You may think of yourself as just a Sunday afternoon rambler and therefore that a walking holiday in the Pyrenees is beyond you. Not so.
Many of the walks we recommend are what we call Slow Walks (or, with tongue firmly in cheek, Walking for Wimps!). We consider ourselves to be walking wimps, at least in Ariège terms: we’re not interested in how fast we can cover a path, how much height we can gain in the minimum time or how many kilometres we can walk; nor are we up for scary scrambles, precarious footholds or anything that needs crampons. We think that Slow Walking is about taking time to enjoy the journey, not just the destination, to stand and stare just as often as we want to and to enjoy the simplicity of walking without the need for challenging goals.
Here at Maison Grillou we've put together a special portfolio of 115 easy walks, all with less than 5 hours walking time and no more than 600 metres overall height gain (most considerably less). All are satisfying for walkers of any level, while being eminently suitable for people who love to walk but are more used to a stroll across fields or along the beach. As long as you’re fit enough to be able to walk up some steepish hills, you’ll be able to get out there and enjoy not just the foothills but the mountains as well. Just bring your boots and yourselves – we’ll do the rest!
The walks that follow will give you just a small taster of what you can expect on a Slow Walking holiday in the Ariège-Pyrénées.