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 alternative to link St Savin and Cauteret for the Valleys of the Lavedan hotel to hotel walk. In the past everyone has generally gone up the Cabaliros (2334m) and down into Cauteret but this is an extremely long day and a shorter alternative was needed. As a bonus the alternative is also very pretty… 

The walk heads out of St Savin to the Chapel of Pietat and heads up to the village of Uz. From there we climbed through the forest to the Plateau of Poueyaspé, where the hermit “Sabin” dug a hole in the rock to meditate and sleep. Apparently he spent 13 years living in Uz and meditating on the plateau sometime around 430 AD. Thus the path from St Savin to Poueyaspé is the same as the one pilgrims would have taken 1600 years ago to visit the hermit. The views from the plateau are marvellous – all over the Argeles valley.

From there we headed down towards Pierrefitte before cutting across to connect with the walking/cycle path that heads up to Cauteret. As the path is on the old railway line the gradient is nice and easy. The river flowing below and vegetation all around make for a pleasant last leg up to Cauteret.

The second walk yesterday was from Pragnere to Gedre via the Col de Ripeyre. Definitely not for the faint hearted, even if it only took 3 1/2 hours total. Its straight up one side and straight down the other. The view from the pass looking south can only be described as gradiose. An enormous panorma with the Cirque de Gavarnie in the middle. Worth the climb 🙂

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