This is a walk around the hills to the south of Clermont. After an initial climb it gives good views over the town.
The forecast for this week is that it will be sunny, but windy and very cold initially. We propose a walk of about 6 km which we have not done for some time. It starts near the roundabout at the entrance to Clermont (coming from Tanes Basses) and the first section is all uphill, rising about 150m. After that it is all on flat or downhill tracks, circling the town on the southern side, before descending and returning through the town.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the roundabout on the D609 at the southern entrance to the town, at 10:30. The easiest place to park nearby is in the Hyper-U car park, but you might want to park nearer the middle of town for an easier return. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:30.
Distance: ~ 6 km
The forecast is bad for this week, but, anyway, none of the usual leaders is available to choose a walk, so – no walk.
This is a short walk from St Felix de l’Heras to the Pas de l’Escalette. It includes the waterfalls where the Lergue comes over the escarpment and starts its descent towards Pegairolles. These should be impressive after the recent rain. With any luck there will be no rain during the walk, though it will be a bit windy.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the middle of St Felix at about 10:30.
Distance: 3+ km
The current forecast is for heavy rain on Thursday, following on from snow overnight. There will be no walk unless there is a significant change in the forecast!
This is a mostly easy walk of about 6 km on a marked PR route that visits the ruins of the Ermitage St. Antoine.
The weather this week should be cold but sunny, with moderate wind. We propose a walk from Castelnau de Guers, which is just south-east of Pezenas.
The walk is a marked PR circuit of about 6 km, and is mostly easy, on a mixture of quiet roads, tracks and paths. We did this walk 2 years ago, and it passes through a great variety of countryside, vineyards, fields, garrigue and ruffe. The first part of the walk gives views across the Herault river towards Pezenas, as we ascend a gentle incline to the ruins of the Ermitage St. Antoine.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk will start from the parking area outside the cemetery of Castelnau de Guers, at about 10:40. We should be back in Lodeve around 13:30.
Distance: ~ 6 km
This walk is largely flat, but a little longer than usual, at about 7 km. More than half is on metalled roads, with light traffic, the rest on tracks.
The forecast for this week is that by Thursday it will be less cold and windy than of late, though it will be cloudy.
We propose an easy but longer walk this week, starting at Lunas. We walk along the road on the south side of the river all the way to Le Pont d’Orb. This is now the route of the GR, and is a good (flat) road with light traffic. After crossing the river we head back to Lunas, briefly along the main road (about 300 m) before turning onto a track (the old GR route). This rises about 50 m before levelling out and bringing us back to Lunas, giving good views across the river.
As usual we shall meet at the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the bridge in Lunas at about 10:20, and we should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.
Distance: ~7 km.
This is a circular walk around La Sure, one of the hills that protrude into the southern side of lake Salagou.
Next Thursday is forecast to be very cold, but mostly sunny with moderate wind.
We propose a walk of about 7 km around La Sure, which is a hill on the south-western side of lake Salagou. The walk is mostly on a footpath near to the lake edge, but this goes up and down frequently as it winds past the various ravines on the hillside. The path is occasionally tricky, and may be muddy after recent rain, or icy after overnight frost. The second part of the walk is easy, and passes the western end of the lake, where there are often water birds to be seen.
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 Les Plots (after Liausson if coming from Clermont), at about 10:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.
Distance: ~7km, up and down, tricky in places
Bring: Warm clothes, good shoes, binoculars