The Great Dune of Pyla - La Teste-de-Buch, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denben
N 44° 35.932 W 001° 12.275
30T E 642490 N 4939959
Quick Description: The Great Dune of Pyla is located 60 km south-west from Bordeaux in La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon Bay area, France. It was listed as a “Grand National Site” in 1978.
Location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Date Posted: 7/1/2013 5:33:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMHEHT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member condor1
Views: 5

Long Description:
The Dune of Pyla (or Pilat) is the tallest sand dune in Europe. It has a volume of about 60,000,000 m³, measuring around 500 m wide from east to west and 2.7 km in length from north to south. Its height is 108 metres above sea level. It is considered a foredune, meaning a dune that runs parallel to a shoreline, behind the high tide line of a beach. The dune has been observed to move landward, slowly pushing the forest back to cover houses, roads and even portions of the Atlantic Wall.

On 24 January 2009, a peak windspeed of 175 km/h (109 mph) was recorded during a storm at the dune, damaging the dune.

The dune is a famous tourist destination with more than one million visitors per year. Access to the dune is not restricted and you can climb it from any point. During the summer months a 154-step staircase is attached to the side of the dune to help you reach the top easily. At the top you are surrounded by the forests of the Landes on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other side. The entry to the dune is free.

Source: Wikipedia (visit link)
Waymark is confirmed to be publicly accessible: yes

Parking Coordinates: N 44° 35.856 W 001° 11.982

Access fee (In local currency): .00

Requires a high clearance vehicle to visit.: no

Requires 4x4 vehicle to visit.: no

Public Transport available: yes

Website reference: [Web Link]

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