Gorgeous hike at the Gorges d’Héric

By July 18, 2017NATURE, TO DO
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Gorges d’Héric

In summer, the beautiful Gorges d’Héric in the heart of the ‘Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc’ are well worth a visit. Perfect for a dip in the river Orb and the naturally formed rock pools. Only for the brave though, because the water is cold as ice, even in summer! To round off the day, you will find plenty of wonderful places to spread your picnic blanket.

Impressive gorges

The Héric River rises to about 1000 meters in altitude in the Espinousse in Le Massif du Caroux. About 8 kilometres further on it plunges 800 meters down into the Orb River. The Gorges d’Héric are impressive gorges where you can take great walks. Too warm during summer, when we only can think of getting into the river as quickly as possible. But perfect during the other seasons, not least because you will find it less crowded in the off-season.

Gorges d’Héric

Perfect track

Our little family has tried to reach the hameau of Héric several times but never made it to the top. Until now! The weather was ideal, not too warm, not too cold and everybody was up for it. There is a perfect track that will lead you all the way up, very accessible for kids and buggies. It takes about one and a half hours to get up to Héric.

Gorges d’Héric

Great hike

In total, we walked for about 3 hours, including some stops. Our kids, from 8 to 11 years, were so busy climbing, running, throwing rocks in the river and looking for sticks, that they didn’t even realise they were walking for such a long time. Only right before the top, then they got a bit tired. Just in time, we found the hameau, where you can have a pause in a tiny café, run by a lovely lady. Don’t expect too much of it; it’s just nice to sit there and rest for a bit before you head back. Downwards will go twice as quickly.

Gorges d’Héric

Info

If you would like to go to this magical place, you drive in the direction of Olargues. As soon as you see the Mons la Trivalle sign, as well as the Gorges d’Héric one, follow this direction. To start the hike to Héric, you walk off the parking lot in the direction of the gorges (the only way is up). Just follow the track going up the river, and it will lead you to the hameau of Héric. You don’t need any special gear for the hike. However, do bring enough water and food, as there are no shops or restaurants along the way. If you want you can get more information at the tourist office in Mons-la-Trivalle.

Parking

You can park your car for 3,50 euros between April and September. Parking is free during the other months. At the parking lot, you will also find a bar – Le Snack Loulette - where you can have a drink or eat an ice cream. The bar closes in low season; please keep this in mind as there is nothing much to buy after the parking lot.

Office de Tourisme Mons-la-Trivalle
Avenue de la Gare
34390 Mons-la-Trivalle
t +33 (0)4 67 23 02 21

website

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