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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Trails

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Books

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2018
  • 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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2018
  • 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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2018
  • Wandelgids P211 Dijon métropole... à pied | FFRP
  • 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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2018
  • 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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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.... Read more
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2018
  • 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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2021
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2021
  • Val d`Oise a pied - 39 Promenades et Randonnees
  • The Val d`Oise is four natural regions to discover. Parisis in the south of the department, Pays de France in the east, a vast agricultural plateau made up of wooded areas (forests of Montmorency and Isle-Adam). The Ysieux valley remains steeped in the ancient activity of the Cistercian monks. There is also the Lys marsh and the Royaumont... Read more
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  • Bordeaux et sa metropole 2019
  • 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... Read more
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  • 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... Read more
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2018
  • Le Velay a pied - autour de St-Paulien et Allegre 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. On a coutume... Read more
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2018
  • Wandelgids P431 Le Velay... 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. On a coutume... Read more
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2018
  • Au fil de la Somme 2018
  • 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
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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
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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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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... Read more
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2018
  • 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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2019
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2019
  • 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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  • Les Arcs - La Plagne - PN de la Vanoise IGN 3532ET
  • 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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2020
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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... 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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2020
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2020
  • 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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  • Aspet / Pic de Mauberme 2018
  • 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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  • Aspet - Pic de Mauberme IGN 1947OT
  • 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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  • Briey - Jarny IGN 3312SB
  • 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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  • Foret d'Eu / Blangy-sur-Bresle / Gamaches 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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  • Foret d`Eu - Blangy-sur-Bresle - Gamaches IGN 2108OT
  • 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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  • Langogne - Grandrieu IGN 2737SB
  • 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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  • Olivet - la Ferte-Saint-Aubin - Jargeau IGN 2220SB
  • 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 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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  • Bourg-Madame - Mont-Louis - Col de la Perche IGN 2250ET
  • 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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  • Monts du Lyonnais IGN 2932ET
  • 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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  • Huriel - Boussac IGN 2328SB
  • 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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  • Grenade - Verdun-sur-Garonne IGN 2042SB
  • 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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  • Villemur-sur-Tarn - Rabastens IGN 2142SB
  • 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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  • Forêt d'Iraty
  • Mooie bijzonder gedetailleerde wandelkaart van een klein deel van de Pyreneeen. De wandelroutes zijn ingetekend, ook zijn met symbolen veel praktische zaken weergegeven als campings, hutten maar ook opvallende aspecten in het landschap. In de (Franstalige) gids vindt u vijftien routes met betrekking tot wandelen, fietsen en klimmen in en rondom... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Foret d'Iraty | Sua edizioak
  • Mooie bijzonder gedetailleerde wandelkaart van een klein deel van de Pyreneeen. De wandelroutes zijn ingetekend, ook zijn met symbolen veel praktische zaken weergegeven als campings, hutten maar ook opvallende aspecten in het landschap. In de (Franstalige) gids vindt u vijftien routes met betrekking tot wandelen, fietsen en klimmen in en rondom... Read more
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  • France - Ways of St James IGN Map 922
  • France: Ways of St James to Compostela Map from the IGN presents an overview of all the routes across France taken by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of the apostle St James - the greatest of all goals for thousands of pilgrims in Europe during the Middle Ages. The map was prepared by the IGN and the Association de... Read more
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  • Embrun / Les Orres / Lac de Serre-Poncon 2019
  • 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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  • Embrun les Orres - Lac de Serre-Poncon IGN 3438ET
  • 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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