Travel in France – Correze to St Hippolyte du Fort

Day 11 of Travel in France was a long day on the road, with heavy rain, travelling from Corrèze to St Hippolyte du Fort – 365 km.

The mist was thick and low as we left Cayre and although it lifted as the road descended, wet weather was never far away. We climbed out of Aurillac on to higher, grassy hills, with the mist still low.

Mist at Cayre

Mist at Cayre

Mist over the hills above Aurillac

Mist over the hills above Aurillac

The first stop was in Entraygues sur Truyère, a mediaeval town at the confluence of the Truyère and Lot rivers and a stop on a pilgrim route. The sun was shining, and it was good to walk after two hours in the car as the old town on the river had lots of interesting sights.

Aerial view of Entraygues (Tourist Office)

Aerial view of Entraygues (Tourist Office)

The castle in Entraygues was built in 1278-90 by Henri II, Count of Rodez, and stands on the banks of the rivers, at the head of the town, overlooking the wharf for loading boats, the gabarres. The boats traded goods such as wood and wine downriver and were themselves broken up and sold for their wood.

The castle in Entraygues

The castle in Entraygues

The Lot and the Truyeres at Entraygues

The Lot and the Truyeres at Entraygues

The morning coffee café now filling with people sitting down to lunch, at 12.00pm!

A square in Entraygues

A square in Entraygues

We drove through the Lot Gorges, which I found rather disappointing, to find Estaingone of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, and it was beautiful. It was also an important stage on a pilgrim route.

The Lot river at Estaing

The Lot river at Estaing

The bridge at Estaing

The  16C bridge at Estaing

The castle at Estaing

The castle at Estaing

Lunching alongside the Lot river, Estaing

Lunching alongside the Lot river, Estaing

We set off towards a darkening sky, and soon had to stop. A little later, near Severac le Chateau, we were forced to stop again. The rain was simply too heavy to allow safe driving.

Beyond Estaing Torrential rain

Eventually we had the first sight of the causses outside Millau.

The Causses around Millau

The Causses around Millau

And then came the bridge.

The Millau Bridge The Millau Bridge The Millau Bridge

The Causse de Larzac away from Le Caylar remains starkly beautiful and leads to the grandeur of the Vis Gorges.

Causse de Larzac Causse de Larzac

The Vis Gorges

The Vis Gorges

The Vis Gorges

A shopping stop at the SuperU in Ganges and we finally arrived at the gite in Le Pouget, outside St Hippolyte du Fort, in yet more rain!

You may be interested in
Entraygues
Gabarre trade
Estaing (and here)
The Estaing Family
Les Grandes Causses