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This is a guidebook to the 866km GR10 as it explores the length of the French Pyrenees from the Atlantic to Mediterranean. This classic long-distance walk across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean takes a lower route than the more arduous Pyrenean High Route. Nevertheless it passes through striking mountain country and gorge scenery.
The route takes about 50 days to complete, and is described in the guidebook in 50 day stages, all with mapping and route profiles, but this guide also divides it into sections conveniently tackled in a fortnight's holiday, with details of accommodation and transport. The GR10 runs along the northern, French flank of the Pyrenees from Hendaye on the west coast through the mountains of the Pays Basque, Béarn and Hautes Pyrénées to Luchon. From here it continues generally in an easterly direction to pass the sparsely populated Ariège, then across the Pyrénées Orientales to end on the Mediterranean coast at Banyuls-sur-Mer.
The guidebook also provides plenty of practical information on preparation, itinerary planning and provides details on what to expect on the GR10 for walkers. There are also details on the many places of interest, towns, villages and sights along the way, including an ascent of Pic du Midi d'Ossau.
The GR10 is one of a number of official long-distance paths (Grandes Randonnées) in France. The GR system is very extensive and some 25,000+ miles (40,250+km) of footpath have been designated and waymarked.
full colour throughout the guide, including route profiles and mapping for all of the 50 stages
includes 10 varient stages or excursions
includes a full list of facilities available in towns and villages along the way - ideal for route planning
Early June through to the end of September, although care should be taken over high passes early in season. High season July and August.
Various centres along the route offer good facilities. St Jean-Pied-de-Port, St Engrace, Cauterets, Bagneres-de-Luchon, Fos, Siex, Vicdessos, Arrles-sur-Tech, Banyuls-sur-Mer.
Trekking the GR10 coast to coast, with its 49,000m of ascent and descent, the vagaries of the weather, navigation difficulties and replenishment of supplies and water is a serious undertaking. For those properly equipped and prepared, it is a superb mountain expedition. A tent is not required.
Pic du Midi d’Ossau, the Vignemale North Face, the sheer unrivalled beauty and charm of the scenery, and the hospitable pastoral villages nestling in the hillsides.