You don’t have to travel far to discover a breath-taking region you can explore at your own pace on two feet or two wheels.

For those seeking fresh air, magnificent scenery and somewhere off the beaten track should take a look at what a new tour operator Purely Pyrenees is offering.

Launched last year Purely Pyrenees plans to be the leading English speaking tour operator dedicated to self-guided walking and cycling holidays in the French and Spanish Pyrenees.

The company was founded by Frenchman Vincent Fonvieille, who was born in the Pyrenees. “I’ve always had a soft spot for Britain,” he says, explaining why he has launched an English language holiday programme with itineraries, transfers, accommodation and packages for the Anglophone market. “You visit iconic places every day,” he says. “And stay in truly authentic hotels enjoying some of the best cuisine in France.”

No matter your age, ability or fitness Purely Pyrenees has some 30 walking and cycling itineraries to choose from ranging from the Natural Magic of Aragon where you can wander in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees and mingle among the ruins of 1000 year old castles to a four-day cycling holiday on electric bikes exploring the Mediterranean Pyrenees.

An ideal choice for a holiday with the grandchildren, close friends or a romantic getaway for you and your partner. What’s more you don’t have the hassle of a long-haul flight or jet lag to overcome. You can travel by air or sea and even take the car.

Promising superior accommodation, authentic cuisine and reasonable prices Purely Pyrenees is run by English-speaking experts and has designed holidays for Brits wanting to escape the madness of the city and take a stroll or a cycle round rural paradise. Price from £541 per person for four-nights accommodation excluding flights.

For more information or www.purelypyrenees.com /02785 94906.