This week we propose an all-day walk of about 11 km, in the area between Nissergues (just west of Bédarieux) and Villemagne. This is a hilly area full of old fields, stone walls and shelters, vineyards and orchards, mostly cherry, which should be in full bloom. Most of the walk is on very quiet country roads with good surfaces, but a few sections are on tracks, occasionally in poor condition. It is not a difficult walk, but the roads do go up and down a lot, with some short steep sections.
We start this walk by the Intermarché supermarket between Bédarieux and Hérépian. From here we walk back towards Bédarieux along the Voie Verte, the old railway line to Lamalou. At Nissergues we start the climb to the upper levels of the walk, rising about 100 m (sometimes quite steeply) on a mixture of roads and paths – this is the hardest part of the walk. Once at the top we are in open rolling countryside with good views into the Orb and Mare valleys and across to Le Caroux. The route continues for several kilometers at this level and then descends towards Villemagne, crossing the Mare river. We will stop in the village for a picnic, if we have not done so already. For the return we follow the river for a while and then head up into the cherry orchards, all on good but quiet roads, before descending back to the starting point. From Villemagne it is possible to extend the walk with a visit to the local Pont du Diable – yes, there is more than one.
The forecast for this week is good – mostly sunny, so quite warm, and not particularly windy. Some sections of the walk are shaded, but mostly it will be in full sun.
As usual we shall meet at the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the large Intermarché car-park, at about 10:50. The supermarket is about 2 km beyond the end of Bédarieux, on the road towards Hérépian (the D906). We shall be back in Lodève by the end of the afternoon.
Distance: 11 km, climb ~300 m, sometimes steep
Bring: Good shoes, sun protection, drink, picnic.