Walking on La Souque, Pyrenees Orientale   8 comments

Our holiday home in France is nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees and the local forested hills look promising for walks. TJS and me spied a small hill called La Souque a short distance from home that had a path marked to the top. Nuff said, and after a lazy day by the pool we headed out for a late afternoon walk.

La Souque

After a drive along a forest road that caused several wince-inducing scrapes of the car chassis we headed off into the woods

La Souque

We’ve made something of a habit this year of overgrown paths (check out our walks in North Wales and Mynydd Llangorse) and this one lived up to those challenges. After a 15 minutes of grass overgrown forest track the path plunged into a dark jungle of wild raspberry and blackberry bushes. The path was just about distinguishable but with shorts it was a painful ascent from which I still bear the scars (although the tiny wild rasperries and strawberries were nice). TJS was giving me the look again that I hadn’t told about these sorts of paths.

After 30 minutes of struggle we started to emerge onto the higher slopes with a clear path and sunny Alpine style glades. It was suddenly rather enchanting

La Souque

We were soon on the summit at 1635m, a broad and grassy sway with expansive views over the local hills, down to the sea and back across to cloud-shrouded Canigou Massif that I’d climbed last year.

La Souque

La Souque

It was a perfect afternoon, warm enough to laze on the summit in the sun without being too hot for walking.

La Souque

La Souque

We wandered down the west ridge through grassy meadows, steep slopes and past rock tors and smelly sheep.

La Souque

La Souque

Nice easy going walking and we walked and chatted in the evening sunshine without a care in the world. A long stroll back along the forest track to the Fontaine de Brigardier (a manky stream and an equally manky shelter cum bothy) ended the day

La Souque

La Souque

A short walk, a simple walk, sometimes the best kind

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8 responses to “Walking on La Souque, Pyrenees Orientale

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  1. Your summery piccies make me long for summer again and we haven’t had the fun of winter yet!

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  2. Awesome photos. I find Your post very interesting.

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  3. Great photos Andy as always. How hot was it walking up to the top?

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    • Thanks Mark. Not too hot, mid 20’s I would say, nice cool breeze on top and perfectly comfortable for walking. We set off about 4pm and at that altitude its ok for a short walk, really rather pleasant in fact. I did a full day the previous year with 1800m of ascent/descent and that was pretty tough when I got back down to sea level!

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  4. Look’s like a cracking walk.
    Apart from the thorny thicket bashing. It’s a wonder that boy has any faith in you at all, what with you repeatedly subjecting him to none existent paths through prickly stuff. It’s surely only a matter of time before he takes over the map-reading and hike planning duties?
    Nice to see some bright sunny skies. Not that the short, dank, dreary, dismal, dark days of November have been getting me down or anything!
    Good job we had a getaway when we did – just what The Doctor needed.

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    • It has become something of a pattern this undergrowth bashing – we had another version a few days after this one in a vain attempt to follow a non-existent French path. I know what you mean about November although we have had a a few decent days down here of late. Should see them up on the blog sometime in the next 12 months!

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