17 January 2019 – Fontès to Ceressou

This is a marked circular walk (facile) of about 6.5 km, from the village of Fontès to the top of the nearby hill of Ceressou, from which there are excellent views.

The walk starts by exploring the village, which is built over the remains of a castle, and includes ramparts and old gates. From the village we set off across the fields, cross the Boyne river (stepping stones?), and then ascend the south flank of the Ceressou hill (described as an ancient volcano). The climb is about 180 m and is fairly steep (a monté, not a chemin) but should not be difficult. The top of the hill is flat, and from different points there are views south towards the sea, and west towards Fontès. We descend from the hill on the north-west side (not so steep), and then take a different route across the fields back to the village, returning via the church.

The forecast is that it will be mostly cloudy, but rain is unlikely, and it will be a bit warmer and less windy than recent days.

As usual we shall meet at the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the Cave (Fontesole) in Fontès, at about 10:45. The best route is to take the motorway to the Adissan turning, drive through the village and then follow the signs to Fontès. We should be back in Lodeve by 14:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 6.5 km, 200 m climb


A walk from St. Jean de la Blaquiere to Les Salces

I tried to lead this walk in 2015 only to find that the river was blocked just South of Les Salces so we had to turn back.  So fingers crossed for this time.  We shall start out from the main square in St. Jean and follow the Ruisseau de Ste. Marguerite to Les Salces and return via the Bruyeres des Salces.It is an undulating walk over chemins and vineyard paths. The weather is forecast to be dry with some wind and this walk, much of which is through vines and trees is not too exposed. It is between 9 and 10 km so we should arrive back in St. Jean by 1.30 and at Luteva by 2.00. (If necessary it can be shortened.)

The meeting place will be at Luteva at 9:50 for a 10.00 start. For those meeting in the main square in St. Jean, the walk will start at 10.30.

27th December A walk from Nebian

This is one of my favourite walks and with such clear weather, it will be gorgeous. We start from the car park near the Salle Polyvalente and head north. There is a steepish climb through trees on a well-maintained path, followed by an undulating walk giving wonderful views of the countryside before descending to the village. The walk is about 8 km.

We shall meet as usual at Luteva at 9.50 for a 10.00 departure returning to Lodeve by 13.30. If going directly to Nebian, we expect to leave the car park at about 10.25.

Leader:  Jenny


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

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.

2016-06-30 Escandorgue

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