7 independent reviews for Pyrenees guided walking holiday

Reviews for Pyrenees guided walking holiday

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review 2 Aug 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The most memorable part of our holiday was the stunning scenery we saw during our wonderful guided walks with Emma. She is extremely knowledgeable about the geology of the area and frequently showed us interesting rock formations or pointed out plant life or animals along the way. I loved the wild swimming we did in a fabulous remote lake. The three course meals produced by Shireen our host each night were truly special and of restaurant standard, in my opinion.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared to challenge yourself during your walking expeditions: some of the walks we did really pushed me, but the reward was a fantastic sense of achievement and glorious views that I couldn't have seen if I stayed in my comfort zone.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We travelled by rail all the way from Cardiff, crossing the channel with Eurostar and breaking out journey down in Paris. We used a local taxi driver to and from Lourdes train station and spent our "day off" partly at the thermal spa in Bareges. We bought food from the local market and played boules in the local square. In order to reduce waste, guests reused their plastic picnic bags daily.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This holiday was superb in every way. It allowed my family, with three adult children to spend a wonderful week in each other's company, walking and sharing meals in a beautiful well appointed chalet. I can't find a negative thing to say about it.

review 17 Jun 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Fantastic mountain scenery. Rob was a great guide adapting the walk to suit weather conditions, amazing local knowledge of plants, animals and geology. Highly recommended.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Definitely do it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


review 24 Jun 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Walking in fantastic scenery

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Just go for it - this is a company run by good people and it's a really nice set-up

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I made the whole return journey by public transport, which is perfectly feasible from the UK, so in that sense yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Tremendous

review 6 Jun 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Great walking, hospitality and cakes!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The holiday was great, driving home, with an 11-month old baby, in one day wasn't so great! So either get the train (or fly) or break your journey if driving.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The walking had minimal impact, however some walks took 40 mins to drive to although walks are available starting at the front door of the accommodation. The local community did benefit as we ate locally produced/sourced food and wine and stopped for breaks in local cafes. The local community were, without exception, welcoming and friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great!

review 20 Oct 2009

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Discovering the local history and wildlife under the care of our very knowledgeable hosts, plus lots of brilliant walks in the beautiful Pyrenean Mountains, plus the excellent food!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you like moderately strenuous walking, good company, excellent food and clean, tidy but informal "within a family home" accommodation, I'd strongly recommend this. Ps go in late May / early June for maximum wildflower impact!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We ate local products, the household is run on environmentally friendly grounds, and visitors in the "off season" ie non-skiing season help to provide local jobs

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent & hope to repeat it in an early summer - see tip 2 above!

review 26 Jun 2008

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

This was a 'gentle walking' holiday, so not designed to be exciting as such, but it was certainly memorable, and for good reasons. Difficult to pick the most memorable parts, but one was the satisfaction of a long walk in the rain! It started with a walk up to Lac de Gaube, then onwards, in the hope of seeing the glacier... but the visibility was too poor!! On the downward stretch, there were fantastic waterfalls. By the end of the day, I was soaked from the rain, but nevertheless it had been a great day. The other especially good day was hot. I puffed my way up really, really slowly because the heat, but it was worth it for the walks through a stunning mixture of wild flowers.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do some hilly walks in preparation; take clothes for cool and wet, or hot and humid, or in-between weather; then just go for it, and enjoy the experience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes. Many people in this area rely on tourists. Walking does not make much impact on the environment, and trips to and from the walks were by mini-bus thus keeping excess cars off the road. I was very pleased to note the general lack of litter - so pleasant after all the rubbish generally strewn around in the UK.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very, very good. Rob and Emma provided great accommodation and food. Both have an extensive knowledge, and appear to have the ability to cater for those looking for gentle walks looking at flowers and scenery (like me), and those who want more energetic pursuits (see their website!). Rob accompanied the walks, and gave explanations of the geology ("this is modern, only 2 million years old"); pointed out eagles, vultures, marmots, etc., and identified a myriad of wild flowers. The scenery around Bareges is fantastic, and apart from the visit to the Cirque de Gavarnie, which is a popular tourist destination, we practically had the mountains to ourselves.

review 8 Oct 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Each day's walking brought new delights & remarkably different & beautiful landscapes. The guiding by both Rob & Emma was of a high standard & both were very well informed about the flora, fauna & geology. There have done a remarkable job in converting an old building into an attractive & very comfortable chalet. We felt totally relaxed.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Go by train. It is fast, comfortable & the connecting bus from Lourdes drops you 50 m from the chalet.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Whist we walked with Rob & Emma they use local professionals for many of the other activities. The food (which was excellent) was locally sourced.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Up there with the best we have had.

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