Neouvielle

  • Neouvielle tower at left behind Lac Bleu - © William Mackesy
  •  Lake just below Col de Madamete - © William Mackesy
  • Horquette d"Aubert in distance - © William Mackesy
  • Boulou valley - © William Mackesy
  • Refuge de la Glere - © William Mackesy
  • North of Col de Madamete - © William Mackesy
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Key information: Neouvielle

  • The wild but lovely "lake district" of Néouville is a high granite mass which protrudes north of the high watershed border between France and Spain at the very heart of the high Pyrenees.
  • This is a fantastically broken area, serrated ridges looming above boulder-fields and lakes. But exceedingly beautiful.
  • This is tough walking in remote mountains. Come prepared.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85.5
  • Beauty33.5
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating85.5

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
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 Lake just below Col de Madamete - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

The wild but lovely "lake district" of Néouville is a high granite mass which protrudes some 25km north of the high watershed border between France and Spain at the very heart of the high Pyrenees, south-east of Lourdes and west of St-Lary-Soulan. The Pyrenean National Park pushes north to cover some of its highest peaks, with a nature reserve protecting some of its loveliest and wildest lakes and mountains to the east.

This is a fantastically broken area of granite, serrated ridges looming above boulder-fields and lakes. But exceedingly beautiful, with peaks and pines reflected in its many lakes.

You can get right in to the heart of the reserve by road for some thrilling day walking. This is a place for multi-day walking, though, as it is served by good refuges linked by plenty of paths, many of them unmarked. There is a wide selection of possible routes, the best perhaps circling from Barreges in the north or the southernly road from St-Lary-Soulan. See Cicerone's Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees.

The great GR10 Pyrenean traverse cuts southeast-northwest through some of the best country at the very heart of the park, although it will by definition not make a circuit in itself.

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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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Boulou valley - ©William Mackesy

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

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Refuge de la Glere - ©William Mackesy...
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