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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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  • La Montagne Sainte-Victoire à pied
  • La Montagne Sainte-Victoire à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No.P131, with 28 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the mountains just east of Aix-en-Provence, famous from Cezanne’s beautiful paintings of them. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey of France at 1:25,000, with its description... Read more
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  • Le Velay a pied - autour de la Chaise-Dieu 2019
  • Le Pays de La Chaise-Dieu à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P43C, with 18 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the Livradois-Forez Regional Park. Current edition of this title was published in May 2011.To see the list of other FFRP guides with day walks please click on the series link.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée... Read more
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  • Le Velay à pied - Autour de La Chaise-Dieu P43C
  • Le Pays de La Chaise-Dieu à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P43C, with 18 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the Livradois-Forez Regional Park. Current edition of this title was published in May 2011.To see the list of other FFRP guides with day walks please click on the series link.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée... Read more
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  • La Vienne à pied
  • La Vienne à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. D086, with 36 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the department of Vienne around Poitiers. Current edition of this title was published in August 2008.To see the list of other FFRP guides with day walks please click on the series link.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée... 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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  • Autour du Mont Ventoux et des Dentelles de Montmirail 2020
  • Le Pays du Ventoux à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P841, with 45 day walks in the environs of Mont Ventoux, north-east and east of Carpentras. Each day 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 was published... Read more
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  • Wandelgids 8400 Autour du Mont-Ventoux et des dentelles de Montmirail | FFRP
  • Le Pays du Ventoux à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P841, with 45 day walks in the environs of Mont Ventoux, north-east and east of Carpentras. Each day 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 was published... Read more
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  • Autour du Mont-Ventoux et des Dentelles de Montmirail
  • Le Pays du Ventoux à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P841, with 45 day walks in the environs of Mont Ventoux, north-east and east of Carpentras. Each day 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 was published... Read more
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  • Lyon a pied - des itineraires insolites a decouvrir 2021
  • Lyon à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. VI08, with six thematic walks within the city centre and across the suburbs, all marked on detailed street plans cross-referenced to the descriptions. Current edition of this title was published in November 2013.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy... Read more
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  • Lyon à pied VI08
  • Lyon à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. VI08, with six thematic walks within the city centre and across the suburbs, all marked on detailed street plans cross-referenced to the descriptions. Current edition of this title was published in November 2013.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy... Read more
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  • Le Pays de Rennes à pied
  • Le Pays de Rennes à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P352, with 50 walks of varying length and difficulty around Rennes. There are walks along the rivers Ille, Seiche and Vilaine and the Canal d`Ille et Rance, and two itineraries explore Rennes itself. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey of France at... Read more
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  • Bearn a pied entre Pau et le Pic du Midi D'Ossau 2018
  • Franstalige wandelgids met een beschrijving van een aantal dagtochten. Uitstekende beschrijvingen met duidelijk kaartmateriaal. Mislopen is nauwelijks mogelijk, maar ja .. de franse taal! Ook praktische informatie staat in deze gids. Alle gidsen bevatten een door ons toegevoegde uitgebreide frans - nederlandse wandelwoordenlijst. Entre Pau et... Read more
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  • Wandelgids P641 Le Béarn... à pied | FFRP
  • Franstalige wandelgids met een beschrijving van een aantal dagtochten. Uitstekende beschrijvingen met duidelijk kaartmateriaal. Mislopen is nauwelijks mogelijk, maar ja .. de franse taal! Ook praktische informatie staat in deze gids. Alle gidsen bevatten een door ons toegevoegde uitgebreide frans - nederlandse wandelwoordenlijst. Entre Pau et... Read more
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  • Le Béarn à pied P641
  • Le Béarn à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P641, with 20 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the Pyrenees and their foothills between Pau, Pic du Midi d`Ossau and Col du Somport. 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.... Read more
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  • Autour du Bassin d`Arcachon à pied
  • Autour du Bassin d`Arcachon à pied, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. P331, with six local walks of varying length and difficulty, plus an 85km route around the basin. 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 was... Read more
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  • Environs de Lyon - Randonnees accessibles en TER 2019
  • Environs de Lyon à pied, FFRP Topo-guide No. RE20, with 41 day walks of varying length and difficulty all accessible within a 60min journey from Lyon on the regional train network (TER). Current edition of this title was published in March 2016.To see the list of other FFRP guides with day walks please click on the series link.ABOUT THE FFRP... Read more
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  • Les environs de Lyon a pied
  • Environs de Lyon à pied, FFRP Topo-guide No. RE20, with 41 day walks of varying length and difficulty all accessible within a 60min journey from Lyon on the regional train network (TER). Current edition of this title was published in March 2016.To see the list of other FFRP guides with day walks please click on the series link.ABOUT THE FFRP... Read more
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  • Grenoble et ses environs a pied 2018
  • Grenoble et ses environs à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P381, with 35 day walks of varying length and difficulty both in the environs of Grenoble and in the city itself. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 or on a street plan, with its description cross-referenced to the map.... Read more
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  • Wandelgids P381 Grenoble & ses environs à pied | FFRP
  • Grenoble et ses environs à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P381, with 35 day walks of varying length and difficulty both in the environs of Grenoble and in the city itself. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 or on a street plan, with its description cross-referenced to the map.... Read more
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  • Grenoble et ses environs à pied P381
  • Grenoble et ses environs à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P381, with 35 day walks of varying length and difficulty both in the environs of Grenoble and in the city itself. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 or on a street plan, with its description cross-referenced to the map.... Read more
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  • Au fil de la Somme 2018
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  • Wandelgids 8000 Au fil de la Somme GR800 | FFRP
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  • Pyrenees Orientales a pied 2018
  • Les Pyrénées Orientales à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. D066, with 25 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the department of Pyrénées Orientales on the Mediterranean end of the mountain chain. 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... Read more
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  • Wandelgids D066 Les Pyrénées-orientales à pied | FFRP
  • Les Pyrénées Orientales à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. D066, with 25 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the department of Pyrénées Orientales on the Mediterranean end of the mountain chain. 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... Read more
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  • Les Pyrénées Orientales à pied D066
  • Les Pyrénées Orientales à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. D066, with 25 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the department of Pyrénées Orientales on the Mediterranean end of the mountain chain. 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... Read more
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