Black Mountain

The Black Mountain or “Montagne Noire” range in the department of Tarn forms the southern edge of the regional natural park of Haut-Languedoc. The highest point of the range is the “Pic de Montaud” at 1021 metres, and the east wind, bringing humidity from the Mediterranean basin, drops its moisture on the peaks, giving the lower valleys abundant water power. Harnessed by hundreds of water mills this gave rise to industries such as that of the copper workers at Durfort, and forms the source for the waters of the Canal du Midi.

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The area is also of great interest to ornithologists in the Autumn, with many migrating species of bird passing by en route for warmer climes.




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