This is an easy walk of about 7 km from Octon over to Lake Salagou, an area where we have often walked before.
It 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.
Distance: 7 km
This is a circular walk from Octon over to Lake Salagou. The walk is generally flat, about 7km, and all on tracks and quiet roads. There are often some water birds of interest at the lake, so bring your binoculars.
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…
At the half way point we reached the Chapelle of Notre Dame de Roubignac.
The Chapelle was open so we could view the inside, and the choristers amongst us could test the acoustics (more strange noises?)
After a short stop we continued along the track and then headed down quite a difficult and rocky path which crossed the ravine
and climbed fairly steeply up the other side.
We turned left at the top to follow a slow descending track back to Octon,
with views of the ruines from a distance.
And Notre Dame de Roubignac protected us all.
Distance: 8 km
Time: 3 hours
Thanks to Mike and Véronique for the photos and commentary.