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Dolmen de la Bruyère d'Usclas

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Latitude:43° 44' 15.53" N
Longitude:   3° 23' 5.66" E

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Just down the road from the priory and Dolmen de Coste-Rouge is another lovely monument – the dolmen de la Bruyere d'Usclas. Tucked away in thick mixed woodland with lovely views of the surrounding limestone hills there's no entrance fee here! We sat has the place to ourselves and I sketched. We liked it here – plenty of surrounding rubble material too. Jane Posted by Jane
21st September 2007ce
Edited 23rd September 2007ce

Access: On the same road as Dolmen de Coste-Rouge, just a little further east. From the priory where Coste-Rouge is, travel less than 1km east. When the road forks, take the right onto a dirt road. There is another junction almost immediately - this time go left.

In just under 100 metres you should see a little sign on the left pointing into the trees along a reasonably well-worn path. The dolmen is less than 100 metres into the trees, right on the path.

Visited Wednesday 5 September
Another beauty. Nice dolmen of pretty large slabs in the low remnants of its rubble cairn. At first glance, it seems to have two capstones, one of which has slipped off the back. But once you think about it, it's obviously actually one huge stone broken in two.

The front part still covers the whole chamber - the back part has fallen when it was broken because it's basically a huge overhang. In Dolmens et Menhirs en Lanuedoc et Rousillon, Bruno Marc says that in one piece, it was the largest capstone in the area - just over 4 metres long! There is also a fairly large slab on edge right next to the dolmen on the mound. Monsieur Marc says this could be part of a kist - possibly.

No real views of surrounding terrain, not least because of the forestry that covers the hillsides here. The trees on the steep hillside to the north(ish) looked very pretty in the sun and gave dramatic backdrop though....
Moth Posted by Moth
21st September 2007ce
Edited 21st September 2007ce