Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand

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Le Seuil de Naurouze

Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand

Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand

Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand

Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand

Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand
Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand

The Seuil de Naurouze, or Col de Naurouze, is the highest point (190 m above sea level) of the Canal du Midi in southern France. It is the watershed point identified by Pierre-Paul Riquet when he designed and built the canal. Water falling on the western side of this point flows to the Atlantic Ocean and on the eastern side to the Mediterranean Sea.

It is on the border of the department of Haute-Garonne and the department of the Aude. In 1827, the heirs of Riquet built the Riquet Obelisk. The obelisk has a dedication: "To Pierre-Paul Riquet, Baron Bonrepos, author of the Two Seas Canal in Languedoc".

It is erected near the site of the former octagonal holding tank, called the Bassin de Naurouze created during the building of the Canal du Midi.

The flow of water from the Bassin de St. Ferréol joins the Canal du Midi at this point.

Montferrand is a Lauragais small village with less than 450 inhabitants where the natural watershed of the Canal du Midi lies.


1 - Departure from Le Pont de la Rigole, at Enpelous.
2 - Follow the path to the Col Naurouze.
3 - Then walk to pupel, turn left and after 100 meters turn right to take the Chemin Saporte.
4 - Follow Chemin de Saporte, then Chemin du Saoulou.
5 - At Place de la Mairie, take Chemin du Moulin to the junction, then turn left and take the Chemin des Remparts.
6 - At Chemin des Coustous turn sharp left.
7 - Follow Chemin des Coustous then Rue de la Barbacane
8 - At Impasse de l'Ecole follow diagonally right Chemin de Saint-Pierre.
9 - At junction turn left onto Chemin des Tournisses, at next junction turn right onto the D218 (Route de la Fount d'Alzouno).
10 - At Chemin des Cathares right onto the D6113 cross and follow Chemin de l'Ecluse.
11 - On the Chemin Pierre Paul Riquet left, follow it to Route de Segala (D218), turn right.
12 -At the Minoterie the Naurouze turn left and follow the path which runs along the La Rigole du Canal du Midi.
13 - Follow this path until you arrive at your departure point...

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Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand

Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand

Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand

Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand
- Distance
- 13,4 km
- Mini Altitude
- 190 meter
- Departure
- Le Pont de la Rigole,
- Type
- Loop
a - Max Altitude
- 270 meter
- Vertical drop
- 216 meter
- Duration
- 3,30 Hours
- Markup
- Yes
- IGN reference
- 2245E
- Difficulty
- Easy
- Coordinates
- 43.35686,
- Download GPS Track


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  Opening Randonnée Le Seuil de Naurouze - Labastide-d'Anjou - Montferrand:

- 01 january to 31 december
Qualité Tourisme Aude Tourisme Office de tourisme de Castelnaudary Le Canal du Midi La Région Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée

Lac de la Ganguise...

Lac de la Ganguise...


Castelnaudary is probably most famous for a 'pleasant'
dish of beans and various meats known as Cassoulet..




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Le Seuil de Naurouze
Leisure - Sports - Mountain walks - Snow-shoe walks - Hiking - Walking
Le Pont de la Rigole
11320 Labastide-d'Anjou

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