Villages Where Time Stands Still
Today’s route takes you on part of the Saint Jean de Compostella route, along paths and tracks that have been used for centuries by traders and pilgrims.
First, you’ll ride up to the authentic little village of Portet d’Aspet at the head of the Bellongue valley where you’ll join the paths and tracks of the Saint Jean de Compostella, an ancient route used by pilgrims and mountain traders for centuries.
As you then make your way back down the Bellongue valley, you’ll pass through more authentic little villages where time appears to have stood still, noticing the unique architectural style of the buildings along the way.
Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to pick up the pace on these gentler paths and stop occasionally to refresh yourself and your horse at one of the many fountains and drinking troughs that have been serving weary travellers since forever.
After around 5 hours in the saddle you’ll reach the head of the valley where your overnight in a traditional Ariège farmhouse awaits.
You’ll see to your horses needs and let them loose in the paddock before treating yourself to a good shower after your day in the saddle.
Marion will treat you to a delicious home-cooked evening meal created from fresh local produce.