Self-guided cycling in the Pyrénées

Posted on 10th April 2017.

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Always wanted to do some of the iconic cols of the Pyrénées? Then follow in the footsteps of Kiwi’s, Roy and Kerri, who spent six days of their trip to Europe cycling both the high level and low-level routes classic Tour de France routes. They wanted to cycle in their own time and decide each day…

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Discovering a new snowshoe area - Les Angles

Posted on 17th March 2015.

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We recently had a short break in the eastern Pyrénées, France, to discover the great snowshoeing trails there. Based in the ski village of Les Angles, we had two terrific days of snowshoeing with clients and three IML aspirants. This meant there was no shortage of people to navigate off-piste as well…

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Snowshoeing in Spain

Posted on 30th June 2014.

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A belated update on the terrific hut-to-hut snowshoe trip in Spain at the end of April. The last snow of the previous week had consolidated and the sun shone as we left our lovely hotel in Vielha for our drop-off point above the pretty village of Arties. Setting off along a summer 4-wheel drive track,…

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Snowshoeing in the Pyrénées

Posted on 4th March 2014.

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Mountain and Maps recent snowshoe trip to the Pyrénées was superb. Based at Ax les Thermes there was three days of great snowshoeing, visits to the wonderful thermal baths and time to watch the 6-Nations rugby. Plus, great French food of course. The first snowshoeing day was at Plateau de Beille on…

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Great snowshoeing, cycling and walking in 2014

Posted on 29th January 2014.

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Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014 After festive season indulgences, thoughts often turn to activity holidays. Why not start 2014 with some great winter getaways? Firstly: snowshoeing and here’s five good reasons to try it: It’s easy. No special training is required; snowshoes are stable…

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New Year in the Pyrénées

Posted on 13th January 2013.

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What a way to start a new year - with a fantastic 3-day snowshoeing trip in the Pyrénées. We started the trip on Plateau de Beille which was busy with snow-tourers and families enjoying the dedicated toboganning slope. On snowshoes it was easy to get away from the crowd on quiet trails, covering over…

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Fabulous Autumn Walking Trip - Languedoc

Posted on 1st November 2012.

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A great time for walking, with the temperatures cool with blue-sky, sunny days. We did some great walks amongst beautiful autumnal chestnut forests, with carpets of marrons and leaves. Superb views after our climbs, over the hills and valleys surrounding Lamalou, Olargues and Mont Caroux. Quite a few…

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More autumn walks in France

Posted on 9th October 2012.

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Brilliant autumn walk in Herault, France. A 15km walk from one of France’s ‘beaux villages’, Olargues, up into the surrounding hills. Sunshine, chestnut forests, great views of Le Caroux and not another soul to be seen. No need for a jacket or raincoat here. Perfect.

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Herault autumn walking

Posted on 4th October 2012.

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Sunshine and warmth and the vendange in full swing - even in October. After a hectic summer it’s been nice to slow down a little bit and enjoy our autumn walking trip. Here are just some of the wild fruits and berries now in the garrigue, plus the ubiquitous grapes and olives that abound in this…

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A stroll around Olargues

Posted on 27th June 2012.

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As it is so hot at the moment we were up early recently for a walk near Olargues, a beautiful French medieval town in Haut Languedoc. Olargues was occupied by the Romans, Vandals and Visigoths. At the end of the 11th century the Jaur valley came under the authority of the Château of the Viscount of…

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