The Hike

The Hike

This year’s hike will take place in the area surrounding the beautiful medieval village of Saint Guilhem le Desert. Buses will depart from Montpellier city centre on Wednesday morning, a picnic will be provided. To join the walk please make sure you choose the ‘hike’ option on the registration page (we ask for a small 15€ fee to cover the costs). Please bring walking boots, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water.

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert ©-Piquart-Benoit

Two different circular walks are available, both starting and ending in the village:

WALK #1 : Notre-Dame-du-Lieu-Plaisant

(click here to download leaflet in French).
Distance: 10km (roughly 3 ½ hours); Climb: 670 m, Level: medium

Ermitage – ©DR

This walk will take you through a dolomitic limestone landscape to the hermitage of Notre-Dame-du-Lieu-Plaisisant, a 14th century building which was occupied by the monks in charge of the hospital at Gellone Abbey in Saint Guilhem

WALK # 2 : The Fenestrettes

(click here to download leaflet in French).
Distance: 10km (roughly 3 ½ hours); Climb: 715 m; Level: medium


The cobbled path of the Fenestrettes meanders through the heart of the Cirque de l’Infernet, a rocky setting with breathtaking cliffs. Part of the walk follows a steep path built in the 18th century by Benedictine monks to allow muleteers access to the roads leading into the mountains of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and the Causse du Larzac. Spectacular views.

For those looking for a more leisurely activity other options are available in the area. You can visit the village of Saint Guilhem le Desert. Walk de cobbled streets of this medieval (9th century) village, listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France and UNESCO site. The village has a beautiful Romanesque abbey, plenty of restaurants, creperies, cafés, souvenir shops, and even a small local brewery. If you’d rather spend the day swimming in the Herault River, the bus will drop you off at the Pont du Diable (10 min drive from the village of Saint Guilhem), a beautiful spot to swim with an accessible beach, plenty of shade, and the 11th century ‘Devil’s Bridge’ in the background. We may also be able to offer the possibility to canoe down the Herault river (please be advised that the canoe rental will be at your own expense).

Further information about these activities will be posted here closer to the date.