8 June 2017 – all-day walk from Pegairolles

2015-03-27 14-12-58This walk is the recently opened circuit of the Escalette from Pegairolles. It incorporates parts of two other walks that we have done in the area. It is a hard walk – about 16 km (5+ hours), rising about 600 m, and with some short scrambly sections.

Starting from Pegairolles we walk up the Lergue valley to Le Bronc, a walk that we have done several times in the past. From here we climb up to the old mule track leading to the Escalette – this is the part of the walk that has recently been reopened and marked. 2015-03-27 14-01-15Then we cross the motorway and take a new path to the top of the cliffs above the tunnel, leading down towards Camp Rouch. Here we join a path that we took for an all-day walk a couple of years ago, including precipitous views down to the motorway from the top of the cliffs. A few bits of this section involve some difficult descents. The last couple of km pass through woods before descending back to Pegairolles.

The forecast for Thursday is for full sun and 26C after a cool start – the beginning of a period of hotter weather. Parts of the walk are shaded, but at least half is in full sun, so come prepared.

As usual we shall meet at the Luteva Cinema at 8:50, ready to depart at 9:00. The walk itself will start at 9:30 from the parking area above Pegairolles on the road into the village from the motorway (junction 51). We should be back in Lodeve by 16:30.

Leader: Andrew
Bring: Picnic, water, good shoes, sun protection, stamina
Distance: ~16 km, ~600 m climbing, 5+ hours walking
Difficulty: Some difficult sections.

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19 November 2015 – All-day walk from Pegairolles

This is the long walk postponed from last week because of a competing event. The weather looks good this week, so the walk in on the agenda again.

It is an all-day circular walk of at least 15km, with a substantial climb at the beginning and some challenging sections in the middle.

2015-03-27 14-12-58It starts at Pegairolles, and then climbs by a good, steep path up to the plateau, a hard climb of about 450m. It then follows a little-used path with some wooded and some rocky sections as far as Camp Rouch – this includes a section along a narrow path at the top of a steep cliff, with spectacular views down into the Lergue valley – see photos.

2015-03-27 14-01-15We then take the GR south, eventually descending nearly into Soubes, before returning to Pegairolles by the field tracks to the East of the motorway.

As usual we shall meet by the Luteva cinema at 9:50 for departure at 10:00. This is a long and challenging walk, so come well prepared and equipped, with lunch. We should be back in Lodeve by 16:00.

Andrew