Walks

Explore Hikideas to find the best walking routes near you. There are hundreds of local walks to discover, from short scenic coastal trails, nature country walks to hiking trails up some pretty big mountains. On each walk page you will be able to see a map of the walk, directions to follow and pictures. If you’d prefer a circular walk, make sure you select return to start to yes. You can check out the latest walks below or use our walk finder above to find walks that interest you.

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Walking Sentier de la folie ( Download : )
distance 7.23mi Vertical gain +266ft Vertical drop -243ft duration 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye - 89 - Yonne

A hike in the heart of the birthplace of Colette. Through woods and passing by ponds, often described in her work.

Walking Blea Tarn and Side Pike ( Download : )
distance 3.7mi Vertical gain +846ft Vertical drop -837ft duration 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

An out and back walk from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car-park. The Hotel car parking is available for non Hotel users but you will need to purchase a parking ticket from a machine.

Walking The Curé passage ( Download : )
distance 10.44mi Vertical gain +2782ft Vertical drop -4049ft duration 6h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Beaufort (Savoie) - 73 - Savoie

Lake Gittaz and the Curé passage.

The Seven Locks of Henri IV.
distance 5.97mi Vertical gain +115ft Vertical drop -115ft duration 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses - 89 - Yonne

A whole new way to discover the story of the construction of the Canal de Briare! With this hike you can follow a part of its water supply system and come back along the old route to the incredible monument that we today know as the Seven Locks.

distance 5.53mi Vertical gain +2077ft Vertical drop -2077ft duration 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Le Grand-Bornand - 74 - Haute-Savoie

A circular walk to the Gramusset Refuge through great limestone scenery.

distance 8.48mi Vertical gain +3766ft Vertical drop -3675ft duration 6h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Acceglio - Province de Cuneo

Last stage of this trek around Chambeyron mountain range, taking you back to France through Col de Sautron. You'll find yourself in superb wildlife setting when arriving at the pass.

Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range (3) Refuge du Chambeyron - Maljasset
distance 10.64mi Vertical gain +2352ft Vertical drop -4649ft duration 6h35 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

The most demanding stage of the hike during which you'll go through at least 4 passes at over 2700 metres in altitude. Beautiful scenery all along the way! The "Lacs Marinet" offer the opportunity for refreshments before the final descent.

distance 9.28mi Vertical gain +2382ft Vertical drop -3255ft duration 6h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Quite a long stage but a steady route. A climb up to Col de Mary then a long downhill hike all the way to the shelter, in Chiaperra, Italy.

distance 3.46mi Vertical gain +2172ft Vertical drop -2172ft duration 3h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

A climb to the highest point of this hike around the Chambeyron mountain range, at over 3000 metres in altitude. A summit offering an unobstructed view over Queyras and the neighbouring mountain ranges. A downhill route allowing a well-deserved rest by a lake.

Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range (1) Fouillouse - Refuge du Chambeyron
distance 3.86mi Vertical gain +2615ft Vertical drop -121ft duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

First stage around the Chambeyron Mountain Range which, after a steady climb, takes you to the shelter with the same name. You'll end up in a breath-taking setting, at the foot of Brec de Chambeyron.

Walking The Three Rivers Hike ( Download : )
distance 6.64mi Vertical gain +135ft Vertical drop -144ft duration 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Épinay-sur-Orge - 91 - Essonne

Hike around Epinay sur Orge (a small town south of Paris) from the train station of the RER C.
It follows paths and quiet streets, heads through Bois des Templiers and follows the courses of three rivers: the Orge, the Rouillon and the Yvette. A trail through the Bois des Templiers with views of an old stone bridge with three arches of the ancient Templar Commandery of the eleventh century.

distance 9.14mi Vertical gain +1184ft Vertical drop -1168ft duration 5h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A good circular walk around Lingmoor fell with plenty of interest which is a great choice if the higher fells are shrouded in cloud.

The walk takes in the Langdale and Little Langdale Valleys, explores a disused slate quarry and passes a working slate quarry. The walking and route finding are easy, the views are good and there are places on the way to buy refreshments. As a circular walk it can be started from a variety of places along the route.

