Cycling cols in Herault, France

Posted on 21st May 2012.

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Three days of great cycling completed in Languedoc, France. Final day from Herepian, over the Col des Treize Vents and down to St Gervais-sur-Mare. Up to La Croix-de-Mounis (809m) and onto Murat-sur-Vebre. After a lunch break there, onto La Salvetat-sur-Agout alongside Lac du Laouzas. Then a climb out…

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Cycling in Languedoc, France

Posted on 18th May 2012.

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Four keen cyclists are staying in our newly finished gite in France and cycling the superb roads in the Herault. Yesterday they rode from Bedarieux along the upper Orb valley, over the col to Lodève for a lunch stop. Then around Lac du Salagou, over a few more cols and then into beautiful rolling countryside…

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May walking in the Pyrénées

Posted on 15th May 2012.

Great start to the summer walking season despite there still being nearly half a metre of snow at 2000m. The group were blessed with excellent weather and superb variety of walks; from high mountain lakes to a Cathar castle at Roquefixade. Highlights included the wide range of alpine flowers in bloom,…

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Snowshoeing in the Pyrénées, France

Posted on 27th April 2012.

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We’re back from a terrific long weekend of snowshoeing in the Pyrenees, based in Ax les Thermes. There was a rare April heavy snowfall just before we arrived, so our group of novice snowshoers were blessed with plentiful snow. We had three days of excellent conditions for snowshoeing on the Col…

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Walking trip in Haut Languedoc Natural Parc, France

Posted on 16th April 2012.

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Just ended another great Spring walking trip in Languedoc, France. We had lovely weather - for most of it - a bit of a shower coming down the Gorge d’Heric, but nothing to bother good walkers. We continue to be amazed at the range of fantastic walks this area offers within close proximity and are…

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It’s not all sunshine ...

Posted on 8th April 2012.

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On Thursday we did a recce walk on the top of Le Caroux, which has the highest point of the Haut Languedoc at 1,091m. As you can see the superb views, that we’re quite sure are there, across to the Mediterranean and Pyrenees were missing on the day we did the walk. A great ascent along the GR7…

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April walking in the Haut Languedoc Natural Parc

Posted on 2nd April 2012.

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We’re having summer temperatures already in our part of France - up to 30C during the day - so spring has arrived in a matter of days. You can almost see the new growth sprouting in front of your eyes. We did a recce for a new walk on Sunday, amidst lovely spring blossom and with spectacular views…

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Walking trip in Languedoc

Posted on 23rd March 2012.

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Just finished a great walking trip in spring sunshine in the Languedoc. Fortunately the forecasted rain never eventuated (until the end of the trip), and we had some brilliant walks. Two great gorge walks in the Haut Languedoc Natual Parc, as well as walks through lower-level vineyards and woods following…

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Spring has arrived in Languedoc

Posted on 6th March 2012.

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The first signs of spring in Languedoc are now in evidence. The mimosa is in flower in Roquebrun - the base for our walking and cycling trips - and the almond trees are in blossom. After a very cold spell, we’ve just had superb warm, sunny days and new spring growth is everywhere. A perfect time…

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Happy New Year from Mountains and Maps

Posted on 30th December 2011.

After spending some time back in the UK, we’re in France for Christmas and New Year. It’s been great to get out on the bikes and discover some new cycling routes in Languedoc-Roussillon in glorious winter weather; sunny, windless and cool, but not cold. Perfect. We now have the 2012 dates…

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