Tours du Roc del Thaluc
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NickBrum
By NickBrum
An incredibly atmospheric 'lost' medieval city, just waiting for you to rediscover it.
Jun 2016
There's plenty of free parking available to the south of the village, the best seeming to be along the D87 as you come in from the east. The village of Peyrusse is a very sleepy little place with little sign of life bar a couple of very quiet cafes, so I would recommend you eat before you arrive. Your first stop should be the information office in the Place des Treize Vents, or the Square of the 13 winds. The office is just to the right as you enter the square through one of the former gateways of the old castle. If the office is closed, which is more than likely, then a very good guide/pamphlet can be bought for a few Euros from the cafe you passed on your right before you came to the gateway. I can thoroughly recommend purchasing one of these as without it you will have next to no idea what all the sites are that you are about to explore. While at it I would also strongly recommend purchasing some bottles of water if the day is hot. The walk is long and steep with no other refreshments available until you return to this spot, apart from the river (which we drank from with no ill effects). Once in the square you can view some lovely old buildings from the outside plus enter the church which was formerly the castle's stables. There is also a modern and clean toilet here which again is worth using before you venture into the valley. From here take the Rue de Valerie at the far end of the square down a little lane that opens out onto a grassy terrace with wonderful views out over the forested valley of the Ruisseau d'Audiernes with the towers of the Roc del Talhuc before you. An incredible and unique sight that won't fail to impress and awe. From here you have a choice. You can turn left and head down through the remains of the medieval city or go straight ahead and climb the steel ladders up on to the ridge to explore the towers and enjoy the views. If you have a bit of a head for heights then the towers are a must and the approach is perfectly safe and secure. From here you can then head back to the terrace and take the path to the medieval city. The path left from the terrace soon comes to a T-junction. First head left to view the old marketplace and barbican before retracing your steps to the T-junction and continuing on down through the old city where you will come across a succession of ruins slowly being reclaimed by the forest. In turn these are the Belfry, the Tomb of the King, the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Laval, the Synagogue, the Hospital and lastly the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Pitie (often locked), all very evocative and worth the walk. Eventually you will come to a bridge over the river. Resist the temptation simply to retrace your steps back up to the village and instead cross the bridge, turn right and follow a delightful but sometimes rocky path along the foot of the valley, passing rapids and small waterfalls until you come across the beautiful Bridge of the Parayre. From here you can cross the bridge and follow a steep but enjoyable shaded path back up to the village, on your way passing the ruins of the miller's house on your left. Depending on how much interest you have in the buildings along the route the walk will take from 2 to 3 hours and in my opinion is without compare. If you listen hard enough you can almost hear the voices of the 3,500 people who once lived out their lives here!

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mandr268
Westport, Ireland912 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
this is a great little old village, there is some walking to do, but its worth it, also the church is very interesting, do not forget to visit the potter
Written 10 June 2018
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NickBrum
Southampton, UK68 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
There's plenty of free parking available to the south of the village, the best seeming to be along the D87 as you come in from the east.

The village of Peyrusse is a very sleepy little place with little sign of life bar a couple of very quiet cafes, so I would recommend you eat before you arrive.

Your first stop should be the information office in the Place des Treize Vents, or the Square of the 13 winds. The office is just to the right as you enter the square through one of the former gateways of the old castle. If the office is closed, which is more than likely, then a very good guide/pamphlet can be bought for a few Euros from the cafe you passed on your right before you came to the gateway. I can thoroughly recommend purchasing one of these as without it you will have next to no idea what all the sites are that you are about to explore. While at it I would also strongly recommend purchasing some bottles of water if the day is hot. The walk is long and steep with no other refreshments available until you return to this spot, apart from the river (which we drank from with no ill effects).

Once in the square you can view some lovely old buildings from the outside plus enter the church which was formerly the castle's stables. There is also a modern and clean toilet here which again is worth using before you venture into the valley.

From here take the Rue de Valerie at the far end of the square down a little lane that opens out onto a grassy terrace with wonderful views out over the forested valley of the Ruisseau d'Audiernes with the towers of the Roc del Talhuc before you. An incredible and unique sight that won't fail to impress and awe.

From here you have a choice. You can turn left and head down through the remains of the medieval city or go straight ahead and climb the steel ladders up on to the ridge to explore the towers and enjoy the views. If you have a bit of a head for heights then the towers are a must and the approach is perfectly safe and secure. From here you can then head back to the terrace and take the path to the medieval city.

The path left from the terrace soon comes to a T-junction. First head left to view the old marketplace and barbican before retracing your steps to the T-junction and continuing on down through the old city where you will come across a succession of ruins slowly being reclaimed by the forest. In turn these are the Belfry, the Tomb of the King, the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Laval, the Synagogue, the Hospital and lastly the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Pitie (often locked), all very evocative and worth the walk.

Eventually you will come to a bridge over the river. Resist the temptation simply to retrace your steps back up to the village and instead cross the bridge, turn right and follow a delightful but sometimes rocky path along the foot of the valley, passing rapids and small waterfalls until you come across the beautiful Bridge of the Parayre. From here you can cross the bridge and follow a steep but enjoyable shaded path back up to the village, on your way passing the ruins of the miller's house on your left.

Depending on how much interest you have in the buildings along the route the walk will take from 2 to 3 hours and in my opinion is without compare. If you listen hard enough you can almost hear the voices of the 3,500 people who once lived out their lives here!
Written 1 July 2016
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Marnix V
Merksem, Belgium38 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Great walk of the remaining of the old village. Bring good walking shoes and an excellent condition. After the walk you can have lunch at the local restaurant.
Written 1 April 2016
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grahamt34
London, UK179 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
It seems extraordinary this is the first review on here in English. While the spectacular outcrop with its pair of towers dominates the setting there is much more to see,

Park on the edge of the small village - there is plenty of parking signposted. Head for the church square where the walks start. On seasonal days the shop supplies audio tours but they are not necessary to appreciate the natural splendour of the place. There is a clear map by the window that is worth photographing. It shows two circuits - well signposted green and red/brown. While the distance involved is modest, the longer red/brown route does involves a decent to the stream and a climb back up on a good path. Well worth the effort and it takes in several ruins - the belfry, old hospital and church ruins. There is also a magical stone footbridge over the stream.

The main outcrop can be reached by means of a set of sturdy but steep metal stairs, but only for those with a head for heights. On returning to the village look out for the charming small herb garden.

Back in the village there are a couple of cafes. There is a clean modern toilet by the church.

Open all the time and free. Not a must see major regional attraction, just a lovely surprise.
Written 26 April 2015
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