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Missing adventurer, 37, sent boyfriend photo seven days ago during her month-long Pyrenees trek

A British woman has been reported missing while on a hiking trip on the Pyrenees during a six-year Europe tour. 

Esther Dingley, 37 and her partner Dan Colegate have been travelling around Europe in their van since 2014 .  

The pair last spoke via WhatsApp last Sunday, when Ms Dingley sent a photo from the Pic de Sauvegarde mountain, at the french-spanish border, where she was hiking alone.

Esther Dingley, 37 has been reported missing while on a hiking trip on the Pyrenees. This is the last photo she sent to her partner from the Pic de Sauvegarde mountain, at the France-Spain border

Mr Colegate says he has been left 'broken 'and 'shattered' as she hasn't been seen or heard from since. 

The 37-year-old from Durham was on a month-long solo trip while Mr Colegate stayed in Gascony, France and  was supposed to drive back on Wednesday. 

The pair have been travelling since 2014 along with their five dogs and have documented their trips through their blog 'Esther and Dan'. 

The 37-year-old from Durham was on a month-long solo trip and was supposed to return on Wednesday

According to their Facebook page the couple started travelling after 'a health scare motivated us to leave our jobs and start touring Europe by foot, bike & motorhome.'  

Mr Colegate said to the BBC  that his partner had been away for a month before she went missing and their last conversation was about 'how excited we were to see each other as this was her last trip before driving back'.

He said: 'She always tried to keep in touch but sometimes on her hikes was out of contact for a couple of days.

'This is not looking good.'

 She was last seen at 16.00 GMT on Sunday, 22 November. 

Esther Dingley and her partner Dan Colegate have been travelling around Europe in their camper van for the past six years

Ms Dingley had started on Saturday from Benasque, Spain and was planning to spend Sunday night at Refuge Venasque, France.

Mr Colegate said his partner was away for a month before she went missing last Sunday

 According to Mr Colegate she had started on Saturday from Benasque, Spain and was planning to spend Sunday night at Refuge Venasque, France.  

Her devasted partner shared the last picture Ms Dingley had sent to him in an emotional post on Facebook: 'I'm broken. Shattered to report that my beloved Esther, the person who taught me how to feel, is missing.

'She has was last seen six days ago when she sent me this photo. Search and rescue teams have so far found no trace of her.

Mr Colegate  shared an emotional post on Facebook saying  he has been left 'broken 'and 'shattered'

Ms Dingley was last seen at 16.00 GMT on Sunday, 22 November

Mr Colegate said their last conversation was about 'how excited we were to see each other as this was her last trip before driving back'

'The only purpose of this post is to ask for prayers, thoughts, candles and whatever you have. 

'I've not been saying anything, but this wonderful person believes in the power of positive thought and right now I'll take anything if it means that she can be found. 

'I need her back. I can't face the alternative.

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