La Montagne Noire via Cubserviès

Exploring La Montagne Noire and one of the highest waterfalls in Europe.

Technical sheet No. 4098748

A Roquefère walk posted on 23/06/13 by LB_Neil. Last update : 08/07/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 6h25 ?
Distance Distance : 15.98 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 662 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 661 m
Highest point Highest point : 783 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 311 m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Massif central , Montagne noire
Location Location : Roquefère (11380)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.371032° / E 2.377079°
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After the climb Waterfall


The (mandatory) starting point is at the hikers’ car park 300m from the village of Roquefère at a narrowing of the rocks.

(D)A:: From the car park turn left between the rocks and seek for a “calvaire” on the right indicating the start of the trail. Follow the path to the right marked in yellow, do not take a path to the left going down to the Coumo Rousal stream but carry on the same path. Further on, go through a walk-through gate and take the path that goes immediately up to the left. Continue on the path that will continue at first gently and then more pronouncedly sloping taking you to the ridge and to a fork.

(1) Head up to left, following the yellow and orange markings, continue along the side of the mountain and arrive on the ridge.

(2) The path turns right, passing the Ventajou dolmens then hedge of the forest. Continue to the right on the track to reach a wide track about 200m further on.

(3) Turn left and follow the route for 800 m to find a junction with La Vierge de Saint-Martin.

(4) Turn right, ignore the next path to left to head out of the forest. The road will make a sharp right turn and lead onto the road.

(5) Make a small detour to the right by Cubserviès for the view of the waterfall and then head back here.
Retrace your steps back to the road that heads down to the right. Cross the "La Ferriere" stream, pass by the Fontpeyrisse mill and continue on the road up to a junction.

(6) Continue on the road to make a detour to the Saint-Sernin church and back. Come back to the intersection and off the road to go down the path on the left. After a turn, find a fork.

(7) “Here you have the option to make a detour to the waterfall by striking out to the right before returning and continuing the descent, but the paths are hard to spot and access is not the easiest. But it’s worth a shot...''
Continue downhill starting on the left, the path narrows. Pass by the ruins of Pellairol and continue on a wide path downhill. Pass by the ruins of Sabartès to reach a bridge a kilometre away.

(8) Cross the Prat Viel stream, continue onwards to a road.

(9) Head up on this road to the right to reach the top of the village of La Bastide-Esparbairenque. After a small square, find the D9 and turn right to the washhouse.

(10) Turn left following the yellow and blue marking then climb a path to the left. On your right is the Saint-André church. Continue onwards to reach a track.

(11). Take that track to the right as far as the bend in the road, then leave it and head down to the right under the rock of En Galière between old terraces. Cross a gap and reach a fork.

(12) Take the trail to the right which first rises and then descends steeply as far as Roquefère. After visiting the village, turn left on the D9 to reach the car park. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 311 m - Walker car park
1 : km 2.56 - alt. 585 m - Intersection. Go left.
2 : km 3.72 - alt. 697 m - Arrival at the peak.
3 : km 4.7 - alt. 772 m - Intersection with a wide path.
4 : km 5.63 - alt. 782 m - Vierge du Plo St-Martin.
5 : km 6.25 - alt. 736 m - Cubserviès - Cascade de Cubserviès
6 : km 7.63 - alt. 760 m - Leave the track, turn left
7 : km 8.42 - alt. 703 m - Intersection. Optional route to the waterfall.
8 : km 11.19 - alt. 419 m - Bridge over the Prat Viel stream.
9 : km 11.58 - alt. 408 m - Road intersection before Bastide Espabairenque.
10 : km 12.37 - alt. 451 m - Washhouse
11 : km 12.81 - alt. 513 m - Intersection of tracks
12 : km 14.53 - alt. 384 m - Go right towards Roquefère
D/A : km 15.98 - alt. 311 m - Walker car park

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During the walk or to do/see around

Roquefère is well worth a visit.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.78/5
Number of opinions : 3
Clarity of route description : 3.33/5
Clarity of route map : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Wed 06 Jul 2022 03:25:45 EDT

Hi Hedgehot,
Thank you for this feedback. Do you have any suggestions to improve the description by any chance?
Enjoy your walks.

on Tue 05 Jul 2022 09:27:42 EDT

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 29/06/22
Clarity of route description : ★★☆☆☆ Disappointing
Clarity of route map : ★★★★☆ Good
Walk interest : ★★★★☆ Good

This is a moderate walk with some steep sections and loose shale/slate on the descent. Enjoyable but take lots of water if a hot day. The waterfall was signposted from the road, but there is only one view point that we could find and unfortunately, one cannot see the entire fall from the spot, but still worthwhile. Lots of shady woodland and a cascade and small pool with dragonflies emerging from their nymph form and drying out on the overhanging rocks was a treat.
Only passed one other couple on the whole route.
I found a hiking stick very helpful for the slopes.
I recommend this walk.

on Mon 28 Dec 2020 03:15:43 EST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 22/12/20
Clarity of route description : ★★★★☆ Good
Clarity of route map : ★★★★☆ Good
Walk interest : ★★★★☆ Good

Nice walk in the heart of the Montagne Noir.
Good markings and easy-to-follow path (with the exception for the detour to the waterfall that it is not straightforward at all). Having done it just before Christmas, I crossed no one on the trail, not even in the small villages along the path.
The soil can be a bit slippery in winter or near the waterfall: use of hiking boots recommendend.

on Mon 05 Aug 2019 03:47:45 EDT

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 04/08/19
Clarity of route description : ★★★★☆ Good
Clarity of route map : ★★★★☆ Good
Walk interest : ★★★★☆ Good

This is a lovely walk with lots of shade. It is well marked. The detour to the waterfall isn’t obvious, but make sure to
Find it because it is gorgeous. Have a swim in the river at the end of the walk to refresh.

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