Discoveries and hikes

in the Greater Montauban
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In Montauban...

Several educational trails can accompany you as you discover the city’s biodiversity. Signs about species and natural environments are installed on the Foucault Course and along Port Canal.

Along the banks of the Tarn

Montauban has an eventful history with the Tarn River on whose banks it was founded in 1144. For centuries, the city drew from the river the sources of its prosperity, establishing numerous mills and flourishing river trade. However, the Tarn has proved to be a capricious ally, whose regular and sudden floods have over the centuries repeatedly devastated Sapiac and Villebourbon, the lower districts of the city. The importance of the floods in the 20th century led to the implementation of a vast anti-flooding device along the Tescou and the Tarn. On this occasion, walking paths were created close to the city center, in a relaxing natural environment rich in fauna, flora and ecosystems specific to the Tarn river.

This biodiversity deserves to be preserved and discovered. The maintenance of the banks excludes any chemical treatment in order to avoid polluting the water or destroying the insects, batrachians, birds, bats, small mammals and numerous plants present on the banks.

This walk invites you to discover an exceptional architectural heritage, in an environment rich in natural spaces of rare quality in the heart of the city.

The Treil Park

Comprised between the Pont Vieux and the Moulin de la Palisse, on the banks of the Tarn, is today a true nature space in the city, which includes several areas: grassy area, tree lanes and Natura 2000 area along the Tarn. Learn how to observe and differentiate between the herons of the Ile de la Pisotte that nest in the summer months and learn about the functioning of this heronry through several interpretation stations.

Also download the city and nature booklet

A true directory of the fauna and flora of Greater Montauban.

A little out of the way …, the Piboulette lake

On these 2 kilometers conducive to observation, your walk will be punctuated with explanatory panels on the nature that surrounds you.

In the Greater Montauban

if you want to get away from Montauban for a while and discover its surroundings, three marked trails located in Lamothe Capdeville, Corbarieu and Albefeuille Largardeare marked with explanations about the environments you will encounter as well as the various plants and animals you may come across.

A total of more than 130 km of marked trails that invite you to discover alternating between wooded areas and cultivated landscapes.

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The little plus

In Escatalens, familiarize yourself with an essential part of the territory: the pigeon houses. A 3 km walking tour around and through this charming town invites you to discover the 16 dovecotes, witnesses of the rich agricultural heritage. Square, rectangular, proudly displaying their bell tower… they will surprise you by their typical charm and their variety. On the way, linger at the Saint-Julien fountain.

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A city in the countryside, Montauban places the tree at the heart of its development. Several parks and gardens of the city welcome you for a refreshing break. In the Greater Montauban, you can also access preserved places where nature flourishes, evolves with the seasons and never ceases to delight us. Discover also superb gardens which can be visited throughout the year. Go and take a breath of fresh air in his gardens without further delay! link to the gardens page.

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