Walks for Life 2020

In 2020, CSF-Languedoc’s traditional Walk for Life event became Walks for Life, to conform to COVID-19 restrictions applicable at the time. Instead of holding one large walk on a specific date at the end of September, many smaller walks were organised by CSFL supporters throughout the month.  While we missed the annual get-together that has become a calendar highlight for so many of us over the last decade, this year’s new format proved successful on many levels.

Based on the number of registered groups of walkers and cyclists, we estimate that well over 200 people took part, raising a staggering EUR 8,292 in donations.  This fantastic sum has been split equally between CSF – Languedoc and La Ligue contre le cancer (Comité de l’Hérault).  Plus, without geographic restrictions, people walked and cycled to support us from as far afield as Canada and Cornwall. Thank you to everyone who kindly sent us photographs of their fellow walkers/cyclists, which we have showcased below. Several of these are supplemented with walk/cycle route guides, complete with maps and directions, kindly provided by the group leaders. Look for the links below.  We hope these guides will provide inspiration for your next Walks for Life adventure!

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Roger & Delia Smith’s walk at Château de Roquessels

Roger & Delia Smith organised a walk of just over five kilometres through shady woodland and vineyards, the high pointbeing the château of Roquessels, with a lovely picnic area and a fabulous views towards Gabian and the sea.

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Roger & Delia Smith’s walk – Lentheric and Autignac Ridge

Roger & Delia Smith and friends completed an 8-kilometre walk through gorgeous valleys near the village of Lentheric and out alonga ridge above Autignac.

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Sue Adams & Graham Tigg’s walk between Cazouls and Usclas d’Hérault

Sue & Graham walked from Cazouls d’Hérault to neighbouring Usclas d’Hérault and back. These two small, picturesque villages just north of Pezenas are sited in the Hérault valley flood plain and offer a flat circular walk of around five kilometres in relatively lush countryside.

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The Mamils Mont St Baudile cycle route

The Mamils cycle group (middle aged men in lycra) supported WfL 2020 by riding up to the Mont St Baudile weather station that sits above Gignac at a height of 850 metres. Five intrepid cyclists left Montpeyroux in good weather and reached the summit with varying degrees of effort to be greeted with fantastic 360 degree views over Herault, the Mediterranean and the Cevennes.

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The Zoom Blooms walk at Castelnau de Guers

The Zoom Blooms (a group of eight ladies named after daily Zoom Pilates classes during lockdown which allowed them all to bloom!) completed a 9km walk from Castelnau de Guers, near Pezenas in September. The route included scenic views over the Herault valley up to the Montagne Noire and stops at two ancient chapels.

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Tony Orsman – three walks

Tony Orsman and friends completed three WfL routes around Nebian and Le Poujet. These walks reward efforts with some stunning scenery and ancient architecture.

La Ramasse, Nebian

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Le Pouget Dolmen

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Le Sentier des Garrigues, Nebian

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Andy and Joni Bluefield’s walk – top of the Gorges de Colombières

Andy and Joni Bluefield and five friends did their WfL on the 27th September – a very cold and windy day – and had a great time despite the rather Scottish weather. The walk of about three hours in the hills at the top of the Gorges de Colombières, starting from the Col de Madale on the road to Rosis. It’s a lovely walk with excellent views, a mixture of forest roads and rough tracks.

AWGLR walkers at Château de Restinclières, Prades-le-Lez

25 participants from The American Womens Group of Languedoc-Rousillon (AWGLR) organised a walk at the Château de Restinclières in Prades-le-Lez on 26th September.

E-bikers of Roujan

The E-bikers of Roujan cycled a 25km circular route from Roujan taking in the scenic village of Caux and the church of Notre dame de Mougères.

Jen Glazer’s Walking Group – St Jean de la Blaguière

CSF-Languedoc President, Jen Glazer, and friends met up for a walk near St Jean de la Blaquière.

Les Presque Belles cycle ride from Marseillan to Sete Lido

On 2nd September, Les Presque Belles, a group of nine ladies, cycled from Marseillan Ville to Sète Lido and back again – a total of 40.94 km

Neffies Walk with Molly’s Hobblers

Molly’s Hobblers had a lovely walk in the hills above Neffies on 26th September for CSF Walks For Life.This collage of photos from the walk, together with a route map, was put together by Bo Stephen and sent to us by Elaine Robinson..

Steve and Maxine Tomashefsky completed a walk from Lezignan La Cebe to the top of Cours Jean Jaures in Pezenas, and back. Here are their photos.

The BCA (British Cultural Association) held its walk to raise funds for CSF-Languedoc on Saturday 26th September at Domaine de Restinclières.  This photo, showing the group at the start of their 8km walk, was sent in by Frances Gale.

The Wayman’s walk along the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall

Paul Wayman writes: “We were planning to spend a week walking along the South West Coastal Footpath in Cornwall, so as we could not make it to Pezenas and join our friends this September, we dedicated our walk along the Roseland Peninsula from Portscatho to Mevagissey  to CSF-Languedoc.

The Wobblies Walk from Magalas

Josje Hunnisett sent in these photos from her walk with “the Wobblies” at Magalas.

Tourbes Walkers

Under grey skies and with a cold Tramontane wind blowing, an intrepid group of fifteen seasoned (and novice) walkers with two energetic dogs, Florrie and Barney, gathered at 10 am on Sunday 27 September 2020 for a five kilometre Walk for Life around Tourbes

Victoria, British Colombia, Canada (Sharon & Brian Dixon and Andrew & Andrea Swan)

During a visit to their home town of Victoria in British Colombia, Canada, Sharon & Bryan Dixon and Andrew & Andrea Swan completed a 6km walk around Victoria Harbour, from West Bay Marina to Ogden Point. Andrea says: “While we didn’t see much marine life, it’s not uncommon to see eagles, cormorants, seals and otters along the embankments. The harbour is a buzz of activity with ferries, float planes, yachts, small boats, water taxis and kayaks vying for space. All of the territory was originally First Nations settlements but is now the site of the BC Legislature, Empress Hotel, businesses and marinas.” Their 1.5-hour walk was completed in mid-September on a hazy day with smoke from fires in Washington State USA.