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Riding the Voie Verte From Foix to Saint Girons (Part 1)

Riding the Voie Verte From Foix to Saint Girons (Part 1)

Summer holidays means microadventures! After a few single day rides on the more local-to-me Lavelanet-Mirepoix voie verte, I set my sights on a slightly bigger adventure for our 2021 holiday. The two smalls, now 5 and 7, have become confident cyclists and I was convinced they could manage it. The original plan was to go…

A Walk to the Refuge du Chioula

Ever since we moved to this stunningly beautiful part of the world, I’ve been hankering for some walks higher into the mountains; however, it turns out isn’t so easy with young children. Last year, when we visited Orlu, I discovered there are these wonderful mountain refuges tucked away in remote places high up in the…

A Short and Sensible (But Not Fast or Easy) Walk Around Bugarach
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A Short and Sensible (But Not Fast or Easy) Walk Around Bugarach

The Plan When a friend suggested joining them for a walk naturally I agreed. We don’t get out on “proper walks” as often as I’d like and making a date with someone else is always good motivation. Said friend suggested tackling the Pic du Bugarach. Okay, I said. I checked the route she was thinking…

Riding the Voie Verte from Lavelanet-Mirepoix (Part 2)
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Riding the Voie Verte from Lavelanet-Mirepoix (Part 2)

With the last week of the holidays looming, I really wanted to get out and finish the remaining 20km of Lavelanet-Mirepoix voie vert (greenway). I rode the first “half” (from Lavelanet to Chalabre) with DD and DS a few weeks before and it worked out well. It was much easier than I thought it would…

Riding the Voie Verte from Lavelanet to Mirepoix (Part 1)
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Riding the Voie Verte from Lavelanet to Mirepoix (Part 1)

Update 2021! There have been considerable improvements to the surface of this route since I completed this ride. We’ll be riding it again soon and report back with updates. In short, the rough section from Sainte-Colombe is now greatly improved and is a fast, easy-going surface. Much more enjoyable and accessible. Before the holidays, determined…