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Walking Espingo Lake ( Download : )
distance 11.66km Vertical gain +1136m Vertical drop -1128m Durée 6h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Oô - 31 - Haute-Garonne

On the trail of the GR10, the Granges d’Astau and Espingo Lake, via Lake Oô.

Walking The Lower Verdon Gorges ( Download : )
distance 9.6km Vertical gain +248m Vertical drop -257m Durée 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Quinson - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Wonderful hike through the Lower Verdon Gorges, starting in Quinson.

Walking La Dôle from Les Dappes ( Download : )
La Dôle from Les Dappes
distance 6.69km Vertical gain +434m Vertical drop -428m Durée 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Prémanon - 39 - Jura

Without doubt, the shortest path up to the summit of La Dôle (1677m altitude) from the French side of the border. In good weather, the views are breathtaking and go on for over 250km: from the Swiss Alps to Mont Blanc and on to the Vanoise and the Ecrins, all of this with plunging views down over Geneva and its lake.

distance 12km Vertical gain +479m Vertical drop -473m Durée 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lagnes - 84 - Vaucluse

A trek between Lagnes and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse on typical Provençal trails.

Walking Grand Tour of Lac Pavin ( Download : )
distance 7.81km Vertical gain +223m Vertical drop -224m Durée 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A Grand Tour of the beautiful and mysterious Lac Pavin, passing by the Puy de Montchal and the Creux de Soucy chasm.

Morgat: circuit around Cap de la Chèvre
distance 23.85km Vertical gain +669m Vertical drop -663m Durée 8h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Crozon - 29 - Finistère

Beautiful tour largely on the coastal path (GR34), via Cap de la Chèvre, which overlooks the bay of Douarnenez.

Puy de Sancy through the Chaudefour valley
distance 16.34km Vertical gain +907m Vertical drop -909m Durée 7h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chambon-sur-Lac - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

The very secretive and beautiful Chaudefour valley is a classified natural site, closed up by the steep contours of a glacial cirque. Peaks, needles, plumbs are as many natural defences for an intact and preserved valley.

distance 6.92km Vertical gain +238m Vertical drop -234m Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

At the heart of the Alpilles Regional Nature Reserve, a small easy hike on good paths. The route takes you to the picturesque Rock with Two Holes painted by Van Gogh during his stay in Saint-Paul de Mausole from May 1889 to May 1890. It offers vast panoramic views over the two slopes of the Alpilles. To the south, in clear weather the view stretches to the Mediterranean, to the north over the Montagnette, the Gard, the Mont Ventoux, etc.

distance 7.13km Vertical gain +196m Vertical drop -188m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Aups - 83 - Var

A beautiful walk through various landscapes, olive trees, impressive stone walls, a pine forest, caves and cave chapels.

distance 6.28km Vertical gain +189m Vertical drop -182m Durée 2h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bagnols-en-Forêt - 83 - Var

A stroll in an exceptional place, discovering the gorges of the river Blavet and the cave of Mueron which was inhabited in the Bronze Age.
Ideal in summer and on warmer days, avoid periods of heavy rain.

Walking Canyon des Gueulards ( Download : )
Canyon des Gueulards
distance 8.02km Vertical gain +485m Vertical drop -478m Durée 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Omblèze - 26 - Drôme

A complete change of scene in this superb canyon between two narrow cliffs. An unusual place where a crevasse plunges into nowhere, with a peaceful and shady atmosphere between boulders, lichens and ferns.

Walking The Saut du Doubs ( Download : )
distance 10.36km Vertical gain +371m Vertical drop -373m Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Villers-le-Lac - 25 - Doubs

This hike is a marvellous way to explore the beautiful Saut du Doubs.

distance 9.69km Vertical gain +287m Vertical drop -284m Durée 3h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Orbey - 68 - Haut-Rhin

This short hike on trails marked by the Club Vosgien has in the first instance views of the valley of Munster, and also a view of the peaks of the Vosges. The many picnic opportunities around the Lac des Truites or Lac Forlet lakes, the trout spotting opportunities, as well the welcoming farmhouse make for an enjoyable outing.

