Day 2 - Bedous to Somport & the Spanish frontier

Early morning start from Bedous







Jouers











Very good breakfast at the Hotel Permayous on the main road bypassing Accous

The useful "wrong way" direction marker













The horses of the equestrian centre between Accous and Cette-Eygun. You can join a guided horseriding group to Santiago here, or you can stay the night with an evening meal, breakfast, and, if you need it, collection from further down the valley

The path is on the N134 for several sections after this - fortunately there is not much traffic on it











Wooden bridge over the Aspe







Entering Etsaut, just off the Camino on the left. (Borce on the left is older and more cultural, but Etsaut has the bars and hotels)

The bar in the main square of Etsaut

The old road out of Etsaut







The road sections mainly have good wide verges, but there are short sections which are narrower - fortunately there is very little traffic.





Arrival at Urdos

with a little bridge over the street

the valley broadens out

and there was ahelicopter bringing mountain cheeses down to the railhead



Irish pilgrim exhausted by the hot day!





The path takes to the woods for the last few km. to the summit







Lots of mushrooms and funghi



Occasional open sections with fantastic views















Nearly at the top











A wall full of curious curled worms on a deserted ski lodge

Only 400m. to the summit

The actual summit.

The excellent refugio on the Spanish side, which had a very good café in the same building.