Pyrenees walking

Springtime walk Luz Viella

Well – it wasn’t very far but it was very nice.  A little walk up to the village of Viella, south facing and surrounded by flower filled fields, then up into the forest for lunch before heading back down to Luz. 

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Vallée d’Ossoue to Lac de Gaube via Bayssellance

Walking between Gavarnie and Cauterets there are flowers everywhere.  Along with water pouring out of every crevice and newborn lambs being taken straight up onto the remnant snow by their mothers.  I wondered if this was to protect them from eagles –

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Walk around Luz in the other direction!

Out for another little walk around Luz today.  The notes are to put into our Welcome to Luz pack, the information pack received by those on the Mountain Activity Holiday and the Family Activity Holiday. Starting from the hotel the walk goes

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Walk around Luz

On Wednesday we had a break in the spring rain which allowed Jacques and I to get out and write notes up for a simple walk around Luz.  We did the short version, which took us 2 hours, but we dawdled

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Let it snow….

 Last weekend brought us a much-needed and much-appreciated snowfall. Waking up to blue skies against the backdrop of freshly whitened summits, we couldn’t resist an outing…… 4-wheel drive pram ready and baby wrapped up, we left from our doorstep in the

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Bareges snow-shoeing

Sunday 24th Jan 2010 Yesterday we left from Barèges with admittedly un-bountiful snow cover but enough to put on our  snow shoes and climb up the path as far as « Chez Louisette ». Along the way we could see the numerous shepherds’

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Late October Snow

Some Australian visitors had the great joy of early October snow in autumn 2009. The snow mixed with the autumn leaves was quite beautiful. The ever spectacular Gavarnie Cirque was made even more so under its first winter snow

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Featured Holiday

Pyrenees Winter Showshoe Magic 22 – 29 Jan & 12 – 18 Mar 2011. Snowshoe with Mandy in the Pyrenees this winter, mixing walking with good food (campfire cookout and one torchlight walk to dinner) and other winter highlights such as a cable car

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News and Views January 2011

News & Views January 2011 How do tourism and pastoralism interact with protected national parks and nature reserves in the Pyrenees?  How are the natural and cultural landscapes changing? How can we strike a balance between traditional and modern accommodation standards,

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2011: Year of the Pyrenees

The seven regions and one principality that have territory covering the Pyrenees have jointly launched 2011 as the Year of the Pyrenees.  Play the video here for some spectacular Pyrenean images.  Pyrenean Odysseys is joining this effort in proposing two traverses

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St Savin and Poueyaspe

With the gorgeous weather over the last couple of days our minds are turning to summer and I’ve walked and written up two new day walks for Pyrenean Odysseys independent walking holidays. The aim of the first was to find an easier

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Valleys of the Lavedan

Mandy and I will be walking all the stages of the Valleys of the Lavedan hotel to hotel walk in the next couple of months to make sure that the notes are up to date before this summer. We did the

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Encantats Snowshoeing Trek in Irelands Sunday Business Post

Spain’s enchanted lake district 03:52, 16 December 2012 by Mandy Latchford Irishwoman Mandy Latchford works as a mountain leader in the Pyrenees for Pyrenean Odysseys. Here, she tells about escaping the ski resorts in favour of a snowshoeing trek in Spain’s

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Ordesa in 3 days

Europe’s Grand Canyon What a combination, first the Ordesa Canyon on the Spanish side, then a dramatic re-entry into France through the Breche de Roland and down into the Cirque de Gavarnie. This short trek is packed with truly spectacular scenery

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Ed 93 yrs: our oldest ever walker!

Pyrenees Discovery at all ages Fantastic weather for this first week of June allowed us to enjoy the Pyrenean “Grand Sites” in all their spledour! Our Pyrenees Discovery holiday takes you to three of the four “Grand Sites” of the Haute

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Early January Winter Revitilise

A great week despite the patchy snow! Two Australian guests took advantage of our Winter Revitalise week in early January. Staying in Blue Cairn Cottage, we can organise this week from two people only – you have  Beginning each day with

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