Walking Group

 

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2018 saw the introduction of our newest activity – Walking.  Unfortunately, due to such a wet start to the year, we weren’t able to actually start walking until July which was most unusual for the Gers!

We aim to meet up, walk and talk at least once a month and sometimes with a picnic afterwards.  Everyone is welcome including partners and dogs.

For our first walk, we set off on Friday 13th July for Ju Belloc.  This was an easy circular walk (about 8 kms) and took no more than 2.5 hours to complete.


The walk started at the ‘Maison de l’Eau’ in Ju Belloc and continued through a pretty Nature Reserve that used to be a donkey sanctuary.  We were disappointed to see that the donkeys were no longer there but we did see some on our walk in the fields!  The Reserve is very well organised with good footpaths/tracks to follow.  We then skirted along the River Adour and lake following the Greenwich Meridian Line and turned off towards Belloc. We then travelled back northwards parallel to the D173 on footpaths towards our starting point. We passed by some pretty flora and fauna as we walked through ancient woodlands and saw the ancient ‘lavoir’ and mill near Ju Belloc.

For our second LLC walk on Friday 10th August, we walked an easy (7kms) circular walk around Sabazan near Aignan. Sabazan is a pretty little village with its half moat which dominates the valley of the Midour. On our walk, we saw excellent views of the valley and the Pyrenees.  We passed by the lovely old 15th century church of St John the Baptist (some of the inside is classified 13th century) and also some of the vineyards of St Mont.  Wine tasting is available at the Chateau and winery. We also passed close by to the Palmeraie de Sarthou.

 

 

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We were a small group and the weather was excellent for walking – not too hot nor cold.  We greatly enjoyed our walk with fantastic views and good company.

 

 

 

 

For our third walk which takes place on Friday 7th September, we will walk a slightly more challenging easy circular walk of 10 kms from Blaziert.  Blaziert is a very pretty hill-top village located between Condom and Lectoure and has a ‘4 Fleuri’ rating.  It is also on the meridian line and has a unique ‘cadran solaire’ with its very large sundial.  We will pass through ancient woodlands, lakes, vineyards and beneath the Chateau de Mons with its fine history.  A very picturesque and varied walk.

 

 

 

If you would like to join the group, please contact:

lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com

We would be delighted to welcome you to our group.

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