One of the things that I found interesting was the cemetery. Situated on a piece (and that's all it was) of land jutting out, it still had fresh graves among some of the older ones that were there. You sort of tend to think that no-one would be buried there these days but, obviously, that's not the case.
On the western edge of the Cevennes National Park at the junction of the Dourbie and Trevezel rivers stands Cantobre, built on the site of a 12th century Castle. The generally south-facing village is situated some 580 meters above sea level, which gives it clear hot sunny days with cooler pleasant evenings.
The castle was destroyed during the religious wars of the 17th century and the present village has evolved over the centuries, initially as a home for the peasants who worked the terraced hillsides and in the local small mines. The village suffered in the middle of the last century from de-population brought about by the end of mining and the general movement from countryside to town.
In the second half of the last century water, telephones and reliable electricity were brought to the village and over the past 30 years the village has again blossomed with the 25 houses of the village being steadily rebuilt, renovated and modernized. The whole village still retains its ancient aspect, which is tightly controlled by the ’Batiments de France’.
The village skyline is dominated by its 12th Century village church, and the weird rock formations. The village remains a working community with the village gardens spilling down the hillside below the village towards the Dourbie River.
The village has no shops, however, several visiting tradesmen who supply its daily needs serve the village. The local small town, Nant, is only a 10-minute drive away and is amply served with shops, bars and restaurants. The nearest large town, Millau, is 25 Km away through the Gorges of the Dourbie and has all the facilities you would expect from a town dedicated to the tourist.