We decided to extend summer with a trip to the Pyrenees. We didn’t have enough time off work to drive both ways, so we arranged to have our Landie transported to Tolouse and had it waiting in the airport car park for us.
Our first stop was Lourdes, and we found an excellent little campsite, Camping La Foret, far enough away from town to be quiet, but close enough if you want to vist the Cathedral etc. In fact, there was a bus service 3 times per day. I have no idea if the Beatles really swam in their pool (see website claim), but we certainly did! They have a small café on site, serve Roast Chicken and Frites to take away, and will order fresh bread etc for the morning.
As you can see from the Gallery, the weather was not too kind to us on the first day. So instead of packing up a wet tent we decided to do a local “out and back” trip into the mountains. We stopped in Lourdes to pick up maps and snacks and headed South into the mountains.
Off-roading is not legal in France, but there are a number of unpaved roads that, whilst they are not particularly challenging, nevertheless get you away from the crowds and, if it’s not foggy, would no doubt offer up some amazing views.
The bridge pictured above is at Luz St Sauveur. From there we headed off the beaten track at Gedre along the Vallee de Troumouse. There is a somewhat strange arrangement here where they have instituted a toll (€5) which is probably worth it if the weather is clear enough to see the view.
After that we followed a track which runs along a river valley parallel with the Spanish border. Again, the driving was not at all challenging, so imagine the boys delight when we came across a lovely Spanish couple who had left the lights on their car when they went hiking and now couldn’t get it started. Cue – International Rescue!! Jump leads and tow ropes were quickly unearthed. Unfortunately it must have been something more than just a flat battery as we couldn’t get the engine started and had to give them a lift back to Gavarnie. We did hear that a breakdown truck rescued them shortly afterwards.