After a nice lunch on our mini-terrace which looked at Bidart, we decided to walk the northern part of the Sentier Litorral. Bidart is a village of about 6,000 people (about 5 times the size of Guethary). Even though it's literally across the street from us and the village center is a 20 minute walk away, we've never explored it, thinking it was much more commercial.
Officially, the Sentier Littoral turns back up the hill along the access road to Erretegia. It then parallels the N10 highway for hundred yards before ending half a mile away on city streets.
Turning north again, the trail forked and offered an opportunity to regain the Sentier Littoral a hundred vertical feet above, but we decided to continue north along the lower trail.
Instead, we made our way up the hillside past an elegant hotel and on to the small side streets of Bidart. According to Karen's GPS watch, we'd covered just under 4 miles. Since we were hungry and had forgotten to buy bread, we decided to race back along the streets to our favorite bakery not far from our place in Guethary. We made it just before they closed and noted that our total distance was 6 miles.
As I mentioned, we've often done the 5-mile walk south along the Sentier Litorral into Saint Jean de Luz for lunch or a movie but never considered the walk north. Now that we've seen the beauty of the trails in the cliffs of Bidart, when we want a nearby hike (as opposed to a walk), we'll do these northern trails again.