Walking in the Pyrenees
Accommodation Pyrenees provides a perfect destination from which to explore the surrounding area. The major summits nearby are attainable to fit, experienced mountaineers whilst lower down the options are endless for families with a reasonable level of fitness.
Starting from the doorsteps of La Vielle Ferme there are a number of delightful family walks that provide breath taking scenery for the Adults and a sense of wonder and adventure for the children. There is a great walk up to the medieval Bramevaque castle that could easily be a scene straight out of the Hobbit, you can splash up a river bed to a local waterfall deep enough to swim in or head up through the valley to the mountain villages beyond of Esbareich and Sost for spectacular views back over the Barousse Valley.
Make up a picnic and get in the car to drive to some spectacular walks. Within a 35 minute drive there are a number of great excursions; Lac d’Oo is a must see, the easily navigated stone path takes you up to a fantastic high mountain lake and waterfall, the Lys valley (valley of the Lillies) provides a delightful botanical walk and the Vallee d’Oueil snakes through a series of picturesque villages.
Throughout the Pyrenees there are numerous marked trails and the well trodden GR10 long distance route that traverses the entire Pyrenees mountain range meanders close by. Marked along its route in red and white the trail offers stunning scenery through a number of National Parks.
The famous Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage route also snakes up through the Pyrenees towards its final destination. The entire length has now been classed as a UNESCO world heritage site and there are numerous monuments as well as great scenery to interest you along the way.
For serious hikers La Vielle Ferme serves as an excellent base from which to begin hikes to Venasque, the Port lakes, Pic de la Mine, the Maladetta range and Pic d’Aneto, at 3404m the highest peak in the Pyrenees.