Chemin de la Mature

  • Chemin de la Mature - © flickr user ben n Rachel McIntyre
  • Chemin de la Mature - © flickr user Paklto
  • Chemin de la Mature - © flickr user Paklto
  • Chemin de la Mature - © flickr user Baptiste MONSION
  • Chemin de la Mature - © flickr user Paklto
  • Chemin de la Mature - © flickr user Paklto
  • Chemin de la Mature - © flickr user Paklto
  • Chemin de la Mature - © flickr user Paklto

Key information: Chemin de la Mature

     

    • This famous path cut out of a sheer cliff-face was excavated in the C18 as a loggers path to transport timber for masts for the French navy.
      • This is a thrilling walk, but not for those who struggle with heights.
        • Starting at a bridge some 2km south of Estaut, you can walk the Chemin in 2 hours there and back, or continue on to the Col d'Ayons (at 2,185m) for superb views on to the Pic du Midi d'Ossau, a long day walk there and back. Lonely Planets Walking in France recommends a circuit of some 4 hours which gains high ground and huge views after passing up the Chemin.
        • This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

          For more information and photos, including on wildlife and the landscape and including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our French Pyrenees walk page.

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  • Human interest12
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Vital Statistics

  • Length: 7km upwards
  • Maximum Altitude: Up to 2,185m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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