31 May 2018 – Postponed

The forecast for tomorrow is for a continuation of the thunderstorms of the past few days. So I think it is best to postpone the planned Orchid outing to next week (and hope that the weather will be better). That also gives me the chance to check that we have a good crop to explore.

If it should turn out to be sunny tomorrow morning, we will do a walk from the Luteva Cinema.



31 May 2018 – Orchids on the Guilhaumard

This week we will do our annual orchid outing, to the Guilhaumard plateau near La Pezade. This is turning our to be a very good year for flowers, so there should be lots of orchids to spot and identify. As a result, the overall amount of walking will be quite limited, only a few kilometers, more of a wander than a walk.

The current weather forecast suggests the possibility of showers in the morning, though warm with some moderate wind. If this should change significantly we will post a postponement or other revision of the plan!

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, for departure at 10:00. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.

Leader: Andrew.
Distance: 2-3 km.
Bring: Flower books, magnifying glass.

Walk near Lodève, 24th of May.

Depart Luteva: 9:50 for 10 am start

The walk will be along Vieux Chemin De Poujols to the Domaine Chateau de Mallet . The walk will be approximately 8 kilometers and take around 2 hours. The road is along the river Lergue and is easy walking, but with two hills of moderate difficulty.

Marlene and Ray.

17 May 2018 – Walk near Lagamas

This week we will have an easy, flat walk near Lagamas. The walk is about 6,5 km long on a mixture of quiet roads and sandy paths . The forecast for Thursday is much better than the last few days: sunny and above 20 degrees Celsius. It is an open area, so bring suncream and water.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk will start from the Place de l’église in Lagamas, where we will start around 10:30h. (for the persons who will go directly to Lagamas). I (Dorine) am the leader of the walk, but I am not allowed to drive (insurance rules) yet because of the operation on my hand. So I hope I can get a ride from somebody from Luteva.

Leader: Dorine
Distance: 6,5 km.

10 May 2018 – Mont Liausson

This week we propose the long-threatened ascent of Mont Liausson, to the south of Lake Salagou. The walk includes a steep and strenuous ascent (and descent) of about 300 m on well-worn, stony tracks, so it is important to come with good footwear and stamina!

The climb up Mont Liausson is a well-loved walk in the area. It is measured at 7 km, but feels significantly longer, involving nearly 400 m of climbing and taking at least 3 hours before breaks. The forecast is for sunny periods but strong winds, with the air temperature reaching about 20°. It will be particularly gusty at the summit.

Starting from the village of Liausson, we walk through vineyards for about 1 km, before starting 3 km of climbing, all the way to the ridge at the top of the mountain. From here there are magnificent views, to the north across Lake Salagou, and to the south across the Cirque de Mourèze towards the Pic de Vissou and Cabrières. Near the top we will pass by the the ruins of l’hermitage de St-Jean-d’Aureillan, just before the eastern end of the ridge. From here we descend by a similar path, passing the Grotte de Liausson.

For those interested in birdlife we might see or hear some interesting birds, notably the Dartford warbler (la Fauvette pitchou) or the blue rock thrush (la Monticole bleu).

As usual the we will meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk itself will start at about 10:30 from the car park opposite the mairie in Liausson. We should be back in Lodeve by about 15:00.

Leader: Ben
Distance: ~7 km, ~400 m climb
Bring: Snack, water, good shoes, binoculars, stamina

Mike Bezer

As many of you will be aware Mike was diagnosed with lung cancer almost 2 years ago and has been undergoing treatment since then. He took a turn for the worse and died at his home in Octon peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday morning. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends both here and around the world.

His funeral will take place on Friday 11th May at Le Pech Bleu, Route de Corneilhan, Beziers at 13.45. Directions

His family has issued an invitation to all who would like to attend the ceremony and to return/join us at Mike’s home for an apero after the ceremony. They have requested that there should be no flowers but donations to Cancer Support France Languedoc who supported him during his treatment. If you would like to donate please click here

His niece is putting together an electronic collage of photos for Friday and would welcome photos of his life  in France. If you can help, please leave a note on the blog and I shall get on touch with you privately.