The Meridian Way
A fascinating trip following the Meridian Way, a route that closely follows the International Greenwich Meridian through the French départment of the Hautes Pyrenees. When the Greenwich Meridian was agreed upon as the international standard in 1884 the fact that it passed through some of the most impressive scenery in the French Pyrenees was probably not a major consideration. Starting in the attractive foothills the route builds up to a climax at Gavarnie in the heart of the mountains with a visit to the dramatic Cirque de Gavarnie. Our trip starts at the famous pilgrimage town of Lourdes where we take a funicular railway to the summit of the Pic du Jer (890m). The tour visits Luz St Sauveur exploring the town and fortified ‘Templar’ church. You will hike part of the famous GR10, the 700km long footpath from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.