Trail Running Holiday Pyrenees
16th Sept - 23rd Sept 2017.
A HOLIDAY DESIGNED FOR SOLO RUNNERS OR RUNNERS WITH A PARTNER WHO ENJOYS WALKING
Trail Running Holiday Pyrenees is based in the beautiful central Spanish Pyrenees. Designed also for a non-running partner, it combines guided trail running with a guided walking holiday. We are Simon and Lucy, and you will be staying at our renovated farmhouse. Whether running or walking, this is a great way to explore the area in and around the National Park of Ordesa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Pyrenees Geopark where we live.
Runners: Whether you are an experienced trail runner, transitioning from road running, or just enjoy running, this could be your perfect holiday. The trails here provide stunning scenery and a mix of terrain, from mountain ridges, passes, forest trails, single track and dirt road to rocky paths.
Our running guides for this week are Jonathan Worswick and Guillem Sancho Torné. Jonathan is a running coach who lives in Australia and Guillem is a qualified mountain guide, and mountain runner.
Jonathan is also writing a Trail Running blog. He will cover technique, kit as well training. Read Jonathans blog HERE.
We have only 7 places available for runners.
Walkers: Our walks will take us close to the runners so we can meet up for lunch, or a drink. There is a choice of gentle day walks and more exhilarating treks.
Local guides will join us sharing their knowledge of flora and fauna, as well as geology and local history.
There are only 5 places available for walkers.
Run the video !
The region of Sobrabre, where we live, hosts a number of races, including the Ultra-Trail. This gives you a glimpse of the landscapes you will discover in this unspoilt corner of the Spanish Pyrenees.
Trail Running Holiday Pyrenees with Guided Walking • Dates and Prices 2017
No Single Supplement. Excludes Flights.
5 runners places available Sept 2017
4 walkers places available Sept 2017
Trail Running and Guided Walking include full board at our 17th century farmhouse. There is No Single Supplement. Flights are excluded.
We can provide transfers from Zaragoza airport for the Ryan Air flight from London Stansted, or Zaragoza train station for trains from Barcelona or Madrid for an additional charge of €60 per person return. From Zaragoza it is around two hours to our base in the Pyrenees. For more information see how to get to Albella.
*Offer - The running and walking holiday include FREE airport transfers from Zaragoza.
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DAY 3 Trail Running Holiday Pyrenees: Monday
Runners and Walkers
Passing through Torla we head to the dramatic valley of Bujaruelo, on the edge of the Ordesa National Park. Once there we all begin our day from the beautiful medieval bridge, Puente San Nicolás.
On the way home this is a great place to dip your feet in the crystal waters. It has even been known for us to swim here in September!!
Watch this 45 second video!
Time: 4 - 4½ hours. Ascent 962m.
Having left the bridge of San Nicolás we follow the river upstream gradually ascending on a farm track until we reach single track, and a secluded valley.
After a short climb, we enter the valley basin, before climbing again on single track to reach a saddle. There are waterfalls and breathtaking open views to all sides. The French Pyrenees can be seen just across the valley. For those who wish to “bag” the nearby peaks, the views are even better! Equally, we can just relax, have lunch, and enjoy the stunning scenery. All the hard work is done, as it’s all down-hill from here.
Heading off down the other side of the ridge we run down long zig-zags on single track, arriving at a borda (farm building) at the head of the valley. A farm track and a short descent takes us to the valley floor and a well-deserved cold beer!
Picnic/nutrition en route - carried.
DAY 4 Trail Running Holiday Pyrenees: Tuesday
This is our easy day! We have various options to choose from today.
Running & Walking
There are a number of self-guided trails straight from the farmhouse suitable for running or walking. For runners, if you have a word with Jonathan he may even take you with him on an adventure (either reconnoitering another route or just checking out a new trail). Picnic or light lunch at the farmhouse.
DAY 5 Trail Running Holiday Pyrenees: Wednesday
After breakfast we all leave to visit the valley of Ordesa.
We will depart to run the longest of the faja trails (narrow path), and arguably the most dramatic. This is a circular route, running on a high single track just below the Ordesa ridge. The initial steep climb is well worth the effort as the views of the valley below are stunning. As we descend we see the impressive Circo de Soaso, formed by glacial erosion, and the 3km high peaks. The magnificent Cola de Caballo (horsetail falls), our turning point, together with the Grados de Soaso (a cascade of falls), on our descent, are two of the most beautiful waterfalls to be found in the Pyrenees.
Short option Grados de Soaso. Time: 4-5 hours. Long option out and back to the Refugio. Time:5-6hours.
Picnic/nutrition en route - carried.
Have the choice of the same route as the runners (Time 6-7hours) or an Easier Option.
Easier Option: We walk through beautiful beech woods visiting three very different waterfalls, with the impressive 800m cliffs of the Ordesa canyon rising above us. We gradually climb to the Grados de Soaso (a cascade of falls) before we emerge from the canyon to see Monte Perdido, the open valley and the Circo de Soaso (a half-open steep-sided hollow at the head of the valley formed by glacial erosion). We walk to the Cola de Caballo (horse tail falls) at the head of the valley before returning to the pradera car park. Picnic en route - carried.
Time: 5 hours. Ascent: 500m.
DAY 8 Trail Running Holiday Pyrenees: Saturday
A flexible timetable depending on departure times. A light lunch or a picnic is available.
Please note this is strictly a non-smoking holiday.
"I stayed at Casa Allue as part of a trail running activity holiday and can honestly say that everything was fantastic, Lucy and Simon's attention to detail is exceptional."
Rob. Milton Keynes. September 2016.