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Réans, Armagnac, 32 Gers, France
Our objective is to promote friendship between women of all nationalities living in Gascony, SW France, to share our interests and to offer help when needed. The Club started in 2008, with twenty English ladies living in Gascony, using a foreign language and experiencing a new life. Since then, several different groups have been added and our membership has grown into the hundreds, with new ladies moving to the area and ladies who have lived here a while, who have discovered us, who want to make new acquaintances and discover new areas of interest. Today we have eleven nationalities, and our speaking/working language is English. The LLC meets on the second Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August.Every member receives an email each month, giving the name of the restaurant, the chosen, menu and a booking form. In 2014, we became a non-profit making Association, known as Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac. Our annual subscription fee of 10 € is payable in January each year. Each member of the Club may participate in some or all of our various groups

Walking Group











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.








Sabazan is a pretty little village with its half moat which dominates the valley of the Midour.  On our walk, we had excellent views of the valley and the Pyrenees (if they were out!)  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.  I believe wine tasting is available at the Chateau and winery.  We also passed close by to the Palmeraie de Sarthou which are interesting gardens to visit with 'surprises'!!




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)


Our last walk for 2018 took place on Friday 28th December.  It was a moderate circular walk of 11.5 kms (with a variant of 8 kms) starting at the small village of Caupenne d'Armagnac which is located about 5 kms from Nogaro.



We walked past the church and the ancient 'lavoir' following a small lane.  Heading up towards the tracks, we passed a very large 'wetland' nature reserve which wasn't at all wet so unfortunately no migrating birds to see but it is possible to walk-around!






This was fairly flat walking (unusual for the Gers!) and we did see distant views of the Nogaro aerodrome and racing circuit en route.  We continued northerly towards Salles d'Armagnac and once we had crossed the Midou we did start to climb and then we made our way back to Caupenne.
At least we might have lost a few kilos from all the indulgent xmas food!  


January 2019 - Sos (8 kms)






Our first walk of the New Year took place at Sos (just over the border in the Lot and Garonne department located between Gabarret and Poudenas) on Friday 4th January.  It was an easy 8kms circular walk mainly on tracks with not too many hills!  We met up in the main square outside the Post Office.  From the village square, we passed by the 'Marie' and then the cemetery before heading out towards the countryside.  The walk took us through a pretty wooded environment following a stream (now dry) and out onto an easy, clean track.  We double-backed on ourselves on the D109 (unfortunately there was no cut-through!) and then headed towards the hamlet of 'St Martin' before joining the D109 again and walking back into Sos.






February - Legraulet (12 kms with 2 variants)




Our February walk started from the pretty hill-top village of Lagraulet which is located between Montreal-du-Gers and Gondrin.


The longer walk was 12 kms; Variant (1) was about 8 kms and Variant (2) was about 10kms.  The walk took us into the Gers countryside with some outstanding views passing through two hamlets and by two mills and a lot of friendly horses!  But, to get back into  Lagraulet, there was a steep incline at the end!  Variant (1) did NOT use this route back into the village and was therefore much easier.  The longer walk took us about 3.5 hours and was 70%/30% tracks/lanes.





We stopped for lunch at a 'luxury' hide en-route before crossing the 'voie verte' into ancient woodlands following a pretty stream and continuing uphill to the hamlet of Nautuc.






March-Aignan(6k)/Gellenave (5k)/Termes (5k)



For our March walk, we will do a series of 3 circular walks very close to each other and the theme is 'lakes and forest'.  The dogs will love them and we will too!  None are very long and most of the walks are on woodland trails.  We will meet at the Aignan lake for the start of the first walk.








1.  Aignan - 6 kms (Estimated time < 2h)

This walk takes us from the lake of Aignan through the pretty forest and out on a ridge where we have fantastic views of both Aignan and Sabazan.  This is also a good place for our picnic lunch.  There is a café but it may not be open out of season.







2Bouzon-Gellenave - 5 kms 
(Estimated time 1.5h - start time 14.00h)

Just up the road from Aignan off the D48 lies Gellenave.  We follow a pretty forest trail below the church of St Go and up to the sweet chapel of Bouzonnet.  We then cut through the vineyards with more splendid views of Sabazan and the Aignan ridge where we have just left!






3.  Termes d'Armagnac - 5 kms 
(Estimated time 1.5h - start time 16.00h)

Just up the road from Bouzon-Gellenave again on the D48 is Termes d'Armagnac.  It is known for its medieval festival/enactments in July.  From the medieval chateau/tower, we follow a track across fields into the woodlands and continue along another ridge with fabulous views before returning back to the village.

These are 3 separate walks and we will have to drive between them but you do have a choice to do any or all of them.  I would suggest that you bring something to eat if you are planning on all 3!





If you would like to participate in any of these walks and are not a member of the Walking Group, please email


and your name will be added to the mailing list for any future walks.  Partners and dogs are welcomed into the Group and directions/maps will be emailed to you.












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