The walk in the Escandorgue Forest (announced in a separate posting) is the last one that I shall be organising until September. Over the summer, Jenny and Dorine will take responsibility for announcing the walks, and already have several in mind, but suggestions for other outings are always welcome.
If you have any proposals, please contact Jenny or Dorine directly – they can organise the announcement on the blog. As we are now in summer mode (starting at 9:00), and the weather is hot, shorter 1-hour walks, are also an option, so don’t hold back with your suggestions.
The walk started at the parking beside the cemetery in Castelnau-de-Guers. The weather was good and not too windy. It was a delightful walk with a lot of variety in the country side including forests, vineyards and open fields. We had spectacular views over the valley to Pezenas and beyond.
Almond trees still beautifully in blossom.
After a few kilometers we passed the ruins of the l’Hermitage Saint-Antoine and its chapel.
All in all it was an easy walk, with only a short moderate climb at the end of the 10 kilometers’ walk and a few rocky patches earlier on.
Starting from Camp Rouch, our group of around ten people. followed an easy path, slightly ascending. For the first half hour we wandered through open fields and it was really cold. The temperature was 4 degrees Celsius, but it felt even colder because it was windy and the sun was hidden behind heavy clouds. After a while we came to a path shaded by trees, so we had less wind, and that was a lot more comfortable.
Walking in the open field: bbbrrrrrr.
We carried on slowly upwards and waited a while until the group was complete again. The doggies got some water.
When we arrived at the top of the hill we saw the ruined Chapelle St.Vincent with an old cisterne at the back.
The ruined Chapelle St.Vincent on the top of the hill on 826 m.
From the summit there was a beautiful 360° view, especially over the valley of Pégairolles de l’Escalette and far behind it. We were even able to see the Lac de Salagou in the far distance.
Around this time the sun started to shine, which made it a lot more comfortable. From the summit we descended again. We saw some early wild flowers, which are beautiful. Sorry, I do not know the name of the flowers.
Small, but lovely little flowers.
The way back was sunny and an easy descent. Around 13:00 hours we were back at the cars.
Distance: 6.5 km
See part of the walk on google maps