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Not many people would argue with the proposition that the Pyrenees is the finest walking area in Europe. Unlike the Alps where the high peaks are beyond the skills of the average person, any fit walker with a little determination can reach most of the major summits.

The Pyrenees encompasses a diversity of landscapes rarely equalled in Europe. Lush meadowlands, peaks clad permanently in ice, sun blasted canyons of bare rock, swathes of dense forest, weirdly eroded limestone pinnacles and valleys so sheer and overgrown that scarcely a ray of light penetrates them.

These mountains challenge and invite rather than intimidate. Generally rounded, most of the peaks are attainable even to people with little experience of such terrain.

Sauto at 1600m and Bajande at 1200m are ideal bases for walking the Eastern Pyrenees. While most of the walks are easily tackled without assistance, there are several guide offices in Font-Romeu who organise many types of activities.

The map to have for this area is the IGN Carte de Randonnée - Pyrenees No.8, Cerdagne & Capcir; a quick study of which will show the possibility of easy meadow and village walks suitable for children and the less fit, in close proximity to more challenging walks, mountain lakes and the high peaks, e.g. :-

bulletCarança Gorge Sheer sided gorge with rope bridges leading up to lakes.
bulletVal d'Eyne Nature Reserve Easy walking through valley, world famous for rare wild flowers.
bulletLac des Bouillouses Circular walks through forests and around pretty lakes, surrounded by the high peaks.
bulletCerdagne & Capcir Easy walking through flower filled meadowlands and villages.
bulletPic Carlit 2921m & Puigmal 2910m Spectacular views. Within the capabilities of any reasonably fit person.

We have further information at the properties; maps and books covering the numerous walking possibilities - meadows, lakes, caverns, gorges, peaks…
Recommended French books:

bulletLes Sentiers d'Emily - 34 short walks for all ages (ISBN 2.905521.92.9).
bullet50 Balades et Randonnées en Cerdagne et Capcir (ISBN 2.684113.63616.3)
bulletCerdagne et Capcir - more advanced walks (ISBN 2.905521.93.7).

There are many walks out from the properties, & with the "Little Yellow Train" stations only ¼hr, non-circular walking routes can easily be planned.