Corniches de Causse Mejean

A walk among the large moonscape of boulders and formations on the Caussse Mejean

We follow the hairpin road to a narrow path meandering between the ruined houses of the Capluc hamlet, nested at the foot of the enormous rock of Capluc with a cross on top. In the hamlet, there are several ruined remains of an ancient hamlet and an old bakers oven. Outside the hamlet, vegetation is of bush and trees, none being bigger than a man : pistachio trees, maple of Montpellier, and box trees.

There is a cross on a very exposed and pointed top and a chained and laddered scramble up to the airy overhanging pinnacle. We then a take a path named the Route Sentier Jaques Brunet, which meanders upwards through gigantic formation beneath big columns, the cooling towers of yellow limestone, sometimes coming out on the tops of towers, sometimes following a way through the dark black pines beneath. The most famous of these formations are the Vase de Chine and the Vase de Sèvres

A man who seemed lost came and asked if there were and taps nearby while we lunched on a large slab of rock and a large slab of Brebis. After this we followed the main GR footpaths back to Peyreleau, for ice cream and coffee in what seems to be our favourite bar, overlooking the Jonte River on a balcony with views of pumpkins slowly swelling as they sit on their boxes above the earth.

L'Enclume rock above the Jonte Gorge

L’Enclume rock above the Jonte Gorge

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View down into the Gorge

View down into the Gorge

The path to the Tower of Capluc

The path to the Tower of Capluc

Climbing the ladder to Capluc

Climbing the ladder to Capluc

On the airy pinnacle of Capluc

On the airy pinnacle of Capluc

Bread Oven below Capluc

Bread Oven below Capluc

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