3 December 2015 – Foret de Parlatges

Parlatges

A walk in the Foret de Parlatges, as described in L’Hérault a Pied. PR20 – variante.

Starting from the car park which is at the end of the track leading from St Pierre de la Fage, following forest tracks which tend to go uphill, although not steeply.

Distance: 5.5 km

Leader: Celia

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4 June 2015 – From Soumont to St Michel de Grandmont

Signpost

A record 22 people came on this walk; some old friends, some new, some people who are only here part of the time. We appreciated the shady parts of the walk as the sun was hot. We started off from a spectacular viewpoint above Soumont, with views over Lac du Salagou.

looking at viewView from table d'orientation

We made our way along a shady path,
path
then along a section on the road with views towards the sea, and down to the Abbé of St Michel de Grandmont, passing by the side of their deer park. We didn’t have time to visit but those who wanted to can return at a later date.

St Michel de Grandmont

Before rejoining our original path, we walked along a ridge which is used for climbing and bouldering.

bouldering

We thought the stone spiral was fairly recent!
spiral

At the end it was time to admire the view once more.

Soumont
We just made it back to Lodève for our promised 1.30 return time.

This would be an interesting walk to do at a different time of year. It is part of a longer 12 km walk, details of which can be found at
http://fr.calameo.com/read/0019402331e0ca1261c40
Distance: 6 km
Leader: Celia

26 February 2015 From Octon to Notre Dame de Roubignac

Tree
Starting from Octon, we followed the yellow waymarks out of the village and past the post office, with a slow gradual climb to the top of the hill. We continued along a track passing the Ruines de Louzieres. Some walkers thought they could hear strange noises…
Chateau

At the half way point we reached the Chapelle of Notre Dame de Roubignac.
Chapelle
The Chapelle was open so we could view the inside, and the choristers amongst us could test the acoustics (more strange noises?)
Chapelle

After a short stop we continued along the track and then headed down quite a difficult and rocky path which crossed the ravine
rive
and climbed fairly steeply up the other side.
Uphill

We turned left at the top to follow a slow descending track back to Octon,

Track dpwn

with views of the ruines from a distance.
Chateau

And Notre Dame de Roubignac protected us all.
Cross

Distance: 8 km
Time: 3 hours
Thanks to Mike and Véronique for the photos and commentary.

19 February 2015 – Cirque de Moureze

Rock
Some went to the top..

The ones who were at the bottom had time to stand in the sun, look at the shapes of the rocks and admire the spectacular views.

Stand and stare

Enjopy t  eview

View

Another view

Worth another a visit and a longer all day walk. (Routes available from the office in the car park)

Distance: variable
Leaders: Phyl and Celia

Thanks to Mike and Dorine for the photos