3 May 2018 – Wild flowers on the Guilhaumard

This week we will do the walk on the southern edge of the Guilhaumard plateau (as most years), where there is a good range of wild flowers. With luck we will see Daffodils, Tulips, Fritillaires, Pasque flowers, perhaps La Dame a Onze Heures, and more early orchids.

2004_0515BCThis is a walk of about 7 km, mostly flat though with one short climb in the middle. The first 2 km section is on a quiet road, and the rest on tracks and footpaths, occasionally stony. This area has few pine trees, so processionnaire caterpillars should not be a problem. The forecast is for a windy day with some cloud, not a hot day!

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk itself will start at about 10:40, from a parking area at La Frayssinede, at the beginning of the road that leads from the D493 towards Mas Reynal and Canals. We should be back in Lodeve by 14:00.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km, climb 50 m

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26 April 2018 – Cantercel

 

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With the arrival of Spring, it is time to go looking for wild flowers. This week we will visit the Cantercel area, above La Vacquerie, which is one of the best places for jonquils. Also, the asphodels are starting to flower, and there is a good chance to see wild irises and some early orchids.

This is a fairly long walk of about 8 km, rising a total of about 150 m. Most is on tracks (some loose and stony) or on footpaths. The higher levels give excellent views across to Mont St Baudile to the south and Navacelles to the north.

Dog owners, take note: there are lots of Austrian Pines in this area and is very likely that there will be processionnaire caterpillars on the move.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk itself will start from the reservoir above La Vacquerie at about 10:45. To get to this point you drive through the village (on the D9 towards Arboras) and up the hill. Immediately after the top of the hill there is a small turning sharply back on the right, with a no-through-road sign, and the parking point is 100 m up this road. If you get to the hamlet of La Trivalle (on the D9), you have missed the turning!

This is a fairly long walk, so bring a snack. We should be back in Lodeve by 14:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 8 km, 150 m rise
Bring: Snack, dog lead

12 April 2018 – Les Plans, or Rain!

The weather forecasts this week are conflicting. It seems most likely that it will be wet, in which case there will be no walk. However, if the heavy rain of Wednesday has cleared up by Thursday morning, we will do a short walk from Les Plans.

This is a short walk of about 4 km, starting from the car park in Les Plans. It proceeds out of the village up the Soulondres valley, then returns by a higher path. Overall it climbs about 100 m, though is never really steep.

If it is not raining we will meet as usual at the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to start at 10:00. The walk will start from the car park in Les Plans at about 10:15.

5 April 2018 – St Michel

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This is a relatively easy walk across the plateau, starting at St Michel, a small village to the east of Le Caylar. The walk is about 6 km, along undulating footpaths, tracks and country roads. It is probably still too early for many spring flowers, but we may get to see a Dolmen and a Puit.

This week the weather is expected to be warm and mostly sunny, though rather windy. We propose a circular walk along the valley to the east of St Michel, going out along a hillside footpath (which may be a bit muddy after recent rain) and returning mostly along a quiet country road. At the far end of the walk we will visit the Puits de Conques, and it will be possible to climb up to the Dolmen des peyrières.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk itself will start from the parking area behind the church in St Michel at about 10:45. We should be back in Lodeve by about 13:30. The village is about 6 km from Le Caylar, along a turning (D152) off the D9 towards St Pierre de la Fage.

Organiser: Andrew
Distance: ~ 6 km

22 March 2018 – Above Clermont l’Herault

This is a walk around the hills to the south of Clermont. After an initial climb it gives good views over the town.

The forecast for this week is that it will be sunny, but windy and very cold initially. We propose a walk of about 6 km which we have not done for some time. It starts near the roundabout at the entrance to Clermont (coming from Tanes Basses) and the first section is all uphill, rising about 150m. After that it is all on flat or downhill tracks, circling the town on the southern side, before descending and returning through the town.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the roundabout on the D609 at the southern entrance to the town, at 10:30. The easiest place to park nearby is in the Hyper-U car park, but you might want to park nearer the middle of town for an easier return. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~ 6 km

8 March 2018 – Pas de l’Escalette

This is a short walk from St Felix de l’Heras to the Pas de l’Escalette. It includes the waterfalls where the Lergue comes over the escarpment and starts its descent towards Pegairolles. These should be impressive after the recent rain. With any luck there will be no rain during the walk, though it will be a bit windy.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the middle of St Felix at about 10:30.

Organiser: Andrew
Distance: 3+ km