Sunday 3 February 2013

How challenging is the walking

Sophie, I contacted you last year, but preceded on my own with a friend.  I am working on a novel re the Cathars & your tour would be invaluable.  I found, however, that I was not able to climb Montsegur or Lastours -- & that may also be true of some of the other castles since, from your pictures, many of them involve complicated climbs.  If this is so, would such a trip be worth my while?  I'm in good health but am 76 & found that the climbs were not helped by my work on a treadmill.  Unfortunately, tho I reached an incline of 13,  it doesn't have gravel, holes or rocks to climb over!

Montsegur is significantly more difficult a climb than any of the others.   Lastours has been replaced by Minerve on the 2013 scheduled tour. Last September I would have said Peyreperteuse was also also verging on the extremely difficult but on that September tour  one participant who was partially sighted and in his eighties climbed to the castle happily.  The paths are fine, no chasms,holes, rocks or significant gravel issues.  They are often lined with box wood forest which serves as a hand rail for the turns.  The thing I look out for is the occasional tree trunk semi buried crossing through, or narrowing a pathway from time to time.   Walking shoes or boots are however a requirement.

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