Lodève to Labastide-Rouairoux

We walked this part of the pilgrimage in 2004, whereas the previous nine days were in 2012.

After Lodève, we only stayed on the GR653 for an hour or so, then took the more direct GR7 as far as la Tour-sur-Orb. While the countryside was beautiful and varied, the dearth of both restauration and accommodation through the mountains of the High Languedoc convinced us that we could not continue on either of the GRs. Instead we diverged to Bédarieux and took the low road between these mountains and the Black Mountain to the south.

We followed the road as far as Olargues, then had a great stroke of luck in finding the Piste Verte, an abandoned railway line, which took us the rest of the way, past Saint-Pons-de-Thomières to Labastide-Rouairoux, and beyond.

The département of Hérault intends to restore the remaining section of the old railway line, so that walkers will be able to go all the way from Bédarieux to Mazamet on it. The progress of this work may be checked on the Voie Verte website

Day 10: Lodève to Bédarieux

Day 11: Bédarieux to Olargues

Day 12: Olargues to
                St-Pons-de-Thomieres

Day 13: St-Pons-de-Thomieres to
                Labastide-Rouairoux

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