distance 11.3km Vertical gain +193m Vertical drop -194m Durée 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Camaret-sur-Mer - 29 - Finistère

A wonderful stroll on the Crozon peninsula. Between steep cliffs, sandy beaches and megalith alignments, one of the most beautiful walks in Brittany.

distance 51.8km Vertical gain +2458m Vertical drop -2458m Durée 21h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Le Falgoux - 15 - Cantal

A beautiful three-day hike, sleeping in a bivouac, with interesting variations in altitude.

distance 11.12km Vertical gain +264m Vertical drop -266m Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sillans-la-Cascade - 83 - Var

The incredible waterfall and the route along the Bresque on the Sillans side.
The route along the Train des Pignes track.
Swimming in the natural pool of Salernes.

Cézanne’s windmill and the Zola dam
distance 6.94km Vertical gain +306m Vertical drop -306m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Le Tholonet - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A lovely walk which includes a chance to see Cézanne’s Windmill, to discover the ancient ruins of the Roman aqueduct and its waterfall and the Zola dam. In the distance you can see Mont Sainte-Victoire.

distance 7.35km Vertical gain +206m Vertical drop -206m Durée 2h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Corbès - 30 - Gard

An easy walk with few real difficulties offering stunning panoramic views of the valleys of the Gardon in Saint-Jean and Mialet. On the trip you can discover the concretions and gours of the Grotte de Valaurie (300m of underground galleries) if the entrance is still open.

A trail of discovery for first time visitors to the Gavarnie Cirque
distance 8.09km Vertical gain +244m Vertical drop -242m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Gavarnie - 65 - Hautes-Pyrénées

The Gavarnie Cirque is an outstanding area of conservation. It is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This easy hike will give you your first look at it!

distance 8.69km Vertical gain +198m Vertical drop -195m Durée 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Gruissan - 11 - Aude

A pleasant hike in the Massif de la Clape with beautiful views and a visit of the Chapel of Auzils and its marine cemetery.

The Véris trail in Bauduen
distance 7.46km Vertical gain +211m Vertical drop -207m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bauduen - 83 - Var

Very nice course with beautiful views of Lake Sainte-Croix.

distance 8.61km Vertical gain +310m Vertical drop -305m Durée 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lautenbachzell - 68 - Haut-Rhin

An original route to get to Lac du Grand Ballon avoiding the road. You will discover beautiful trees, a waterfall and views over the Petit Ballon and the Black Forest along the way.

The ridges of the Petites and Grandes Dentelles de Montmirail
distance 7.35km Vertical gain +493m Vertical drop -487m Durée 3h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lafare - 84 - Vaucluse

A short loop to discover these two characteristic rock formations as well as Saint-Christophe's Chapel, which protects the site, taking a less conventional route.

Walking The Dent de Moirans ( Download : )
distance 10.71km Vertical gain +339m Vertical drop -340m Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Montaud (Isère) - 38 - Isère

Easy walk on this “tooth” overlooking the Isère valley and offering an interesting view over the east foothills of Chartreuse.

Walking Cadouin Abbey circuit ( Download : )
distance 9.35km Vertical gain +127m Vertical drop -125m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Le Buisson-de-Cadouin - 24 - Dordogne

A beautiful trail through the woods, overlooking the abbey and the cloister of Cadouin (built in the 12ht, 15th and 16th centuries). One of the many hikes in the forest of Bessède in the heart of the Périgord Noir.

distance 10.86km Vertical gain +658m Vertical drop -651m Durée 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Raphaël (Var) - 83 - Var

This is a magnificent hike through the red rocks of Estérel, looking over the blue of the Mediterranean with extraordinary viewing points.

distance 7.29km Vertical gain +111m Vertical drop -113m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Avon - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

It is a short, relatively easy circuit exploring some curiosities of the forest of Fontainebleau around the Avon SNCF train station, namely the views over the Croix du Calvaire, the Sponge Rock, Denecourt Tower and fountains. One could also call it the fountain circuit.

