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Mount Liausson. A glorious walk in the Languedoc

Reader, May 1

This description of the walk is written by Languedoc Living reader Pam Smith.  You can see more of her walks on her facebook page.  

Mount Liausson.  7km 3H.  Medium.  Yellow markers and easy to follow.

This is a walk of pure joy, a delicious mix of village, lake views, woodland and ridge walking. The views are so extensive, it's like you are on the top of the world.

A stunning view of Moureze on one side, and beautiful Lac Salagou on the other. Here you can see the coastal plain, Pic Vissou, over to Pic Saint Baudille and even down to the Pyrenees on a clear day...wonderful.  The colours are just amazing - yellows, greens, blues and the reds and greys of the rocks. 

The walk starts from the little village of Liausson, where you will find parking in the centre. Turn right and walk a little way down the road (follow the yellow markers all the way) until you come to a left turn. Take this small road which soon turns into a track at the next left turn. The path becomes smaller and steeper as it twists up to the col.

At the col you will find a junction of paths, where the route to the top merges with that of the one coming up from Moureze. Turn left at this col and take the little path that rises steeply to the ridge. Here the route is shared with yellow, green and blue markers but keep to the yellow ones. The ridge is your prize for getting to the top. Views to the north of the lake and to the south of the Cirque de Moureze.

Continue on this path to the end of the ridge, soon the path will start to descend a little and the blue path will leave to the right. Keep going straight on and you will see that the path starts to descend and curve towards the lake once again.

It's quite a steep path down but with beautiful views and wonderful flowers all the time. (You can leave the track on the left to see a large monolith if you wish). Keep on the track down to join the road in the village once again. Turn left and return to the car park.

There appeared to be an auberge in the village, but I would take your own picnic if you can, as it didn't look very open. Enjoy this beautiful walk.

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