West with the sun.

Camped on the Mediterranean coast and poised to begin the GR1, we are tired from travel and frazzled from planning, but the ideals behind the journey are still intact. A final review of thoughts before the long walk west.

Exploring the gorgeous Sierra de Guara

For a couple of months this winter we travelled around Spain in our campervan, not to laze around on the Costas, but to explore the lesser known Sierras and rural hinterland of this huge and diverse country. By late November this meant staying ahead of any rainy weather, so we crossed the Pyrenees from France…

New Year, New Adventures.

Now 2016 has dawned it is high time we set out some plans for the upcoming spring and summer, and what better way to spend our time and energy than long distance hiking…again! Yes, our GR11 experience has left us more keen than ever to get back on the trail, and we have spent a…

GR11 Week 9: The Sea …At Last…

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that Goddam mountain.”-Jack Kerouac Beget-Albanya- Figueres- Cap de Creus Perhaps it is best to start week 9 with the ending…and a few statistics! We did indeed reach the Mediterranean at Cap de Creus, 62 days after we left the crashing…

GR 11 Week 8: Into the Wild Heart of Catalonia

“We are here to know the meaning of life’s wild enchantment and to call each thing by its right name“- Boris Pasternak Pugicerda- Planoles- Nuria- Setcases-Beget Week 8 began in the town of Pugicerda which lies in high, broad rift between the Alpine Pyrenees to the west and a final, high section around the Catalan ‘stronghold’ of…

GR11 Week 7: Deserted Villages of the Dry Valleys

Refugio Conagles- Espot (Not continuous)- La Guigueta d’Aneu Estaon- Bordos de Nibros- Areu After events in Week 6 on Ballibierna, we were forced to take  two rest days at Refugio Conagles, this dented our budget a bit but it was a much needed respite and chance to watch the daily tide of hikers that are the rhythm…

GR11 Week 5: Canyons of Swirling Mist

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness….”- ‘To Autumn’ by John Keats Ordessa- Pineto- Parzan-  Puen de San Chaime Total mileage to date: 388/812km Week 5 was the week when things changed, we reached the half-way point of our trek, and September broke upon us, bringing mist, the drama of swirling clouds, cold and the first dusting of…

GR11 Week 4: Lammergiers at Dawn- Among the granite peaks

“I sat upon the setting sun…and never wanted water once….” – Cat Stevens Days: 20-25. Sallent de Gallengo- Banos De Panticosa- St Nicholas Bujaruelo- Torla Mileage to date: 277km/812km By week 4 we were entering the heart of the granite mountains, and the days that followed our departure from the town of Sallent de Gallengo…

GR11 Highlight: Valley of Gifts

Hi All, after 60 days on the trail we arrived on the Mediterranean to complete the GR11 last Tuesday and are now back home. We are in the process of updating our GR11 blog and the update for week 4 will follow shortly. We mentioned in our week 3 update that we had a very…