Monday 24 June 1996
We walked into Sare along this old cobbled Roman road. It is now a pretty minor road from Hembiscaye to Sare, but it must originally have been the main road from Vera (in
Walking back to the Gite from Sare we found this track leading to a small mound. On further inspection this proved to be Ste Barbe redoubt. On 8 October 1813 the advancing Spanish troops of
The redoubt can be seen at the bottom right of this detailed map of the area. The
The redoubt itself is overgrown with trees, which we found was not unusual in this area. It has been of no military, or indeed any other, value since November 1813 and is probably completely unknown to anyone other than local land owners and Napoleonic wargamers/historians. However it does provide a very pleasant place to sit on a warm summer day. We spend an hour or so reading “
From the redoubt there is an excellent view of The Rhune. The collection of buildings is the hamlet of Hembiscaye, including our holiday Gite.
This is the view of Sare from Ste Barbe redoubt. It is obvious why Soult found it necessary to recover and secure the redoubt from Wellington’s Spanish allies.