A walk around the beautiful valley of the ‘Gave de Bastan’ and the villages of Pays Toy.
After ascending out of Luz St Sauveur on the Grande Randonne (GR) 10 hiking route into forests, you then descend to the pretty village of Viella. From here a gradual ascent takes you to wide open views of the valley. You then pass through the village of Betpouey, before crossing the river. The trail then passes through the sleepy mountainside village of Viey, after which you cross the river a couple more times before coming to the ruins of Chateau Sainte Marie, overlooking the town of Luz St Sauveur. Finally, a zig zag path takes you back to the town.
This walk around the valley of the Gave de Bastan is very scenic, in places looking down on mountainside villages, pastureland and clouds drifting around mountain peaks. All the villages you pass through are beautifully cared for. Take a moment to look into the church at Betpouey, dedicated to St Sabastine, with its unusual gallery.
There are a few roads with moderate traffic flow where you need to take care in crossing and walking alongside. All of the water fonts in the villages provide clean fresh water, perfectly safe to drink.
Sturdy footwear, walking poles and a waterproof to deal with summer showers are all advisable.
In July 2017, notices were posted along the GR 10 route warning of the route being closed for maintenance further on. However, this did not affect the parts of the GR 10 of this walk.
A new bridge over the Gave, near Betpouey, used on this walk is not featured on the map but is there.
There are a number of village taps en route where you can fill up your water bottle. However, these villages are very sleepy, without bars restaurants or shops. Therefore, you may wish to take something with you to eat and drink. Luz St Sauveur has a small supermarket and a number of backeries selling sandwhiches.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: WFSWIPNP