This is an excellent though fairly hard circular walk of about 9 km, climbing from the vineyards of Cabrières to the top of the Pic de Vissou, more than 350 m above.
This is a way-marked circuit that includes the whole of the ridge between the two peaks of Vissou. Starting in the valley it ascends to the north end of the ridge, from where we turn south and climb to the main peak (excellent views). We then follow the ridge south-west past the lower peak, before descending back to the valley. It is the central section of the ‘Crêtes de Vissou’ walk, for which a brochure is available from tourist offices in the area. The walk is mostly on good tracks and paths, but there are some steep, stony sections, both ascending and descending, where good shoes will be important. The walk takes about 4 hours, so we will stop for a picnic break (hot drink?) somewhere at the top.
The weather is forecast to be mostly cloudy, and perhaps a bit windy at the top, but with no rain and a comfortable temperature for walking.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 09:50 ready to leave at 10:00. We should start the walk at about 10:40, from the walkers car park on the D15 just after the bridge over the Boyne river, before you get to the village itself. We should be back in Lodeve by 16:30.
Distance: 9 km
Climb: 550 m
Bring: Good Shoes, Picnic