An easy walk in the vineyards between Aniane and Gignac.
This is a circular walk starting at Aniane, all on country roads, mostly very quiet and in good condition. The first part is flat, and there are gentle ups and downs after that, with good views across the upper Hérault valley to the Pont du Diable. The half-way point is at the valley of the ruisseau de Gassac, by the Domaine Gassac-Daumas, and the Chateau de Capion. Parts of the walk are rather exposed, so come prepared for wind. The total distance is about 9.5km.
As usual we shall meet at the Luteva cinema at 9:50 and depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the parking area behind the Boulangerie on the way into Aniane (the same place as the last walk from the town – turn right at the Stop line as you approach the town). We should set off from there at about 10:30, and be back in Lodeve by 14:00.
The CSF Walk for Life was a resounding success: the sun shone with just a light breeze, the walk was interesting, the whole exercise was excellently organised and everyone enjoyed themselves. There were 202 walkers (up 40% on last year) several of whom were from our group, and a profit of at least 7,500€ was made (some sponsorship money is still being received). I should like to thank everyone who walked, collected sponsorship money and contributed said money so that the Lodève Thursday Walkers with Mike’s friends raised just over 700€. As those of you who were there know Mike was able to come to the walk and he has asked me to add this message to you all.
“What a wonderful day we had last Sunday at the CSF Walk for Life at Domaine de La Clapière, Montagnac, and I wold like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who walked and gave sponsorship. As you can see fro Jenny’s message the amount raised by the Lodève Walkers is amazing so a big THANK YOU. I would also like to thank Jenny for coming up with the idea and also sincerely thank David and Celia Hukins for walking Ollie the 10 kms, he is not an easy dog to walk being very lively and strong. I was delighted to be well enough to come even if just to watch and chat with everyone. Thank you all for the support during the last few weeks and the kind words of encouragement. Hopefully see you all very soon on a Thursday walk. All the the best, Mike”
Still a bit chilly
Half way round
I am writing on behalf of Cancer Support France-Languedoc to thank the Lodeve Walkers for the fantastic 770 euros raised in sponsorship for the Walk for Life in September. As you are probably aware, the event raised over 8000 euros, but equally importantly will raise awareness of CSF in the community through the 200 participants.
As president for CSFL, I can assure you that contributions such as yours are an essential element in helping to make our organisation run. They enable our volunteers to maintain the level of support that CSF can provide to those who find themselves in need of our services.
Thank you again on behalf of CSF-Languedoc
President Cancer Support France – Languedoc (Hérault, Aveyron)
The walk started at the parking beside the cemetery in Castelnau-de-Guers. The weather was good and not too windy. It was a delightful walk with a lot of variety in the country side including forests, vineyards and open fields. We had spectacular views over the valley to Pezenas and beyond.
Almond trees still beautifully in blossom.
After a few kilometers we passed the ruins of the l’Hermitage Saint-Antoine and its chapel.
All in all it was an easy walk, with only a short moderate climb at the end of the 10 kilometers’ walk and a few rocky patches earlier on.
The walk this week will be in the area south of Saint-Andre-de-Sangonis, through the vineyards and down towards the Herault river. The walk is essentially flat, and all on quiet roads and good farm tracks, a bit over 7km in total.
The forecast is for it to be cold and grey, with a slight chance of some drizzle, but the wind of the past few days will have dropped away to nothing.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 ready to depart at 10:00. For those who prefer to go directly we shall start at 10:30 from the south end of the main square in St. Andre, leaving by the road to Brignac, past the cemetery. We expect to be back in Lodeve by 13:30.
The weather is expected to be clear on Thursday morning, so we shall certainly walk.
The proposed walk is an easy ramble on farm roads through the vineyards to the North of St Felix – we last did this walk just over a year ago. It is about 6km, and completely flat.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 ready to depart at 10:00. For those who prefer to go directly we shall start from the car park outside the cave cooperative, behind the restaurant Le St. Jacques, at 10:30. We expect to be back in Lodeve by 13:00.
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.
The route passes over the Canal de Gignac.
We passed an interesting mas with a mangeoire which could be useful for Martine when she has moved to her new apartment.
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.
Distance: 8 km
Details of the walk can be found here
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.
An enjoyable walk anyway through the vineyards
Distance: 7.28 km
Thanks to Mike for the photos
Details of the route can be found here