This is a short and fairly easy walk in the (largely shaded) Escandorgue forest.
The forecast for Thursday is for continuing high temperatures, but with increasing wind and some cloud for the afternoon. So we propose a walk in the Escandorgue forest, where there will be a reasonable amount of shade. The walk is about 6 km, all on forest tracks, with ascents and descents throughout.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 08:50 ready to depart at 9:00. We should start the walk at about 9:20, from the parking area at the entrance to the forest, on the D142 just opposite the turning to Roqueredonde. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.
Distance: 6 km, ~ 50 m of ascent.
Bring: Sun cream, water.
This week I propose a shady walk in the Escandorgue forest – a walk that we have done often before, with different variations. The walk is about 8km, on good forest tracks, and is mostly flat.
The weather is forecast to be cooler, with the possibility of a shower later in the morning, and little wind.
As we are now in summer mode we will meet at 8:50, outside the Luteva Cinema, ready for departure at 9:00. The walk will start from the forest entrance on the D142 opposite the turning to Roqueredonde, at about 9:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 12:30.
Duration: ~2+ hr
A pleasant walk in the Escandorgue. We enjoyed the autumn colours along the forest tracks,
the views towards Salagou and the sea
and occasional sightings of funghi.
This walk starts at the Col de Pertus and then proceeds along quiet roads to the forest, returning by tracks and footpaths. It is about 7km, and while generally level includes a lot of short ups and downs, particularly on the last section, which is also sometimes rather rocky – slightly more sportiv than our normal walks.
The terrain is very varied, including quiet roads, forest tracks, and footpaths through forests, across meadows and on sandy paths between chaotic rocks. Towards the end there are spectacular views, into the Lauroux valley, into the Les Plans valley, and right out to Pic St. Loup and even the sea on a clear day.
A circular walk starting at the Grotte de Labeil, on the road up to the plateau beyond Lauroux – a walk that we did in March 2014. A lot of the walk was on open tracks through the Escandorgue beech (hêtre) forest, but some was along narrow but well-maintained paths through the woods and under the escarpment cliffs, and the first part of this was steep and rocky, though always secure underfoot.
En route: views over the plain towards the sea, and some interesting rock collections/formations (dinosaur feet?)
Distance: 5 km
Waymarked (but there are lots of waymarked walks in this area)
Thanks to Marlene for the photos