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VillageThing



Member Since: 27 Nov 2017
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I’ve been to the Pyrenees twice and to the French Alps twice. On all occasions I have used the app ViewRanger. The app itself is free and you can download various different maps for off-line use.

The maps I use are ‘open cycle maps’. They give really good detail of the mountain tracks. They are free and can be downloaded direct from the app. I also take with me aerial photographic views of the same area. These are also available for free download within ViewRanger.

View Ranger also has a good selection of routes that you can download. Most of them are free but some people charge a nominal amount to download these routes. This is in a form of “credit“ system, where you buy credits online and spend them on routes.

Post #716738 8th Jul 2018 5:03pm
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8619simon



Member Since: 05 Nov 2016
Location: North Wales
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Wales 1995 Defender 110 300 Tdi CSW Epsom Green

We are also heading off to Pyrenees in August, I have the Vibraction book, Road Book 5 with the gpx file. The route looks great but would appreciate any other routes or suggestions from those that have been. Is the smugglers track from Andora into Spain worth doing?

Going with the family so ideally looking to drive tracks for a day to a destination and stop for two nights to walk / bike then another day on tracks etc. Working our way East to West. If any one has suggestions of locations to visit etc much appreciated.

Thanks

Simon

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VillageThing



Member Since: 27 Nov 2017
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Well Simon, I hope you have a good time.

I'd recommend a few places:-

Andorra La Vella - Capital of Andorra. Tax free shopping trip. Go even if you only fill up with fuel and buy a nice bottle of Scotch.

Pas de La Casa - a short track behind the town ascending to 2618m ASL - the highest drivable track (that I could find).

Track to a Smugglers Tunnel. Follow the track up from El Serrat in a NW direction. The tunnel has wire mesh over the entrance but there's not much left. Take a torch and wellies to see some amazing ice stalactites. When you're bored with the tunnel, continue up the track (yes, it says no vehicles) Get to the top via the incredible steep final section of this track (low box, first gear and loads of revs) to find a delightful cafe/restaurant with a very friendly owner (who drives a Toyota - nobody is perfect).

Visit the abandoned village of Janovas. The Spanish Government evacuated this village to build a dam but the dam never went ahead - only some preliminary works. The military shelled the village to prevent the residents from returning. There was one property being renovated when I was last there in 2014.

Embalse del Llauset - a lake with a huge dam. To build the dam, the construction company built a long tunnel through the mountain to get the lorries in and out. The tunnel remains open to the public. From the N-130 road take the track through Aneto. It's quite a trip to get there but well worth it.

On the way out Visit Canfranc Railway station. Built in Victorian times to welcome rich skiers from Paris. Abandoned but being renovated. Explore the rail yard behind the station.

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Canfrac railway station

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Embalse del Llauset

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Janovas - The only part of the dam to be built

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Janovas village

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The restaurant at the ski lift

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The VERY steep bit

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Inside the tunnel

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Highest Track near Pas de la Casa

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languedoc



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I’m ashamed to admit that I live 45 minutes from Pas and never knew that was there!

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Grenadier



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Cracking photos and info VillageThing, definitely makes me want to visit. And the French certainly knew how to build train stations. Thumbs Up Monsieur Le Grenadier

I've not been everywhere, but it's on my list.....

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Post #716969 10th Jul 2018 6:11am
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8619simon



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Village thing...Thank you for so many ideas, photos are great! Counting the days now and really looking forward to the adventure. We're staying in Font-romeu to start so the Andorra start is ideal. Thumbs Up

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