12 October 2017 – Pont du Diable

This week we propose a choice of two walks, both starting from the Pont du Diable at St Jean de Fos. There will be a flat walk of about 7 km to the St Sylvestre church and back, and a much harder circular walk of about 16 km up on the plateau to the east of the Herault river. Both walks will start and end at the Pont du Diable car park. The weather is expected to be sunny, starting cool but warming up towards midday.

The first walk follows a way-marked route along a good farm track along the foot of the escarpment and beside fields and vineyards, to the small St Sylvestre church, set in trees and looking down towards Aniane. This is a good spot to have a rest and a snack. We then return by the same route. This walk should take about 2 hours,

The other walk is a hard circuit of about 16 km. It starts with one of the most difficult sections we have ever walked, a climb straight up the side of the escarpment, rising 250 m in less than 1 km. There is a proper path, but it involves clambering in places, and is rather exposed, with excellent views down steep drops to the river valley below – not for the feint-hearted! The main part of the walk on the plateau is generally easier, but there are several extended sections where we walk over loose stony scree, which can be difficult on the ankles. From the plateau there are excellent views, including a proper lookout point across the river to St Guilhem. We pass the Montcalmes hamlet before continuing on to the St Sylvestre church. The walk will take about 5 hours, including a stop for a picnic.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walks will start from outside the visitor centre at the Pont du Diable car park, at about 10:45. Those on the flat walk should be back in Lodeve by 13:30, on the hard walk not until 16:30.

Flat walk
Leader: Jenny
Distance: 7 km, rising 50 m
Bring: snack.

Hard Walk
Leader: Andrew
Distance: 16 km, climb 300 m
Bring: Sun protection, good shoes, water, picnic.

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14 January 2016 – Aniane to St Sylvestre des Brousses

Eglise

Through vineyards and olive groves, past the Canal de Gignac, to the 12th century chapel of Saint Sylvestre des Brousses, with good views over the surrounding countryside, the walk is mainly on paths and tracks, with a slight climb to the chapel.

To get to the start of this walk – on entering Aniane take the D27 North and park near Restaurant La Terrasse on the small industrial estate a few hundred metres from the centre.

Distance: 8 km

Leader: Celia (and thanks Andrew for the last bit)

 

1 October 2015 – From Aniane to Saint Sylvestre des Brousses

Chapel

Another sunny walk through vineyards and olive trees to the 12th century chapel of Saint Sylvestre des Brousses, with good views over the surrounding countryside.

olive trees

The route passes over the Canal de Gignac.
canal

We passed an interesting mas with a mangeoire which could be useful for Martine when she has moved to her new apartment.
mas

view from mas

We returned through the vineyards. There are many possibilities for walks to do in this area – eg to the Pont de Diable, Puechabon, St Jean de Fos.

track

Distance: 8 km
Leader: Celia

Details of the walk can be found here