Welcome to our independent pages about walking holidays in France. Whatever you want to know about walking breaks in France, you need look no further!
Walking is possibly the best way to properly appreciate any of the beautiful areas of France, and with more and more people realizing this, French walking holidays are increasingly popular - which is why these pages are here.
We've brought together every resource on walking holidays in France, from why go on a walking holiday in France
, to using a walking tour operator
, walking safety and equipment
and area guides
. We hope that you find our walking holidays in France website useful.
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Mont-Ventoux and Luberon. For hikers, their names alone evoke unforgettable walks in protected countryside, breathtaking panoramic views, and occasional challenges too – such as the night-time climb of Mont-Ventoux.
In this article, walking leader William Armstrong takes us on a mini-tour of France, visiting some beautiful but less travelled French regions where you can still escape from the crowds. But shh, don’t tell anyone!
Sometimes, sun and beaches just aren’t enough. Getting a nice tan can be a top priority for some, especially when you live in a cold and rainy country and wear a mac 24/7, but long hours spent on the beach can leave you wanting something a little more special.
Walking in the French countryside is for many a dream come true. Since France is less densely populated than the UK, you can get out into the most beautiful areas without the crush of fellow walkers so often experienced in the Lakes or the Peak District. A number of British tour operators have researched popular destinations to offer packages and recommended walking routes.
The Lauragais is an area of beautiful rolling hills, pale stone farmhouses with their magnificent “pigeonniers”, ancient windmills and narrow country roads lined with plane trees and cypresses. This area of South-West France is often called “la petite Toscane”...
In spite of the rugged appeal, walking holidays in the Ardèche are not only for the tough and the brave. Trails are well maintained and a little spirit of adventure reaps massive rewards. Simple forest paths reveal fascinating caves and waterways.
Walking holidays are becoming increasingly popular in France; this is evident from the rise in walking groups and walking holiday tour operators. Whether a beginner or pro trekker, walkers in France are spoilt for great walks.
If you want to go on a walking holiday in France and stay in different places each night between walks there will be a lot to sort out; tour operators are there to make sure that your holiday goes to plan.
Whether it's the first time you've been on a walking holiday, or you need a reminder of what you will need to take, have a look at our essential guide to packing for a walking holiday in France.
...And check it before you leave, to ensure you don't leave a crucial basic behind!
what to pack...
Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a walking holiday. With the Alps, Pyrenees, Massif Centrale, Jura and the mountain ranges in Morvan, the Vosges and Corsica, France has a lot of mountains to choose from!
The traditional baggage solution.
If you want to try something a little different, what about a walking holiday with a donkey? These gentle creatures have been a desirable travelling companion for milennia, providing baggage transport, amusement and a sense of security.
Our choice of challenging walking trip in France
The infamous GR20, across central Corsica: this incredible experience will take you through breathtaking and diverse scenery, to beauty spots which can only be reached on foot. It is reputed to be the hardest but most spectacular hike in Europe. Read on to find out what to expect and get some tips from Sarah Quee, who helps run Tour Adventure's GR20 trips.
Advice and information
Children’s needs are very different depending on their age, which affects what they are capable of in terms of walking and hiking. A child's age and maturity determine the quantities of food and drink they need to consume and the distances they can walk.
We compare your choices
When booking up to go on a walking holiday, there are numerous choices for the difficulty level of the routes, whether you will have a guide or be self-guided, and the type of accommodation you will stay in. You will also need to decide whether you want to book all the elements for the trip yourself, or have everything organised by a tour operator, on your behalf. We review your options.
Wine tours are becoming increasingly popular, but drinking and driving is never a good combination, so how best to navigate between French vineyards and still enjoy a taste or two? Inntravel believe that a self-guided walking holiday is the answer.
How to find that true French experience
Tired of impersonal tours which only seem to skim the surface? Want a walking holiday that goes beyond the crowded tourist trails to unearth an authentic French feel? William Armstrong from High Point Holidays gives us some top tips.
Discover the beautiful landscapes of Mende
Close to Mende, the Causses are popular with locals and visitors, being equipped with picnic grounds, play areas for children, a forest adventure park, a climbing wall, a mountain bike park and many walking and cycling trails for family outings.
Luxury Walking Holidays in France
Looking to explore the beautiful French countryside at your own pace? Choose from Belle France’s fantastic selection of self guided walking holidays to discover France at its best. Find out more
Discover Secluded France on Foot
Looking for a French walking holiday
with a difference? Choose from our unique range of guided and independent walking holidays, exploring secret France, and embracing the French way of life.
Discover the history of Périgord, Dordogne
Part of the Aquitaine region in Southwest France, just an hour’s drive to the east of Bordeaux, Dordogne Périgord
is one of the most historic and picturesque départements in France.
Freewheel activity holidays
Why not try a cycling or canal boating holiday in France? Freewheel Holidays
offers an unbeatable range of French self-guided cycling holidays and Freewheel Afloat
has the best range of boats on the French canals. Bike hire too!
Mountainbug, Pyrenees adventure holidays
Action-packed multi activity holidays in the Pyrenees mountains. Ideal for both adults and families. Lovely 3* accommodation and real mountain adventure sports. www.mountainbug.com.
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Enjoying Nature at Cap d'Agde
For those with a love of flora and fauna generally, there’s plenty to look forward to during your holiday in Le Cap d’Agde. Find out more here
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