Robert Nurden was a guest of HF Holidays, Imperial House, Edgware Road, London NW9 5AL (tel: 0181-905 9558/9388; e-mail: hfholidays@compuserve. com). A seven-night holiday, including return flights to Toulouse, costs from pounds 425.
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Apart from walking, the Bareges region has interesting flora and fauna, especially butterflies. Borderline (tel: 00 33 562 926895; fax: 00 33 562 928343; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.borderlinehols.com) also offers tailor-made holidays in the region for walkers, botanists, lepidopterists and mountain-bikers. Lourdes is half-an-hour away by road.
French Tourist Board (tel: 0891 244123; calls cost 60p per minute).