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Gordon Wilson is still trekking the Pyrenees at 69 and has written new guide Space For Wonder

Edgerton pensioner still treks across the Pyrenees

Age is just a number.

It may be a cliché, but grandfather-of-six Gordon Wilson from Edgerton has proved just that since trekking the length of the Pyrenees nearly three times.

Gordon, who will be 70 later this year, has no plans to stop and aims to be trekking with partner Angharad Thomas well into their eighties.

The keen hiker enjoys the fresh air and scenery so much, he has even written a guide so that other people his age can give it a go.

Space For Wonder: A Guide to Trekking the Mountain Frontier of the Pyrenees was published on January 11, and aims to encourage people that hiking can be done at any age.

Gordon first visited the mountains, which lie along the border between France and Spain, in 2001 with Angharad, and started on the tricky high-altitude routes.

“We went to the high mountains first, to do them while we were still ‘young’, and then worked our way outwards, both east and west, in subsequent years”, said Gordon.

The couple have since returned and hiked it several times, and estimate they have covered the entire 300-mile length of them two and a half times.

Gordon said: “If Angharad and I could traverse this barrier that divides Spain from France, so could any other reasonably fit person who loves to walk in high hills and who is grabbed by the idea of traversing a mountainous border from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean – whatever their age.”

Gordon with partner Angharad Thomas

Angharad, 65, said: “He is very active for his age - he gets out almost every day.

“We’ve met lots of people while doing our treks, including one couple who were in their late eighties, so that is our goal!

“He wanted to write something that gave people extra insight into walking the Pyrenees - they are full of social history as refugees have fled across them in the Spanish civil war and WW2.”

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Gordon and Angharad, a retired art lecturer, have explored many of the mountains’ trails, including those taken by Jews fleeing the Nazis in France during WW2.

She added: “There are lots of guides written for young people who hike long distances and carry heavy loads - he wanted to put it out there that you don’t have to do it like this and if you pack lightly, people of any age can do it.”

Gordon has been hiking since he was a child, and still enjoys long walks in the local area, the Lake District and Peak District.

Scenery in the Pyrenees



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