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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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Netherlands
2016
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids P424 Les Vals d'Aix et Isable à pied | FFRP
  • 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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United Kingdom
2013
  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids 812 La Haute Vallée du Thoré | FFRP
  • 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 bevatten een door ons toegevoegde uitgebreide frans nederlandse... Read more
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United Kingdom
2015
  • GRP: La Haute Vallée du Thoré FFRP Topo-guide No. 812
  • La Haute Vallée du Thoré, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 812, covering an 82 km circuit in the Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc, plus six day walks in the area. Current edition of this title was published in May 2015.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format, the guides... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Reisverhaal - Opruiming Pelgrimstochten - Langs wegen en door tijden | Boom
  • Pelgrimstochten zijn niet weg te denken uit de geschiedenis. Ook in de 21e eeuw trekken mensen naar bedevaartsoorden, als boetedoening, op zoek naar genezing, of gewoon om even afstand te nemen van het drukke leven. Pelgrimstochten zet deze reizen in hun historische en geografische context. Pelgrimstochten vertelt de geschiedenis van... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids PN15 Le Parc naturel régional du Haut-Jura... à pied | FFRP
  • Le Parc du Haute-Jura à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. PN15, with 41 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the French Jura, plus several two- to seven-days long tours including a section of GR9. Each day 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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United Kingdom
2017
  • Le PNR du Haute-Jura à pied PN15
  • Le Parc du Haute-Jura à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. PN15, with 41 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the French Jura, plus several two- to seven-days long tours including a section of GR9. Each day 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids 8000 Au fil de la Somme GR800 | FFRP
  • 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. De gids bevat een lijst met overnachtingsadressen inclusief telefoonnummers, soms aangevuld met websites/mailadressen. Alle gidsen bevatten een door ons toegevoegde... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Seine-Maritime | Chamina
  • Franstalige wandelgids met 30 dagwandelingen verspreid over het gebied Seine Maritime. Goede kaarten en duidelijke informatie over de wandelingen. Le territoire concerné : La Seine-Maritime combine des paysages littoraux exceptionnels ouverts sur la Manche et un arrière-pays façonné par l'homme selon la tradition paysagère normande. 3 régions... Read more
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2015
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2015
  • Le Pays de l`Emblavez à pied FFRP Topo-guide No. P433
  • Le Pays de l`Emblavez à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P433, with 20 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the hills north of Le Puy-en-Velay. 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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  • 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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  • Lembeye - Serres-Castet IGN 25K Série Bleue Map 1644SB
  • 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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  • Villeneuve-sur-Lot - Castelmoron-sur-Lot IGN 1839SB
  • 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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  • Le Puy-en-Velay - Yssingeaux IGN 2835OT
  • 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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  • Esternay - Villiers-Saint-Georges IGN 2615SB
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  • Blere - Chenonceaux - Veigne IGN 1923SB
  • 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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  • Carcassonne - Beziers - Perpignan - Roussillon - Cote Vermeille IGN TOP100 174
  • Discover the new double-sided laminated edition of TOP100 road maps of France from the Institut Géographique National (IGN); exceptionally detailed, contoured road maps which include the cycle paths and greenways of the AF3V (French Association for the Development of Cycle Paths and Greenways), ideal for exploring the French countryside by car,... Read more
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  • Selles-sur-Cher - Chabris IGN 2123SB
  • 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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  • Bourg-Madame - Mont-Louis - Col de la Perche IGN 2250ET
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  • Issoudun - Neuvy-Pailloux IGN 25K Série Bleue Map 2225SB
  • 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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  • Voves - Sours IGN 25K Série Bleue Map 2117SB
  • 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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  • Chavanges - Dampierre IGN 2916SB
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  • Tournon-sur-Rhône - Satillieu IGN 25K Série Bleue Map 3035SB
  • 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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