St Ferréol hermitage where the view changes around every corner of its tree-filled grounds. Walk one way and you’ll see the Pyrenees melt into a Matisse-blue sea, go through the old stone gateway and Mount Canigou and entourage wearing their capes of early snow dominate the mountainscape.

We pass evocatively named places busy with history; Besalú, St Jaume de Llierca, Castellfollit de la Roca before entering Olot and the Parc Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa abundant with fascinating conical and sometimes symmetrical hills.

WALK THE REGION WITH LEIGH AND MERRY FOSTER Lavall, Sorède Map IGN 1:25000 Banyuls/Col de Perthus/CoteVermeille (GPS) 2549 OT   This is a short walk up and down the valley of Lavall (Lavail) near Sorède,…

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