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Both Sides of the Pyrenees

Both Sides of the Pyrenees, by Bernard Newman. 8vo, 224 pages with index, sketch maps, and illustrations from photographs. London: Herbert Jenkins, 1952.

A middle-aged Englishman has written pleasantly about his bicycle tour, starting from Pau and going eastward, largely following the French Route des Pyrénées, and returning on the Spanish side. Although there is nothing of mountaineering, there are many detours into lateral valleys leading to high peaks, such as those near Gavarni and Luchon, which were viewed from both the French and Spanish sides. There is a diverting chapter on Andorra, another on the Basques, as well as useful itineraries which might easily form the basis of a climbing holiday.

J. M. T.