Languedoc-Roussillon on foot

Guided walking holiday in France

From £ 585.- / 5 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
  • Group walking in the mountains during a guided walking holiday in the Languedoc and Roussillon in France.
  • Jagged cliffs and mountain landscapes in the Languedoc and Roussillon.
  • Vineyards in the Languedoc and Roussillon region

When looking for ideal walking locations the requirements usually include: varied terrain, reliably good weather, interesting history and minimum crowds. Excellent food and wine helps too. Languedoc-Roussillon has all this, and more, for all grades of walkers!

From the flat Mediterranean coastline with miles of sandy beaches, salt marshes and lagoons to rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves and wild-herb garrigues, up to the Haut Languedoc and peaks of over 1000m. There are wonderful walks here for everyone. With our qualified mountain guide, Merv, we?ll show you the less well-trodden parts of this intriguing walking area.

Accommodation in Languedoc-Roussillon

You'll stay in a charming chambre d'hôte (B&B), Clos du Magnolia, based in a typical French village at the foothills of the Haut Languedoc Naturel Parc. It is a newly renovated former vignerons house, with many original features but modern conveniences. All rooms have ensuites and there is a swimming pool to enjoy at the end of the day.

B&B living room Spacious bedroom in French B&B People looking out over terraced garden

All breakfasts are included plus packed lunches and some evening meals.

Walking in Languedoc-Roussillon

Group of people walking in hilly landscape during walking holiday in Languedoc and Roussillon in France Cliffs and river valley in the Languedoc and Roussillon

This is a year-round walking destination (average of 300 days of sunshine per year) with a combination of mountains, river valleys and the Mediterranean coast all within easy reach. Mountains and Maps provide a varied programme of walks covering the best of the mountains and rolling hills of the area, plus the chance for cooling off in the river or trips to the Mediterranean. Come and enjoy the varied landscape, picturesque villages and history of this interesting area. Short-breaks and self-guided trips are also available.

Languedoc-Roussillon walking holiday itinerary

Group of walkers crossing a stream during a walking holiday in France. Meadow with poppies

There is a great variety of walks which are chosen depending on the weather and walkers' abilities.

Examples of typical days:

Day 1 - We drive to the picturesque village of Ceps overlooking the River Orb. Initially we climb through wooded areas along an old mule track then out into vineyards. We reach a col with views of Le Caroux (1050m) and the village of Vieussan before descending via a wide track above the river back to Ceps. There may be an opportunity to swim in the river at the end of the walk.
Distance: 8km/5m, Ascent: 150m

Day 2 - Starting at the village of Colombiers sur Orb (215m), in the Haut Languedoc Naturel Parc, this is a spectacular gorge walk. We follow a rocky footpath along the edge of the gorge, passing many waterfalls, as we ascend to the gîte d'etape at La Farge (760m) which is part of the GR7 long-distance trail. After a break by the river, a good track leads to the highest point (820m), where we leave the GR7 to traverse on a good footpath above the gorge before descending through shaded woods back to the start point.
Distance: 11.2km/6.9m, Ascent: 600m

Day 3 - We drive through the spa town of Lamalou, up into the mountains to the pretty village of Combes, in the Haut Languedoc Natural Parc. Our objective for the day is the plateau of Le Caroux (1000m), the highest point in the Parc. The ascent is on good paths and then across the plateau with stunning 360 degree views to the Mediterranean, the Pyrénées, and the Central Massif. We walk part of the GR7, one of the longest distance paths in Europe spreading from Spain to Hungary via France. From the viewpoint we take a path down to the picturesque village of Douch for our pick-up.
Distance:12km/7.8m, Ascent:700m

Day 4 - Cirque de Mouréze and Lac du Salagou
Created by erosion, Mouréze is the largest dolomite site in France, with a vast array of unusual rock formations to walk through. Nearby, the man-made Lac du Salagou is surrounded by red lunar landscapes (rich in iron oxide) providing a distinctive terrain for the many interesting walks here. We have a steep ascent above the dolomites to reach a plateau with views over Lac du Salagou and return via the dolomites.
Distance: 8km/5m, Ascent: 370m

Day 5 - Canal du Midi
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this incredible 17th century canal, shaded by plane trees, winds its way through Languedoc-Roussillon and out to the Mediterranean Sea. It provides easy walking through lovely villages and vistas of vineyards and olive groves. We start at Poilhes and enjoy watching the boats gently cruising the canal and negotiating the locks. We take a side- trip to Oppidum d'Ensérune to see an old Roman site and finish at the Ecluses des Fonséranes (nine locks) in Beziers.
Distance: 12kms/7.8m, Ascent:100m

Please note that the walks aim to provide the most varied, challenging, but enjoyable routes. However, weather conditions may necessitate a change to the order of the programme. Safety is our primary concern so sometimes other routes may be used which are equally enjoyable and challenging, but more suited to the prevailing conditions.

Dates and availability

View on hills and mountains in the Languedoc and Roussillon region in France Mountain landscape

7 - 14 April 2017
8 days/7 nights - £ 800.- p.p.

21 - 28 April 2017
8 days/7 nights - £ 800.- p.p.

5 - 8 May 2017 (short break)
4 days/3 nights - £ 585.- p.p.

8 - 15 May 2017
8 days/7 nights - £ 800.- p.p.

3 - 10 September 2017
8 days/7 nights - £ 800.- p.p.

15 - 20 September 2017 (short break)
6 days/5 nights - £ 585.- p.p.

20 - 25 october 2017 (short break)
6 days/5 nights - £ 585.- p.p.

4 - 11 November 2017
8 days/7 nights - £ 800.- p.p.

Notes

  • Also offered as a seld-guided holiday at any time of the year
  • Bespoke trips for groups of 4 or more at a date of their choice, guided or self-guided.

Other self-guided trips include a section of the Chemin St Jacques in the Haut Languedoc from Lunas to Angles, Cevennes and Cathar Country.

Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.


Location guided walking holiday to France - Languedoc-Roussillon on foot

Holiday type

One accommodation Guided walking holiday
Guided walking holiday
Board basis: Full board

Price

From £ 585.- / 5 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

Included

- Accommodation,
- Breakfast,
- Packed lunches,
- Some evening meals,
- Guided walking days,
- Transfers to and from Beziers, Carcassonne or Montpellier airports or trains stations.

Not included

All other costs including travel to and from the holiday destination.

Walking holiday reference

WH-GD-FRMM01


Walking grade

Walking holiday in hills to low mountains
  • Hills to low mountains
  • Easy to moderate walking

Best time of the year

March - June
September - November


Walking Holiday by:

Mountains and Maps

Merv Capewell

www.mountainsandmaps.com

Contact details

Languages spoken

English, French

Getting there

  • Beziers (27 mi)
    Montpellier (66 mi)
  • Montpellier (44 mi)
  • Location map


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