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Castries loop

Page Type: Trail

Location: Hérault, France, Europe

Lat/Lon: 43.69965°N / 3.97636°E

Trail Type: Cross Country, Touring

Technical Difficulty: Easy

Aerobic Difficulty: Easy

Layout: Loop

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Page By: Visentin

Created/Edited: May 13, 2009 / Nov 25, 2012

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Castries loop

 
The trail of Castrie
 
 
The trail of Castrie
 

Castries is a little village in the south of France, in the departement of Hérault and region Languedoc Roussillon. Not exactly in the hilly "Montpellier Backcountry" but just on the foothils.
There are handfuls of marked trails in the "garrigue", the typical meridional bush of this region of southern France, made of spiny and odorant plants as well as rosemary, lavanda, thyme, etc. Here and there you cross some little stream or go along few of the numerous wineyards of the region.

Trail Description

 
The aqueduc of Castrie
The aqueduc
 
Wineyards (trail of Castrie)
Wineyards

I have kept no accurate trace of the way we followed, but more or less it consisted in following the long distance mountain-bike trail of the Hérault.
On the way back we followed a part of the well known aqueduc of Castries, buit in the 19th century.
The "Grande Traversée de l'Hérault à VTT" is described in this guidebook from the Chamina editions (in french, but many maps and clear shemas)
An accurate map is provided in the well known MB french website Utagawavtt :
http://www.utagawavtt.com/randonnee-vtt-gps?topo=1374

See also these links:
http://www.herault.fr/environnement/pratique/organisme/pdf/vtt.pdf
Castries Loop map
Castries Loop map

Getting There

 
River crossing (again ! but dry feet) near an ancient bridge (trail of Castrie)
crossing...
 
The aqueduc of Castrie
The channel leading to the Aqueduc

Get out of the A9 motorway, going along Montpellier, at the exit of Vendargues; follow the D610 in the direction of Castries.


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When to cycle

 
The trail of Castrie
 
 
The trail of Castrie
 

All year long ! Winters don't exist in this part of France :)

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