My Pyrenees HRP Diary - Introduction

This blog was begun in 2015, to record my walk along the Pyrenees HRP from Hendaye to Banyuls. If you want to read about that, I suggest you start here.

But that is all in the past now, and I have expanded the blog a little to cover more recent events.. such as:

Snowdonia Way
Hebden Bridge
Equipment Reviews
North Downs Way

and also, one day:

Pennine Way .. which I am due to walk for the third time in 2019, this time from N to S I think

I hope you will find something interesting. Please do provide a little feedback or comment, and if you are interested in something that I didn't say enough about, please let me know .. happy walking!


Friday, 10 July 2015

HRP Day 2

Thursday 9 July
20.1/38/512 (miles today/so far/left to go)

Up by six (walking clock follows daylight hours, so early starts are normal and 10pm is a late night) and determined to cook something up for breakfast, it helps reduce pack weight and I need the fuel. . In this case, leek & potato soup with added rice and some baguette liberated from yesterday's lunch. I also have some saucisson and some sheep's cheese but the cheese is of the soft variety, it does not travel well & is permeating the rucksack and all is contents. . So I ate what I could and jettisoned the rest. . 135 gm saved!

About 8, Hugo came by, having camped a mile or so back. We chatted, but he is off to Elizondo today and I am for Arizkun, so we might meet up again in a day or two.

Today was supposedly easier, but I didn't find it so. In fact I walked further than yesterday, though not so much climbing. Mind, I did take a wrong turn twice & have to backtrack, which must have added a couple of miles to the total. 

The scenery continues to be stunning, already some of the higher peaks can be seen in the distance. I am climbing too, highest point today was 889m. I stopped several times, including cooking lunch, and finally reached Arizkun about 7.15pm, an 11 hour day.

Lunch was enlivened by a troupe of horses who wanted to join in. I told them they were herbivores, but they seemed keen to give omnivore a try.

The basque pyrenees are not noted for wildlife but are full of animals nonetheless. . Horses, cattle, sheep etc. The horses roam widely and are mostly quite tame. They are not meant for riding, sad to say. .

One reason there is not much wildlife is because the basques are enthusiastic and tireless hunters. Shooting towers, netting arrangements and hunters cabins are everywhere. I have seen some wildlife though, some small lizards, lots of colourful butterflies and dragonflies, and some big birds, mostly griffon vultures I think, but not all. None edible, notice. .

Horses enjoying the shade, there must have been a hundred dotted about, including some very young. 
Mountains getting higher. .
An information notice, explaining how with proper organisation you can kill an entire flock of migrating birds in one go
A col, with a signpost and BS50 in the foreground
a typical basque wall, pretty low maintenance I expect

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