Summer Walks – suggestions welcome

The walk in the Escandorgue Forest (announced in a separate posting) is the last one that I shall be organising until September. Over the summer, Jenny and Dorine will take responsibility for announcing the walks, and already have several in mind, but suggestions for other outings are always welcome.

If you have any proposals, please contact Jenny or Dorine directly – they can organise the announcement on the blog. As we are now in summer mode (starting at 9:00), and the weather is hot, shorter 1-hour walks, are also an option, so don’t hold back with your suggestions.



30 June 2016 – Escandorgue Forest

This week I propose a shady walk in the Escandorgue forest – a walk that we have done often before, with different variations. The walk is about 8km, on good forest tracks, and is mostly flat.

The weather is forecast to be cooler, with the possibility of a shower later in the morning, and little wind.

As we are now in summer mode we will meet at 8:50, outside the Luteva Cinema, ready for departure at 9:00. The walk will start from the forest entrance on the D142 opposite the turning to Roqueredonde, at about 9:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 12:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~8km
Duration: ~2+ hr

23 June 2016 – Sorgues valley

All-day walk from Mas Reynal, including a steep ascent

2016-04-16 12-52-08.JPGThis is a hard but interesting walk, from Mas Reynal on the Guilhaumard plateau down the Sorgues valley, passing the résurgence of the river and La Mouline (below Cornus), then returning by the GR through St Rome de Berlières, a total of about 15km.

About 80% of this walk is gently downhill, mostly on stony paths and tracks, but some on quiet roads. That indicates that all the uphill sections, rising over 400m in total, are very steep. Most of the climb is in one short section, of less that a kilometer, when we follow a route straight up the escarpment of the plateau. 2016-04-16 15-21-03.JPGThis is on a proper path, part of the Grand Randonnée, but it is consistently steep and some of it is not in good condition (after the storms of 2015), so it is hard work, requiring good shoes and stamina.

Some of the walk is wooded, but most is open, so come well prepared in hot weather, with a hat, sun cream and plenty of fluids. And bring a picnic for a lunch stop (after the climb). The walk takes about 5 and a half hours, depending on walking speed and duration of stops. The steep ascent takes 40 minutes if you don’t stop.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~15km
Climb: ~400m
Duration: ~5.5 hrs including breaks

Above Lac de Salagou

This week’s walk starts just above the village of Les Vailhés on the shore of Lac Salagou. We walk up to the itinéraire équestre and follow that until it reaches the itinéraire VTT which we then walk along back to Les Vailhés. This walk is a bit steep at the start but thanks to a generous zigzag is quite easy to walk as are the other tracks. The views over the Lac are superb.

The walk is about 5.5 km. and the map is IGN 2643OT Lodeve.

Meeting as usual at Luteva at 9.50 or if you want to go directly to the start 9.30 at Les Vailhés.

NB The weather forecast is not good so please check this site before you leave in case the walk has to be cancelled. I shall post before 9.30 am.

9th June – Around Nebian

This is a lovely walk to the west of Nebian. We shall meet in the village parking place and then walk up onto the plateau where there are tremendous views of the surrounding countryside. This is a round walk we have done before and is one of my favourites. The first part outside the village is a bit steep but previous walkers have not found it too difficult.

We shall meet as usual outside Luteva at 9.50 or, if you prefer, at the parking place in Nebian at 10.30.

The map for this walk is IGN 2643OT Lodeve.