21 September 2017 – Les Salces

This week we propose a relatively level walk of about 7 km in the forest area south of Les Salces. We have done this walk several times over the years.

The walk is all on forest tracks and is relatively easy. The first part rises gently over several km, with a few steeper sections, and at the end we have views down to St. Jean de la Blaquiere and across the Lergue valley. The return descends gently to the Marguerite river valley before a final ascent back to Les Salces. The forecast for Thursday is for a return to the normal quiet and sunny weather for September.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the car park in Les Salces at about 10:30. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km, climbing about 100 m in total

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22 June 2017 – Forêt des Monts d’Orb

A relatively easy and short walk in the forest south of Ceilhes, overlooking the Lac d’Avène.

This is a walk of about 6 km, in a forest and so largely in the shade, around the Canton de Bouisse. It is all on easy tracks, but rarely completely flat, with about 100 m of climb. In many places there are good views down to the lac d’Avène and its barrage. The hot weather is expected to continue, but there should be a reasonable breeze to offset the heat.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 8:50 ready to set off at 9:00. The walk will start from a parking area at the Col de la Moutoune, on the D8 between Ceilhes and Avène, at about 9:50. The walk will take about 2 hours, so we should be back in Lodeve by 13:00. Alternatively, it should be possible to get lunch at the cafe by the little lake in Ceilhes.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 6 km
Bring: Water

15 June 2017 – Escandorgue Forest

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.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 6 km, ~ 50 m of ascent.
Bring: Sun cream, water.

1st June 2017 – the ‘Enchanted Forest’ at Nogaret

This is a fairly straight-forward circular walk, mostly in a Beech forest, about 9 km in length, climbing a total of about 100 m, and occasionally stony underfoot.

The walk starts from a parking area at Nogaret, close to the Arche community, and should take about 3 hours. It will be led by Anabelle, who describes the area as la ‘forêt enchantée’. Good shoes are advised, and bring a snack, as it is a slightly longer walk than usual. The forecast for Thursday is for sunny intervals, but not too hot.

As usual we will meet outside the Luteva Cinema, but at the summer start time of 8:50, ready to depart at 9:00. The walk itself should start at about 9:45, with a return to Lodeve by 13:30.

Leader: Anabelle + Dorine
Distance: 9 km
Bring: Snack

30 June 2016 – Escandorgue Forest

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.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~8km
Duration: ~2+ hr