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Randonnée L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte

Leisure - Sports -  Mountain walks - Snow-shoe walks - Hiking - Walking
L'Ecluse de Villepinte

L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte

L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte

L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte

L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte

L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte
L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte

Villepinte is located on the plain of Lauragais between Toulouse and Carcassonne, 100 km from the Mediterranean sea, 80 km from the Pyrenees and south of the Black Mountains, the last spur of the Massif Central.

25 km from Carcassonne and 12 km from Castelnaudary, 5 km away from the motorway exit of Entre deux Mers at Bram, on the D6113 (former N113), the Villepinte territory is crossed by the Canal Midi, recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

We offer a loop hike from Villepinte, which will follow the towpaths along the Canal du Midi and let you discover the genius of Pierre Paul Riquet.

Start at Place Carnot, outside the town hall.
Take Boulevard Gambetta direction Carcassonne, until 6113. Cross main road and embark on the path along the ruisseau du Fresquel that leads to lock of Villepinte. Cross the ford. To see the connection between the two streams: Fresquel and Tréboul, which then become one, the Fresquel.

 Arriving on the towpath of the Canal du Midi. Turn right. Pass the lock Villepinte. See the passage: Lock with 2 panels, the lockkeeper's house and the spillway. Follow along the canal, on the towpath to the first bridge (route de Villasavary).
  Cross the bridge and take the first right which leads you to the Villepinte recreation area. To see: the old wash houses and opposite a beautiful épanchoir with 8 arches. Continue on the path between the Canal du Midi and the Mézeran stream towards Pexiora to reach the lock of Téboul.

See by making a round trip on the road towards Lasbordes: aqueduct Tréboulet, which allows passage of the Tréboul creek under the Canal du Midi. Cross the bridge and turn right on the towpath for a return to Villepinte.
Blason de Villepinte
This trail is partly marked as GR 7 (red and white spots). After about 1.5 km turn left towards the place called "The Masquierette" follow the paved road until the road Villasavary and take the bridge over the Teboul via D 213 towards Villepinte.

Cross the bridge over the Fresquel and join the D6113. Cross the main road and take the first right, rue Victor Hugo, behind the pharmacy. Go straight and find the Place Carnot, third street on your left...

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L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte

L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte

L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte

L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte
- Distance
- 8,9 km
- Mini Altitude
- 130 meter
- Departure
- Place Carnot,
  11150 Villepinte
- Type
- Loop
a - Max Altitude
- 140 meter
- Vertical drop
- 4 meter
- Duration
- 3 Hours
- Markup
- Yes
- IGN reference
- 2245E
- Difficulty
- Easy
- Coordinates
- 43.27755,
- Download GPS Track


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Opening Randonnée L'Ecluse de Villepinte - Villepinte:

- 01 january to 31 december   
Le Pays Cathare L'Officiel du Canal du Midi Qualité Tourisme Occitanie La Région Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Grande Confrérie du Cassoulet de Castelnaudary
Office de tourisme de Castelnaudary Le Canal du Midi A.O.P. Cabardès Mairie de bram La Région Languedoc-Roussillon - Sud de France est le premier site communautaire sur la randonnée pédestre, le trekking et les sports outdoor FFRandonnée Occitanie Randonnée Pédestre VisuGPX France-Randos propose des itinéraires de randonnées pédestres Comité Départemental de la Randonnée Pédestre de l'Aude


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



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L'Ecluse de Villepinte
Leisure - Sports - Mountain walks - Snow-shoe walks - Hiking - Walking
Place Carnot
11150 Villepinte

Phone +33

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