Walk up Chemin des Escaillons in Cotignac

A more direct route to the Medieval Towers at the top of the limescale cliffs (called the Rocher here) is via the newly restored chemin des Escaillons.

From the place de la mairie, take the path behind the mairie (town hall building also called hotel de ville) up and stay to the right. When you get to the top you’ll be on the chemin du Rocher. Take a left and you’ll be hugging the cliffs that will stay on your right. You’ll soon see a small path going up on the right (it is signposted chemin des Escaillons). The path has recently been restored in the old fashioned manner with stones and also cement at the bottomto secure the path during heavy rainfall.  Half way up you’ll see a green bench.  Take a little break here and enjoy the breathtaking view over the village. Keep going up and you’ll eventually get to the road that leads to the towers on the right, or past the Mas de Lapins (a gate adorned with iron rabbits on top of both sides) towards the Chapelle St Martin and continue down the chemin du Derroc to complete the health circuit back into the village (Parcours de santé). It’s a terrific walk in the sunshine and only takes about 45 mins to an hour to complete at an easy walking pace.