24 March 2015 – Les Rives

2016-03-24 11-05-14This is a circular walk on the plateau to the west of Les Rives. There are a few early wild flowers appearing, but no great show, though we may find some surprises.

The walk is quite long, about 10km, but quite easy, all on country roads and good tracks. It is mostly level, with a few rolling sections, and a total climb of about 50m. The terrain is varied, with open views across fields and the more distant plateau, and wooded and scrubby sections. There are no pine forests, so processionaires are not likely – there were none when I checked the walk today – so no problem for dogs.

2016-03-24 11-56-15As usual, we will meet in the car park by the cinema at 9:50, ready to set off at 10:00. The walk will start at 10:30 from the parking area in Les Rives, for those who prefer to drive there directly. We should be back in Lodeve by 14:00.

Leader: Andrew

Distance: 8km

17 March – walk around Lodève

This Thursday the weather forecast is not good. It says rain all day and also already in the morning. In that case the walk has to be cancelled. But I will tell definitely in a new post late afternoon Wednesday. So check your mail by then.

I plan to walk from Luteva to the Chemin des Tines onto the direction of la Défriche (near Villecun). The walk goes up gradually and is not difficult. The descend is rocky (especially after the heavy rain last September) and is not very difficult, except for people with knee problems. In that case Menno will pick up some persons at the Domaine de la Défriche after we have called him. The walk will be around 7 or 8 km.long. For the shortcutters it will be 5 km, I think.

We would like to invite the walkers to our house for lunch after the walk. In case the walk is cancelled, we still like to invite you for the lunch anyway at 1 o’clock. So please tell me before Wednesday morning if you like to join for lunch. Please tell in a comment (see down). And in case you do not know our address, please tell and I will send you our address by email (I have the mail addresses of most of the walkers, so that should not be a problem. I do not like to put our address on this page, visible to everybody).

After lunch it is a good fifteen minutes walk back to Lodève. But we can also drive some people down to the parking lot in Lodève, if needed. Hope to see you either at 10 o’clock or at 1 o’clock at our house.

As usual, we will meet in the car park by the cinema at 9:50, ready to set off at 10:00.

10 March 2016 – Etang de Vendres

All-day walk from Vendres to the Sea, beside the Etang

This week, we propose a walk that will probably take about three hours, and it’s about an hours drive away. So bring a picnic.

We drive to Vendres, which is a small town on the edge of the Etang de Vendres, just down the coast from Valras plage.

The walk starts at “Les vestiges”, at the end of the Rue du Temple de Venus, just outside the village. We walk along the edge of the Etang down to the coast, to the estuary of the river Aude. We then continue up the river about two kms to the weir that separates the freshwater from the seawater, and end the walk there.

This is not a circular walk, so before setting out, we  have to leave one or more cars at the end of the walk to ferry the drivers of the other cars back to the beginning. While this is happening there will be an opportunity for the other walkers to observe birds on the Etang, or to have a coffee!

The walk is 9 or 10 kms, mainly flat, and on small lanes. There is one part where we would walk up about 25 metres to get a good view over the marshes. This area is particularly renowned for it’s bird life, so bring binoculars if you have them.

As usual, we will meet in the car park by the cinema at 9:50, ready to set off at 10:00. Anyone planning to drive directly should aim to be there by 11:00. According to Google Maps, a good route is to take the A75 to junction 63, then take the northern ring road around Beziers, which becomes the D64 and continues on to Vendres.

Leader: Ben