The Perils of Pyrenees Pauline & the GR10 travel blog

Breakfast at larrau

Warning before walking along the track to the suspension bridge

 

Can you see the suspension bridge in the background?

Holzarte suspension bridge

André and Pamela at lunch

Path at the end of the day

More in the fungi series

Destination at last!

Cute farm with pigs and chooks and..

Our deluxe accommodation.

Ste Engrace church

The other beds in our Ste Engrace gite


Overview

After a lovely breakfast Pamela and I Farewelled Helen at the hotel as she was wisely catching a taxi to Sainte Engrace to give her sore knee a day's rest.

We set off past logibar up a narrow limestone valley to a huge suspension footbridge across a gorge. It was a steep rocky climb but again the scenery was magnificent. VERY deep limestone walled gorges were everywhere. Clearly the fast running torrents at the bottom (too far down to see at times), had cut out these gorges between all the mountains. As we walked the wet and muddy path the water poured out of the mountainsides everywhere. Sometimes as waterfalls sometimes just springs leeching out.

After traversing a grassy hill back in the opposite direction to where we wanted to go we finally climbed to the pass over the mountains. Up again to another peak at 1380m where we met a Swiss guy (André) who joined us for the rest of the day.

After a quick lunch break at a grassy plateau when climbed to a 3rd high point for the day and the rest of the walk was a descent along paths bordering another gorge. This passed through overgrown lanes that were tunnel like. Lots of huge orange slugs were found on the path by Pamela. André and I were clearly chatting too much!!

The last ascent for the day was a small climb on a road for 3.5km that seemed to go on for ever. We were all delighted to be reunited with Helen at the auberge.

We installed ourselves on our 'beds ' (3 mattresses on a wide plank!) which was better than the other long bunk in the room that had 6 mattresses side by side both top and bottom. Those 12 people arrived much later in a group.

Had drinks on the auberge terrace with André and another guy (Jean Luc) who were each camping at the back of the Gite but eating there.

We dined together with a French couple and had lovely food and a lot of laughs over dinner.

The Route

Distance

23km

Cumulative Distance

Time

8 hrs

Cumulative Time

Altitude

1191m

Cumulative Altitude

Descent

950m

Cumulative Descent

Weather

Accommodation

Gite auberge Elichalt

Dinner

The set menu for the night

-Vegetable and chicken soup

- Pork cutlets and Puy lentils with bacon and other yummy flavours

- lettuce salad

- local cheese

- copious amounts of bread for those who could eat it

- basque cake /black current pana cotta

- tea in rather large egg cups!!

Picnic lunch for tomorrow

Large baguette saussison and cheese sandwich( shared by Helen and Pamela)

Slices of salami and cheese for Pauline

Breakfast

Stewed fruit

Bread

Jam

( Pauline always has her quinoa flakes to make porridge , and a couple of buckwheat crackers)

Cost

38€ pp with dinner and breakfast

123€ for everyone including picnic lunch

Highlights

The suspension bridge

The incredible limestone gorges

Lovely to chat with André during the walk

Walking with an amazingly light pack because we sent our heavy things in the taxi with Helen !!! ( we thanked Helen, in her absence, many times during the day)

Low Lights

Helen being unable to join us today

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