24 January 2019 – Tressan

This is an easy circular walk of about 6 km, through fields and vineyards to Puilacher.

It is about four years since we last did a walk from the village of Tressan. Starting in the hill-top town (only a small hill) we walk down to the fields on the old flood-plain of the Hérault, then through fields and vineyards (on good tracks) to the neighbouring village of Puilacher. We return along a path at the top of the slope that leads down to the plain, and return to Tressan past the cemetery, a total of about 6 km.  2015-01-01 10-15-21.JPG

The forecast for Thursday is that it will be cold (near freezing overnight) and quite windy, though with some sunshine. Be prepared.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 ready to leave at 10:00. The walk will start from near the Mairie in Tressan, at about 10:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~6 km
Bring: Warm clothes


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.

A Walk Around Octon

We shall set off from Octon passing the ruins of “le chateau de Lauziere”, and on to “le chapelle de Roubignac, (12me siecle). The walk is a loop of about 10km, with a climb of maximum 200m on good tracks. On the way back we shall pass the two dolmens de Toucou.

It’s quite a sell known historic walk with beautiful views that, I’m sure , some of you might already have done. It is said to take about 3h 15 mns so we shall set off from the central square in Octon at 10.30 and we should be back in Lodeve at about 14.30.

We shall meet, as usual, in front of Luteva at 9.50. According to the forecast it’s going to be sunny on Thursday but a bit cold in the morning.

Leader: Ben

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


A walk from St. Jean de la Blaquiere

The weather forecast is good for tomorrow so I propose a walk to the south east of St. Jean over easy very minor roads and vineyard chemins with  two short stretches on a busier road. We may also visit the donkeys who provide the asses’ milk for the soap that is made and sold in St. Jean!

Meeting as usual at Luteva at 9.50 for a 10.00 departure and the walk will start from the car park in St. Jean at 10.30.

13 December 2018 – Domaine de la Tour

This week we propose an easy walk around the fields close to the Domaine de la Tour, south of Nebian. 

This is a walk of between 3 and 5 km (we can decide as we go round) on the tracks south of Nebian. It is mostly flat.

The forecast for Thursday is not good. It should be dry at the start, but there is a high chance that rain will start by the end of the morning, so come prepared. The nature of the walk is that it can be curtailed if necessary.

As usual we shall meet at 9:50 outside the Luteva Cinema, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk will start at about 10:30 from the car park at the Domaine de la Tour. The Domaine is reached by a turning (on the left, with a sign) about 1.5 km south of Nebian on the D609.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 3 – 5 km