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


 Thursday June 28th  2018
   Walk commencing at 10:00 am. Meet from 9:45 am.

Around Portes

Château de Portes

This walk will lead us into the heart of the Cévennes. You will enjoy stunning views overlooking the national Parc of the Cévennes an UNESCO world heritage site. You’ll encounter the abandoned mines and mining machinery buildings which solitarily haunt the mountain.

The “château de Portes” called the “vessel of the Cévennes” is remarkable for its special architecture as well as for its long and turbulent history. You will enjoy a private guided visit in English or if you prefer a visit by yourself with flyers.

The visit is run by the non profit association « Renaissance du château de Portes » wich has been working hard since 1969 to restore the castle.

The walk as well as the castle could provide a cool outing
for your visitors this summer.

Lunch venue:
There is no suitable restaurant around for the walking club.
The castle has a pleasant picnic area at the bottom near the carpark (tables, benches and bathrooms are available, bring your own comfortable chairs if it suits you better)
Therefore, I have invited “Jo Pizza” to come along with his truck. A salad, a big pizza of your choice among 29 possibilities, fruit, coffee, beverage (beer, sodas and “Rosé wine”), will be available to make the picnic a treat.

 The lunch, and the visit of the château will be
20 euros all together per person, to be paid IN CASH to me at lunch time.
Jo Pizza and the Castel visit request one payment for the group.


Suitable for all abilities. +/- 180m
The walk is a loop of 8 km on forest paths which smoothly follow the curves. Most of the walk is flat, two little uphills at the beginning and at the end, so walking stick could be useful, especially the one mile which is a little rocky (small stones bigger than pebbles). As always you are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear. Please bring water and sun cream.

Directions and parking: 
From Alès follow the D60 toward Mende and Genolhac than find the D906 after Saint Martin de Valgalgues toward Villefort and follow it until you reach Portes.
The car park is on your right at the bottom of the castle.
3 rue de la Mairie 30530 Portes.

Anyone who can offer a ride from Uzès, Nîmes ,Sommières , Alès or Quissac please let me know.

If you propose attending this walk
please let me know by email before the 27th of June :  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 any acknowledgement of your email (within two days)
it means that I didn’t receive it. So please call me.

If you want to stay for lunch, please register as soon as possible the pizza cook needs a forecast of the numbers of guests a week prior the walk.

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 those who will join the walk.


Unless specified to the contrary, no refunds can be guaranteed unless the organiser is advised by phone or email 24 hrs. in advance.
For events (including meals) where no advanced payment has been made, any cancellation later then 24 hrs. in advance or “no-shows” will still be responsible for paying the full cost.

Participants in walks, events and other activities do so entirely at their own risk. No responsibility is implied or taken for any inaccuracies in the itineraries. The walks/event/activity may be canceled, the destination changed or the level of endurance altered without prior notice. When BritsNîmes proposes locations for events, or meeting points for car-pooling or coach pick-ups, it does so without vouching for car parking security or permission: participants parking cars in association with an event do so entirely at their own risk. By joining the walk/event/activity, all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the walk/event/activity leaders, the organisers and any other participants in the walk/event/activity from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or damages arising thereof.