Arthez d' Asson's village was established thanks to the creation of the forge (or ferrerie) in 1588, under the impulse given to the steel industry in Bearn in the XVIth century. Located down the castle of the forgemasters, introduces locally this new industry thanks to the hydraulic power. The scale of the production until 1866 gave to the site the status of iron's manufacturing pole in Bearn.
Along the forge’s site there is a walking and cycling track. Behind you is the master of the forge’s castle, today a farmer’s property. Down the castle, alongside the road, you’ll discover the installations made by the “SHEM” (Société Hydro-Electrique du Midi) for the late hydroelectric exploitation.
There is a fishway passage, that increases the human presence along the Ouzom’s banks during the fishing season. Upstairs the banquet hall, the association “Fer et Savoir-faire” shelters a whole collection of objects and historic informations about of the forge.
Local products’ enthusiasts will also find in the village several producers of cheese of all kinds: ewe, cow and goat. Sport lovers as well as mountain hikers will also find several hikes are possible between Asson and Arthez d’ Asson : the Peak of Estibete, the Peak of Merdanson, the Peak of Isarce, or even the “belvedere of Monbula” where you can find on your way a big coal-based pot left there by the workers.
Schedules and prices
Free. Open all year. Visit the local by appointment with the association Fer et Savoir-Faire.
Français, English, Castellano.
The small bus Pays de Nay, be careful you must book the day before (no later than 5 pm). More information
Services and facilities
- Conference room
- Ticket office / locker
- Rest areas
- Adapted access
- Adapted itinerary
- Parking for motorhomes