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The Cathar Way: A Walker's Guide to the Sentier Cathare (Cicerone Guide) (Cicerone Guides) [Paperback]

Alan Mattingly
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Book Description

1 May 2006 Cicerone Guides
A guidebook to walking the Cathar Way, a waymarked trail through France's southwest, linking historic castles. This 250km (two-week) route runs through the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Languedoc region of southern France, from the Mediterranean to Foix. A challenging, fascinating and rewarding route, but not an arduous mountain trek. The trail runs from the Mediterranean coast westward to the historic town of Foix. It can be walked in two weeks or less by anyone who is well-equipped and moderately fit. Good-quality accommodation is available at regular intervals along the entire length of the trail. The trail traverses the dramatic foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, a beautiful countryside which enjoys plenty of sunshine and is rich in wildlife. The highlights of the Cathar Way are the 'castles in the sky' like Queribus, Peyrepertuse and Montsegur. These incredible medieval fortifications will forever be associated with the ill-fated Cathar 'heresy', which was brutally suppressed in the thirteenth century.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852844868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852844868
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This handy guide has clear instructions for the stages of the trail along with points of interest, maps and an accommodation listing. In keeping with Cicerone's walking series, the guide is well laid out with colour photographs and an easily digestible insight into the history of the area. Indispensible for walkers visiting the area. Rating 9/10. France Magazine, August 2006

About the Author

Alan Mattingly was director of the Ramblers' Association from 1974 to 1998. He has also held various other posts in the outdoor field, including that of chairman of the Council for National Parks. He is now based in a small town in the eastern Pyrenees which lies just below the 9,000ft Pic du Canigou. When not exploring the Pyrenees on foot, Alan writes and also teaches English. He is author of Walks in the Cathar Region published by Cicerone.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A super guide to a beautiful walk 27 Nov 2006
I walked the Cathar Way (Northern Variant) in November 2006 and found that the guide had just the right amount of route detail, with clear outline maps and valuable information about the places visited, accommodation etc. A perfect example of the guide-book writer's art.
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3.0 out of 5 stars cathar way 10 May 2011
By joyce
This was the only book we could find in English to help us on our recent walk of the Cathar Way. The book was invaluable to get us started. Unfortunately it is quite out of date, and the first village where we hoped to stay overnight no longer had any of the three listed accomodation. Luckily a helpful French woman rang a friend who rented us a house for the night. Further on we found there were some serious variations to the route markings, leaving us to virtually rock climb a steep section of the walk while missing out on an area we really wanted to see. While we couldnt have done without the book, we began to take the information less literally towards the end of the trail.The book is also a very good size to take with you, but try and find some more recent information to take with you also.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as I hoped 6 Jun 2014
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Although updated in 2012 some of the info is out of date (eg French Travel Centre has not been in Piccadilly for sometime; different maps available, etc). It is adequate but could do more if you wish to "walk it the other way" as I plan. Reasonable size for popping in a rucksack (small enough to slip in a back trouser pocket).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sentier Cathare 18 Oct 2010
By inger
If you want to walk the whole way from the sea to Foix in 12 days , this book is absolutely the most practical book you will carry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Cathar Way 30 Aug 2009
By K. Hildreth - Published on
I used this guide as I hiked the western half of the Sentier Cathare in August 2009. Overall, it was accurate and informative, with detailed trail descriptions. The accommodations section is outdated in places, though. Notably, Belvis no longer has any chambres d'hote. A new edition would be great, but not essential (and had I bothered to call ahead to any of the places I stayed, I probably would've avoided problems).

"The Cathar Way" is, however, an essential resource for English-speakers hiking the trail!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cathar Way, guide 15 Aug 2010
By Patricia - Published on
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This is a really great little book! It has not only the walking routes but tells a great deal of history of the areas. It also has some ideas of places to stay along the way, as well as places to eat. I always have it with me here.
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy guide 24 April 2014
By Kirk Rimmer - Published on
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Very useful guide book for walkers of Cathar Trail.
Hoping trail will be marked as said in book and easy to traverse.
Maps inside not as detailed as Coast to Coast maps(but they were exceptional)
Lots of background info and travelers tips.
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