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Musings on life in Lodeve, Languedoc

Some Easter walks

Posted by celiahukins on 28/04/2009

Lac du Salagou
Back in the UK again after a very easy journey. We had a picnic on the beach at Vias PLage, which was just beginning to open up for the summer, before catching the 3.00 flight from Béziers to Bristol. The menus at 11 euros looked good value – better than you would get in the UK for £10!
Easter weather was varied as Easter weather usually is. However we managed to have several walks. On Easter Monday we went out in the rain in the afternoon and walked up the road to Olmet, then back along the track which goes down to the road by the cemetery. The river was in full flow. We were pleased to have got out, and didn’t get too wet. By Tuesday the weather improved, and as we were to meet my brother at Montpellier Airport we went for a walk first round former salt marshes at Villeneuve les Maguelone. We saw some some avocets, but the only flamingoes we saw (the main purpose of the expedition) were by the side of the road near some road works as we were driving to the airport.
On another day the weather looked promising so we decided to do a walk which starts from the village of Liausson and climbs up the ridge to give views over the Cirque de Moureze. From here we could see in all directions – Canigou and the Pyrenees to the South, the Cévennes to the North. We met some other walkers who said they had never seen it so clear before. On the way down the clouds began to come in – see the picture above – and we had storms in the afternoon, a weather pattern which was to continue for several days.

I’ve found descriptions for two of the walks, as decribed in L’Hérault a pied. However the commentaries aren’t all that reliable – it depends what level of walker you are.

Mont Liausson

Les Salins


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