On a gloriously warm, early Spring day, leave the car and walk from the door of our holiday cottage in southern France. Reasonable fitness is required for this circular hike from Camon to Belloc. Take the Voie Verte, green way to Camon, the roses offer a beautiful, fragrant display against the mellow walls of this ancient bastide.
A left turn in the village follows a steep road to some lovely forest tracks, deep in Cathar country. The dappled shade affording some welcome protection from the heat of the sun, even in Spring. There is a choice of well marked routes to the pretty hamlet of Belloc. We followed the river until it was apparent that the “footbridge” shown on the map was a tenuous looking zip wire with a bit of frayed rope hanging loose.
In summer you could probably wade across quite safely but today the river ran fast and deep so we made our own path through some dense forest, eventually reaching grassy meadows and an alternative return route to Camon. A number of private spots along the river bank committed to memory for picnics and “wild” swimming in a few weeks time.