Walk to Loubressac
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Your walk today takes you to the Gouffre de Padirac which is an underground maze of majestic tunnels and stalactites.
You can take an optional boat ride here to discover the underground beauty of the cave system. Follow the sandy tracks to the fortified village of Loubressac which is dramatically situated on a rocky outcrop with sweeping views over the Bave Valley and towers of St Cere.
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Tips and hints
In Carennac, only the hotels serves food. On the way today, you will find cafés and restaurants at the Gouffre the Padirac (some may be closed in low or shoulder season). Loubrassac has a small shop and café.
Points of Interest
The 'Washing Well' at Simon is an old fashioned al fresco communal laundry, complete with tiled roof & constant clean running water. The hands must have been ice cold, no doubt the gossip was red hot!!
The Gouffre de Padirac is an open sink hole created by the collapse of the roof of an underground chasm. The date of its formation not established but it is known that the chasm existed in the 3rd Century. If you wish to visit, allow 3hrs minimum to walk there & 1hr 30min to Loubressac: visit http://www.gouffre-de-padirac.com/ to make plans as prior booking may be necessary to avoid queues.
Helene Bombezy's lonely memorial as a martyr is unusual in that most crosses bear religious inscriptions, monograms such as; INR (Jesus King of Jews), IHR (Jesus Saviour of Man), possibly due to limitations of space or the stonemason's literacy. Local evidence suggests that Helene's fate was criminal.
These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.
In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.
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