The Cirque of Mourèze

Calcareous rock is omnipresent in our environment!

Here in the Clermontais it’s particularly incredible in the Cirque de Mourèze. Without going into scientific details of its geology, limestone is a sedimentary rock more or less loaded with calcium carbonate. It can be conchiferous (sandy) or lithographic (layered). In the Cirque de Mourèze, its calcareous component is replaced by dolomite (magnesium), which makes it more fragile in bad weather. It tThus it erodes and creates landscape that are shaped like ruins.

So then the walk can start and the discovery of all these things can start to stimulate the imagination of each of us!


With more than 70 rock statues listed.

It’s up to you to discover or invent monsters and animals here and there or even towers or castles further away … Take off on an adventure looking for secret pathways and labyrinths … hush!

VILLAGE_Moureze@Olivier_Diaz – Vue sur le cirque de Mourèze et son Cirque dolomitique

Don’t forget that you are walking on a kind of powdery sand that is also called “grésou” or “a dolomite arena”. It’s simply the result of terminal erosion of the calcareous dolomite which on such unusual ground has created dry and untypical vegetation.

With a little luck, you might come across the delicate “arméria de Girard” flower. But here we are in the universe of the rosemary, the immortelle and multiflora heather which flowers in the autumn!

There’s another way to observe this unusual calcareous rock. All you need is to take the little road between Mourèze and Salasc. Go through the ruin-shaped landscape seemingly less eroded than the Cirque’s but has many surprises all the same! Keep your eyes open wide!

 


 

For more information about the town of Mourèze, its cirque and its history, download the heritage brochure.
Fun guaranteed for all the family when you discover the Salagou heritage site with the help of the Randoland leaflet.
When you get there, choose from the two hiking trails, download the hiking leaflets :

 

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