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.

17 September 2015 – From Saint Jean de la Blaquière along the Marguerite

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The plan was to follow the Marguerite north to Les Salces following vineyard tracks, continuing through the village and returning over the Bruyeres. However as the stream before Les Salces was unpassable – the diggers were out in force! – we had to turn back.

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An enjoyable walk anyway through the vineyards

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Leader: Jenny
Distance: 7.28 km
Thanks to Mike for the photos

Details of the route can be found here

20 August 2015 – From St Jean de la Blaquiere

This week’s walk was again around St. Jean de la Blaquière starting from the parking place near to Les Marcassins. We walked up to the dolmen and capitelle and then carried on along the ridge picking up the track lower down and walking back into St. Jean crossing the river where the dogs had a drink and a paddle. We got back to St. Jean in time for the usual refreshments at La Fringale.

Leader: Jenny

6 August 2015 – Around Saint Jean de la Blaquiere

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Another short walk for the summer around Saint Jean de la Blaquiere, to the south this time. As it got hotter the dogs were pleased to cool off in the river.
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And of course there is always the reward of a refreshing drink afterwards. Lunch in the shade at La Fringale was acceptable too.
lunch time

Leader: Jenny
Distance: 4.3 km

Thanks to Marlene for the photos. We will miss our photographer!
Details of the route can be found here

9 July 2015 – St Jean de la Blaquière

2015-07-09 10-28-27 sA short, circular walk starting from the square in St. Jean de la Blaquière and taking about an hour and a half, allowing time for observing wildlife and views. 2015-07-09 09-42-51 cWe left the village towards the North roughly following the line of the Marguerite. After crossing the river we walked along the ridge and followed the Cartorenque before turning to cross the Marguerite again returning to the village via the Jardins and the Place de l’eglise.

Leader: Jenny

Photos: Andrew

12 March 2015 – Walk around the red earth near St.Jean de la Blaquière

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Pam organised this Thursday’s walk for us. The walk was led by Philippe Martin and we walked together with the St Etienne walking group. We walked around the red earth (ruffes) near St Jean de la Blaquiere and he told us about the geology of the area, the plants and the animals who live there. We started with a group of around 20 people

Philippe had warned us the walk had two difficult parts in it, which we soon found out! But after he told us a women of 85 had climbed that hill recently, we were all convinced we were able to give it a try. We all made it, but my legs – and probably other peoples’ legs too – , were a bit shaky afterwards.

The area we walked in was beautiful and Philippe told us some interesting things about its history. A long time ago (some 450 millions of years ago) the climate here was hot and dry. And burned the soil, which gave it the special red colour.

The next two photos show us the difficult part of the walk. We had to climb a steep hill on a loose surface. But on hands and foot we all made it to the top of the hill.

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Before the climb.

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After the climb.

Philippe left our group now and then to search for special plants or animals. He even found a scorpion, which he caught by the tail, so that the scorpion could not sting him.

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On the way back we walked through the bushes with a beautiful view into the hills of the area around St.Jean de la Blaquière.

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Around half past one we were back at the cars. It was a nice, sometimes rather difficult, walk.