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.
Hérault has all this, and more, for all grades of walkers including families. 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 is a walk here for everyone.
In addition there are spectacular deep gorges formed by the two main rivers, the Hérault and Orb and their tributaries, plus steep limestone cliffs of several cirques – natural arena’s formed at the head of eroded glaciated valleys. A fascinating history including the Cathars, picturesque towns and villages, vineyards and great restaurants all help to make the walking package complete.
Well-marked walking trails can be found all over Hérault. They are usually marked in yellow and red for local routes (although blue and green will also be used sometimes) and white and red for the Grande Randonnée (national trails). Routes and information is provided by La Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre (www.ffrandonnee.fr) with up-to-date routes.
The variety and choice of walks is so vast, it is impossible to mention them all. Below are some of the best Hérault areas in which to choose a walk. The wonderful climate means most routes can be walked all year round.