Walks for October

We hope to undertake the following walks in October, not necessarily in the order listed.

  1. La Couvertoirade, including looking for mushrooms.
  2. Around Fozieres.
  3. Above Gourgas.
  4. South of Nebian, with a Basalt riverbed and a Roman Villa.

As usual, each walk will be announced with a separate blog post.

Proposals for subsequent walks are always welcome.

Andrew, Dorine & Jenny


29 September 2016 – Day at the Seaside

All-day visit to La Tamarissière

While the weather remains warm we propose a walk and visit to the seaside at La Tamarissière, at the mouth of the Herault river, on the opposite bank from Le Grau d’Agde. This is a walk that we did about 18 months ago, led by Ben, though this time we will go in the opposite direction.Hérault

The walk starts from the beach car park at La Tamarissière. We walk up the river for about 2 km before setting off on a quiet road between fields and small étangs, where there may be interesting birds. Eventually we reach the Canal du Midi, and return by that and its feeder canal to the coast, and then return along the beach. The whole walk is about 9km.

This is an all-day walk, so do bring a picnic. There should be time to enjoy the beach at the end of the walk, with a paddle or even a swim! The forecast suggests that this will be the last opportunity before the weather turns more autumnal next week.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, aiming to depart at 10:00. The walk itself will start from the beach car park at La Tamarissière, at about 11:00. We should be back in Lodeve by 17:00.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 9km
Bring: Picnic, sun hat, etc.

Well done everyone

The CSF Walk for Life was a resounding success: the sun shone with just a light breeze, the walk was interesting, the whole exercise was excellently organised and everyone enjoyed themselves. There were 202 walkers (up 40% on last year) several of whom were from our group, and a profit of at least 7,500€ was made (some sponsorship money is still being received). I should like to thank everyone who walked, collected sponsorship money and contributed said money so that the Lodève Thursday Walkers with Mike’s friends raised just over 700€. As those of you who were there know Mike was able to come to the walk and he has asked me to add this message to you all.

“What a wonderful day we had last Sunday at the CSF Walk for Life at Domaine de La Clapière, Montagnac, and I wold like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who walked and gave sponsorship. As you can see fro Jenny’s message the amount raised by the Lodève Walkers is amazing so a big THANK YOU. I would also like to thank Jenny for coming up with the idea and also sincerely thank David and Celia Hukins for walking Ollie the 10 kms, he is not an easy dog to walk being very lively and strong. I was delighted to be well enough to come even if just to watch and chat with everyone. Thank you all for the support during the last few weeks and the kind words of encouragement. Hopefully see you all very soon on a Thursday walk. All the the best, Mike”


Setting out


Still a bit chilly


Half way round

Dear Jenny

I am writing on behalf of Cancer Support France-Languedoc to thank the Lodeve Walkers for the fantastic 770 euros raised in sponsorship for the Walk for Life in September. As you are probably aware, the event raised over 8000 euros, but equally importantly will raise awareness of CSF in the community through the 200 participants.

As president for CSFL, I can assure you that contributions such as yours are an essential element in helping to make our organisation run. They enable our volunteers to maintain the level of support that CSF can provide to those who find themselves in need of our services.

Thank you again on behalf of CSF-Languedoc

Yours sincerely


Graham Luck

President Cancer Support France – Languedoc (Hérault, Aveyron)

22 September 2016 – Aniane Railway

Circular walk from Aniane, combining disused railway and Grande Randonnée

Aniane TunnelThis week we propose a repeat of a walk that we did in June last year (when it was very hot). About half the walk is along the old railway line that used to run from Montpellier to Aniane and then on to Gignac, and the rest is on the GR that goes from Aniane to Montarnaud (and then on to Montpellier). This forms a circuit around the hill of La Lauze, which has the Aniane astronomical observatory on top. The walk is about 9km.

The walk is mostly flat and on good tracks, though a short part of the GR section is more steep and stony. There is a gentle climb out of Aniane, and overall the route rises about 150m. The railway part includes an old tunnel with no illumination, which is completely dark at the mid-point, so do bring a torch.

As usual we will meet at 9:50 at the Luteva Cinema in Lodeve, ready for departure at 10:00. Thursday is Market Day in Aniane, so parking in the centre is not possible. Instead, we will park behind the boulangerie which is a large detached building on the right before you get into the main part of the town (after the roundabout, turn right at the Stop line, then park on the left). We should start the walk from here at about 10:50, and be back in Lodeve by 14:00 (so bring a snack).

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 9km
Bring: Torch, snack

Autumn Walks – Opportunity

Now that autumn has definitively arrived it is time to start preparing a schedule of walks that we want to undertake. This is an opportunity for everyone to make suggestions for walks that they would like to do, or to propose their favourite walks for others to share.

To make a suggestion (or other remark) please e-mail me directly or make a Comment on this blog post. Over the next few weeks we will build up a list of likely walks for the next few months, and while we already have many ideas (including walks that we have done before) it is always good to have new suggestions. This is particularly true if you feel that the group misses out on some part or aspect of the local area that you would like to explore further.


15 September 2016 – Le Caylar

Circular walk from Le Caylar – weather permitting

The long hot summer is due to finish shortly, with heavy rain expected on Wednesday (more than 50mm). Thursday will probably be dry, though much colder.

If the rain does hold off we will do a circular walk of about 7km on the plateau, starting from Le Caylar. The walk is generally flat, on tracks and paths, and returns to Le Caylar by the GR coming from La Couvertoirade.

We will revert to our standard starting time of 10am, so will meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 for a 10:00 departure. The walk will start from the main square in Le Caylar at about 10:30, and we should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 9km.

Sunday 18th September 2016 CSF Walk for Life update

I have received the email below from the Secretary

I’m sure that by now you will all have completed your registration forms to bring with you on the 18th…….and you will have made a note of the number which has been allocated to your lunch booking and put it somewhere safe!

Important news:…for those of you who were disappointed to find that all the Fish and Chips lunches had been booked…..the Soeurs Delicieuses are offering a wonderful solution! …….  a homemade beefburger, veggie burger or chicken fillet, all options will be served with your choice from a selection of assorted sides (including coleslaw and salad items). The cost will be 7€ for each option. Delicious desserts will also be available for purchase if you decide to give yourself a little treat!

Please contact Maxine at csflwalk@gmail.com to make your booking, stating clearly which option you would like. Remember: it is essential to book in advance.

Checklist of things to bring with you on the 18th September:

  • Completed registration form for each walker
  • Sponsorship money (if you are collecting any)
  • A note of your lunch booking number
  • Sensible walking shoes and attire (come prepared, whatever the weather the event will go ahead!)

Don’t forget that you can find all the information about timings, directions etc and all the forms on our website: csf-languedoc.com

Looking forward to seeing you on the 18th at the Domaine de la Clapière near Montagnac at 9am for the 10km walk and 10am for the 5km.

Best wishes


Jenny Guest


Cancer Support France – Languedoc (Hérault, Aveyron)

Helpline 04 67 44 87 06



Leave the A75 at Junction 59 and head for Montagnace and Sete. At the 2nd set of traffic lights in Montagnace take the left turn to Villeeveyrac and Abbe de Valmagne. Just before leaving the village take a left turn signed La Clapière. The Domaine is about 1 1/2 km along this road.


If anyone has problems printing out the registration form or “I’m walking for…” please let me  know and I’ll print it out for you.

I think it would be rather nice if all those who are walking for Mike could meet at the end of the walks for a group photo to give to him.

Additionally could those who have been collecting sponship money please let me know how much you have raised (it’s not a contest) so that again we can let Mike know how well supported he is.