In September 2013, I will lead my first group on a week’s walking holiday in the French Pyrenees, south of Toulouse.
This is country I know well, having once lived in the deep south of France for five years. Indeed, I first ventured into the Pyrenees back in 1991, exploring the rural villages that dot the valleys between the high peaks and hiking up to high corrie lakes. It’s wonderful country, with that great French mix of quaint, old traditional stone built houses, sheep and goat herds and breathtaking mountain scenery. I go back every year.
France boasts many long linear hiking trails, among them the wonderful GR10, which follows the mountain chain from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. In the southern French départements of Haute Garonne, Ariège and Aude, a walking holiday on this trail is simply beautiful.
We will experience mountain lakes, waterfalls, gigantic forests and cute little villages, while enjoying off-road trails, all set against a spectacular backdrop of high mountain peaks, such as Le Valier (see slideshow). We will stay in ‘refuges’, mountain lodges and excellent rural hostels. It will be a fabulous week of hillwalking in one of Europe’s most beautiful corners.
Get in touch if you would like to be kept up-to-date with further information on this September 2013 French walking holiday séjour.