The “Circuit des 25 Bosses” (the 25 Bumps Circuit)
distance 15.16km Vertical gain +239m Vertical drop -237m Durée 5h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Le Vaudoué - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

As the name suggests, is this route ascends 25 mounds that form a circuit of the of the Trois Pignons forest. A hike amid the rocks that makes an excellent training run before mountain hikes in the summer.
N.B. The elevation is underestimated: between 800 and 900 metres total cumulative change in altitude. It’s difficult to find a larger change in altitude in the Ile-de-France, unless you want to take the steps up and down the Eiffel Tower three times on the trot. Expect to be walking for 6 to 7 hours.

distance 4.34km Vertical gain +85m Vertical drop -80m Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - 26 - Drôme

A family-friendly trail that explores the troglodyte village of Barry, one of the finest and largest in France.

Walking The Colombières Gorges ( Download : )
distance 10.34km Vertical gain +697m Vertical drop -702m Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Colombières-sur-Orb - 34 - Hérault

An exceptional circular walk above the torrent of Arles where you can discover a cave dwelling and a superb Cervennes collection in the hamlet of Fage.

Walking Walk in the Alpilles ( Download : )
distance 15.32km Vertical gain +310m Vertical drop -301m Durée 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Starting from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a beautiful walk along large, clearly-marked, shady trails. Beautiful viewpoints over the Alpilles, the village and the château des Baux-de-Provence.
The fragrant plants of the South and also pines and even cedars.

La Montagne Noire via Cubserviès
distance 15.98km Vertical gain +662m Vertical drop -661m Durée 6h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Roquefère - 11 - Aude

Exploring La Montagne Noire and one of the highest waterfalls in Europe.

A tour of the Cap d'Antibes
distance 4.95km Vertical gain +42m Vertical drop -40m Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Antibes - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

A lovely walk on the coastal path of the Cap d'Antibes. Very well laid-out, it offers superb views of the Antibes coast as well as a few architectural masterpieces such as the Château de la Croé and the Villa Eilenroc.

Walking Holzarté footbridge ( Download : )
Holzarté footbridge
distance 12.17km Vertical gain +822m Vertical drop -824m Durée 5h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Larrau - 64 - Pyrénées-Atlantiques

A circuit a dozen or so kilometres long in a green area among forests, streams and waterfalls.
And especially crossing the Holzarté bridge which is the headline event of this quite demanding hike. If it is too physically demanding, you can turn around once you have seen the bridge.

Walking The Rocher de Roquebrune ( Download : )
The Rocher de Roquebrune
distance 6.44km Vertical gain +296m Vertical drop -296m Durée 2h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Roquebrune-sur-Argens - 83 - Var

A short but energetic walk that is exposed towards the end. Enjoy the stunning views from the top of Rocher de Roquebrune with its famous ochre colours.

Walking The Mont Grêle lookout ( Download : )
distance 14.38km Vertical gain +870m Vertical drop -870m Durée 6h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Attignat-Oncin - 73 - Savoie

The Mont Grêle lookout point and Archelle’s summit.
Mont Grêle is a peak that is visible from the valley of Chambéry and the Aiguebelette region.
It is easily spotted thanks to or because of the pylons that are installed at the top. Up close, these towers have still look great, but they do not alone justify the purpose of the tour, which is interesting because it offers views over Lake Aiguebelette and Chartreuse.

Snowshoeing The Cross on the Alp ( Download : )
distance 10.14km Vertical gain +892m Vertical drop -888m Durée 6 hrs Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Pierre-d'Entremont (Savoie) - 73 - Savoie

A lovely with snowshoes, with a beautiful view of the Alpine peaks at its height. Note that this hike can be done in all seasons.

distance 24.03km Vertical gain +208m Vertical drop -217m Durée 7h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Long but very nice hike station to station in the Forest of Fontainebleau. It goes through several viewpoints, ponds, little known corners, stunning scenery.

distance 4.43km Vertical gain +8m Vertical drop -8m Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Chaptes - 30 - Gard

This short route through the village of Saint-Chaptes in the Gard allows you to discover the rocks sculpted in open garrigue and also gives you a view over the village, its old narrow streets and its castle.

