One of the things that might strike visitors to the area is the amount of dense woodland that remains. Most British areas that were once woodland are now tree-free (or nearly so): for example, Dartmoor, the Lake District, or even the New Forest. It’s one of the things that makes autumn so special here – you don’t have to go far too be treated to an almost psychedelic display of colour, and a day like today, with blue skies and sunshine, is a gift to anyone with a camera.
There’s an obvious place to go to see the most vivid colours, and that’s Cirque d’Archiane. So this afternoon’s ride went there first, then further up the valley towards the col de Menée, but just to Bénevise this time, as the wind was picking up and my extremities were starting to get cold.