It’s been hollowed by man in the rock between two cute French villages: Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Bouziès (about 590 km on south from Paris) situated along the Lot River, today ideal place for hikes. From all my holiday discoveries it is Chemin de halage , The Towing Path of Oxytania that fascinated me the most.
A little bit of history of Towing Path
This towing trail in Oxytania was constructed in 1845. Used by horses it’s purpose was to help the flat-bottomed boats to cross the river. Most often those were the supply boats returning from Bordeaux where they transported the wine from the nearby Cahors, dried plums and fountains for wine barrels.
In 1926, the Lot River was demolished and excluded as an inland waterway. It was reopened again to navigation in 1900.
However, a little bit earlier, in 1985 Daniel Monnier a sculptor from Toulouse made a relief in the rocks which was a part of the project of revitalisation of navigation on the Lot river.
He presented his vision of the entire river including its fauna and flora.
Towing Path – Touristic promenade
The walk begins in the charming village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, which offers us the panoramic view of the surrounding area. In 2012 it was nominated the favorite village of French people. There is only 200 inhabitants. But on the contrary during the holiday season there is over 40 000 tourists! By choosing to start your hike in this village you will have to walk for 10 kilometers (way to and way back) during which you will discover a 300m high path amongst the rocks, high on two metres. This is exactly where you will be able admire the work of the artist, Daniel Monnier.
However, if you are amateur of rather shorter walks we recommend to start your hike in Bouziès. Then you will have only 3km to go (way to and way back).