Forets de Belesta

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A circuit walk through the extensive plantation forests above the village of Belesta, Ariege, France. Lots of climbing, strolling through forest, birdsong and half abandoned hamlets.

Bird Watching
Scrambling or Climbing
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

How do you get to the start of the walk? Park your car in Belesta and follow the yellow paint trail markers. You walk down rue du Casteillat and eventually this forks. Take the left fork and follow the river. Continue, following the yellow markers


Which maps cover the area?IGN Montsegur

Route/Trail notes

A detailed description of the walk! Continue along the path out of Belesta, with the river on your left. You reach a ropes course and then a bridge across the river. Take this. the path also continues on the side of the river you are on, but if you continue you are on the wrong trail. Cross the bridge over the river and across the road will be the fontaine de Fontestorbes. Worth stopping to look at this geological phenomenon. Walk along the road, the D9 away from Belesta, towards Fougax for about twenty metres. Hdere you will see on your left a sign with the yellow trail marker pointing you up a steep slope. Continue on this following the yellow trail markers. Sometimes these can be diffciult to find. Be sure not to take a path that has a yellow cross- this means you will be going the wrong way. Eventually you will retunr to Belesta from the opposite direction along the river. A scenic but sometimes strenuous walk. Some good views at times and well worth the effort if you are in the area.


Do you need any permits? What's the cost?Nil

Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books?The local tourist offices have a good brochure of local hikes.


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