12 October 2017 – Pont du Diable

This week we propose a choice of two walks, both starting from the Pont du Diable at St Jean de Fos. There will be a flat walk of about 7 km to the St Sylvestre church and back, and a much harder circular walk of about 16 km up on the plateau to the east of the Herault river. Both walks will start and end at the Pont du Diable car park. The weather is expected to be sunny, starting cool but warming up towards midday.

The first walk follows a way-marked route along a good farm track along the foot of the escarpment and beside fields and vineyards, to the small St Sylvestre church, set in trees and looking down towards Aniane. This is a good spot to have a rest and a snack. We then return by the same route. This walk should take about 2 hours,

The other walk is a hard circuit of about 16 km. It starts with one of the most difficult sections we have ever walked, a climb straight up the side of the escarpment, rising 250 m in less than 1 km. There is a proper path, but it involves clambering in places, and is rather exposed, with excellent views down steep drops to the river valley below – not for the feint-hearted! The main part of the walk on the plateau is generally easier, but there are several extended sections where we walk over loose stony scree, which can be difficult on the ankles. From the plateau there are excellent views, including a proper lookout point across the river to St Guilhem. We pass the Montcalmes hamlet before continuing on to the St Sylvestre church. The walk will take about 5 hours, including a stop for a picnic.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walks will start from outside the visitor centre at the Pont du Diable car park, at about 10:45. Those on the flat walk should be back in Lodeve by 13:30, on the hard walk not until 16:30.

Flat walk
Leader: Jenny
Distance: 7 km, rising 50 m
Bring: snack.

Hard Walk
Leader: Andrew
Distance: 16 km, climb 300 m
Bring: Sun protection, good shoes, water, picnic.


Sunday 18th September 2016 CSF Walk for Life update

I have received the email below from the Secretary

I’m sure that by now you will all have completed your registration forms to bring with you on the 18th…….and you will have made a note of the number which has been allocated to your lunch booking and put it somewhere safe!

Important news:…for those of you who were disappointed to find that all the Fish and Chips lunches had been booked…..the Soeurs Delicieuses are offering a wonderful solution! …….  a homemade beefburger, veggie burger or chicken fillet, all options will be served with your choice from a selection of assorted sides (including coleslaw and salad items). The cost will be 7€ for each option. Delicious desserts will also be available for purchase if you decide to give yourself a little treat!

Please contact Maxine at csflwalk@gmail.com to make your booking, stating clearly which option you would like. Remember: it is essential to book in advance.

Checklist of things to bring with you on the 18th September:

  • Completed registration form for each walker
  • Sponsorship money (if you are collecting any)
  • A note of your lunch booking number
  • Sensible walking shoes and attire (come prepared, whatever the weather the event will go ahead!)

Don’t forget that you can find all the information about timings, directions etc and all the forms on our website: csf-languedoc.com

Looking forward to seeing you on the 18th at the Domaine de la Clapière near Montagnac at 9am for the 10km walk and 10am for the 5km.

Best wishes


Jenny Guest


Cancer Support France – Languedoc (Hérault, Aveyron)

Helpline 04 67 44 87 06



Leave the A75 at Junction 59 and head for Montagnace and Sete. At the 2nd set of traffic lights in Montagnace take the left turn to Villeeveyrac and Abbe de Valmagne. Just before leaving the village take a left turn signed La Clapière. The Domaine is about 1 1/2 km along this road.


If anyone has problems printing out the registration form or “I’m walking for…” please let me  know and I’ll print it out for you.

I think it would be rather nice if all those who are walking for Mike could meet at the end of the walks for a group photo to give to him.

Additionally could those who have been collecting sponship money please let me know how much you have raised (it’s not a contest) so that again we can let Mike know how well supported he is.


25 August 2016 A round walk from Gourgas

This walk will start from the randoneurs’ car park in Gourgas. We shall take the “high” road out of Gourgas down into St. Etienne de Gourgas and then return by the “low” road. It’s about 4 km. with an easy slightly uphill walk at the end to Gourgas. Much of the walk is under trees and therefore shady which will be more pleasant if it is hot.

The map for this walk is IGN Le Cayler.

Leader:  Jennygathering-at-the-start


Refreshment in Soubes after the walk

St. Jean de la Blaquiere

This week’s walk will take us to the north of the village. We shall follow the Ruisseau de la Marguerite crossing it twice and walking a short way along what, in winter, is the river bed. This is a fairly easy walk where once you are by the ruisseau all is calm and peaceful – except for those dogs which are water babies and run in and out of the water1 The walk is just over 3kms. and takes about 1 hour.

For those coming from Lodeve, please meet at Luteva at 8.50 for a 9.00 start. For those meeting in St.Jean, please meeet in the  main square at 9.20.

Summer Walks – suggestions welcome

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.


9th June – Around Nebian

This is a lovely walk to the west of Nebian. We shall meet in the village parking place and then walk up onto the plateau where there are tremendous views of the surrounding countryside. This is a round walk we have done before and is one of my favourites. The first part outside the village is a bit steep but previous walkers have not found it too difficult.

We shall meet as usual outside Luteva at 9.50 or, if you prefer, at the parking place in Nebian at 10.30.

The map for this walk is IGN 2643OT Lodeve.

11 February 2016 – Saint-Félix-de-Lodez

The weather is expected to be clear on Thursday morning, so we shall certainly walk.

2014-12-04 10-43-16.JPGThe proposed walk is an easy ramble on farm roads through the vineyards to the North of St Felix – we last did this walk just over a year ago. It is about 6km, and completely flat.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 ready to depart at 10:00. For those who prefer to go directly we shall start from the car park outside the cave cooperative, behind the restaurant Le St. Jacques, at 10:30. We expect to be back in Lodeve by 13:00.

Leader: Jenny.2014-12-04 11-51-58.JPG

Distance: 6km.