This is the newest activity for the GLC which eventually got off the ground in July 2018 due to an unusually very wet spring that year. It is open to all GLC members; their partners and dogs are also welcome.
Please look at the previous pages (2018/19) for an idea of our walks complete with photos.
If you would like to join our group, please do so using this email address:
- Castelnau d'Auvignon (6kms)/Aurens(8kms)
- Viella (5 kms)
From the village, we take the St Jacques de Compostelle path up to the pretty chapel of Ste Germaine which has been and still is a resting place for pilgrims. There are outstanding views back towards Castelnau and of the surrounding countryside. We then continue on to 'les Trois Bornes' where we eventually leave the Compostelle route and head back towards Castelnau.
The second part of the walk continues along another variation of the Compostelle route towards Aurens with good views of Blaziert in the distance. We continue past an ancient chapel used by the Knights Templar but now privately owned. Still on the Compostelle route, we head northwards before turning off and skirting a lake and then continuing our walk back towards Castelnau along the ridge with more excellent views.
Viella (5 kms)
For our February walk, we headed south of Riscle to the largish village of Viella in the heart of the St Mont wine area. From the departure point after about 0.5 kms, we continue through the vineyards and towards the lake. Then we snake uphill in the woods (a little challenging in places!) where we pick up the rural tracks and head towards some houses before turning off and continuing downhill/uphill towards the Chateau of Viella. In the Chateau grounds, we found a 'tunnel of vines' and a very sweet tree house made from an old oak barrel coupled with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and the Pyrenees. We then made our way past the church back to the starting point.