We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world right here in our region and what better way to enjoy it than to be out there with one of our walking groups.
There are many groups offering walks or hikes of different lengths and degrees of difficulty so we are sure you will easily find something to suit your capabilities. These groups are very popular, with a wonderful mix of ages and nationalities, and they aim simply to enjoy the countryside and exercise at the same time.
New members must contact the Leader before joining any of the hiking groups.
Hiking boots and joining the insurance scheme with a current medical certificate are obligatory for all members of the hiking groups except the Easy Walks. Family and friends may, with the Leader’s agreement, join a hike at their own risk and they must have hiking boots.
If it is raining, the hike or walk will be cancelled. You should check the weather forecast and if in doubt contact your Group Leader between 8.00 – 8.30.
The group meets at 9.00 either at the car park on the right just before the village of Châteauneuf (C) or Salle des Fètes, Valbonne (V) and is back at 16.00 or sometimes later. They walk for between 4 and 5 hours in mixed terrain (rarely flat!) and have a picnic lunch. In winter they often go snowshoeing.
Information about the hikes is emailed in advance.
(collages by Annsofi)
This group walks about 3 to 4 hours so bring your lunch and water. This is a less taxing hike than Hiking I.
In case of bad weather contact the hiking Leader of the day.
Contact Gillian or Mally
We meet on Tuesdays at 9.30 generally in Châteauneuf/Opio. We walk for about three hours, so there is no need for sandwiches unless a longer trip is planned. In winter we go snowshoeing which would be a whole day; at other times of the year we make trips of historic or general interest or do hikes suggested by our members. Information is sent out weekly to everyone on the mailing list.
If you are new to Middlemarch please call Gillian with your email address to be put on the list.
Hiking regulations apply, look above for details. Please contact one of the Leaders to find out the meeting place and time each week; the hike is cancelled in bad weather.
the Group’s motto:
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
from ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies.
This is a popular group for family as well as individual members. The aim is simply to enjoy the countryside and exercise at the same time but in a relaxed way. The walks are varied but not difficult and they give, particularly husbands who work, an opportunity to get to know the area. A picnic lunch is usual, but sometimes we are tempted to have lunch in a restaurant. The day often finishes with coffee or beer in a local bar.
The walks will be decided two weeks before the date. If you are not on the Saturday Group email list, contact Angela.
This is usually a smaller group. Partners/husband/men are welcome. The hikes are often further afield, sometimes longer, with a good denivele (height difference) and a promise of a good exercise. If you're interested in finding out about the small villages and chapels in the region, the winding paths will take you from village to village and nearly always with breathtaking views. You will see places you never knew existed.
Please read the important Notice at the beginning of the Hiking section.
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