3 hours; climb: 350m
A popular out-and-back walk from Vernet-les-Bains to some spectacular waterfalls in the gorge of the River St-Vincent. (Note that, for safety reasons, the route may be officially closed in autumn and winter months, and possibly at other times. If so, a notice will probably be posted at the car park (point 5)).
1 - The start (Place de la République). We cross the square, and we climb the 'Rue du Canigou'.
2 - A road junction. We go to the left...We climb a stone staircase on the right.
3 - We cross a road and we climb another stone staircase.
4 - We meet another road (the 'Chemin de la Forêt et du Saint Vincent') and we go to the right... The road enters a forest.
5 - Car park, and a notice board with information about the waterfalls. The road becomes a track.
6 - Bifurcation. We go straight ahead.
7 - Footpath, on the right. We follow this path...We enter the gorge...We cross a footbridge.
8 - First waterfall ('Cascade du Saint Vincent'). We cross the river again. Then we climb a steep slope... We cross more footbridges.
9 - Second waterfall ('Cascade des Anglais').
Return - We return to the centre of Vernet by the same route.