Activities

Cycling




There are many well marked cycling routes around the area which cater for all styles and abilities. Whether you want a gentle ride and picnic by the Aude river, challenge yourself on a steep  climb to one of the many cols or plunge down a mountain trail.

We provide secure, garaged storage for your precious bike!


The Tour de France often runs right through Quillan and the surrounding area.



In Quillan you can also hire good quality road or mountain bikes if you don't want to bring your own.



Click the links below for a selection of road and mountain bike routes provided by cycle-pyrenees (maps of routes in pdf format) 
 
Road Routes
Mountain Routes

Map Key

Green - Downhill, flat route (Families and beginners)
Blue - Slight Rise, succession of small hills (Families and beginners)
Red - Ascending average climb (Moderate)
Blue - Ascending steep climb (Experienced)

Hiking and Walking


There are many excellent walking routes and hiking trails around Ginoles and Quillan.
Local walking guides and maps for the area can be purchased in the newsagents or the Office de Tourism in Quillan and we have a selection for you to look at here, at Le Petit Chateau.


Climbing

The terrain around Ginoles and Quillan offers many opportunities for climbing at all grades and in varying situations. There are 20 climbing destinations (some sport climbing and some trad) within an hours drive of Le Petit Château.


The main climbing areas within 20 mins drive are:

Saint Salvayre: 40 routes from 3 to 6c with an area suitable for beginners.
Cardou: 60 routes from 3 to 6c with an area suitable for beginners.
Cavirac: 15 routes from 3 to 7b with an area suitable for beginners.


For the more adventurous among you, with most routes requiring Tyrolean traverse over the river Aude:


Gorges Pierre Lys
 
100 routes from 50 to 180 meters 5 to 7b.









Steve and Ads survey the routes at Gorge du Pierre Lys

Slightly further afield.....

The cliffs of St. Louis: 100 routes from 3 to 8a 
Puilaurens: 40 routes from 5 to 8a + 

Guides to the local climbing sites can be purchased on line from Roc Genese [also lots of climbing information about the local area on this site] or the Office de Tourism in Quillan.


Please purchase a guide as proceeds go towards the development of new routes and keeping the equipment on current routes in good order.

For further information about climbing in the area the Climbing Away website is excellent. Use the '20 closest climbing areas around a location' link and type in 'Ginoles'.

On those rare days when the weather thwarts your time on the rock or if you simply want to hone your technique, then there is an excellent climbing wall at Belcaire, on 30 minutes away. 

Motorcycling


The excellent quality roads in spectacular positions make this area a must for any motorcycle enthusiast. The Best Biking Roads website has some routes to wet your appetite, but as a biker himself, Steve can offer you many more suggestions. We provide free secure garage parking for your bike on site.

Steve surveying the twisty route down from Col Paiheres to Mijanes and then to Gorge St. Georges beyond.

Other activities include: Rafting, canoeing, kayaking, gorge walking, horse riding, quad biking and many more....