Walking La Dôle from Les Dappes ( Download : )
La Dôle from Les Dappes
distance 4.16mi Vertical gain +1424ft Vertical drop -1404ft duration 2h55 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.

Walking La Grande Jumelle ( Download : )
La Grande Jumelle
distance 8.01mi Vertical gain +3832ft Vertical drop -3832ft duration 6h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Vouvry - Valais

A not too busy hike up to a summit offering a vast panoramic view. A relatively challenging route with some aerial passages requesting a certain sense of itinerary at times. The beginning of the hikes passes through Tanay site and its lake.

Walking Le Grammont ( Download : )
Le Grammont
distance 7.47mi Vertical gain +4022ft Vertical drop -3999ft duration 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Vouvry - Valais

Passing through Tanay preserved site, and its lake, you'll climb to the summit offering a unique view point over Lac Léman and a panoramic view over the surrounding mountains.
A busy hiking trail with steep slopes but without any technical difficulty.
N.B. The calculated height difference is over estimated, it's actually closer to 1000 metres.

Walking The Lower Verdon Gorges ( Download : )
distance 5.32mi Vertical gain +837ft Vertical drop -866ft duration 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Quinson - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

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

Walking The Gorges of the Méouge ( Download : )
distance 7.43mi Vertical gain +1824ft Vertical drop -1811ft duration 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Châteauneuf-de-Chabre - 05 - Hautes-Alpes

A walk through gorges is always pleasant, and in those of Méouge it's a real joy.

distance 5.61mi Vertical gain +1755ft Vertical drop -1755ft duration 4 hrs Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Orbey - 68 - Haut-Rhin

A pretty walk, alternating between rises and descents following sinuous winds and paths over ridges with magnificent views. ‘’The’’ meeting place for local chamois.

distance 7.17mi Vertical gain +210ft Vertical drop -210ft duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Aubais - 30 - Gard

A pleasant and easy hike through scrubland and vines with views of the plain of Congéniès. A remarkable site, the Chapelle Saint-Nazaire enshrined in scrubland.

Walking The Saut du Doubs ( Download : )
distance 6.43mi Vertical gain +1217ft Vertical drop -1224ft duration 3h50 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.

Circuit around Saint-Point-Lac
distance 11.53mi Vertical gain +620ft Vertical drop -610ft duration 5h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Labergement-Sainte-Marie - 25 - Doubs

The route around the lake is a long hike but on good roads. Saint-Point-Lac is the third-largest natural lake in France. The path will take you along and close to the lake but also rises up a little and leads away from it at times for better views.
This trail is littered with signs to better understand your environment.

distance 9.44mi Vertical gain +679ft Vertical drop -486ft duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Igny (Essonne) - 91 - Essonne

Hike connecting Igny (Essonne) to the Palace of Versailles. The route follows the Bievre, and 80% of the route is on roads through forests. A calm, cool walk with scenery that will leave you with a unique souvenir.

Walk along the former bed of the Rhine: from the drawbridge to the Ecluse
distance 4.01mi Vertical gain +46ft Vertical drop -46ft duration 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kembs - 68 - Haut-Rhin

Before the construction of the Canal of Alsace (1928), the Rhine extended its arms east of the Huningue Canal (1806) over a wide area of 1km to 2km. From the Rhone Canal on the North Rhine to the Barre d'Istein on the Old Rhine, along paths and trails often in the protected areas of the "Little Alsatian Camargue.", you'll discover numerous natural and industrial sites related to the history of the Rhine.
Begin with a stroll between the drawbridge of Kembs (1831) and l'Ecluse Le Corbusier (1961).

