gorges of the Colombière
The gorges of the Colombière
are located about 10 km from Lamalou les Bains. On
the D908 there is a car park for those who whish to
swim because you can only claim the moutain by foot.
An more or less natural pathway enables you to go
up the goges which are in fact composed of many little
pools and waterfalls.
The landscape is superbe and wild. The place is very
touristic but the view is really worth seeing. A little
snack bar is open all summer for those who wish to
grab a drink at the bottom of the gorges. It is also
the place where concerts are played in the summer.
gorges of Héric
The south side of the "Mont de l'Espinouse"
seems to be cut by these gorges in which flows the
Héric. The river starts its journey at about
1000m above the level of the sea to flow in the ORB
8km down. The easiest way to get to the gorges is
to go by Monts la Trivale, leave the car on the car
park and follow the little route which is by the gorges.
If you can walk a good hour and reach the tiny village
of Héric. You'll find there a place to stay
overnight and a little bar in the shade of a figue
tree which is very enjoyable in the summer.
You can also follow another
track from Espinouse and going through the village
of Douch. Park your car at the top in the village
and then follow the GR on 3 km down hill through a
thick forest to get to the village of Héric.
Make sur you will sit
down for a drink there because the walk is a tiering
one! And after a quick swim well you just have to
go back up! This excursion is rather difficult for
people not used to mountain hicks. The view from the
top remains beautiful (see first photo) so feel free
to come to Douch to admire the surroundings and take
a walk to the Table d'orientation of the Mont Caroux
at 1091 m. To reach it you also have to go up but
it is always more pleasant to come back down hill!
arrive by Lamalou les Bains, pass by Clermont
l' Hérault by N109 and A75. Then follow
D908, cross Bédarieux to arrive at Lamalou