The Green Route

(La Voie Verte des Gaves)

On foot, biking, rollerblading or with a pushchair, discover
Argelès-Gazost valley along the old railway line.

Crossed towns and villages

Lourdes | Lugagnan | Ger | Geu | Boô-Silhen | Ayzac-Ost
Argelès-Gazost | Lau-Balagnas | Saint-Savin | Adast | Pierrefitte-Nestalas

Permitted activities on the route

Running | Wheelchair | Walking 

Roller skating | Road or mountain bike | All terrain bikes

Length & surface

18 km | Tarmac

Lourdes to Cauterets in a peaceful setting.

On foot, biking, rollerblading or with a pushchair, discover the Argeles Gazost valley at your own pace on a resurfaced railway line.

The old railway track is now a peaceful bike path which takes you from Lourdes to Cauterets - an interesting way to discover the valley!

All along this 18km tarmacked track, info boards tell you about the villages you pass through. Their rich heritage is certainly worth a stop off!

A little history...

Pierrefitte-Nestalas was once connected to Lourdes by train, and to Cauterets and Luz Saint-Sauveur by a small electric tramway, the PCL (Pierrefitte-Cauterets-Luz).

The Lourdes - Pierrefitte - Nestalas line was commissioned by the "Compagnie des Railways du Midi et du Canal Lateral à la Garonne " in 1871 and finally closed in 1993.

It linked the Gavarnie Valleys to the national rail network. It also ferried spa patients to the Luz Saint-Sauveur and Cauterets spas, from its terminus at Pierrefitte-Nestalas station. It contributed to the economic development of the valley by transporting workers, as well as cargo from the mines, quarries and chemical factories in the valley.

Getting there

The green route has "Tourism and Disability" accreditation for all four disabilities (motor, mental, auditory and visual) on the Lourdes / Pierrefitte-Nestalas section of the path. The section between Pierrefitte and Cauterets is not paved, it is accessible to pedestrians and mountain bikes only.