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!


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

HRP Day 7

Tuesday 14 July
4.7/95/455 miles

A short day today, just a 2 hrs climb of about 400m ascent from the lower Iraty lakes up to the col d'Iraty  (or Bagargui ). The chalets d'Iraty are holiday homes, buried in what they claim is Europe's largest beech forest

Gradually we are creeping upwards. . the col is at 1327m, and I will climb over 2000m tomorrow. The scenery is changing too, less greenery, more rocky, and the views are getting wider and more impressive. I hope that comes through, the phone camera is not great at panoramas.

The next three days are all tricky ones and quite long though rewarding. First over pic d'orhy and on to the cabane d'ardane, a small hut by a natural spring.  Then over the col dAnaye to the source Marmitou, a spring with not even a hut, then a long descent into lescun. They pass through remote areas and it is possible I cannot post again until Saturday, when I shall be in beautiful Lescun. I took a nice video of some cows but cannot find a way to add it here, sorry! 

a panorama of the lac d'Iraty, camping field on the left, Le Kayolar on the right behind the bridge
view from the terrace of the restaurant at the col
I have seen a lot of big birds, including some eagles. They are hard to photograph! 

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