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 8 January 2020

Meet at 9.30am, walk commences at 9.45 am  
Exploring Ribaute-Les-Tavernes

Ribaute Les Tavernes is an intriguing location where local history meets European history. The city is located where the two tributaries of the Gardon river - the Gardon d’Anduze and the Gardon d’Alès -  merge. It’s also the result of the merging of two villages - the old Seigneury of Ribaute and Les Tavernes, dedicated to hospitality in earlier times.
Our walk across the flatlands makes a loop around Les Tavernes  and Ribaute, introducing the famous leader of the War of the Camisards, Jean Cavalier (1681-1740), who was born in Les Tavernes, fought vigorously in France  Italy and Spain, lived in Switzerland, Holland, Ireland  and England, and dying peacefully in Chelsea London as an officer of the British Army.
From Les Tavernes we’ll walk to the old city of Ribaute, where we’ll visit the Château de Ribaute, owned by the same family for seven centuries. The visit will be conducted by the chatelaine herself, the descendant of an ancestor who fell in love with a Polish nobleman….

Suitable for all abilities.
It is an easy walk, but as always you are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear, and please bring water.

The hunting season is still in full swing, so wear bright outfits and orange caps!

Dogs are not allowed in the castle, and must stay outside during the visit.

Parking and meeting point  
Meet at 9.30am, walk commences at 9.45 am 
Le Vieux Moulin, 492 route du Soleil, 30720 Ribaute les Tavernes


From Nîmes
Take the N106 toward Ales and exit toward Anduze / Lézignan / Ners
At the roundabout (1), take the 2nd exit onto D982, then the second exit at the next roundabout (2)
At the third roundabout (3), take the first exit onto Route de Montpellier / D6110 toward Alès / Les Tavernes / St Christol les Alès  / D6110
The Vieux Moulin is right after the bridge, at  492 Route du Soleil, 30720 Ribaute-les-Tavernes
From Alès
Go toward Montpellier and at the last roundabout, take the third exit onto D6110 in the direction of  Anduze / Montpellier / St Christol les A. / D6110
Go through five roundabouts and stay on D6110
Eight km after the last roundabout you’ll find the Vieux Moulin on your right
From Sommières
Go toward Villevielle, at the roundabout take the first exit onto Route de Salinelles / Chemin d'Anduze à Sommières / D6110 en direction de Alès / L'Arnéde / Nîmes / Villevieille / D6110
Go through  nine  roundabouts, and stay on D6110 for nearly 30 km.
The Vieux Moulin is right after the bridge  492 Route du Soleil, 30720 Ribaute-les-Tavernes
From Uzès
Go to the South West of the city via Avenue Maréchal Foch toward  Route de Nimes / D979
At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Avenue Georges Pompidou / D981 toward Alès / Anduze / Lussan / Sommières / St Ambroix
 At the next roundabout, take the third exit onto  Avenue de la Gare / D982 toward Anduze / Arpaillargues / Moussac / Sommières. Take the first exit at the next roundabout and drive 15 km
Turn left onto D725, 1.3 km ahead turn right onto  Lieu-dit La Grande Habitarelle en direction de Alès / Anduze / Boucoiran / La Reglisserie
Continue for 2km, then take the exit on the right toward N106. After 5 km on the N106 exit  toward Anduze / Lézignan / Ners and follow the same directions then from Nîmes.

Even if the weather is not good, the visit and the restaurant will go ahead and a deposit was required to secure the booking
€19 total per person, to be paid on the day
- Castle tour : €5  (cash only - please bring the exact change)
- Le Vieux Moulin restaurant : €14 (cash or credit card only)
to be paid directly at the restaurant, as usual
Registration is limited to 30 people, so please book as soon as possible

Lunch venue -  Le Vieux Moulin
Offering traditional and fresh home-made cuisine, the meal comprises three dishes, sparkling water, wine and coffee
When you register, please send your choice for the first course and dessert
First course
Salad with chèvre chaud cheese
 Assiette de charcuterie
Main course
Roti de porc,  gratin dauphinois and haricots verts
Tarte aux pommes
Mousse au chocolat
¼ wine, sparkling water and coffee

Please register on or before Sunday 5 January at the latest 
In order to be able to offer such excellent value for money, the restaurant needs a minimum number of confirmed guests and cannot afford any loss of business or food wastage. Additionally the restaurant has been kind enough to offer complimentary use of their private car park and toilets, and therefore priority will be given to those who stay for lunch!
Once the final number of guests has been confirmed on Monday 6 January, cancellations are not possible after this date.
Unless a replacement can be found to take your place, you will be charged for the meal.  Your understanding is appreciated.

If you propose attending this walk please let me know by email:  or by phone: 06 79 89 37 83
and give me your mobile number in case we have to call you.
If the walk is cancelled for any reason,
 you will be notified by email by 8:00am on the day of the walk
I’m looking forward to hearing from those who will join the walk


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