The Dolmen of Bois Couturier
distance 9.18km Vertical gain +63m Vertical drop -57m Durée 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Wy-dit-Joli-Village - 95 - Val-d'Oise

The French Vexin region has numerous megalithic sites dating from the late third millennium B.C. This walk gives you the chance to visit a dolmen in a perfect state of preservation. As you stroll through the fields and woods, you will also be able to see some lovely churches and castles.

Walking Lakes and pastures ( Download : )
distance 10.99km Vertical gain +466m Vertical drop -461m Durée 4h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Soultzeren - 68 - Haut-Rhin

A beautiful hike that takes you up to the “Gazons”, the famous pastures of the Hautes Vosges, and along the steep slopes overlooking the magnificent cirques where the lakes of Lac Vert and Lac du Forlet lie. All of this is situated at an altitude and in landscapes that are reminiscent of the Alps.

The tour of Renote Island in Tregastel
distance 3.41km Vertical gain +8m Vertical drop -8m Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Trégastel - 22 - Côtes-d'Armor

Located between the beautiful white sandy beaches of Trégastel and the "chaos" of Ploumanach, this short hike explores the Pink Granite Coast going around Renote Island. Among the majestic pink granite rocks and vegetation you will discover beautiful landscapes sculpted by erosion.

distance 11.5km Vertical gain +1015m Vertical drop -1011m Durée 6h10 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Puyloubier - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

An energetic loop in Sainte-Victoire leaving from the Saint-Ser car park. The climb up goes via the east of the Bau de l'Aigle and the descent back down is via the 'Pas du Clapier'.

distance 8.71km Vertical gain +31m Vertical drop -33m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Burnhaupt-le-Bas - 68 - Haut-Rhin

Along this trail of bunkers, explore fortifications dating back to the First World War, built by the German army. After the fighting in the summer and autumn of 1914, the Haute-Alsace front stabilised on along the line of Cernay-Dannemarie. The commune of Burnhaupt-le-Bas remains on the German side. In December 1914 and January 1915, the French offensive in this sector regularly broke the German lines at the cost of many lives.

Walking Tour of Napoule ( Download : )
Tour of Napoule
distance 6.37km Vertical gain +133m Vertical drop -135m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Mandelieu-la-Napoule - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

Easy circular hike leaving from Rague port.

The hike starts by climbing up towards Mont Thurney at the entrance to the Estérel, then going downhill through a dry valley then a forest (eucalyptus and then pine trees) before reaching San Peyre and its 360° orientation table (panoramic view over the Îles de Lérins, Cannes bay and the Mercantour).

Go down through Napoule and then take the coastal path alongside the château until you reach Raguette and Rague beaches.

The Nesque River gorges from Monieux
distance 8.32km Vertical gain +383m Vertical drop -378m Durée 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Monieux - 84 - Vaucluse

The Nesque River gorges and the Saint Michel chapel starting from the Bourget Lake in Monieux.

Walking The Pointe de Plougrescant ( Download : )
distance 13.46km Vertical gain +71m Vertical drop -74m Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Plougrescant - 22 - Côtes-d'Armor

The Pointe de Plougrescant is recognised around the world due to Castel-Meur: the house between the rocks. The hike starts at Saint-Gonery Chapel, equally famous for its crooked lead bell tower. The hike continues via the Baie de l'Enfer where you can admire the Jaudy estuary, then on to Pointe du Château - the most northerly point of this route - to see Castel Meur (private property) and finally to discover the gulf before returning to the departure point along the west coast of the point.

Walking The Gardon Gorges ( Download : )
The Gardon Gorges
distance 11.37km Vertical gain +210m Vertical drop -215m Durée 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Collias - 30 - Gard

A walk beginning above the Gardon Gorges and continuing down along Gardon River. Please note that part of the route crosses an area destroyed by fires in 2017.

distance 12.04km Vertical gain +461m Vertical drop -454m Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Escragnolles - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

Superb hiking in the back-country of Grasse.
On the program, megaliths, magnificent viewing points over the entire coast (in clear weather) and to finish, a superb waterfall in an exceptional setting.

distance 11.94km Vertical gain +506m Vertical drop -512m Durée 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Buoux - 84 - Vaucluse

A loop that takes you to the hamlet of Seguins along the ridges of the Grand Luberon through Sivergues and Chastelas.