A circular walk of about 8 km on quiet roads to the west of Cabrières.
This is an easy, though fairly long, circuit from Cabrières, all on quiet country roads. We leave the village by the D124E4 and ascend, following the valley of the Ruisseau des Caviès, for about 2.5 km, climbing about 100 m. We then cross over to the valley of Les Pitrous for the return. We last did this walk about 18 months ago.
This walk involves a ford, where the river flows straight across the road. The water is not deep (no more than 2 cm), but there are no proper stepping stones, so you need shoes or boots that can cope with this. The weather is forecast to be cold and mostly cloudy, but not windy.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 09:50 ready to leave at 10:00. We should start the walk at about 10:40, from near the Marie in Cabrières. There are parking places along most of the main road through the village, all the way to the Cave Cooperative (which is just after the Marie). We should be back in Lodeve by 14:00.
Distance: 8 km
Climb: 100 m
This is a flat circular walk of about 7 km on the plateau above Millau.
The damp weather is forecast to continue for a few more days, but rain is less likely further north on the plateau. So we propose to repeat this walk, in the area just south of Millau, where it will probably be overcast but with little risk of rain. We often see vultures in this area, though that is less likely with low cloud.
This walk is mostly on level tracks and quiet roads on the plateau, but reaches the edge of the escarpment, with views down to the Tarn valley and Millau, and across to the Millau Bridge. At the escarpment there is a short uphill section on a stony path which may be a little difficult after the recent rain. Other sections may be a bit muddy.
As usual we shall meet outside the Lodeve Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The forecast for Millau is better than for Lodeve, so we will leave even if it is raining in Lodeve. The walk itself will start at about 10:50 from the Maison du Larzac (also known as La Jasse), on the D809 road from the motorway to Millau. Access is via a slip-road on the right (with a sign-post) and then through a narrow tunnel under the dual carriageway.
Distance: 7 km
This is a relatively easy walk of about 6 km around the hills above Nebian.
Next Thursday is forecast to be cloudy but dry in the morning. We propose to repeat a walk around Nebian that we have done several times before. It is about 6 km, mostly on tracks and quite roads, with views down on the town and across the Herault valley. The total climb is less than 100 m.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk will start from the main car park in the middle of Nebian at about 10:25. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.
Distance: 6 km
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.
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.
Distance: 6 km
After the rain we get back to walking with a local walk along the Lergue. We have done this walk several times in the past, in different weather conditions: it is about 8 km, and is flat, apart from two short hills on the way back. There is a chance of a shower in the morning, but the walk will go ahead anyway.
This walk leaves Lodeve past Takavenir and then along the track through the fields by the A75, crosses the Lergue by the bridge (to Lauroux and Pegairolles) and returns by the Vieux Chemin de Poujols. The track through the fields is not muddy, but it is likely to have puddles (see picture) – the rest of the walk is on roads.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk out of town will be via the Pont de Celles, so that is an alternative meeting point, at about 10:15. We should be back in Lodeve by 12:30.
Distance: ~8 km
The current forecast is that the wet weather will continue until Friday, with continuous light rain on Thursday.
So, there will be no walk this week.
However, if the rain should stop we will depart on foot from the Cinema at 10:00.
This week we will try again with the 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 50 m. 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 the wind should have dropped.
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.
Distance: 8 km
Bring: Snack, sun protection.