I waited here fifteen minutes. The sun was bright but the skies covered in cloud which meant lots of shadow. It made for easier walking but I was thinking I hope this doesn’t deteriorate. Two hours later the sun was gone and the skies were leaden. I made video and took photographs but the opportunities were limited. There was a group of men here fishing at the lake. Further along a man and woman were resting underneath a large boulder. You meet two kinds of people in the Pyrenees. Long distance walkers like myself for whom these mountains are full of adventure and discovery. Day trippers too, who drive and park at various places to enjoy a casual walk or possibly a weekend trip using a refuge. The entry point for this area is Pont d’Espagne. It’s astonishing to think people have easy access to the Pyrenees making for casual enjoyment. The equivalent for me is a drive to the Peak District which is hugely modest in comparison or perhaps Moel Siabod in Wales, the Carneddau, or Kentmere in the Lake District. That’s geography. Then there’s the weather comparison between Britain and both the French and Spanish Pyrenees. One of the charms of British hills is in fact their modest size. They are easily manageable for day walks and I suspect statistically that’s how most people visit them. There are however easy day walks in the Pyrenees. You can base yourself at a valley camp site or hostel and, if you’re lucky and live nearby, drive to Pont d’Espagne and similar for superb day trips.

 

Pyrenees Photography: Lac Nere (BW)

Wednesday November 12, 2014