11 October 2018 – Rain

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.

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4 October 2018 – Les Rives

2016-03-24 11-05-14This 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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