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 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

6 September 2018 – St Frechoux

This week we propose a short walk (there and back) of about 4 km, alongside the Lergue river, starting at St Frechoux.

Now that the summer is over (!) or at least that the mornings are cooler, we shall revert to our standard starting time of 10:00.

The forecast suggests that there may be thunder-showers this Thursday, but if the weather stays dry we will do the short walk on the Salagou side of the Lergue, starting at St Frechoux and walking as far as the Octon road, then back along the same track. This walk is about 2 km in each direction, and mostly flat. We last did this walk about 4 years ago, before the big flood (2015) that did a lot of damage to this section of the river.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from St Frechoux (there is parking beside the river) at about 10:20. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.

As we move into the autumn season, please think about any walks that you would like to propose for the group. These can be of any length, from a short stroll (like our 3 km around Lunas) up to a whole day out up a mountain or at the sea-side. Don’t hold back!

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 4 km

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.

CSF Walk for Life Domaine de la Clapière Montagnac 17 September

This year CSF-Languedoc will be holding its seventh annual Walk for Life on 17th September. As you will be aware, this is one of the biggest fundraising events in our calendar, regularly raising thousands of euros through sponsorship and/or donations from participants.

All funds raised from Walk for Life go towards:

  • expenses incurred in the training of our volunteers, who provide face-to-face, email and telephone support (both practical and emotional) to Anglophones in the area who are affected by cancer
  • the provision of Drop-in Days in Beziers, where people can access complementary therapies, information and space to talk

This year we will also be giving a proportion of the funds raised to CSF National, to support volunteer training that directly benefits CSF-Languedoc.

Following the success of the previous three years’ walks, we will again be starting and ending at the Domaine de la Clapière, Montagnachttp://www.laclapiere.com/ As usual, there will be two different walks (one approximately 5km and one approximately 10km).  All are very welcome including dogs on leads. The walks are on the Domaine’s private land and will both be led by a guide. (we recommend stout walking shoes and bring your stick if you usually use one). Registration for the walks will be in advance of each walk start time and you can find full details of the timings on the attached registration form.

This year, a team from the Montagnac Radio Assistance Society will be ensuring the safety of walkers where the routes coincide with public roads.

  • For safety reasons and to help with planning the event, we would be grateful if you would notify us as soon as possible the distance you intend to walk by emailing walk.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

By popular demand, we will again follow the walks with a very reasonably priced lunch. CC Fish and Chips will be providing two fish and chip options and this year there will also be a variety of options from Chillis & Spice (lightly spiced or non-spicy). All food options are priced at €12

  Food options


Fish and Chips
2 Gluten-free Fish and Chips


3 Chicken tikka – with a wrap, salad and chutneys (lightly spiced)


4 Lemon and rosemary chicken skewer, served with a pitta, hummus and salad (non-spicy)


5 Veggie salad bowl – with avocado, quinoa, fresh salad ingredients served with a lime, honey and coriander dressing. (non-spicy)

(Gluten, meat and dairy-free)


Wine will be available for sale at a reduced price from the Domaine and Les Soeurs Delicieuses will be selling their always tempting goodies.  There will also be space for people who wish to bring their own picnic, and pre-loved books can be browsed and bought for a snip at Hannah’s book stall – again, with all proceeds going to CSF.

Please note that booking in advance for the lunch is essential, as numbers are limited and must be given to the caterers beforehand.

  • For walk pre-registration and to reserve your lunch options, please email walk.csflanguedoc@gmail.com clearly stating how many walkers for each distance and your choices of lunch options.

Attached you will find registration and sponsorship forms in both English and French with full details of registration timings (bring these with you on the day). If you would like to walk in memory of someone, then you can print the “I’m Walking For…..” sign and pin it on your back. I have also attached posters in both French and English. You could print some copies and display them as widely as possible …this way we hope to encourage lots of people to join our walk. (Sorry attachments did not attach!)

Full information and all the documents are also available on our website: http://www.csf-languedoc.com

For other enquiries about the Walk for Life 2017, please email

csf.languedoc@gmail.com or phone: 04 67 44 96 19 

It is your generous support of events like this that allows us to have a team of around 20 trained Active Listeners providing support to over 30 clients at any one time.

Note to all walkers:  last year Lodeve Thursday Walkers raised just over 700€ so let’s see if we can make 750€ or perhaps even 800€!? To ensure that all the money we raise is attributed to us, please put LTW on your sponsorship forms or, if you are paying, when you hand over your 5€.

I look forward to seeing you there.