Le Cap du Sarrat - an easy circular walk from Maison Grillou

One of our projects for winter 2017 is to come up with a short portfolio of easy routes that can be walked directly from Maison Grillou. This hasn't been easy in the past as many of the tracks that appear on the map are completely overgrown, and I've lost count of the number of times that we've set out only to be blocked by impenetrable undergrowth! But we continue to plough on, and last week were rewarded by discovering a newly cleared track that meant we could finally map out a circular walk over this lovely hillside.

It's a fabulous walk, with some of the best views of the Pyrenean chain that we've seen from within our village boundaries. And it's very straightforward, with most of the walking on lanes and well-made tracks, so perfect for French Foothillers and a great way to get a sense of where you are on your first day here.

The photos here were taken on a gloriously sunny day just after a light fall of snow - we hope it won't snow when you're here (!) but I've included them to give you a sense of our foothills in all their winter wonderland glory. In total, you'll walk around 14km; with lots of photo stops we walked for three and a half hours.

Begin by walking down the track from Maison Grillou towards the lane at the bottom of the hill. There are always lovely views of the chain from here.