Port de Materat

A bit later than anticipated as we had no alarm clock!!! We managed to get away from the barn about 8.30am for our explore into another area.

We had looked at maps and come up with a plan to do a circular loop up to Port de Materat and back via another couple of cabanes.

We arrived at the village of Ossese a 30 minute drive from us, literally just in the next valley.

Took a look at the sign post which said 4hrs 30 mins to the col…slightly longer than planned.

We set off nonetheless in the heat and not a cloud in the sky.

We had a steady pace and were at the top in under 3 hours phew!!!

Lunch at the top with a cool wind much appreciated. Great views into Spain before we ventured back for the return.

View into SpainView into Spain 

All was going well until we reached the second cabane and the path and markers seemed to totally disappear. Maps being read, decisions being made, bilberry bushes growing large as we waded through them….strangely enough there were loads to pick for the tarte aux myrtilles…I winder why? Do you think we are not on any path at all???

Very true, anyway eventually we bush whacked through bilberries, bracken and trees and found our way to the river where we could cross and head back to the main track on the other side of the valley. Still another 45 minute steep descent but very happy to see the red and white markers on the rock to say we were heading the right way!!A good explore anyway. Great views of the ridges and putting names to peaks etc.

We popped in quickly to see Lee as planning a walk with him on Fri. He is coming up with a plan great. Then back up to the auberge to see Anuk for a couple fo drinks, rene busy at work in the kitchen and we also needed to collect the solar panels which had arrived.

Both quite tired it was a very quick chilli and rice before bed.

A good day out.

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