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ARGELES SUR MER

Des Dolmens à la Chapelle Saint-Laurent (VTT)

A surprising circuit with a rapid drop (Red mountain bike markings n°2)

Loop

Flora

Follow the red mountain bike markup n°2.

To get to this circuit, descend from the Valmy car park towards the "Les Mimosas" campsite. Turn directly left and take the DFIC-AL-n°42 track towards the Tour de la Massane. Observe the view of the Château de Valmy by taking a little height.
Continue on this wide track, and watch on the right for the start of two paths in the direction of the Dolmen de la Cova de l'Alarb. Take the path very gullied by the runoff of rainwater. This path enters the forest and quickly has a steep drop. Please note that this sector is crossed by many footpaths. Vigilance and respect required for the sharing of this natural space.
Continue and pass in front of the massive gate of Mas d'en Jordi to join the DFCI-AL track n°41. Climb this track to reach the basin.
Continue by turning right in the direction of the Chapelle Saint-Laurent by taking the DFCI AL track n°39. Browse the plateau on the foothills of the Massif des Albères. This first part of the descent is gentle and rolling in switchbacks. Be careful, from Mas Piquemal, the descent becomes steeper and the bends give way to hairpins which increases the speed and the danger on this portion. Also beware of the possible silting up inside certain bends which could surprise you after a rolling rocky part.
At 100 meters, to the left of the Stele of the airmen, take the junction which leads you to the Chapel of Saint-Laurent. The footpath opposite the chapel guides you to the DFCI AL-N°39 track. 
Carefully follow this track to the foot of Château de Valmy, the end of this loop. On the last meters, tarmacked portions are used by vehicles and certainly pedestrians. Control your pace once again to avoid any accident.

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