22 October 2015 – Circular walk in the Escandorgue forest

This walk starts at the Col de Pertus and then proceeds along quiet roads to the forest, returning by tracks and footpaths. It is about 7km, and while generally level includes a lot of short ups and downs, particularly on the last section, which is also sometimes rather rocky – slightly more sportiv than our normal walks.

The terrain is very varied, including quiet roads, forest tracks, and footpaths through forests, across meadows and on sandy paths between chaotic rocks. Towards the end there are spectacular views, into the Lauroux valley, into the Les Plans valley, and right out to Pic St. Loup and even the sea on a clear day.

Andrew

8th October 2015 – Mushrooms near La Couvertoirade

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This walk starts at La Couvertoirade, leaving to the South on the GR towards Le Cros, then cuts West to return by the GR71 from Le Caylar. We did this walk at the same time last year (2014), and for the same reason – to look for mushrooms! Last year we found numerous sorts – this year the large brown mushrooms were quite easy to find (see picture, edible, though not particularly tasty – best in soup, perhaps), and we found a few field mushrooms (rose des prets) and yellow ceps.

2015-10-08 11-47-22This is a generally easy walk of about 7km on tracks and paths, with a moderate amount of up and down throughout. Part of the return is on a narrower, rocky path that can be a little difficult.

Andrew

1 October 2015 – From Aniane to Saint Sylvestre des Brousses

Chapel

Another sunny walk through vineyards and olive trees to the 12th century chapel of Saint Sylvestre des Brousses, with good views over the surrounding countryside.

olive trees

The route passes over the Canal de Gignac.
canal

We passed an interesting mas with a mangeoire which could be useful for Martine when she has moved to her new apartment.
mas

view from mas

We returned through the vineyards. There are many possibilities for walks to do in this area – eg to the Pont de Diable, Puechabon, St Jean de Fos.

track

Distance: 8 km
Leader: Celia

Details of the walk can be found here