Circular walk from Aniane, combining disused railway and Grande Randonnée
This 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).
Bring: Torch, snack