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