This is the newest activity for the LLC which eventually got off the ground in July 2018 due to an unusually very wet spring. It is open to all LLC members; their partners and dogs are also welcome.
Our aim is to walk a new walk once a month (usually the first/second Friday in the month) and re-walk the previous month's walk for those that couldn't make it (usually the following Wednesday). We usually start about 10.00 am during the summer months and then migrate to the afternoons in the winter months to take advantage of the warmer winter days! This is relaxed walking for pleasure to enjoy the beautiful Gers countryside and is not intended as a competitive hike - sometimes we talk more than we walk!! The locations are varied so that the group can experience different areas of our region. They are always circular and relatively easy to moderate. Maps and directions both in English and French are provided.
July - Ju Belloc (8 kms)
Our first walk was at Ju Belloc near Plaisance which was an 8 km easy circular walk which started/ended in the nature reserve.
We walked through the donkey sanctuary but alas no donkeys! We then skirted along the River Adour following the Greenwich Meridian Line. We turned off towards Belloc and then travelled back northwards parallel to the D173 on footpaths towards our starting point. We saw some pretty flora and fauna as we passed through ancient woodlands and saw the ancient 'lavoir' and mill near Ju Belloc.
August - Sabazan (7 kms)
The second walk was a 7 kms easy circular walk from Sabazan, near Aignan.
September - Blaziert (10 kms)
Our third walk was a 10kms circular walk starting at Blaziert, near Condom.
Blaziert is a very pretty hill-top village with '4 Fleuri' rating and has excellent surrounding views of the Gers countryside. The walk was graded as easy but was slightly more challenging with a couple of steepish inclines. It has its unique 'cadran solaire' with its large sundial on the meridian line. The walk was varied and we passed through ancient woodlands, lakes and vineyards and also beneath Chateau de Mons with its fine history.
October - Valence-sur-Baise (12 kms)
Our fourth walk was 12 kms circular walk starting at the interesting Cistercian Abbey de Flaran near Valence-sur-Baise.
The walk took us through ancient woodlands and to the ancient lock of Graziac and then we continued up towards the village of Herret (village fleuri) with its aerodrome. There are fabulous views of the Gers countryside on the ridge just outside the village. We then continued back towards the Abbey with more far-reaching views of Valence with its towers and distant chateaux.
November - Bazian (5kms and 11.5 kms)
There is a choice of TWO walks on this occasion - the morning walk is about 5kms - an easy circular walk and the afternoon walk is longer at 11.5 kms - a moderate circular walk.
Bazian is an interesting medieval village with its dominant chateau. It is situated on the D174 (just off the D34 Vic Fezensac/Montesquiou road. Both walks off fantastic panoramic views across the Valleys of the Guirou and l'Auzone. The shorter walk passes old ruins including ancient mills and gives a flavour for the longer walk.
The longer walk passes through the ancient Touzan forest; a peppered landscape with an abundance of ancient windmills (some in ruins) with jaw-dropping panoramic views along the ridge before returning on the old ancient road - now a track - back into Bazian village. The conical ancient mills had sails that could rotate depending on the wind direction - like a tree. They were a sign of wealth for the area during that epoch as were the chateaux.
December - Caupenne d'Armagnac (11.5kms)
January 2019 - Sos (8 kms)
Our February walk started from the pretty hill-top village of Lagraulet which is located between Montreal-du-Gers and Gondrin.
March-Aignan(6k)/Gellenave (5k)/Termes (5k)
1. Aignan - 6 kms (Estimated time < 2h)