Montauban has an eventful history with the Tarn on the banks of which it was founded in 1144. For centuries, the city has drawn from the river the sources of its prosperity, establishing many mills and flourishing river trade. Yet the Tarn has proven to be a capricious ally, whose regular and sudden floods over the centuries have repeatedly devastated Sapiac and Villebourbon, the city’s lower quarters. The importance of the floods in the 20th century led to the implementation of a vast anti-flooding system along the Tescou and Tarn rivers. On this occasion, walking trails have been set up close to the town center, in a restful natural environment rich in fauna, flora and specific ecosystems on the banks of the Tarn.
This biodiversity deserves to be preserved and discovered. The maintenance of the banks therefore excludes any chemical treatment so as not to risk polluting the water or destroying insects, amphibians, birds, bats, small mammals and many plants present on the banks.
This walking route invites you to discover an exceptional architectural heritage, in an environment rich in natural spaces of rare quality in the heart of the city.
Comprised between the Pont Vieux and the Moulin de la Palisse, on the edge of the Tarn, is today a true natural space in the city, which includes several areas: grassy area, tree alleys and Natura 2000 area along the Tarn . Learn to observe and differentiate the herons of Pisotte Island which nest in summer and familiarize yourself with the operation of this heronry thanks to several interpretation stations.