VOIE VERTE EN PYRENEES CATHARES

The story of a railway turned into a bridleway…

The Cathar Pyrenees Green Lanes

A secure route punctuated by picnic areas.
A ‘green access’ to various sites of natural and historical heritage.

A safe 38km path linking Mirepoix to Lavelanet via Aude and Chalabre.
Waymarked path, punctuated by information boards and rest areas as a means to discover the villages and places of interest in the surrounding area.

As of 1903, the Lavelanet-Bram line enabled the industrial valley of the Hers to connect with the national rail network. Up to seven trains ran each day. ‘La Compagnie des Chemins de Fer du Midi’ rail company, charged by the state with the operation of the line, transported travellers, merchandise and mail.
Raw materials (pine wood) and manufactured products (textiles, horn combs) were loaded into the wagons and transported from the Pyrenean foothills towards the Lauragais. More than two hundred factories and thousands of workers kept the local economy running, consisting of drapers, hat-makers, comb-makers and cobblers. From 1940, the rise in popularity of road transport and the deindustrialisation progressively reduced the use of the tracks. A diesel shunting engine therefore replaced the steam engine on alternate days. In 1973, the train blew its last whistle on this line.

Coordonnées

VOIE VERTE EN PYRENEES CATHARES
09500 MIREPOIX

E-mail : contact@tourisme-mirepoix.com

Site internet : http://www.tourisme-mirepoix.com

Langue d’accueil

French

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