Unique in Occitania, the Mazamet footbridge, a 140-metre-long aerial walkway that crosses the Arnette Gorges at a height of 70 metres, opened to the public on Saturday 15 September 2018 at 2pm.
The footbridge is an idea of the Mayor of Mazamet Olivier Fabre who allows to discover the medieval village of Hautpoul and the remains of the church of Saint-Sauveur by proposing a dizzying walk at 70m above the ground and an exceptional view over the valley of the Arnette.
After the time of study came the time of realization.
At the end of May 2018, the construction of the footbridge enters its active phase.
The first stage consisted in securing the mountain slopes, particularly on the left bank, to avoid any risk of falling rocks. At Hautpoul, the rock at the start of the footbridge has been permanently consolidated.
Then the "blondin" had to be put in place: this construction site cable car allows all the parts and materials to be brought to the site from the road below.
The completion of these preliminary stages kicked off the civil engineering work around the anchoring points.
At the same time, the order for the cables was placed with the manufacturer. These are very special elements, equivalent to those used for mountain railways, with a diameter of 50 mm for the larger ones.
At the same time, the manufacture of the metal elements began in the workshops of the Mazamétaine Cabrol company.
After the anchors had been installed, the supporting cables were laid, allowing the various metal elements to be installed.
Then the windward cables were laid, before the final checks were carried out.
Practical information :
- Bring sports or hiking boots, a bottle of water, a cap and sunglasses in summer.
- Footbridge accessible on foot free of charge, all year round
- Free access car park open all year round
Safety instructions to be observed :
- The footbridge is forbidden to motorized vehicles
- Cyclists must cross the footbridge on foot
- Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The gateway is free and open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
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