12 October 2017 – Pont du Diable

This week we propose a choice of two walks, both starting from the Pont du Diable at St Jean de Fos. There will be a flat walk of about 7 km to the St Sylvestre church and back, and a much harder circular walk of about 16 km up on the plateau to the east of the Herault river. Both walks will start and end at the Pont du Diable car park. The weather is expected to be sunny, starting cool but warming up towards midday.

The first walk follows a way-marked route along a good farm track along the foot of the escarpment and beside fields and vineyards, to the small St Sylvestre church, set in trees and looking down towards Aniane. This is a good spot to have a rest and a snack. We then return by the same route. This walk should take about 2 hours,

The other walk is a hard circuit of about 16 km. It starts with one of the most difficult sections we have ever walked, a climb straight up the side of the escarpment, rising 250 m in less than 1 km. There is a proper path, but it involves clambering in places, and is rather exposed, with excellent views down steep drops to the river valley below – not for the feint-hearted! The main part of the walk on the plateau is generally easier, but there are several extended sections where we walk over loose stony scree, which can be difficult on the ankles. From the plateau there are excellent views, including a proper lookout point across the river to St Guilhem. We pass the Montcalmes hamlet before continuing on to the St Sylvestre church. The walk will take about 5 hours, including a stop for a picnic.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walks will start from outside the visitor centre at the Pont du Diable car park, at about 10:45. Those on the flat walk should be back in Lodeve by 13:30, on the hard walk not until 16:30.

Flat walk
Leader: Jenny
Distance: 7 km, rising 50 m
Bring: snack.

Hard Walk
Leader: Andrew
Distance: 16 km, climb 300 m
Bring: Sun protection, good shoes, water, picnic.

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5 October 2017 – La Couvertoirade

Circular walk looking for mushrooms

After what passes for 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 7km, on stony tracks and paths, mostly gentle, but with a total climb of about 100m.

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: 7km

21 September 2017 – Les Salces

This week we propose a relatively level walk of about 7 km in the forest area south of Les Salces. We have done this walk several times over the years.

The walk is all on forest tracks and is relatively easy. The first part rises gently over several km, with a few steeper sections, and at the end we have views down to St. Jean de la Blaquiere and across the Lergue valley. The return descends gently to the Marguerite river valley before a final ascent back to Les Salces. The forecast for Thursday is for a return to the normal quiet and sunny weather for September.

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 in Les Salces at about 10:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km, climbing about 100 m in total

14 September 2017 – Lunas to Col de Peyrolls

This is a moderately easy walk of about 4 km. It includes a long but gentle climb and returns beside the Gravezon river.

This walk starts in the centre of Lunas and the first 2 km are a long but gentle climb, rising about 100 m, to the Col de Peyrolls. Initially this is a concrete road (with good views down to the town), then an old Mule path, which is often very stony (so good shoes are recommended), but is never steep. At the top we join a good forest track for the gentle descent (with views across to Le Bousquet), and the last part of the circuit is a flat path beside the river.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start at about 10:30 from the main bridge in Lunas (next to the Chateau) – parking is generally easy in the town or beside the river. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~4 km, climb 100 m
Bring: good footwear

7 September 2017 – Roqueredonde to l’Orb

This is a moderately hard circular walk of about 7 km which descends from Roqueredonde to the Orb river and then returns by the Plateau du Gres.

The first part of this walk (about 1.5 km) is a descent dropping about 150 m on a marked footpath, which is occasionally stony and tricky, until it reaches the hamlet of le Furou on the Orb river. The next (longer) section is a more gentle ascent on tracks and quiet roads (though with occasional steep sections), up to the Plateau du Gres. From here we return on a level track to the start. The forecast this week is for a continuation of the current sunny weather.

Now that we are in September and approaching the equinox we shall revert to our standard timetable. So we shall meet at the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the main parking area in Roqueredonde at about 10:40. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 8 km, climb 200 m

31 August 2017 – Lacoste

The forecast for this week is not good, with possible thunderstorms in the morning and rain in the afternoon. But if it stays dry we will do a short circular walk around Lacoste, giving views to Lake Salagou and down into the Lergue valley.

The walk is on a mixture of tracks and paths, and is mostly flat, though it starts with a descent and a following climb. Total distance is about 4 km.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 8:50, ready to leave at 9:00. The walk will start from the main square in Lacoste at about 9:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 11:30.

20 July 2017 – walk on Grezac

Martin proposes to lead the following local walk this week.

I am planning a walk up the Grezac, direct from the Luteva, along the route entitled “Livre du Lodévois” which is decorated with numerous pretty signs and explanatory pictures.  There are longer and shorter options, and I propose a middling one that takes about two and a half hours if I remember rightly, so we should be back by 12-ish.

Meet outside Luteva at 8.50 as usual, to start ambling upwards at 9.00.

Martin