23 April 2015 – Beside Salagou

Salagou view
There are many walks to do around Lac du Salagou, and many people will have their favourite. This week we chose one well known by several. The lake always looks different depending on the weather and time of year. On this occasion the lake was full.
Starting from the car park by the camp site at Les Vailhés, we followed the path by the lake and then went up by the ruined chapel (closed at the moment),
chapel

We turned right when we reached the track, pausing for a break by the “organ pipes” where we admired the basalt rock formations

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As always, there were good views of the lake on the return journey

Salagou view
Salagou view

We continued through the village of Les Vailhés to return to the car park

Les Vailhes

Et voici les infos pour les francais!

Many thanks to Mike for the photos
Distance: 9 km
Leader: Celia

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9 April 2015 – Walk around Fozières

Fozieres
Contributed by Phyl
This week the walk was a circular walk starting at Fozieres. We followed the GR7 through a few vineyards and then came the very steep climb, a continuous climb for about 45 minutes. I think we all felt much fitter when we reached the grassy knoll at the col de Melanque. A time for chocolate, relaxing and admiring the superb views up the valley.
An easy gradual descent with views of Fozieres.
Leader: Phyl
Allow just under 2.5 hours for this walk with good walkers.

16 April 2015 – Early wildflowers on the Guilhaumard plateau

2004_0515CWThis week the walk was on the Guilhaumard plateau. This is a repeat of a walk that we did last year at the end of May, when we saw many different orchids and other early summer flowers. Mid-April is too early for orchids, but we should see the earlier spring flowers, including fritillaries and pasque flowers (a type of anemone). 2004_0515BC

The walk was fairly flat, on paths, tracks and a quiet road (no climbing).
The walk itself started from the parking area at the beginning of the road to Mas Raynal, just after the junction with the D493 (the road between la Bastide des Fonts and le Clapier).

Distance: 9 km
Leader: Andrew

2 April 2015 Walk from Camp Rouch, between Soubes and le Caylar

Starting from Camp Rouch, our group of around ten people. followed an easy path, slightly ascending. For the first half hour we wandered through open fields and it was really cold. The temperature was 4 degrees Celsius, but it felt even colder because it was windy and the sun was hidden behind heavy clouds. After a while we came to a path shaded by trees, so we had less wind, and that was a lot more comfortable.

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Walking in the open field: bbbrrrrrr.

We carried on slowly upwards and waited a while until the group was complete again. The doggies got some water.

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When we arrived at the top of the hill we saw the ruined Chapelle St.Vincent with  an old cisterne at the back.

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The ruined Chapelle St.Vincent on the top of the hill on 826 m.

From the summit there was a beautiful 360° view, especially over the valley of Pégairolles de l’Escalette and far behind it. We were even able to see the Lac de Salagou in the far distance.

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Around this time the sun started to shine, which made it a lot more comfortable. From the summit we descended again. We saw some early wild flowers, which are beautiful. Sorry, I do not know the name of the flowers.

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Small, but lovely little flowers.

The way back was sunny and an easy descent. Around 13:00 hours we were back at the cars.

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Leader: Andrew
Contributor: Dorine
Distance: 6.5 km
See part of the walk on google maps