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
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.
We made our way along a shady 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.
Before rejoining our original path, we walked along a ridge which is used for climbing and bouldering.
We thought the stone spiral was fairly recent!
At the end it was time to admire the view once more.
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
Distance: 6 km
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…
At the half way point we reached the Chapelle of Notre Dame de Roubignac.
The Chapelle was open so we could view the inside, and the choristers amongst us could test the acoustics (more strange noises?)
After a short stop we continued along the track and then headed down quite a difficult and rocky path which crossed the ravine
and climbed fairly steeply up the other side.
We turned left at the top to follow a slow descending track back to Octon,
with views of the ruines from a distance.
And Notre Dame de Roubignac protected us all.
Distance: 8 km
Time: 3 hours
Thanks to Mike and Véronique for the photos and commentary.
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.
Worth another a visit and a longer all day walk. (Routes available from the office in the car park)
Leaders: Phyl and Celia
Thanks to Mike and Dorine for the photos
Along the walk there were 4 information boards, with stunning views across the countryside from the first three of them.
You can find details of the walk from these two resources
Les Amis du Patrimoine Nébianais
Distance: 5.5 km