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Corsica - by Henk

France, country of contrasts, home to the inventors of the Topoguide, is a great walking destination all year round. An intricate network of long distance footpaths, the so-called Grands Randonnées, reaches out to the farthest corners of the country. At least 80 long distance trails and their countless variants are meticulously documented and waymarked. Mastering a bit of French will help you find your way, and a bottle of wine at that.

It may be difficult to find information or topo guides for many trails. The exact route - not only the name "GR" - of any hiking trail in France is copyrighted by the FFRP and cannot be published by others without their consent. The maps of IGN usually show all regional PR's and national GR's.

The French themselves are mad about walking, often in groups of about 20, recognisable by their non-stop rather loud conversations lasting from dawn till dusk and snacking on hard boiled eggs en route. So join the crowd and turn bon vivant. Walk the Provence in spring, pass through the wine regions coloured all red in late autumn. Enjoy the Atlantic coast and its birds in May, and the shimmering sun on the glaciers in summer. Explore the Loire in autumn, and the dark forests of the Morvan in winter. Or take a walk all the way from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean right across the Pyrenees along the GR10. Another popular trail is the GR5, from Luxembourg to Nice through the Vosges, the Elzas and the Alps. For those fearless and bursting with energy, the GR20 is a fine challenge. This trail following the highest ridges of the island of Corsica is for the surefooted only.

Another popular walk of course is the TMB, the Tour du Mont Blanc: eight days with views on the highest mountain of Europe, weather permitting. Drawback: crazy busy. Less known, but just as fine, is the Tour du Queyras (GR58), also in the Alps. Other best hikes in the Alps are the Tour de la Vanoise (GR55) or the Tour de l'Oisans (GR54). You can walk the Vallée des Merveilles (GR52). And a bit on the outside of the Alps is the Vercors (GR91 - GR95) and Mt Lubéron (GR97). There you are, now you know what the French themselves like most.

Along most GR's you will find huts or Gites d'Etappe at regular intervals. These are mostly just simple shelters, so bring food to prepare your own meals. Outside the main summer season, with most French back in Paris, the Gites are often closed. In such cases, bring your own tent. Most GR's can be tough but not dangerous, except the GR20.

