An uphill walk, mainly alongside a gushing white water river noisily cascading over bolders and rocks, with a number of waterfalls. You then arrive at Pont d’Espagne; from where you can take a chairlift to walk on to Lac de Gaube.
From Cauterets, today’s walk largely follows the Grande Randonnee (GR) 10 walking route, marked by white and red parallel stripes. A gradual ascent takes you on a well maintained gravel path out of Cauterets to La Raillere. After passing a grand old hotel, now derelict, you arrive at shops and cafes around Cascade du Lutour. The path then ascends alongside a gushing white water river to your left, with many spectacular waterfalls to be seen along the way as you climb up to the stone arched bridge of ‘Pont d’Espagne’. From here it is a short walk to the 'Telesiege de Gaube' chairift station. After completing the walk, you can take a 12 minute ride on the chairlift that will wisk you up to Belvedere, the beginning of the next section of today's walk.
Spare a moment to see the derelict grand old hotel at Raillere and tram terminus shelter (remnants of 19th century winter sporting holidays). From here the uphill riverside walk up to Pont d’Espagne is spectular, as you pass alongside many waterfalls. The arch bridge Pont d’Espagne is an impressive sight. After completing the walk Pont d'Espagne, the chairlift can be enjoyed to transport you to the next part of today's walk.
Look out for the parallel white and red markings. The position of the path can be unclear around the rocks near to the river (the crossed white and red stripes are warnings that the path is NOT in that direction).
A waterproof coat (to deal with summer showers), walking poles/stick and stout footwear are advisable.
Cauterets has plenty of shops for food, drink, medicines and hiking equipment. There are also a number of shops and places for eating and drinking around Cascade du Lutour. Also there is a café at Pont d’Espagne.
Tickets for the chairlift can be purchased at the chairlift station (15 Euros - July 2017). A small reduction is offered for purchasing tickets for both this and the Cirque du Lys cable car and chairlift trips, see: http://www.cauterets.com
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