France

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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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2020
  • 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • La Marne à pied FFRP Topo-guide No. D051
  • La Marne à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. D051, with 38 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the department, including in the Montagne de Reims and walks connected with the Meuse-Argonne offensive in the final months of WWI. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey of France at 1:25,000, with... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Le Pays de Charlieu-Belmont à pied P423
  • Le Pays de Belmont-de-la-Loire à pied, FFRP topo-guide ref. no. P423, with 16 day walks of varying length and difficult near Belmont-de-la-Loire . Current edition of this title was published in May 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Pays de Lauragais à pied FFRP Topo-guide No. P115
  • Pays de Lauragais à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P115, with 39 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the countryside north-west of Carcassonne, on both sides of the Canal du Midi. 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.... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Le Parc d`Armorique à pied FFRP Topo-guide No. PN12
  • Le Parc d`Armorique à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. PN12, with 43 day walks of varying length and difficulty in western Brittany. 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 (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre)... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Murder in Midsummer: Classic Mysteries for the Holidays
  • It`s the middle of summer. On Cornish sea-fronts, happy children grip melting ice-creams. In the south of France, sunlight filters through leaves as families picnic in the shade. And in the fashionable resorts of the Mediterranean, the beautiful people sun themselves on picture-postcard beaches.And in those long, hot summer nights ... murder... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bordeaux et sa métropole à pied VI09
  • Bordeaux à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. VI09, with 16 walks in the city centre and in the outer districts. Each walk is presented on a separate colour extract from a street plan or a detailed IGN map, with its description cross-referenced to the map. Current edition of this title was published in April 2016.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2018
  • 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.... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Les Marches du Velay à pied FFRP Topo-guide No. P43D
  • Les Marches du Velay à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. P43D, with 21 day walks of varying length and difficulty near Monistril-sur-Loire. 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 published in May... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2018
  • 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin PNR à pied FFRP Topo-guide No. PN20
  • Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin Parc Naturel Régional à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. PN20, with 33 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the southern part of the Cotentin Peninsula, including a walk along the Utah Beach of the 1944 D-Day Landings. Each day walk is presented on a separate colour extract from IGN’s topographic survey... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lille For Pleasure
  • Lille is City of Culture 2004 and has created a spectacularly innovative programme of events as part of the year-long celebrations. But it is also an ancient town with a fascinating history, poised as it is on the border of France and Dutch-speaking Flanders. A beautiful old city, spectacular fortifications, intriguing Art Nouveau architecture,... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Touring the Italian Front 1917-1919
  • The guide describes the ground and operations covered by the British, French and US Expeditionary Forces deployed from France to the area north of Venice between November 1917 and Spring 1919. These forces supported the Italians after their disastrous defeat at Caporetto and helped stem the Austrian and German onslaught. This is the first guide... Lire la suite
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Le Perche Parc Naturel Régional à pied FFRP Topo-guide No. PN16
  • Le Perche Parc Naturel Régional à pied, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. PN16, with 20 day walks of varying length and difficulty in the park. 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 published in May... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • La Brenne Parc Naturel Régional IGN 83309
  • Parc Naturel Régional de la Brenne east of Poitiers on a detailed map at 1:60,000 prepared by the IGN in collaboration with the park authorities, the FFRP and various tourist organizations. Current edition of this map was published in summer 2014.The map highlights numerous local and long-distance hiking trails, including specially selected... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Glandasse - Col de la Croix-Haute - PNR du Vercors IGN 3237OT
  • 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Nantes and its Environs IGN 88406
  • 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • France IGN Administrative Wall Map
  • Latest 2017 edition, administrative regions of France presented on a large, encapsulated (so damp-proof and crinkle-resistant) wall map at 1:1,000,000 from the IGN with each department in a different colour and shown with its divisions into arrondisements and the Métropole areas.Administrative divisions are presented on a base map showing the... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tour of the Vallée du Trient L`Escursionista Editore Map-Guide
  • Tour of the Vallée du Trient long-distance hiking route presented on a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 published jointly by L’Escursionista Editore and Editrek, plus a separate multilingual guide booklet with stage by stage descriptions and other tourist information.Contour interval is 25m and the map... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bonneville - Cluses - Le Faucigny IGN 3429ET
  • 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Spain - Portugal IGN ESP01
  • 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lac d`Annecy IGN 3431OT
  • 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Luçay-le-Male - Poulaines IGN 2124SB
  • 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... Lire la suite
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