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The Pyrenees are beautiful and have western Europe’s last real wilderness areas. Over 400km long from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, they have a host of opportunities for the walker, trekker and mountaineer.
For the trekker, they are a fair approximation of paradise, with the main through-routes being the GR10 on the French side, GR11 on the Spanish side, and the largely unwaymarked Pyrenean Haute Route meandering across the border amongst the highest peaks.
For the mountain walker there is great scope and many valleys and centres with access to the high mountains for day walks or shorter hut and valley tours.
The Pyrenees are not the Alps (curiously?!). There are no soaring aiguilles no vast glacier systems, little year round snow. There are 129 summits over 3000m, mostly accessible to the walker, all to the scrambler. There is much more wild, remote mountain country. Yes there are honey-pots as busy as Piccadilly Circus, but only a very few and all put there to draw the crowds to leave thousands of miles (well, km) of countryside empty for you.
Go, we say, go – walking or trekking, just go and make the most of this wonderful part of Europe.
You may want to consult The Pyrenees, a comprehensive planning 'bible' for the main part of the mountain range.