This week we made a family trip to visit the nearby waterfall at Roquefort. Us, Sam’s family and Marisa’s family made the plan. By chance Keira arrived at Les T with her two little ones just before we set off. So we all pilled into Sam’s new people carrier van and set off for the day.
The cascades start as a spring bubbling out of the rocks high up on top of a hill. The water sweeps with force through the forest before tumbling over a ledge and pouring 5 meters down onto a rocky ledge before dropping another 5 meters. Then the water weaves a web of channels round trees, rocks and more drops.
The rock is heavy in calcite which over time has been deposited by the water on rock surfaces and even on plants and moss. It is said that the rate of calcite building up on the rocks is 1.5 meters every 60 years! This natural geological curiosity is the same as the calcified waterfall we encountered in the desert south of Morocco only this waterfall had plenty more water.
All the kids had fun. Everyone got wet – naturally – even with wellies. The rocks were not slippery so no one fell in but still – the spray in the air was enough.
Roquefort (a short drive north east of Lavalanet) is a small village in the hills. There is also a highly recommended restaurant there (run by some Brits). It has a small fixed menu that changes with what is locally available.
Above the village opposite to the cascades are the ruins of a castle. That is for another day.
We all agreed that the kids had so much fun that we will organize another trip some time. Perhaps to the gorge and chateaux at Terme. Or perhaps the ‘secret’ waterfalls near Auriac.