The Pyrenees is a perfect place to improve fitness


Pyrenean trail running & Ariege races

Trail running near Bouan

Trail runningin the Pyrenees offers spectacular mountain terrain with fine views and interesting wildlife. See snow capped peaks, mountain Orris(primitive stone shelters) and tranquil lakes. We have plenty of runs for you to enjoy and can offer maps and accompaniment. Several start from the house including the Sinsat run, gently undulating and the much tougher Col de Ussat, Clot de Carboniere, Lujat 12km (+850m).



Dates for the Ariege 2015 trail running race calendar







Montcalm mountain marathon is the classic of the summer and we have a brave group of 6 here at the moment ready to take part.  


There are also often local races to enter. See here:



 Images Dan Webber/Shane Ohly

 Trails to run locally from the house

  • Col de Ussat Circuit via chapel de Lujat 
  • Run to Ussat from the house and then ascend the col de ussat and descent to the house via Barry d'en Haut Optional to run up the clot de carbonnaire to make more of a challenge. ~ 9.6km +366m
  • House - Col de Ussat Circuit and around to the Chapel de Lujat and drop into Barry d'en haut
  • Col de Ussat - Chapel d' Arnave - Tarascon sur Ariege and back on the road - quite an adventure
  • Run to Sinsat along the river
  • Cross the N20 and drive up to the col de Larnat (alternatevely run there). There are some FFA courses marked out there on the plateau.

Circuit training in Ussat les Bains fitness circuit

Just outside Ussat les Bains Spa

Just at the bottom of the road from our square is a park opposite the Thermal Spa and a great little circuit of exercise elements to complete. In addition there is a 1km marked trail for interval training and a 500m additional stretch. 

Afterwards why not relax and enjoy a coffee or cake at the cafe opposite. Morning training for 1hr on booking (15 euros/person) – or enjoy it solo.