27 September 2018 – Les Rives

2016-03-24 11-05-14This is a circular walk on the plateau to the west of Les Rives.

The walk is quite long, about 8 km, but quite easy, all on country roads and good tracks. It is mostly level, with a few rolling sections, and a total climb of about 50m. The terrain is varied, with open views across fields and the more distant plateau, and wooded and scrubby sections. The forecast is for mostly full sun, but with a continuation of the recent lower air temperatures, and not much wind.

As usual, we will meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to set off at 10:00. The walk will start at 10:30 from the parking area in Les Rives. We should be back in Lodeve by 14:00.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 8 km
Bring: Snack, sun protection.

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20 September 2018 – Les Grésals

This is a relatively easy walk of about 5 km on the Escandorgue plateau in an area called Les Gresals, near Les Sieges.

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This is a walk on tracks and paths on an open area of the plateau. Much of the walk is quite flat, and there are no steep climbs or descents. The surface is generally good, though there is one short cross-country section in the middle.

The forecast for Thursday is good, with less cloud than for the last few days. It should start cool, but may get hot towards the end of the morning, and there is very little shade on this walk.

As usual we shall meet at the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The starting point is on the D151, about 500 m beyond Les Sieges, on the road to the Grotte de Labeil. There is a track on the right, with room for cars to park. The walk will start at about 10:40, and we should be back in Lodeve by 13:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~ 5 km
Bring: Hat, water.

Walk near Salasc

This week we will have a walk starting in Salasc. The walk is called Le sentier des béals. It is a 5 km marked walk, which ascends in total about 300 m. But after this climb you will have a nice view on the Lac du Salagou, the castle of Malavieille and the vineyards, says the leaflet. The walk is marked as easy to medium difficult, but can be quite taxing in places. Bring your walking sticks, as the descend is sometimes a bit steep, with loose stones.

The forecast is mostly sunny with a very (30%) small chance of rain or thunderstorm in the morning. Hardly any wind and good temperatures.

We meet at Luteva before 10 o’clock to leave at 10 am. The walk itself will start from the parking lot near the school in Salasc. We intend to start the walk between 10:30 and 10:40 am.

Leader: Dorine
Distance: 5 km. Medium difficult. Climb: 300 m.
Bring: walking sticks, water, sun protection.

 

30 August 2018 – Lunas

This week we will walk the streets and paths around Lunas, including the ascent to the Virgin statue, from where there are excellent views down the Gravezon valley.

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This is a short walk around the back streets and paths in Lunas, including the steep climb up the the remains of the old castle, overlooking the town. The descent is by a gentler path, visiting the ruined chapel of St George. It is forecast to be sunny but not too hot, though with strong winds.

We will meet at 8:50, outside the Luteva Cinema, ready for departure at 9:00. The walk will start from the bridge over the river near the church in Lunas, at about 9:40. We should be back in Lodeve by 12:30, but as the walk is short there will be time to stop for a coffee in Lunas. There are also two restaurants offering lunch on a terrace overlooking the river, for anyone who would like to seize that opportunity.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~ 4 km, climb ~ 70 m

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

16 August 2018 – Upper Lergue Valley

The walk this week will be relatively short, mostly flat and often shaded. It is a short part of a marked circular walk from St. Felix de l’Heras – we will walk up the Lergue valley to a waterfall and then return by the same route. 2018-08-12 14-04-27

The first km of this walk is a long gentle descent from the main road to the Lergue river. The path is not steep but it is often stony, with tree roots to add to the difficulties underfoot. Once at the river we follow the riverside path through meadows and fields of wildflowers for about 1.5 km, to a waterfall. The return is by the same route.

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 on the D155, at a sign post about 500 m from St Felix going towards Les Rives, at about 9:30. There is a parking area a few hundred meters further on. We should be back in Lodeve by 12:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~ 5 km