Le Belvédère du Monbula

The forges of l’Ouzom, consuming large amounts of charcoal, used some hundreds of hectares of forests every year. Colliers used to work in the forest, as closely as possible to the resource. They built stacks of wood that they burnt, covering them with dirt, so that they could burn without air. During the 19th century, it was the turn of movable metal kilns, which also enabled the recovery of tar. These large, lidded cauldrons were, in the case of those of Monbula, carried up, whole, on men’s backs as well as rolled on logs. Some elders can still remember the exploit!


Course for : Sportspeople

Type of itinerary : Return

Departure : ARTHEZ-D'ASSON


Further information

Travel time : 5h30 (on foot)

Difficulty : Difficult

Distance : 9,6 km

Elevation : 1192 m

Warning : Mountain shoes are essential - Do not make this journey on rainy days or if there is fog - Do not go in the hollow of sinkholes: Be careful! Abysses - 43.048125 - -0.238591

Markup colors : Yellow

Hiking signposting : Trait

Emergency number: 112 Protect yourself Protect nature Respect the mountain Basque and béarnais mountains are pasture lands. Try not to take your dog. In all circumstances, keep it on a leash. Thank you!

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Getting here From the town hall of Nay, cross the bridge and follow the D936 direction Bénéjacq. At the roundabout direction D938 towards Lourdes for 1 km. At the crossroads turn right onto the D937 towards Lourdes. 3 km later turn right on the D35 towards Asson. On entering Asson, after the bridge and the castle, turn left and follow the D126 towards the Soulor. After the second duplication of the road to the locality La Herrère, go down on the left by the unique direction. Park along the road near houses.