Station Luz Ardiden on Sunday afternoon we wound our way a little further south and deeper into the mountains, ascending up the valley to the small town of Gavarnie right on the fringe of the Pyrenees National Park. After such an amazing bike ride we were feeling good and the mood was set to continue into the evening, since in addition to finding a very peaceful aire at around 1400m, we were also very lucky to meet Rob and Sue, 2 New Zealanders currently touring Europe in their Aussie motorhome. Kindly inviting us over that evening for a chat, we got to enjoy some excellent company and make some new friends, which can be tricky on the road, but Rob and Sue were so easy to chat to that we had a great time.
Picking our way over the loose stony path right into the cradle of the Cirque we ascended slowly to reach the foot of the 423m high Grand Waterfall until we stood right in the spray that spread gently out over the rocky scree. Looking back down the valley the green and lush Pyrenees extended as far as the eye could see - it was a really magical sight which the camera just couldn't do justice to. Hard to believe it was the 20th October!
As the shadows lengthened, emphasising the autumnal shades on the trees, we began our return to Gavaranie by the same route. As luck would have it we bumped into Rob and Sue once more and continued the rest of the way back in their company. An excellent way to finish our short, first hike since returning to the mountains. Although not one of our more challenging walks, it was good to reawaken our 'walking uphill' muscles and the rewarding views had been incredible and made us very excited about the days ahead.
Motorhome Base: Garvanie
Start/ End Point: Garvanie
Time It Took Us: approx 3 hours
Level: Easy / Moderate
Map: Carte de Randonnees Cartes no.4 'Bigorre' 1:50.000
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