Mevrouw T and I will never run with the bulls in Pamplona; walking with the cows, sheep and, best of all, the Merens horses of the Bethmale Valley in the French Pyrenees is more our style.
As spring arrives, stock are moved from the small farms and villages up the valley to the high mountain pastures, where they are left to graze for the summer months. The movement, known as the Transhumance, has become a festive occasion, with food, music and a crowd of walkers and horse-riders accompanying the animals.
For two days we walk with them, as they pass first through the tiny Bethmale villages, then up through forest to finally emerge in the open meadows.
Thanks to our guides Ton and An.
Ton offers accommodation and guiding from Le Petit Refuge, in the village of Ayet, Bethmale Valley.
An organises walking events through her (Dutch) website http://www.wandelnaarjezelf.nl