means. The
stones removed to make place for meagre cultivated enclosures were used to build an impressive quantity of
dry stone walls, and huts. The small fields thus created were planted with wine, olive trees, and mulberry trees.
Some of these small fields also acted as sheep pens.
*Garrigues is native to the Mediterranean region, specifically the Languedoc and Provence area? The garrigue refers to plant life that grows on
rocky limestone, on dry, filtrating land. It’s a mix of dry prairie land and forest.