1½ hours; climb: 50m
A short walk from the Casino of Vernet-les-Bains, into woodland on the outskirts of the town. There is a fine view from the highest point towards the historic centre of Vernet, with its hilltop church and castle.
(A very similar route, with notes on Rudyard Kipling's associations with Vernet-les-Bains, is described elsewhere on this website, here.)
1 - THE START (Place République). We descend a stone staircase and we go straight ahead... We cross the river at the 'Pont Kipling'...We go straight ahead ('Rue Louis Codet'). The Casino park is on the left.
2 - Casino. We pass in front of this building and in front of the Hotel Portugal... After the 'Thermes' (on the right), we go to the right and we follow a lane on the left which leads us to the 'Laiterie'.
3 - The 'laiterie'. We pass behind this building (we follow yellow waymarks)... We climb a little, towards a viewpoint over the River Cady...We go to the right (sharp turn)... We climb a little.
4 - Second viewpoint. We descend and we follow carefully the yellow waymarks.
5 - Bifurcation. We go to the left (sharp turn).
6 - Lane. We climb to the left, on the lane. A campsite is on the right... We go to the right, on a grass terrace... We descend some steps.
7 - Intersection of paths. We go to the right... After a covered reservoir, we go straight ahead along a lane (the entrance to the campsite is on the right).
8 - Bifurcation. We go to the right.
9 - Intersection of streets. We go to the right to see the Anglican church (10), then we return to this point (9). We go to the right... After an intersection, we climb to the right.. .We cross the river on the left...We climb up to our point of departure.