Photo Friday: Hiking the Pyrenees’ Green Hills


I took this picture of my husband when our family embarked on a three-day walk in the Pyrenees in early summer, not far from the town of St Jean Pied de Port. It is the last stop in France on the pilgrimage route over the Pyrenees to St James grave in St. Jacques de Compostela. This is one of Europe’s most well-known and also very crowded walks but there are equally spectacular trails, such as this one above the Valley of the Nive, that are completely deserted.

The Pyrenees form the border between France and Spain. At lower elevations there are dozens of moderate trails that traverse a softly folding landscape of limestone hills covered in lime green grasses dotted with grazing sheep which supply delicious brebis cheese for the hungry walker.

France is a walker’s paradise. Over 170,000 kilometers of trails crisscross the country traversing a rich tapestry of fields and vineyards, forests and tiny hamlets that offer an insider’s view of country life that other travelers only glimpse in a blur out the window.

If you would like to learn more about our hike check out my published story High in the Valley of the Basques in the Sydney Sun Herald.

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I would love to hear about any particularly interesting hikes you have done in France, which is one of my favorite places to walk.


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Sue Gough Henly

Sue Gough Henly is award-winning travel writer and photographer whose bi-line has appeared in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, The Guardian, The Toronto Star and all the major Australian publications. Her travel blog, Genuine Journeys, is full of insider tips on the best places for authentic experiences and luxury splurges. She is also the author of Australia’s Best Places travel app. When she doesn’t have sand between her toes or a pack on her back, she writes about food, wine and culture.

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