Pastures and forests of the Conflent

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Petit Train Jaune

Petit Train Jaune

A walk for all seasons. 1000m climbing. 6 hours walking. GPS file

Thanks to Anne-Marie, who organised it. A circular walk on the first snows of the year (in January!). We left the cars at Villefranche de Conflent station and caught the Petit Train Jaune (the little yellow train as it is affectionately known) to Joncet. Once there, a steep climb zig-zagging up the hillside took us to the hamlet of Flassa and a pre-Romanesque chapel dedicated to Saint Marcel (11th century).

Joncet to Villefrance-de-Conflent on Google Earth

Joncet to Villefrance-de-Conflent on Google Earth


Saint Marcel Chapel at Flassa

Chapel of Saint Marcel in Flassa

Unfortunately the chapel was shut. So we turned round and continued our climb up to the soulane (the sunny side of the mountain) overlooking the valley.

stures near to Flassa

Pastures near to Flassa

Lunch was in the Roquefumade hut (clean, could sleep 4, plenty of wood nearby). Then we followed the “Vauban Path” through the Coronat forest.

ForestCanigou should have been visible on the opposite side of the valley but it was hidden in cloud.

St Etienne de CampillesWe visited another hut on the way down to Villefranche, at Saint-Étienne de Campilles – it’s always useful to know what they are like. This one was also clean but could only sleep 2.

Fort Libéria, Villefranche-de-Conflent

Fort Libéria, Villefranche-de-Conflent

Past Fort Libéria and back down to Villefranche-de-Conflent.

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