The Via Ferrata was born in the Alpes and used by the Italian military troops to cross the Dolomites during the first world war. In France, the beginnings of the Via Ferrata date from 1988. Today these rocky courses enable the neophytes to discover a place where climbers go and feel the practised climbers’ sensations.
So the Via Ferrata is a cliff route laid out with many metal objects (rungs ,steps, holds) or beams to facilitate the progression and to optimize the safety of the followers. At Marqueyssac, some overhead ways on cantilever beams or even a rope bridge 9 meters long complete the facilities.
As the progress elements are sufficient, the life line cable is essentially used for belaying. However, it could be possible to hold on the life line in order to overcome a passage where the moving elements would be too far away. The Via Ferrata of Marqueyssac is a horizontal course and doesn’t need any specific physical and technical abilities. It is however a quite difficult route that requests to overcome a fear of heights and to be comfortable to evolve on the cliff. Actually, even if the average height of the route is around 15 meters, the feeling of height is increased by the hanging location of the cliff in the Dordogne valley.
Via Ferrata of Marqueyssac
The course was fitted out by a company specialised in fittings and safety for heights The opening to the public was subjected to the agreement of an audit office.
Facilities are in accordance with the European standarts and are verified daily by us.
Two annual checks are made by a registered body.
The site thus presents all the guaranties of safety essential to this activity.
The Via Ferrata in figures:
Cliff course more than
200 meters long
Average height of
around 15 meters high
Activity’s duration, 45 minutes,
equipment and security