The International Association of English speakers in the Gard

BritsNîmes is a non-profit making association of people interested in the English language.
Membership is open to individuals or families.

BritsNîmes organises regular social and cultural activities.
These are varied and designed to help people to get to know the area,
make new friends and meet local people.
Information is shared via our website, emails, monthly newsletters and Facebook.

attracts members from many nationalities.
Some have lived in the area for many years, others are recent arrivals.
The regular get togethers allow everybody to exchange experiences about life in France.

is always delighted to have new members.
By joining BritsNîmes contact with other members in English can be both a pleasure and an experience, while a helping hand when in need is always welcome.
All nationalities welcome.

The Walking Club

BritsNîmes Walking Club


                Wednesday 9 September, 2020
                      Meet at 9.15am - walk commences at 9.30 am  
Discovering Sanilhac-Sagriès
 This walk takes us from Sanilhac to a hidden valley, only accessible on foot. We’ll enjoy stunning views over the Gardon river, discover the heritage site of the Saint-Vérédè hermitage, chapel and troglodyte dwelling, sneak into the Baume de Lirac (“Baume” in Occitan means grotto or troglodyte dwelling). Then we’ll cross the 150m-long grotto in complete darkness (so you’ll need to bring a torch) – quite an adventure! – and then it’s back to Sanilhac.

The river Gardon is turquoise and clear, due to the springs which flow into it only at this point. Weather permitting, bring your swimsuit – it’s a wonderful experience! It’s safe as the water is clean, and is not crowded as most people can’t be bothered to walk over two miles to reach it.
 If you’d like to have lunch at the end of the walk, there’s a square near the carpark with welcoming shady plane trees. We can buy snacks from the nearby boulangerie (famous for its fougasse d’Uzès!) or bring your own food for a picnic. However, we will buy our drinks from there in return for the use of their tables.
Moderate +/- 200m
The walk is quite short at 8 km, but some paths are a little difficult.  We will be starting and ending on DFCI forest paths, then walking along a rocky path leading to a smooth descent to the river and the hermitage. The path is rocky, so sturdy footwear is essential, with sticks highly recommended. As always, you are advised to wear suitable and colourful clothing (the hunting season is in full swing again!) Please also bring enough water (one litre per person) - if the weather is dry and hot, you’ll need it! Don’t forget your hats and sun-screen - and a torch or flashlight for the grotto.

Directions and Parking 
The walk starts in Sanilhac-Sagriès. The meeting point is the car park located in front of the town hall in Place de la Mairie.  Sanilhac is located in Uzès county.
From Nimes  : Take the route d’Uzes and follow the D979 for 17 km then turn right onto the D112 towards Sanilhac for 3 km. You’ll enter the village along the Allée des Platanes, which leads you to the Place de la Mairie.
From Uzès : Follow the D981 route de Nimes, then turn onto the D 979 toward Nimes, turn left onto D212 toward Sagriès. In Sanilhac turn right onto D112 Allee des Platanes, then right onto Place de la Mairie
From Ales, Quissac & Sommières :  Go to Uzès, then follow the instructions from Uzès as above
COVID WARNING Federation Française de Randonnée du Gard
Limited to 20 people, 2 meters distancing while walking or wear a visor (recommended), masks compulsory when we stop walking
If you’d like to attend this walk please let me know by email before 8 September on  or by phone: 06 79 89 37 83, and give me your mobile number in case we have to call you. 

If you don’t receive an acknowledgement of your email within two days, it means that I didn’t receive it, so please call me.

If we have to cancel the walk for any reason you will be notified by email by 8.00am on the day of the walk.
I am looking forward to hearing from you and joining in the walk!


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