OSMETS ( Ausmes ) is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France.
OSMETS is a small hamlet, located between Tarbes and Trie-sur-Baise on the D632 at the junction to the D44 north and the road south to Mun.
OSMETS is the start point for the annual Course de Cote (hill climb) normally held on the first Sunday in June. The course is up a steep winding course of two kilometres on the D632 to Luby Betmont. ( Note that the D632 is closed for the Sunday of this event ).
L' Achella encircles Osmets starting in the south east of the commune, before crossing the D632 at the east end of the village, looping north then swinging south again and crossing the D632 again just to the west of the church. The stream continues westward to join the Arros at Chelle Debat, ultimately joining the L' Adour and the sea at Bayonne.
Climate and Soil.
Protected by wooded hills to the east, north and south Osmets has a milder micro climate than adjoining more exposed sites, the soil is a fertile heavy clay, inter dispersed with small outcrops of course gravel and large smooth pebbles.
The surrounding forest is home to an extensive population of wild boar ( Sus scrofa ) with deer, badgers and foxes also present. Grass snakes ( Natrix natrix), Aesculapian snakes ( Elaphe longissima) and Fire Salamanders ( Salamandra salamandra ) are all found within a short distance of the Achella,