14 February 2019 – Octon to Salagou

2016-03-31 12-34-15This is a circular walk from Octon over to Lake Salagou. The walk is generally flat, about 7 km, and all on tracks and quiet roads. There are often some water birds of interest at the lake, so bring your binoculars.

As usual we shall meet at the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk will start from the main square in Octon at about 10:20. We should be back in Lodève by 13:30. However, in Octon there is usually the option to stop for lunch in the bar – we shall decide about that before we set off on the walk.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km

Advance Notice: If the weather remains as forecast then next week I plan to do the Cirque du Bout du Monde walk from Gourgas. We have talked about this walk often before but never undertaken it as a group. It is about 9 km, climbing more than 500 m and does a circuit around the bottom of the cliffs above Gourgas – if is officially classed at Moyen difficulty, with quite steep climbs and descents, and a long section along a narrow footpath below the cliffs.

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A Walk Around Octon

We shall set off from Octon passing the ruins of “le chateau de Lauziere”, and on to “le chapelle de Roubignac, (12me siecle). The walk is a loop of about 10km, with a climb of maximum 200m on good tracks. On the way back we shall pass the two dolmens de Toucou.

It’s quite a sell known historic walk with beautiful views that, I’m sure , some of you might already have done. It is said to take about 3h 15 mns so we shall set off from the central square in Octon at 10.30 and we should be back in Lodeve at about 14.30.

We shall meet, as usual, in front of Luteva at 9.50. According to the forecast it’s going to be sunny on Thursday but a bit cold in the morning.

Leader: Ben

10 November 2017 – Octon to Salagou

This is an easy walk of about 7 km from Octon over to Lake Salagou, an area where we have often walked before.

2016-03-31 12-34-15It is forecast to remain cold and rather windy this week, so we propose this easy, circular walk of about 7 km, generally flat, and all on tracks and quiet roads. However, it is rather exposed, so make sure you have some protection against the wind. There are often some water birds of interest at the lake, so think about bringing your binoculars.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the main square in Octon at about 10:25 and take about 2 hours. The bar in Octon is usually open, so it should be possible to take lunch there for those not in a rush to get back.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km

26 February 2015 From Octon to Notre Dame de Roubignac

Tree
Starting from Octon, we followed the yellow waymarks out of the village and past the post office, with a slow gradual climb to the top of the hill. We continued along a track passing the Ruines de Louzieres. Some walkers thought they could hear strange noises…
Chateau

At the half way point we reached the Chapelle of Notre Dame de Roubignac.
Chapelle
The Chapelle was open so we could view the inside, and the choristers amongst us could test the acoustics (more strange noises?)
Chapelle

After a short stop we continued along the track and then headed down quite a difficult and rocky path which crossed the ravine
rive
and climbed fairly steeply up the other side.
Uphill

We turned left at the top to follow a slow descending track back to Octon,

Track dpwn

with views of the ruines from a distance.
Chateau

And Notre Dame de Roubignac protected us all.
Cross

Distance: 8 km
Time: 3 hours
Thanks to Mike and Véronique for the photos and commentary.