WALKING THE ARIEGE
WALKING FOR EVERYONE
There are endless kilometres of yellow marked paths leading from pretty much every village and from numerous trailheads around the department - 'petite randonnée' or 'promenade et randonnée' depending on who you believe! Often circular, it's these that form the basis of many of the walk in the topo-guides; many, though not all, are marked on the walking maps as well.
You might choose to follow parts of the GR (Grande Randonnée) paths, for example:
The Tours de Pays, marked with red and yellow;
The famous GR10, which follows the Pyrenees from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, passing through the Ariège; marked with red and white;
The GR78, one of the variants of the Chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle, which passes close to Maison Grillou; marked with red and white.
The old railway line beween Foix and St Girons has recently been converted into a 40km long Voie Verte (green road) for walkers and cyclists. It runs through our village, and is perfect for wet weather walking.
Our walking holidays offer you the freedom to walk where, when and how you choose. We don’t lead guided walks because we ourselves hate being packaged, and to be honest we find that most people prefer to go at their own pace; instead we’ve put together guides to many local walks at all levels from strolling to scrambling and if you want us to we’ll work alongside you to plan your unique walking holiday, either on your arrival or before you get here. We’ll provide you with a portfolio of suitable walks that take account of your preferences, interests and fitness level.
You'll just need to bring walking boots (recommended) or shoes, depending on the type of walking you intend to do, and a waterproof layer. We have all the local walking maps and guides (known as topo-guides) here, which we’re slowly translating into English as time permits, and for those travelling to us by air, we can provide rucksacks, walking poles, and a ‘just in case’ kit with compass, whistle and survival sac.