Photo credit: E. X. Dueñas.

An extensive network of ways, tracks, trails, paths and lanes crisscross the Basque Country for people to enjoy nature, learn about the past and to use for outdoor activities. That may sound like an advertising slogan, but it is rather praising their use, enjoyment and learning about the history where they can be found.

It would probably be hard to find another place where so many GR (Gran Randonnée long-distance trails), PR (Petit Randonnée short-distance trails), greenways, etc. exist in such a small physical space. However, that has not always been the case. The proliferation of this mesh of routes has occurred in the last 50 years. Strangely enough, it is the result of a wide range of earlier religious, livestock, industrial or commercial uses, to name a few. (more…)