18 January 2018 – Les Fenestrettes

Les Fenestrettes is a marked walk from St Guilhem le Desert, a hard walk of about 11 km with a steep climb of over 450 m.

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The weather this week is ideal for walking (cold but sunny, with no rain and not much wind), so we will undertake the hard walk designated ‘Les Fenestrettes’, starting at St. Guilhem. Although not so long (about 11 km) this is a hard walk, with the first third all uphill on steep paths, eventually rising about 450 m, to the top of the steep cliffs to the south of the village. There are excellent views at various points on this climb, back down into the village and its valley, across the Herault Gorge, and eventually across to Mt St Baudile and even south to the sea. From the highest point we start a long but gentle descent which eventually emerges from between the cliffs at the far (western) end of the valley behind the village. The paths (and sometimes tracks) are all in good condition, though some may be wet after the recent rain.

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Les Fenestrettes

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk itself will start at about 10:50 from the main parking area (payant) at the top of the village. The walk takes about 4 hours, and we will stop for a snack at the top of the climb. We should be back in Lodeve by 16:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 11 km, 450+ m of climb
Bring: Snack, good shoes, fortitude.

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17 November 2016 -Herault Gorge to l’Estagnol

A short but steep walk to the North of St Guilhem

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Combe Bugadiere

This is a short (6.5km) but strenuous walk with climbs totalling about 300m, mostly on footpaths that are by turns steep, narrow, stony and precipitous, sometimes all at the same time. It starts beside the Herault river, and climbs via the Combe de Legeaux towards the hamlet of l’Estagnol, then returns by the Combe Bugadière to the start.

The weather this Thursday is expected to be clear (~15°) and not particularly windy, so should not present any problems, but in places the path is over loose stones, so adequate footwear is important.

The walk starts at a car park on the D4, about 1.5km beyond St Guilhem – you will see a dam across the river, and the (large) parking area is about 200m further on, round the bend in the road, on the right, between the road and the river.

As usual we will meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. We should start the walk at about 10:50, and be back in Lodève soon after 13:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 6.5km
Climb: 300m
Time: 2 – 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Moyen +

30 April 2105 – from St Guilhem le Désert to l’Hermitage de Notre Dame de Belle Grace.

Contributed by Phyl

Chateau

A beautiful walk of about 8kms following the GR74 but uphill all the way and quite steep for the first 35 minutes. A rocky path so boots are advised and also don’t go in the tourist season. Simply stunning views so easy to take a “petit pause” and enjoy.

L'ermitage

L'Ermitage

L’Ermitage is tucked away in a green flat spot, sheltered from the NW weather and is inhabited so silence is requested. We had our picnic there and wandered around the the buildings and also saw the water source coming down through the rocks at the back.

Chapel
Back to St Guilhem

Distance: 8 km. We walked at a medium pace and took 1hr 45 mins to go up and 1hr 20 to return.

Details of a longer version of this walk can be found here

Don’t forget the parking is payant and definitely not cheap.