- Sos (8 kms)
- Lagraulet (12 kms with variants)
- Aignan/Gellenave/Termes (6k/5k/5 kms)
- Vic Fezensac (10.5 kms & 7.5 kms)
- Castera Verduzan (8 kms & 5.5 kms)
- Montesquiou (13 kms - variant 4.5 kms)
- Lavardens (10 kms - variant 5 kms)
- Montestruc-sur-Gers (11.5kms/6.5kms)
- Larressingle/Vopillon (5kms+2kms+6.5kms)
January - 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)
7 kms on this walk with very good views which cuts through the middle! There were distant views of the village of Gimat with its chateau. A pretty walk with many species of orchids along the way.
Riverside/countryside walk - This moderate circular walk of 7.5 kms started at 14.30 and we headed out to the east of Vic towards the River Osse which we tracked for about 2 kms. We then continued north turning towards Marambat with its impressive church and pretty pond. We then continued south back towards Vic along a ridge with some excellent views.
June - Castera Verduzan (8 kms & 5.5 kms)
Castera Verduzan is famed for its casino and thermal spa.
This was a moderately easy circular walk which started at 10.30 and are departure point was behind the marie. We continued along a track parallel to the main D930 (Condom/Auch) road which we then crossed to continue up to Old Castera - a pretty hamlet with its ancient church and impressive views. We then continued into the countryside (more good views) and passed through the hamlets of Peyrouau and Mounouat before heading back towards the centre of Castera.
The afternoon walk started at 14.30 and we headed out towards the old hamlet of Verduzan. Before the village, we turned off and continued our walk through the fields and skirted around the few houses en route - lots of wild orchids. We then mounted a steep incline to be rewarded with more spectacular views of Old Verduzan/Comte and Old Castera in the distance. We then continued past the ancient windmill (being restored) along the ridge and down to the hamlet of Comte before returning to our starting point.
July - Montesquiou-(13 kms/variant 4.5 kms)
The walk started at 10.30 am from the pretty village of Montesquiou. We chose to walk the shorter variant route as the weather was getting hotter! We passed through the very ancient porte (one of the oldest in the Gers) into the main street taking us through the village and continued past the Auberge (very good food) to walk part of the Compostello route which we re-joined later. We continued through a little hamlet and then downhill with good views of the Pyrenees back to the Compostello route and then back into the village.
August - Lavardens (10 kms/variant 5 kms)
The walk started at the interesting hill-top village of Lavardens with is dominant Chateau and church which can be seen from much of the walk. We headed out west of the village into the countryside and up to the Chateau d'Eau with splendid views in amongst the sunflower fields. We then walked back towards the village and continued uphill heading east and out towards the Chapel of St Marie and the ancient twin moulins with more excellent views. We then continued along the valley of la Guzerde and headed back towards Lavardens passing the old lavoir en route with its picnic area before returning to the village.
September - Montestruc-sur-Gers
(11.5 kms/variant 6.5 kms)
This walk starts in the medieval village of Montestruc-sur-Gers with its ancient tower of Guet and typical Gascogne houses and continues uphill to the ridge with good views. The walk is mainly track (80/20 roads) and we pass ancient forest (Carmail) and follow the track for about 4.5 kms north towards Fleurance before turning off towards the old church of Lagarde. We then start heading southwards where we can see the Hammeau des Etoiles with its fine visitor centre, telescope and planetary dome which dominates the landscape for quite a distance. We continue to the hamlet of Tustet before returning back towards Montestruc.
Larressingle (5kms)/Pont d'Artigues
(2 kms)/Vopillon (6.5kms)
Our October walk started in the 13th century fortified hilltop village of Larressingle which is ranked amongst the 'most beautiful villages in France' also known as 'Petite Carcassonne' with its interesting and extensive history.
From the village, we passed by the 'Cite of Medieval Machines' (used in enactments) and headed onto a track leading us away from the village passing by a lake en route through the shady woods. We then picked up the 'Compostello' route (from Condom) and continued on this uphill shady track to the crossroads (fantastic panoramic views) and then downhill towards the 'Pont d'Artigues'. A famous bridge builts in the 12th century over the River Osse protected by UNESCO (since 1998) and crossed by many pilgrims over the centuries. Restoration has recently been completed in 2016.
The second part of this walk was a continuation onto Vopillon; a tiny village to the south-west of Larressingle. This countryside walk goes into ancient woodlands and onto the 'voie de verte' VTT cycle track before returning back into the village and
re-tracing our route back to Larressingle.
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