15 November 2018 – La Jasse

This is a flat circular walk of about 7 km on the plateau above Millau.

The damp weather is forecast to continue for a few more days, but rain is less likely further north on the plateau. So we propose to repeat this walk, in the area just south of Millau, where it will probably be overcast but with little risk of rain. We often see vultures in this area, though that is less likely with low cloud.

This walk is mostly on level tracks and quiet roads on the plateau, but reaches the edge of the escarpment, with views down to the Tarn valley and Millau, and across to the Millau Bridge. At the escarpment there is a short uphill section on a stony path which may be a little difficult after the recent rain. Other sections may be a bit muddy.2017-11-23 11-26-43.JPG

As usual we shall meet outside the Lodeve Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The forecast for Millau is better than for Lodeve, so we will leave even if it is raining in Lodeve. The walk itself will start at about 10:50 from the Maison du Larzac (also known as La Jasse), on the D809 road from the motorway to Millau. Access is via a slip-road on the right (with a sign-post) and then through a narrow tunnel under the dual carriageway.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km

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8 November 2018 – Nebian

This is a relatively easy walk of about 6 km around the hills above Nebian.

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Nebian

Next Thursday is forecast to be cloudy but dry in the morning. We propose to repeat a walk around Nebian that we have done several times before. It is about 6 km, mostly on tracks and quite roads, with views down on the town and across the Herault valley. The total climb is less than 100 m.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. The walk will start from the main car park in the middle of Nebian at about 10:25. We should be back in Lodeve by 13:00.

Organiser: Andrew
Distance: 6 km

4 October 2018 – Les Rives

2016-03-24 11-05-14This week we will try again with the circular walk on the plateau to the west of Les Rives!

The walk is quite long, about 8 km, but quite easy, all on country roads and good tracks. It is mostly level, with a few rolling sections, and a total climb of about 50 m. The terrain is varied, with open views across fields and the more distant plateau, and wooded and scrubby sections. The forecast is for mostly full sun, but with a continuation of the recent lower air temperatures, and the wind should have dropped.

As usual, we will meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to set off at 10:00. The walk will start at 10:30 from the parking area in Les Rives. We should be back in Lodeve by 14:00.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 8 km
Bring: Snack, sun protection.

27 September 2018 – Les Rives

2016-03-24 11-05-14This is a circular walk on the plateau to the west of Les Rives.

The walk is quite long, about 8 km, but quite easy, all on country roads and good tracks. It is mostly level, with a few rolling sections, and a total climb of about 50m. The terrain is varied, with open views across fields and the more distant plateau, and wooded and scrubby sections. The forecast is for mostly full sun, but with a continuation of the recent lower air temperatures, and not much wind.

As usual, we will meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to set off at 10:00. The walk will start at 10:30 from the parking area in Les Rives. We should be back in Lodeve by 14:00.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 8 km
Bring: Snack, sun protection.

Walk near Salasc

This week we will have a walk starting in Salasc. The walk is called Le sentier des béals. It is a 5 km marked walk, which ascends in total about 300 m. But after this climb you will have a nice view on the Lac du Salagou, the castle of Malavieille and the vineyards, says the leaflet. The walk is marked as easy to medium difficult, but can be quite taxing in places. Bring your walking sticks, as the descend is sometimes a bit steep, with loose stones.

The forecast is mostly sunny with a very (30%) small chance of rain or thunderstorm in the morning. Hardly any wind and good temperatures.

We meet at Luteva before 10 o’clock to leave at 10 am. The walk itself will start from the parking lot near the school in Salasc. We intend to start the walk between 10:30 and 10:40 am.

Leader: Dorine
Distance: 5 km. Medium difficult. Climb: 300 m.
Bring: walking sticks, water, sun protection.

 

30 August 2018 – Lunas

This week we will walk the streets and paths around Lunas, including the ascent to the Virgin statue, from where there are excellent views down the Gravezon valley.

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This is a short walk around the back streets and paths in Lunas, including the steep climb up the the remains of the old castle, overlooking the town. The descent is by a gentler path, visiting the ruined chapel of St George. It is forecast to be sunny but not too hot, though with strong winds.

We will meet at 8:50, outside the Luteva Cinema, ready for departure at 9:00. The walk will start from the bridge over the river near the church in Lunas, at about 9:40. We should be back in Lodeve by 12:30, but as the walk is short there will be time to stop for a coffee in Lunas. There are also two restaurants offering lunch on a terrace overlooking the river, for anyone who would like to seize that opportunity.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: ~ 4 km, climb ~ 70 m

28 June 2018 – St Martin de l’Arçon

This is an all-day walk in the hills to the north of the Orb/Jaur valley, below the heights of Le Caroux and L’Espinouse, on the eastern flank of the Heric gorge. At about 8 km it is not a particularly long walk, but a hard one, with a long ascent up a steep hillside, rising over 500 m, and a long descent on a stone path.

This week we propose a fairly hard walk in the hills beyond Lamalou-les-bains. It is about 8 km long and will take about 3 hours of good walking, ascending about 500 m to a peak at about 700 m. Much of the ascent involves scaling the steep sides of the Gorges d’Heric, on a proper marked path that zig-zags up the hillside. We will stop for a picnic at the top!

The forecast is for a mostly sunny day with some wind, continuing the recent pattern. So make sure that you bring sun protection and sufficient water.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk itself will start from the car park at the Mairie in St Martin, at about 11:15. We should be back in Lodeve by 16:30.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 8 km, climb ~ 500 m, hard
Bring: Water, sun protection, snack, binoculars