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©Le Sabot De Malepeyre. |BENOIT COLOMB

The Malepeyre clog

Discover the legendary rock overlooking La Canourgue

Admire the Sabot de Malepeyre, the famous rock between Causse de Sauveterre and the village of La Canourgue. Discover its origins and legends, how to get there… The Sabot de Malepeyre, an unmissable natural site between imagination and reality…

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Le Sabot de Malepeyre

Overlooking the void of the Vallon de l’Urugne, stands an astonishing 30-meter-high limestone rock, sculpted over time by erosion: the Sabot de Malepeyre. It’s a real geological curiosity. This rock, a listed natural site, takes the strange shape of a hoof, from which it takes its name.

This unmissable natural site is also a nesting ground for rock birds (peregrine falcons, great horned owls, red-billed choughs…).

How do I get to Sabot de Malepeyre?

To get to the Sabot de Malepeyre from La Canourgue, head for the Gorges du Tarn on the D998, and after 2 kilometers take the D46 to the right, towards La Malène. As you go up the hill, on the left of the road, it will be waiting for you… You can park alongside the road.

Les Légendes du Sabot de Malepeyre

There arethree legends about the origin of this astonishing rock


The Drac, a fabulous, flame-spitting animal, haunted the Malpas area and terrorized passers-by from the top of its Malepeyre. Bishop Frézal struck it down by sprinkling it with holy water. The petrified dragon ceased to spread terror! As you pass by the foot of the Sabot, take a good look! Some see it as a shoe, but this strange stone is none other than the dragon, frozen forever!


Gargantua, passing through La Canourgue, forgot his shoe, or rather his clog!


Margot was a young shepherdess on the Causse. On summer evenings, when the lavognes ran out of water, she would go down to the Urugne valley to water her herd. While the animals quenched their thirst, she would splash around naked in the clear waters of the river. Caught by a young canourguais, she took fright and fled. In her panic, she lost one of her hooves, which solidified on the spot. Covered over the years by layers of limestone, the hoof became a monumental sculpture.

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sabot de Malepeyre

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