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  walking in the Pyrenees


The Pyrenees is a great place for ramblers of all levels, marked by the famous GR10 and GR11 running from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. We have a great number of stunning walks to offer you; take a prepared pack lunch for that full day out.

  Running the Col d’Aubisque  


Your host John Boyes and his wife Kathryn are both keen club runners and compete regularly in local events. They can advise you of many routes from the house and further afield in the mountains and forests. Special training weeks can be arranged including training sessions at 5,000 feet plus from the ski station at Nistos (20 miles from the house). There are races most weekends, on the road and mountain trails. For the adventurous there are snowshoe races in Winter.

  Lance Armstrong's last year in the Tour de France  


Bring your bicycle and cycle from the house over many over famous Tour de France climbs conquered by Lance Armstrong. From our house people have cycled the Col D’Aspin, Col de Tourmalet, cycled into Spain (22k) and climbed the Col de Portillon. Slightly further are the Col d’Aubisque and Marie Blanc. Pick-ups can be arranged for one way rides.

In Tour de France week you can see at least 3 stages within an hour of the house. Take your mountain bicycle to Bagnere de Luchon and in July and August, take it up the cable car and ride down the ski slopes. Hundreds of kilometres of mountain bike trails on our doorstep. Bicycles are readily available for hire.

  Skiing in the Pyrenees  

Winter Sports

The ski resorts of St Lary, La Mongie, Bagnere de Luchon and Peyragudes are all within and hour of the house for Alpine skiing, and Nistos is 20 miles away (you can see it from the garden) for cross country and snowshoeing. Other activities include dog sledding and snowmobiling. Relax afterwards in one of the many spas.

  paragliding in the Pyrenees  

Para Gliding

Soar over the magnificent peaks and lakes of the Pyrenees, tandem flights available at very reasonable rates.

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