This relatively short walk takes you along some quiet country roads, and you must take care when traffic approaches. Please use the pavements where they are available.
You will be walking on a mixture of tarmac roads and good forest trails, as well as some cobbled streets on the old city.
We would ask that you take note of the many warning signs when exploring the city walls.
It can get hot in the summer months in this area, so please carry enough water and some snacks for you walk.
Tips and hints
While there are plenty of facilities in and around the old city (including toilets adjacent to the city gate), there are no facilities on the section of the walk up to the viewpoint and back. Its is essential that you have enough water and food to see you comfortably through the walk.
Numerous cafes, shops and restaurants are available in and around the old city, as well as on the streets down to the river. There is a pharmacy adjacent to the Pont Vieux
Points of Information:
Cité de Carcassonne
The Cité de Carcassonne is the fortified core of the famous walled city of Gallo-Roman origin in southern France. It consists of double defensive walls punctuated by 52 watchtowers, a castle with a museum, a Gothic cathedral, and impressive historic buildings within the enclosure. It's also the inspiration for the beloved table game Carcassonne. It's been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
You can purchase tickets in advance for the castle at this website:
This tour is available on the following itineraries: WFSCCT
Getting thereThis walk is easily accessible from anywhere in Carcassone. The easiest way to get to the start is by foot. Make you way to the Pont Vieux and from the South side of the river head along Rue Trivalle ahead. At Rue Gustav Nadauad, turn right and follow this road up and and round to the city gates. This is where our walk commences.
EquipmentAs this is a short walk a pair of comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather are all that is required. There is a short climb up to the viewpoint, and some walkers may wish to use walking poles in this section.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.