Amy and I decided to walk into town following one of the many hiking trails. We left the Manor and followed the route (D922) marked with a yellow stripe. The route took us past the L’Aiguille du Cingle.
This is an intriguing feature of the area and I have found the following information on the structure. On the heights of Figeac, it would have existed in the Middle Ages four stone needles located at the four cardinal points. The purpose of these needles was to delimit the area of numerous parishes and congregations.
Today there are only two needles left: Nissac or Nayrac in the west, 11.5m high and Cingle, which is the subject of this PP, south, and 14.5 m high. This fine stone needle is erected on a solid pedestal and has notches that suggest a wooden structure that allowed to mount a lantern to illuminate the night. This needle of the Cingle is a construction quite original, if not unique, in the monuments of the Middle Ages that have reached us still in condition. Apparently the top of the needle had to be restored.
The GR65 passes through l’Aiguille only about 200 meters from Le Manoir Enchante on the south side of Figeac approximately 4 km from the town centre. The GR65, also known as “Voie du Puy” or “Via Podensis”, is undoubtedly the best-known route on the way to St Jacques de Compostela. It starts in Geneva, Switzerland and joins the Roncesvalles pass in Spain (presentation of the GR on ffrandonnee.fr). In his crossing of Midi-Pyrenees one passes Aubrac, Conques, Figeac, Cahors, Moissac, then Lectoure, Condom, Eauze and Nogaro in the Gers. Solicitudes from the high plateau of Aubrac, this eclectic way will delight by its diversity.