Walking the Pyrenees

The Atlantic to the Mediterranean on the GR10

In 2013 I walked the length of the Pyrenees mountain range, from coast to coast. The GR10 trail begins at Hendaye, on the Atlantic Ocean, and winds its long way East for 538 miles to reach Banyuls-Sur-Mer on the Mediterranean Sea. The trail runs parallel to the French-Spanish border, almost entirely on the French side, yet occasionally crossing into Spain. The route passes through Basque region of France before climbing into the Hautes-Pyrénées, crossing the Haute-Garonne and the remote Ariège region before descending back to sea-level in the Mediterranean.

The varied route passes through farmlands, high mountain passes, beautiful mountain lakes and misty forests. Hiker will be often completely isolated, yet the trail detours through many small villages so supplies are rarely an issue.

Read my first-hand account of my walk across the Pyrenees, as well as some photos and tips for how to plan your own Pyrenean adventure.

    • Location: French Pyrenees
    • Length: 538 miles (866 km)
    • Western Terminus: Hendaye
    • Eastern Terminus: Banyuls-sur-Mer
    • Highest Point: Hourquette d’Ossoue, 2734m, (8970 ft)
    • Lowest Point: Hendaye, 0m; Banyuls-Sur-Mer, 0m
    • Elevation Change: 48,000 m, (157,000 ft)