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.

BritsNîmes
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.

BritsNîmes
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


BritsNimes Walking Club

 
 

    

  Around Viols-en-Laval 
   A  walk back into the Copper Age    

 Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Meet at 9.45 am, walk commences at 10.00 am

As the walking club season is nearly ending I’ll  invite  you  to a place you would like to come back for a summer outing. The walk is around interesting prehistorical sites and gives beautiful views over the Pic Saint Loup and mount l'Hortus.
From 2800 to 2400 BC,  the Copper Age people of Fontbouisse a brilliant civilisation first located in Sommieres, left many legacies behind them in the Gard, Herault and Ardeche..
Only 20% of almost 200 hamlets remaining had been yet uncovered and the most important archaeological site is the village of Cambous.
From the Domaine de Roussieres, we are going to walk to the village of Cambous. There, an archaeologist will guide us around one of the oldest stone village of France. Then through the Garrigues  we’ll reach and admire the Cazarils site.

The entrance fee and guided tour of the village of Cambous is 5 euros per person, to be paid on site , in  cash and preferably the exact change.

Car park and Meeting point :   
Carpark of the Domaine de Roussieres.red dot on the map
From the route de Ganges  D 986  take the direction of Saint Martin de Londres, Turn left toward Viols-En –Laval ( chateau de Cambous). Exit Viols-en-Laval through the RD32 then turn left onto RD113 , the entrance of the Domaine départemental of Roussières is located on your right ( a little path after a bridge, just before the crossing)


Difficulty: 
Suitable for all abilities.
As the tour of the village of Cambous will take out an hour ½ the walk in total will be only 8 km.
The walk is flat, but sections of the path can be very rocky as usual on Garrigues trails. So wearing suitable footwear is highly recommended and sticks could be usefull.
As always, you’re advised to wear hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bring water– and if you forget your hat, I still have the trendy orange caps available!!

Directions 
Viols-en Laval is located in the Herault department near the Pic Saint Loup (good red wine area). It is a little bit more distant  than usual, but it Is worth the drive. Carpool with members around you would be a good idea, .when you register tell me if you wish or offer a ride.

From Nimes, Ales or Uzes :
 by road go to Quissac  then head to Saint Mathieu de Treviers (Montpellier direction), Before you reach Saint Mathieu de Treviers turn right , toward Saint Martin de Londres, Viols -en -Laval is located on your left before you reach Viols- le –Fort.. This is a beautiful road at the foot of the Pic Saint Loup. 

From Sommieres : 
go to Saint Mathieu de Treviers, exit north of Saint Mathieu , and go toward  Saint Martin de Londres. Viols -en -Laval is located on your left before you reach Viols- le –Fort. 

Via the Highway :
 for  those who lives east of Nimes take the high way A9  toward Montpellier and exit at Vendargues then  take the D68 toward Teyran and Les Matelles , drive several miles then  turn onto the D986 toward Les Matelles then Viols-en Laval

Picnic area at the Domaine de Roussières
Services :
picnic tables and toilets,
With your own foldable armchair you‘ll be more comfortable.
A 10 euros picnic lunch could be delivered on site at lunch time from the Boulangerie de La Tour https://www.patisserie-latour.fr/.  
Please order your picnic choice when you register. 

One Snack 
Sandwich salmon , avocado, eggs
or
Sandwich , Ham, emental butter
or
Sandwich magret de canard , goat cheese, figs
or
Salade tuna, green beans, tomatoes, olives
or 
Salade pasta, copa, feta, parmesan
and
One Patisserie
and
An individual bread
 and
 water
 
Rose wine  will be  offered by  BritsNimes 

Therefore please register before Monday 20 May – and please note that
cancellations cannot be made after this date unless a replacement is possible.

Registration is limited to 35 people, so please book as soon as possible.
 
If you would like to attend the walk and/or the lunch, book or not the snacks for lunch please let me know by email: 
veronique@britsnimes.com  or by phone: 06 79 89 37 83 
and give me your mobile number in case we have to call you.
 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 to you joining me for the walk!

Veronique
                                       
                
               

        

 



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