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The Waterfalls of Santa Orosia

The Waterfalls of Santa Orosia

The route of the ermitas at Santa Orosia is a great hike at any time, but after a heavy rainfall when the waterfalls are in full flow it's truly specatacular. So, with all of the rain we've had recently and the weather not good in the higher mountains last weekend, I headed up there to take a look. I'm glad I did! The path goes right behind the waterfall which was looking brilliant - I don't...

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Ski touring at Panticosa

Ski touring at Panticosa

Last weekend, I got the skis out for the first time this season. We've had some really heavy snow here in the Pyrenees over the last ten days, but Sunday was one of the first clear days to get out and enjoy it. The first winter outing of the season - whether on skis...

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La Vuelta visits Biescas

La Vuelta visits Biescas

On Sunday, La Vuelta cycle race is starting the stage in Biescas. It's a gruelling days riding with the route heading north up the Valle de Tena over the Portalet pass into France and then tackling both the Col d'Aubisque and Col du Tourmalet. I've done the Col...

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The shortest hiking season ever!

The shortest hiking season ever!

Well, we started running hiking trips again in early July with the situation in Spain at the time improving greatly and travel within Europe starting up again. We had some brilliant hikes with our long-standing guests Anne and Danny here for a week's private guiding...

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Hiking Pico Bacias (2760m)

Hiking Pico Bacias (2760m)

Last weekend I headed out to Pico Bacias, a wild rocky 2760 metre peak. I hadn't done this hike for ages and I'd forgotten how great it is. The views over Vignemale and across to the three thousand metre peaks of the Ordesa National Park are just exceptional. Joining...

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The Mozarabic churches of the Serrablo

The Mozarabic churches of the Serrablo

The glacial valley of the Serrablo stretches south from Biescas and is home to many beautiful Romanesque or Mozarabic churches and to one of my favourite cycle routes. The quiet country lanes have virtually no traffic and lovely views. The cycling isn't too strenuous,...

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Out hiking again – Punta del Pacino

Out hiking again – Punta del Pacino

On Monday I finally got back out hiking in the mountains again and it felt wonderful! I went up Punta del Pacino with Ruby. It's a special walk for me as it was the first route that Anna and I did in the Valle de Tena and the day that we realised we'd finally found...

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Pyrenees butterflies and moths

Pyrenees butterflies and moths

The Pyrenees have an abundance of wonderful butterflies and we enjoy beautiful displays on our hikes throughout the summer. Spectacular large butterflies such as Swallowtails, Camberwell beauties and Apollos are regular sights on our walks along with a myriad of...

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Two great snowshoeing holidays

Two great snowshoeing holidays

It's hard to believe with the current chaos in the world that only a few weeks ago we were out snowshoeing in the mountains and enjoying two great snowshoeing weeks! We had every weather condition imaginable from artic blizzards and whiteouts, to beautiful sunshine...

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Extra snowshoeing holiday dates

Extra snowshoeing holiday dates

Snowshoeing holiday: 7-14 March I’m delighted to say that our first snowshoeing holiday dates have been really popular and already full. We’ve several other people that would like to come, so we’re running a second holiday on the 7-14 March. The holiday will be based...

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