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Bewertung 9.3 | 3 Bewertungen | Nr. 2 in Europa
  • pc22
  • Bewertung 9
  • Positiv I have walked across the full length of france twice now and am always amazed at the diversity of the countryside......The pyrenees (i walked the full GR10) Is on of my most favorite places in the world
  • patacon
  • Bewertung 10
  • Positiv I just love it. France is where I want to walk, to live and to eat everything you can find in a patisserie. My favorite part of it is the Bretagne.
  • Negativ Could not find anything I dislike yet.
  • Asmus Juli 2011
  • Bewertung 9
  • Positiv I hiked around 200 km of the GR5 and GR 52. It was abseloutely amazing! great views, great trail, and the food is good too:)
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  • Vals Aix et d'Isable a pied 2013
  • Guide FFRandonnée Les Vals d'Aix et Isable à pied - P424. PR 15 balades.Desservi par les autoroutes A 72 et A 89, les vals d'Aix et Isable sont à 30 min de Roanne et à moins d'une heure de Saint-Etienne, Lyon ou Clermont-Ferrand. Pour un grand bol d'air au plus près des gorges de la Loire !Nés de deux... Read more
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  • Vals Aix et d`Isable à pied FFRP Topo-guide No. P424
  • Vals Aix et d`Isable à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P424, with 16 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the countryside between St. Etienne and Roanne. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey of France at 1:25,000, with its description cross-referenced to the map. Current edition of this title... Read more
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  • Dijon metropole a pied 2018
  • Le Grand Dijon à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P211, with 34 walks in the city centre, the suburbs and the environs. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 or a street plan, with its description cross-referenced to the map. Current edition of this title was published in August... Read more
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  • Dijon métropole à pied 37PR
  • Le Grand Dijon à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P211, with 34 walks in the city centre, the suburbs and the environs. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 or a street plan, with its description cross-referenced to the map. Current edition of this title was published in August... Read more
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  • Wandelgids Walking in the Briançonnais | Cicerone
  • Guidebook of 40 walks around Briançon in France. Walks for all abilities ranging from 1½ to 7hrs. The book focuses on the stunning valleys of Clarée, Cerveyrette, Ayes, Durance and Guisane, and includes the magnificent Alpine landscapes around Vallouise and Montgenèvre. Read more
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  • Vaucluse - les monts du Vaucluse a pied 2015
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met gedetailleerde kaarten en een routebeschrijving. Fout lopen wordt op deze manier wel erg moeilijk. Met symbolen is weergegeven welke voorzieningen (openbaar vervoer / winkels / overnachtingen) er zijn langs of bij de route. Een nadeel is dat de daadwerkelijke adressen dan weer niet altijd genoemd worden. Alle gidsen... Read more
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  • Wandelgids P842 Les Monts de Vaucluse... à pied | FFRP
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met gedetailleerde kaarten en een routebeschrijving. Fout lopen wordt op deze manier wel erg moeilijk. Met symbolen is weergegeven welke voorzieningen (openbaar vervoer / winkels / overnachtingen) er zijn langs of bij de route. Een nadeel is dat de daadwerkelijke adressen dan weer niet altijd genoemd worden. Alle gidsen... Read more
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  • Les Monts de Vaucluse à pied FFRP Topo-guide No. P842
  • Les Monts de Vaucluse à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P842, with 38 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the mountains of Vaucluse between Carpentras and Apt. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey of France at 1:25,000, with its description cross-referenced to the map. Current edition of... Read more
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  • Au fil de la Somme 2018
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  • Wandelgids 8000 Au fil de la Somme | FFRP
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  • Albertville 2017
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Moissac / Castelnau / Montralier 2018
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  • Digne-Les-Bains / La Javie / Vallee de La Bleone 2018
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Srie Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5 intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for ... Read more
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  • Cannes / Grasse / Cote d'Azur 2017
  • De wandelkaart die de perfectie benadert! Werkelijk alle topografische details zijn er op te vinden; van hoogtelijnen tot aan bruggetjes en allerlei wandelpaden. Daarnaast hebben de makers een flinke dosis toeristische informatie op de kaart verwerkt: campings, gites d étape; restaurants en ingetekende doorgaande wandelpaden, de grandes... Read more
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  • Rostrenen / Langonnet 2018
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  • Marne-la-Vallee / Forets Armainvilliers-Ferrieres-Crecy 2018
  • De wandelkaart die de perfectie benadert! Werkelijk alle topografische details zijn er op te vinden; van hoogtelijnen tot aan bruggetjes en allerlei wandelpaden. Daarnaast hebben de makers een flinke dosis toeristische informatie op de kaart verwerkt: campings, gites d étape; restaurants en ingetekende doorgaande wandelpaden, de grandes... Read more
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  • Mich 2019-01-05 15:18:03
  • wandeling Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle van Genève naar Puy-en-Velay
  • Wie kan mij hier meer informatie over geven.
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  • Peter 2018-06-23 15:58:46
  • maps of France on line
  • Maps at all scales can be found at
    https://www.geoportail.gouv.fr/carte
    You can choose from different maps, for hiking I like the "cartes IGN classiques" (press "voir tous les fonds de cartes" on the left), with marked trails.
    You can not directly print them out easily, you take screen shots, or use
    http://jgn.superheros.fr/fr/
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  • Terence 2015-02-24 01:14:04
  • Camino from Paris
  • I am starting my Camino Walk in Paris but I want to walk to Vezelay. Does anyone have any ideas on the route?
    • jeanne 2017-02-07 20:48:01
    • Hi Terence,
      Did you get any responses to your question? I am looking at the same hike!
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  • Pinteaux 2013-04-03 11:30:29
  • Hébergements Via Gebennensis GR65
  • Bonjour, quel sont les meilleurs hébergements sur la Via Gebennensis GR65 ? merci de nous faire partager votre expérience récente.
    Pascal
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  • Frank Leonowitz 2013-02-19 06:01:38
  • GR6 in Dordogne and Lot
  • We plan to walk the GR6 in June. We are looking for maps and books that would help us with the distances/lodging situations. We plan to carry no tent or sleeping bags. We usually average 20-25 km per day
    • Henk Nouws 2013-02-19 08:46:45
    • Hi Frank. I'll give you my best secret: go to the online map of IGN. The GR's are all there. Refer to the discussion below. Best strategy: find a town the GR6 passes, zoom in to 1:50.000 or something, and you will find your trail. Then you must find out distances and villages yourself. Bit of work. The FFRP only offers two guides, describing only small parts of the GR6.
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