26 November 2015 – Walk to les Salces

The walk started from St. Jean de la Blaquière and followed the Marguerite to Les Salces returning through the wooded Bruyeres towards La Sauvagonne. It was mainly be on vineyard tracks which are a bit rough after the storms with a couple of steep ascents and a steep descent down to La Sauvagonne. This walk is a “peu sportive” and appropriate footwear is advised. It was slightly longer than usual but you should be back in Lodeve by 14.00.
Meet as usual at Luteva at 9.50 for 10.00 start or 10.30 in the main square at St. Jean.

Leader: Jenny

19 November 2015 – alternative walk around St André de Sangonis

For those who would like an easier walk this Thursday, Martine is leading a circular walk round Saint André de Sangonis. This is a mainly flat walk on tracks, with perhaps a slight climb to a picnic spot with views around the area.
Meet as usual at the cinema at Lutéva 9.50 for a 10:00 departure and bring a picnic. Return to Lodève by mid-afternoon.

19 November 2015 – All-day walk from Pegairolles

This is the long walk postponed from last week because of a competing event. The weather looks good this week, so the walk in on the agenda again.

It is an all-day circular walk of at least 15km, with a substantial climb at the beginning and some challenging sections in the middle.

2015-03-27 14-12-58It starts at Pegairolles, and then climbs by a good, steep path up to the plateau, a hard climb of about 450m. It then follows a little-used path with some wooded and some rocky sections as far as Camp Rouch – this includes a section along a narrow path at the top of a steep cliff, with spectacular views down into the Lergue valley – see photos.

2015-03-27 14-01-15We then take the GR south, eventually descending nearly into Soubes, before returning to Pegairolles by the field tracks to the East of the motorway.

As usual we shall meet by the Luteva cinema at 9:50 for departure at 10:00. This is a long and challenging walk, so come well prepared and equipped, with lunch. We should be back in Lodeve by 16:00.

Andrew

12 November 2015 – Lac du Salagou from Les Vailhes

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A good walk for a sunny and unusually warm November morning. We started from the parking place just above the village of les Vailhes, following the lower track just above the lake and returning by the higher track, with spectacular views which are always different depending on the season.

This walk was 7 km long; it can be extended to 9 km by starting from the large car park by the lake and climbing up past the chapel. Or of course you can extend it to go as far as the dam at the other end of Salagou.

Leader: Celia

5 November 2015 – Le Puech Dolmen – Update

As a result of the September rains and the top-up this week, the path up to the Dolmen from Le Puech is not in good condition. In many places the surface of the path has been washed away, so that we are left with either mud and gravel, or bare and slippery rock with running water. In addition it is necessary to jump across several streams that cross the path. In my view this is too difficult for most of the walkers, and we should leave this route for the spring or summer.

So the walk will be changed, but will still go to the Dolmen, because it is an interesting walk. We will walk from Le Puech to Mas Delon and then on to where the marked path meets the road. The ascent from this side has similar problems, but is not as severe. So there is still a lot of climbing (rising about 200m) and rocky sections to negotiate, but no streams to jump. However, strong footwear is a necessity. On the top the path is often very wet and boggy, so your shoes need to be waterproof (unless you like walking in soggy socks). The descent to Le Puech will be by a track, which is boggy at the top and muddy at the bottom, but not a difficult walk.

This walk is considerably more challenging than any that we have done recently, so if you think that you can manage it, please come well-prepared.

Andrew

5 November 2015 – Le Puech and its Dolmen

This is a circular walk from Le Puech up to the Dolmen on the hill above the village. The return is via Mas Delon. The overall distance is about 6km, but the first part does involve a substantial climb of about 200m on a hillside path.

2014-01-09 11-54-22The walk starts at Le Peuch and follows the ‘petite randonee’ signposted to the Dolmen. The first part of this is a narrow footpath through woods and up the hillside, rising about 200m over the 2km to the Dolmen. This path may be a little difficult in places. From the Dolmen the path rises gently to the hilltop and then descends to pick up the country road back to Mas Delon. From there we return by road to the starting point.

We will meet at the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 for a 10:00 departure. We expect to be back in Lodeve by 13:30.

Andrew