Not having a car or wanting to hire one, I chose to go to an area where I could access trails without one in a beautiful part of the Spanish Pyrenees. My choice was the Val d’Aran, a part of Spain that should really be part of France because it contains the headwaters of the River Garonne that flows northwards to reach the Bay of Biscay north of Bordeaux. I chose the Val d’Aran because it is near to the Parc Nacional d’Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, a typically long-winded Spanish name for a lovely area rather like our Lake District, except that the mountains are higher and more pointed and the lakes are smaller and more numerous. The name means “National Park of Twisting Streams and the Lake of Saint Maurice”. Why St. Maurice’s Lake was singled out for special attention I have no idea. Anyway, my choice was a fortunate one because I discovered there is a public Bus Parc which ferries hikers round the perimeter of the Park in both directions twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, enabling us to walk in the Park for at least four hours and return to our lodgings or to walk through the Park, stay at a mountain refuge and catch a bus on a subsequent day.
Here is a map of the Val d’Aran and the Park with the location of my trails marked with the numbers given in the text.