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The Long Tarn Trail

The Tarn - a timeless, historic land
Holiday information
Nights: 14
Grade: 2, frequent ascents and descents
Terrain: rolling hills, vineyards & woodland
Hotels: four chambres d'hôtes; two 2-star hotels; two 3-star hotels
Meals: breakfast each day, 8 dinners plus 7 picnics
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This Holiday in a nutshell
• self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
• atmospheric, picturesque landscapes
• timeless ancient villages
• rich history & heritage
• explore medieval Albi
• delightful accommodation, distinctive regional cuisine

The quiet landscapes north of the Tarn Valley hide a dark period of oppression when, in the early thirteenth century, the Pope and the French king joined forces in a series of campaigns against Cathar heretics. The Albigensian Crusades and, a century later, the Hundred Years War, left their mark on the landscape but today all is calm. The only reminders of that turbulent past are the characteristic 'bastides' (medieval fortified hill-top villages) that make this region so special, and now provide a pleasant refuge at which to rest and relax on your discovery of this fascinating region.
This rewarding walk leads eastwards, a wonderful progression from rolling countryside and stunning hill-top villages into ever-more dramatic hills bordering the river Tarn.
     
After exploring the wooded valleys of the Vère River, you head to historic Albi, with its magnificent fortified cathedral, standing high above one of France’s greatest rivers. The Tarn flows through rolling hills and woods of cork oaks and cypress trees, amongst which hide a series of pretty villages of mellow stone. This is a wonderfully rewarding region where you discover a distinctive culture, rich cuisine and some excellent wines.
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