21 February 2019 – Cirque du Bout du Monde

This is a marked petite randonnée of about 9 km starting at the village of Gourgas and climbing more than 500 m. It is officially classed as Moyen Difficulté. For those who do not want to undertake such a significant climb a much shorter, flatter walk will also be possible, from the same starting point.

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This is a well-known circular walk, starting in the village of Gourgas. We have talked about doing this walk, but have never done it – it is well-marked, and a brochure is available from the tourist office.

The walk sets off west from the village, climbing continuously until it joins the GR route from Soubes, about half way up to the plateau. Some of this ascent is steep and stony – this is the most taxing part of the walk. From here we turn back towards the north-east, and then follow a long path at the same general level all the way round the bowl of hills behind the village. The path goes up and down a lot but stays half way up the hillside, below the cliffs. Finally there is a long descent back to the village, on wide forest tracks. The overall walk is about 9 km, and will take at least 3 hours.

The forecast for this week is good – sunny, not too hot and not too windy.

As usual we shall meet at the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the signposted parking area in Gourgas, at about 10:20. We should be back in Lodeve by 15:00.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 9 km, climb >500 m, sometimes steep
Bring: Good shoes, snack.

In addition: For those who do not want to undertake an arduous walk, there will also be a much easier walk starting from the same spot. This is a circular walk to St Etienne and back, about 5 km and climbing only 50 m, all on quiet roads. This group should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.

Leader: Martin
Distance: 5 km, climb 50 m

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14 February 2019 – Octon to Salagou

2016-03-31 12-34-15This is a circular walk from Octon over to Lake Salagou. The walk is generally flat, about 7 km, and all on tracks and quiet roads. There are often some water birds of interest at the lake, so bring your binoculars.

As usual we shall meet at the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk will start from the main square in Octon at about 10:20. We should be back in Lodève by 13:30. However, in Octon there is usually the option to stop for lunch in the bar – we shall decide about that before we set off on the walk.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km

Advance Notice: If the weather remains as forecast then next week I plan to do the Cirque du Bout du Monde walk from Gourgas. We have talked about this walk often before but never undertaken it as a group. It is about 9 km, climbing more than 500 m and does a circuit around the bottom of the cliffs above Gourgas – if is officially classed at Moyen difficulty, with quite steep climbs and descents, and a long section along a narrow footpath below the cliffs.

7 February 2019 – Storks at Lattes

A visit to the bird sanctuary by the Etang du Méjean at Lattes.

2012-05-10 12-50-12 cWe visit the birds at Lattes quite regularly, and this is a chance to see the winter residents and visitors. There will certainly be Storks and Herons, and we should see both Little and Great Egrets, as well as various ducks and geese, and probably Flamingos.

The walk within the reserve is completely flat, and we will cover 5 to 7 km. Bring binoculars (and telescopes?) as there are several good vantage points for observation. These do have bird identification panels, but you might want to bring a bird book as well. The forecast is for moderate temperatures and some sun, but with wind increasing in the afternoon.

Please note that dogs are NOT permitted within the reserve, so this has to be a dog-free walk.

As usual we will meet at 9:50 outside the Luteva Cinema, for departure at 10:00. At Lattes follow the signs to the Maison de la Nature, and park at the designated spot, which is about 600 m before the reserve itself. We should start from the car park at about 11:00. As this is a long day, please bring a substantial snack. We should be back in Lodeve by 16:00.

Organiser: Andrew
Distance: <7km, flat
Bring: Binoculars, etc, snack. No Dogs!

31 January 2019 – Grezac

The forecast has improved to the extent that it looks as though the rain tomorrow will not arrive until 2 pm. So we will walk from the Cinema in the general direction of the Grezac hill until the rain comes or we have walked enough!

As usual we meet at the Luteva Cinema for a 10:00 start.

24 January 2019 – Tressan

This is an easy circular walk of about 6 km, through fields and vineyards to Puilacher.

It is about four years since we last did a walk from the village of Tressan. Starting in the hill-top town (only a small hill) we walk down to the fields on the old flood-plain of the Hérault, then through fields and vineyards (on good tracks) to the neighbouring village of Puilacher. We return along a path at the top of the slope that leads down to the plain, and return to Tressan past the cemetery, a total of about 6 km.  2015-01-01 10-15-21.JPG

The forecast for Thursday is that it will be cold (near freezing overnight) and quite windy, though with some sunshine. Be prepared.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 ready to leave at 10:00. The walk will start from near the Mairie in Tressan, at about 10:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~6 km
Bring: Warm clothes