Walking in the Pyrenees

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The walk to Port de Barroude with an ascent/descent of about 1350m. This took us through woodland, pasture and mountain scenery passing lakes before reaching the col. Views of Griffon and Egyptian Vultures, Lammergeir (I saw one dropping a bone), peregrines and marmots.

What did you think of your group leader?

Pierre is enthusiastic about the mountains. He was keen to tell us about the landscape, history, culture, economy, flora and fauna of the Pyrenees. Always willing to answer questions, imparting his knowledge of the Pyrenees to the group added so much more to our treks. His English is better than he thinks - he was soon understanding the British "humour sense"!

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Although advertised as "challenging" I would say that only one day was challenging, three days were moderate and the other day falling somewhere between. When discussing the trip with Pierre it was clear that he would like to lead a more adventurous trip.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Hotel "Les Arches" at St Lary fell short of my three star expectation. The bedroom was small and had neither shutters nor air-conditioning. Consequently, it became rather warm! However, the reception areas were comfortable and the chef excellent. A good selection was available at breakfasts.