Some contrasting images from a recent Walksweek with three guests from Minnesota and Oklahoma.
We set off on a blustery morning for our first walk together above the little village of St Basile.
Our first glimpse of the Château of Maisonseule.
We were invited to take a private tour of the castle, with Kate acting as interpreter. It is truly impressive . . . .
to the powerful Medieval defensive towers.
Inside there were welcoming fires and we heard fascinating stories about the castle and its history.
A few days later we were in the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhone.
Our hiking route took us through the famed Crozes Hermitage and Hermitage parcels, with frequent stops at information panels. There was a quiz at the end and our Walksweekers scored highly and won a little prize!
The weather had definitely warmed up and after a good day’s walking, winetasting, shopping and sampling delicious Valrhona chocolate, we rounded things off with a glass of bubbly at a spectacular viewpoint.
On another excursion our intrepid guests set out from les Sarziers towards Boucieu le Roi with instructions to “Hunt the Hamper” for their special picnic lunch. They found it in a shady spot by the river and after a restorative break continued to the station, where they boarded their vélorail pedal car for an exhilirating ride down the Doux Gorge which turned out to be full of thrills and surprises!
With a visit to the market in Lamastre, convivial dinners at les Sarziers and a varied choice of hikes and activities each day, it was a great week. Our guests had chosen a Walksweeks Your Way and we have decided to concentrate exclusively on this formula for the future as it gives great flexibility to plan the week and enjoy the very best of our very special area …. your way!