Travel in France – walk around Vacquieres

Day 13 of Travel in France and we set off for a walk around Vacquières. We headed south from St Hippolyte du Fort through Pompignan, with this lovely view of the valley as you cross over the hills southwards to Claret and Corconne. 

Pompignan

Pompignan

Corconne is nestled against the hills, overlooked by its 12C castle, and we caught glimpses of its dramatic setting throughout the walk.

Corconne

Corconne

The weather forecasters predicted a very hot day so we decided on an easy amble around Vacquieres, one of the glassmaking villages. The walk was in two parts – wandering through the vineyards and walking across the garrigue.

Vacquieres map

The vineyards came first!

Vineyards south of Corconne
Vacquiere was first recorded in 1151 and is now a small farming village, with a wine co-op and a wonderful glass maker, Yan Verre  (photograph of piece from the website.)

Vacquiere

Vacquiere

VacquieresYan VerreYan Verre, from the websiteLeaving the village behind we set off into the garrigue.

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The path out of Vacquieres

The path out of Vacquieres

Garrigue outside Vacquieres

Garrigue outside Vacquieres

Garrigue outside Vacquieres

Garrigue outside Vacquieres

Corconne

Corconne

Lunch!

Blackberries

And so back to the car – it was an unsettled day and at some point the rain was going to catch us!

Threatening sky

 

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