25 October 2018 – La Couvertoirade

Circular walk looking for mushrooms

After the recent 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 6 km, on stony tracks and paths, mostly gentle, but with a total climb of about 100m. The stony sections, about half of the walk, can be quite rough, with big stones to negotiate or loose pebbles underfoot. The weather is expected to be sunny, though with a cold start.

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: 6 km

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6 September 2018 – St Frechoux

This week we propose a short walk (there and back) of about 4 km, alongside the Lergue river, starting at St Frechoux.

Now that the summer is over (!) or at least that the mornings are cooler, we shall revert to our standard starting time of 10:00.

The forecast suggests that there may be thunder-showers this Thursday, but if the weather stays dry we will do the short walk on the Salagou side of the Lergue, starting at St Frechoux and walking as far as the Octon road, then back along the same track. This walk is about 2 km in each direction, and mostly flat. We last did this walk about 4 years ago, before the big flood (2015) that did a lot of damage to this section of the river.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from St Frechoux (there is parking beside the river) at about 10:20. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.

As we move into the autumn season, please think about any walks that you would like to propose for the group. These can be of any length, from a short stroll (like our 3 km around Lunas) up to a whole day out up a mountain or at the sea-side. Don’t hold back!

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 4 km

23 August 2018 – Les Rives to Lergue Valley

The walk this week is a part of a marked walk from Les Rives – we will walk to the Lergue valley and down to a waterfall and then return with a loop through hay fields.

This walk is another section of the marked circuit between Les Rives and St Felix de l’Heras. For this section we start at Les Rives and descend to the Lergue valley, and will walk down-river to a waterfall (the end of the other walk).

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For the return we ascend by farm tracks to the hay meadows, then half a km along a quiet road before rejoining the outgoing path. The overall distance is about 7 km, partly flat, but with a significant climb between Les Rives and the river. The paths and tracks are generally in good condition, though there are some sections that are quite steep. There is a lot of shade, but also several sections that are completely exposed. The forecast for Thursday is for full sun, with only a little breeze in mitigation, so come prepared.

At present there are lots of butterflies around, so we should see various whites, browns, blues, yellows, several fritillaires, southern white admirals, and possibly even a dryad. Bring your butterfly books!

We will meet at 8:50, outside the Luteva Cinema, ready for departure at 9:00. The walk will start from the parking area in Les Rives, at about 9:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 12:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~ 7 km, climb ~ 140 m
Bring: Sun protection, water

5 July 2018 – Escandorgue Forest – 9am start

 

Having passed official mid summer, it is time to switch to Summer Mode, so we shall be starting the walks at 9:00 for the next couple of months.

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This week we propose a shady walk in the Escandorgue forest – a walk that we have done often before, with different variations. The walk is about 8 km, on good forest tracks. The central section is mostly flat with some ups and downs, and a steeper section towards the end.

In fact this Thursday the weather is forecast to be slightly cooler, with the chance of light cloud.

We will meet at 8:50, outside the Luteva Cinema, ready for departure at 9:00. The walk will start from the forest entrance on the D142 opposite the turning to Roqueredonde, at about 9:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 12:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~8 km, climb ~ 100 m
Duration: ~2:30

26 April 2018 – Cantercel

 

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With the arrival of Spring, it is time to go looking for wild flowers. This week we will visit the Cantercel area, above La Vacquerie, which is one of the best places for jonquils. Also, the asphodels are starting to flower, and there is a good chance to see wild irises and some early orchids.

This is a fairly long walk of about 8 km, rising a total of about 150 m. Most is on tracks (some loose and stony) or on footpaths. The higher levels give excellent views across to Mont St Baudile to the south and Navacelles to the north.

Dog owners, take note: there are lots of Austrian Pines in this area and is very likely that there will be processionnaire caterpillars on the move.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk itself will start from the reservoir above La Vacquerie at about 10:45. To get to this point you drive through the village (on the D9 towards Arboras) and up the hill. Immediately after the top of the hill there is a small turning sharply back on the right, with a no-through-road sign, and the parking point is 100 m up this road. If you get to the hamlet of La Trivalle (on the D9), you have missed the turning!

This is a fairly long walk, so bring a snack. We should be back in Lodeve by 14:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 8 km, 150 m rise
Bring: Snack, dog lead

29 March 2018 – Notre Dame des Clans at Salagou

This is a circular walk at Lake Salagou around the hamlet of Les Vailhes, starting along the lakeside then climbing to the chapel and returning by the upper road.

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A normal spring day is forecast for next Thursday, sun, cloud and some wind, and little risk of rain. We propose a moderate walk of about 5 km at the edge of Lake Salagou. The first half is along the lakeside, up and down along a marked track through the ruffe. After about 2 km it reaches the chapel of Notre Dame des Clans, set back on the hillside. From here we climb up to the road (quite steep, but not long) and then return by the road at the higher level. We last did this walk about 3 years ago.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 for departure at 10:00. The walk will start from the main car park beside the lake at Vailhes at about 10:20. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.

Leader: Ben
Distance: ~ 5 km, climb 50 m.

8 February 2018 – La Sure at Salagou

This is a circular walk around La Sure, one of the hills that protrude into the southern side of lake Salagou.

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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.

Organiser: Andrew
Distance: ~7km, up and down, tricky in places
Bring: Warm clothes, good shoes, binoculars