10 November 2017 – Octon to Salagou

This is an easy walk of about 7 km from Octon over to Lake Salagou, an area where we have often walked before.

2016-03-31 12-34-15It is forecast to remain cold and rather windy this week, so we propose this easy, circular walk of about 7 km, generally flat, and all on tracks and quiet roads. However, it is rather exposed, so make sure you have some protection against the wind. There are often some water birds of interest at the lake, so think about bringing your binoculars.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the main square in Octon at about 10:25 and take about 2 hours. The bar in Octon is usually open, so it should be possible to take lunch there for those not in a rush to get back.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km

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Walks for November

The following walks are proposed for the five Thursdays in the month ahead.

  • on 2nd November Jenny will lead a walk from St Jean de la Blaquiere up to the dolmen.
  • on 16th November Dorine will lead a walk between Belbezet and La Defriche.
  • Andrew will lead an all-day walk from St Guilhem around Les Fenestrettes. This is a long walk involving a significant climb (400 m) up to the cliffs overlooking St Guilhem.
  • We are planning a walk of about 6 km from Lamalou-les-Bains, but the precise route has not yet been explored.
  • The walk from Octon to lake Salagou, which we have done several times before.

The actual order of the undated walks will depend on the weather. As always, there will be a specific announcement of the details of each walk.

Andrew

26 October 2017 – Dio

This is a moderate walk of about 9 km starting at the picturesque village of Dio, ascending (about 150 m) to the plateau above, and then doing a circuit with views across the Orb valley to Le Bousquet and across the ruffes towards Salagou.

2017-10-23 14-32-22The first part of this walk is all uphill, on a good (drive-able) track which rises about 150 m over a bit less than 2 km. It is relentlessly uphill, but never very steep. After about 45 mins we reach the plateau, where we do a circuit, with some ups and downs, but all at generally the same level. Much of the walk is around the edge of the plateau, with good views back towards Dio, down into the Orb valley, and (later) across towards the Salagou area. The middle part of the circuit is across the plateau past the wind turbines near Les Piochs and the Plo de Laurier. At the end of the circuit we descend to the village by the initial track. For those not in a rush to return it is possible to walk around the grounds of the castle.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start at Dio at about 10:40, and we should be back in Lodeve by 14:00, or maybe a little later. The forecast for Thursday is for sun and not much wind, with temperatures over 20°, so bring enough water, and a snack.

For those wanting to drive directly, at Le Pont d’Orb (after Lunas and just before crossing the Orb river) turn left onto the D8. After about 5 km you will see Dio up on your left. Turn up towards the village, and, after passing the foot of the castle, take the right turn towards Valquières. After 200 m turn left into the large grassy parking area, from where we will start. It is also possible to take the D8 in the other direction, via Octon or Liausson, but that is a much slower route.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~9 km, climbing ~ 200 m
Bring: water, snack

12 October 2017 – Pont du Diable

This week we propose a choice of two walks, both starting from the Pont du Diable at St Jean de Fos. There will be a flat walk of about 7 km to the St Sylvestre church and back, and a much harder circular walk of about 16 km up on the plateau to the east of the Herault river. Both walks will start and end at the Pont du Diable car park. The weather is expected to be sunny, starting cool but warming up towards midday.

The first walk follows a way-marked route along a good farm track along the foot of the escarpment and beside fields and vineyards, to the small St Sylvestre church, set in trees and looking down towards Aniane. This is a good spot to have a rest and a snack. We then return by the same route. This walk should take about 2 hours,

The other walk is a hard circuit of about 16 km. It starts with one of the most difficult sections we have ever walked, a climb straight up the side of the escarpment, rising 250 m in less than 1 km. There is a proper path, but it involves clambering in places, and is rather exposed, with excellent views down steep drops to the river valley below – not for the feint-hearted! The main part of the walk on the plateau is generally easier, but there are several extended sections where we walk over loose stony scree, which can be difficult on the ankles. From the plateau there are excellent views, including a proper lookout point across the river to St Guilhem. We pass the Montcalmes hamlet before continuing on to the St Sylvestre church. The walk will take about 5 hours, including a stop for a picnic.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walks will start from outside the visitor centre at the Pont du Diable car park, at about 10:45. Those on the flat walk should be back in Lodeve by 13:30, on the hard walk not until 16:30.

Flat walk
Leader: Jenny
Distance: 7 km, rising 50 m
Bring: snack.

Hard Walk
Leader: Andrew
Distance: 16 km, climb 300 m
Bring: Sun protection, good shoes, water, picnic.

5 October 2017 – La Couvertoirade

Circular walk looking for mushrooms

After what passes for rain, and a few warm days, there is a reasonable chance that some mushrooms will be appearing. So this is a good time to do our annual walk from La Couvertoirade. 2014-10-09-11-11-32

This is a circular walk of about 7km, on stony tracks and paths, mostly gentle, but with a total climb of about 100m.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the car park at La Couvertoirade, at about 10:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7km

21 September 2017 – Les Salces

This week we propose a relatively level walk of about 7 km in the forest area south of Les Salces. We have done this walk several times over the years.

The walk is all on forest tracks and is relatively easy. The first part rises gently over several km, with a few steeper sections, and at the end we have views down to St. Jean de la Blaquiere and across the Lergue valley. The return descends gently to the Marguerite river valley before a final ascent back to Les Salces. The forecast for Thursday is for a return to the normal quiet and sunny weather for September.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the car park in Les Salces at about 10:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km, climbing about 100 m in total