Walking in a hot place — suggestions?

The sunshine has inspired me to get out to a lovely hot place and walk, again. My first thoughts were of the GR20, but (i) I’ve already done it quite recently, and (ii) the new booking system is too much of a faff for me to contemplate, if it’s being enforced.

Any suggestions? I could always go back to the Pyrenees and do another 14 days along the Haute Route, but I’m wondering what else might be around. My preference is for camping outside Refuges, and doing some eating inside them (it’s great fun, trying out the fledgling French).

All suggestions welcome 🙂


13 Responses to Walking in a hot place — suggestions?

  1. PhilT says:

    I hear Scotland is nice this time of year?


  2. Alan Rayner says:

    Give the Picos de Europa a try. You will not be disappointed.

  3. Mango Terrier says:

    The Picos de Europa are wonderful, but … no water above 1,500m and nowhere to camp on account of the exceedingly broken limestone terrain. The refuges are good, and you can do an eight-day figure-of-eight. Start with ferry Plymouth > Santander then take bus.

    How about the GR5 to the coast, starting around Briancon? Splendid time of year for it, and you can finish by strolling down the Boulevard des Anglais(es).

    Then take a ferry over to Corsica and do the northerly Corsican coast-to-coast. Grrrwwff!

    • peewiglet says:

      Ta, Mango. You’re a dog of wide and varied experience!

      Those water and camping issues don’t sound ideal, but I’ll take a closer look.

      GR5, eh? Ooh! Will take a look at that one, thanks ♥ It would certainly be nice to get back to Corsica. Paddy says it’s possible to ignore the daft booking restrictions, so I’m tempted to take another stab at the GR20 while my knees will still allow it.

  4. peewiglet says:

    Hmmm… Googling has revealed that the Picos de Europa lie in Spain. After my last experience of walking in Spain–unfriendly is putting it mildly–I think I’ll avoid it until (i) I can go there with a bloke, like every properly regulated Catholic woman, or (ii) I’ve learned to speak the language.

    Will go and look up the GR5 now.

  5. Laura says:

    Briancon? Right on the doorstep! When do you plan to do this? I’m a bit stuck here in UK cos of 2nd grandchild due at end of July but I can probably help with local knowledge etc. Look at GR5 variants in Queyras Park too.

  6. Alan Rayner says:

    We wild camped every night for 10 days in the Picos and had some beautiful pitches. The refuges are very good and can provide you with all the food and water that you need. You can also camp close to them.
    I also found that the local villages were very friendly. Even though they speak very little english they made great efforts to communicate.

    Although i cannot speak purely from a woman’s point of view, i don’t believe Northern Spain is at all dangerous for you.

    If i get a minute i will did out some photo’s and put them on my blog for you to have a look at.

  7. Alan Rayner says:

    Hi Shirl,
    Well i dug out my old pics of the Picos and to my surprise i only had 2 photo’s of campsites and they were not that informative.
    I came to the conclusion, going through them, that because the pictures were taken in the days of film rather than memory cards that i was more interested in the mountains than the tent.
    When you could only take 24 or 36 pictures per film every shot counted.
    Sheila agrees with you that you, that it would be better to go with a partner if possible. Not because there is any danger but just for the peace of mind.
    I hope that you put this place on your list, as it’s relatively close to home and it’s such a beautiful area.
    Where ever you decide to go, have a good time—-Alan and Sheila.

  8. Martin Banfield says:

    Hi Shirl
    Picos is tough terrain at times, and the maps leave a little to be desired. I think you’d be better going with a mate.
    GR5 could be a bit ‘soft’ on the other hand, but plenty of company there.
    A tour of the Queyras could be what you are looking for – consider extending this to loop around Monte Viso.
    If you were to ask Kev Reynolds, he may well suggest GR54 (Oisans).
    The Vanoise is another option.

    Personally, I would consider heading for the sunny Dolomites with a day sack – lots of friendly mountain huts with good food, but camping isn’t allowed in the National Parks. You could choose Alta Via 1 if you haven’t been before.

    A browse through ‘Walking in the Alps’ (if you don’t have it….!) will provide much more inspiration.

    Have fun with the planning.

  9. Stefan says:

    Hi Shirl, thanx for your comment! Was back in London, am now back in motherland…
    I wished I could make a good contribution- well, maybe Gran Sasso National Park in Italy near Rome? Then there’s the Karnischer Höhenweg from Austria into Slovenia. Should both be warm enough. The former’s been on my list for a long time.
    Other than that, for future reference: the best hike I found in the world is Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile, in late August/ early September- ie winter, just before the season starts. But a bit far, admittedly, and not the best time of year now… Take care!

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