3 May 2018 – Wild flowers on the Guilhaumard

This week we will do the walk on the southern edge of the Guilhaumard plateau (as most years), where there is a good range of wild flowers. With luck we will see Daffodils, Tulips, Fritillaires, Pasque flowers, perhaps La Dame a Onze Heures, and more early orchids.

2004_0515BCThis is a walk of about 7 km, mostly flat though with one short climb in the middle. The first 2 km section is on a quiet road, and the rest on tracks and footpaths, occasionally stony. This area has few pine trees, so processionnaire caterpillars should not be a problem. The forecast is for a windy day with some cloud, not a hot day!

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk itself will start at about 10:40, from a parking area at La Frayssinede, at the beginning of the road that leads from the D493 towards Mas Reynal and Canals. We should be back in Lodeve by 14:00.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km, climb 50 m

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19 April 2018 – Around Lodeve

Spring seems to have arrived, and Thursday is forecast to be warm and sunny, with little wind. This week we propose an easy walk from the cinema towards the St Martin area, led by Marianne.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave on foot at 10:00.

15 February 2018 – Lunas to Le Pont

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.

2018-02-15 Lunas.JPGThe 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.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~7 km.

4 January 2018 – Saint-Félix-de-Lodez

2018-01-04 St Felix routeThe proposed walk is an easy ramble on farm roads through the vineyards to the North of St Felix – we last did this walk about 2 years ago. It is about 6 km, and completely flat.

It is forecast to be warmer by Thursday, but mostly cloudy, with some wind.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 ready to depart at 10:00.

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The walk will start at 10:25 from the car park outside the cave cooperative, behind the restaurant Le St. Jacques, just off the D141 towards Jonquieres. We expect to be back in Lodeve by 13:00.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 6 km.

7 December 2017 – Portiragnes Plage

This is a circular walk of about 9 km, all at sea-level, involving the beach, a nature reserve in marsh-land, and the Canal du Midi.

The walk this week will start at Portiragnes Plage, led by Ben, with bird-watching opportunities. The first part of the walk is along the beach, then on to a path leading through a nature reserve, where there will be good chance of seeing some interesting water or wading birds. The next leg is along the Canal du Midi, with the canal on one side and marshes on the other, then along the road back to Portiragnes Plage. It’s all flat and easy walking. Bring binoculars if you are interested in watching the birds.

As this is a fairly long walk, and a long way away, we will stop for a snack in the middle. The weather is forecast to be warmer, with some sun and not much wind.

As usual we shall meet at the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk itself will start from the Tourist Office in Portiragnes Plage at about 11:00. To get there directly take the D612 (either from the A75 or from Vias past the airport), then the D37 past Portiragnes. At Portiragnes Plages turn right at the roundabout with the flamingoes decorating it, direction Plage Ouest. At the next junction, go straight ahead towards Plage Est. The tourist office is just along there, set back on the right, with plenty of space for parking. We should be back in Lodeve by 15:30.

Leader: Ben
Distance: 9 km
Bring: Snack, Binoculars

23 November 2017 – La Jasse

This is a flat circular walk of about 6 km on the plateau above Millau, which we have done before, though not for several years.

The forecast for next Thursday is that it will be warmer than of late, with not much wind, but it will be very overcast, with the risk of drizzle. This walk is on tracks and quiet roads on the plateau, but reaches the edge of the escarpment, with views down to the Tarn valley and Millau, and across to the Millau Bridge. We often see vultures in this area, though that is less likely with low cloud.

As usual we shall meet outside the Lodeve Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The forecast for Millau is better than for Lodeve, so we will leave even if it is raining in Lodeve. The walk itself will start at about 10:50 from the Maison du Larzac (also known as La Jasse), on the D809 road from the motorway to Millau. Access is via a slip-road on the right (with a sign-post) and then through a narrow tunnel under the dual carriageway.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km

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