Martin in Gatineau Park

Martin in Gatineau Park

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tuesday 30 June 2015 - Pyrenees GR11 - Day 16 - Interlude 2 - The Lacs d'Ayous Circuit

 
 
 
Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 750 metres

Time taken: 5.0 hrs

Weather: sunny and even hotter

The glorious weather continued whilst 16 guests and Clare enjoyed this easy counter-clockwise circuit from the car park below Lac de Bious-Artigues, across the French border a 50 minute drive from Panticosa over the Col du Pourtalet.

A series of lakes, and close views of Pic du Midi d'Ossau featured strongly, together with an excellent lunch break at Refuge d'Ayous.

Then a volt of at least nine vultures, probably Egyptian, flew over whilst Sue, Tim and Harry cooled off with a swim in Lac Bersau, watched over by a posse of horses.

Lower down, flying trout were trying their best to escape from another overheated lake.

Gentians and orchids accompanied us throughout.

Beers, G&Ts and lots of wine either preceded or accompanied another fine nosh at Hotel Sabocos.

An excellent day, albeit progress along GR11 seems to have slowed a bit. We did however manage to complete a section of GR10 that evaded us in 2013 due to inclement weather.

Today's pictures:
Hikers, with Pic du Midi d'Ossau
Horses and swimmers
Hikers, with Pic du Midi d'Ossau

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4 comments:

AlanR said...

Say HI to Sue. It's an amazing walk Martin. Wonderful scenery. It's so hot here to for a change, I might have to put sun screen on today.

afootinthehills said...

Be careful you don't enjoy this 'interlude' so much that you never set out again Martin.

Nightbird said...

Well, it is really hot and sunny here in Sale today - working from hone - but the thought of walking, beautiful scenery, G&Ts and beer is making me regret (once again) my decision not to join you and Sue for this part of the trip. Not my best decision. Looks like you are having a wonderful time, please think of me when you have your next G&T :-)

Phreerunner said...

We are thinking of you as we sup our sozzled tonight, Jenny. You have certainly missed out I'm afraid.

Sue says "Hi Alan and Sheila".

It's tempting Gibson!