There are lots of different ways to get out and active in and around the Vallée d'Aspe. The tourist office in Bedous has full lists of accredited operators, along with details of guided walks and nature trips around the valley.

Hiking

For most people, the main reason to visit the Vallée d’Aspe is the chance to tramp the trails. Route suggestions and planning tools are available from the useful Caminaspe (www.caminaspe.fr) website.

The GR10 long-distance trail (part of the iconic Chemin St-Jacques) winds through the valley via the high-altitude village of Lescun, 5.5km from Bedous, which offers westerly views of the stunning Cirque de Lescun, an amphitheatre of jagged limestone mountains, backed by the 2504m Pic d’Anie. The village also marks the start of several fantastic day hikes. One stunning section of the GR10 leads northwest from Lescun via the Refuge de Labérouat and along the base of Les Orgues de Camplong (Camplong Organ Pipes). As long as the weather holds, you'll be guaranteed spectacular views back over the Vallée de Lescun and the distinctive Pic du Midi d'Ossau (2884m), but it's a high-altitude hike, so check the weather forecast, wear proper footwear, and pack wet-weather gear just in case.

Another popular route follows the GR10 south from Borce or Etsaut to Fort du Portalet, a 19th-century fortress used as a prison in WWII by the Germans and the Vichy government. In summer, 2½-hour tours (€10) in English can be organised through the Bedous tourist office or online (www.tourisme-aspe.com/fort-du-portalet.html).

The Bedous tourist office sells maps and the locally produced guidebook, Le Topo des 45 Randonnées en Vallée d’Aspe.

Horse Riding & Donkey Trekking

In the days before road and rail, the only way to transport goods over the mountains was using mule-power, and donkey trekking is still a great way to experience the mountains.

Paragliding

There are several paragliding schools in Accous, which offer tandem baptême (introductory) rides with an instructor from €70.