The 4,000 Steps and the return by Aire de Côte
distance 15.77mi Vertical gain +4482ft Vertical drop -4475ft duration 10h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Valleraugue - 30 - Gard

From Valleraugue, the famous trail of the 4,000 Steps up to the Mont Aigoual observatory.
To make this route into a loop, follow the GR6 on the long descent to the forest towards Aire de Côte, before finally crossing the chestnut groves above the village of Berthezène.

distance 14.93mi Vertical gain +682ft Vertical drop -712ft duration 7h20 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 4.8mi Vertical gain +157ft Vertical drop -164ft duration 2h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Nort-sur-Erdre - 44 - Loire-Atlantique

Discover an unusual trail, following the banks of "La Rigole Alimentaire”, a small canal feeding into Vioreau Pond. The canal crosses the valley of the Erdre thanks to four aqueducts with eight to ten arches and travels underground over 600 m. It is, moreover, spanned by many picturesque stone bridges... During your walk you can admire the Castle of La Lucinière and the wooded area on the other side of the Valley of Erdre.

distance 4.02mi Vertical gain +79ft Vertical drop -79ft duration 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Nantes - 44 - Loire-Atlantique

An easy hike along three streams: le Cens, l'Erdre, and le Gesvres. Nature within the town of Nantes.

distance 8.93mi Vertical gain +1171ft Vertical drop -1171ft duration 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Montmirat - 30 - Gard

A hike mostly through forest, under the canopy of the Bois de Lens.
Throughout the walk you'll experience stunning scenery.
You'll also discover the Pielles Roman quarry, Macassargues caves (which were occupied by Neanderthal man), the pre-Roman sanctuary of Mabousquet (1st century BC), the Clunisian abbey of Jouffre (3rd century) and the Castellas de Montmirat (11th century).

Walking Loop departing from Chars ( Download : )
distance 6.31mi Vertical gain +282ft Vertical drop -285ft duration 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Chars - 95 - Val-d'Oise

Walk starting from Chars SNCF station passing the Château de Saint-Cyr-sur-Chars.
On the way back to Chars there is a narrow pedestrian passage that starts with a staircase.

distance 8.16mi Vertical gain +971ft Vertical drop -968ft duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Houlgate - 14 - Calvados

Beautiful hike in the Normandy countryside, passing through Gonneville-sur-Mer and the Houlgate golf course to the ledge and view of the coast from the orientation table.

Following the Bièvre river through Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Igny
distance 11.99mi Vertical gain +33ft Vertical drop -325ft duration 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Montigny-le-Bretonneux - 78 - Yvelines

The upstream part of this series of three hikes devoted to the Bièvre river. A very pleasant walk along the river and its bodies of water, in a mostly rural setting. A hike from station to station, which can be used to adjust the length depending on the weather conditions or desires of the hikers.

Walking Mont Ventoux - le Rat ( Download : )
distance 5.93mi Vertical gain +610ft Vertical drop -610ft duration 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bédoin - 84 - Vaucluse

Discover the vegetation's biodiversity of the Mont Ventoux.
From Bedoin, take the road (by car) leading to the Mont Ventoux.
Cross the remarkable cedar's forest then the beech forest will appear.
Continue (approx. 10km) until you find a car park on the right-hand side. (Jas des Melettes)

distance 5.7mi Vertical gain +358ft Vertical drop -328ft duration 1 hr Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Moutiers-en-Puisaye - 89 - Yonne

An all-season trail in this region of Puisaye amid hedges (bouchures), heritage, and legends.

Walking The three ponds loop ( Download : )
distance 7.45mi Vertical gain +331ft Vertical drop -328ft duration 3h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Moutiers-en-Puisaye - 89 - Yonne

Across the woods and the fields, passing the ponds, you will discover areas where the earth has been shaped into artistic creations and pottery.

distance 3.58mi Vertical gain +249ft Vertical drop -279ft duration 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye - 89 - Yonne

This trail, dedicated to Colette, was opened in 1993 by the pupils of the Colette college of Saint-Sauveur en Puisaye. Along this trail, everything recalls the works of this author, born in Saint-Sauveur en Puisaye in 1873. The author has described her birthplace so well - that even though she has given other names to the villages and characters, you can sense her literature at every corner.

Springs, fountains and wash houses
distance 9.44mi Vertical gain +551ft Vertical drop -561ft duration 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sainte-Colombe-sur-Loing - 89 - Yonne

This hike is themed by springs and wash-houses. The water flowing from the springs supplies the groundwater of the Parisian Basin on the one hand, and the Seine by way of the Loing River on the other hand. It’s a very well-marked path (#7), through an unspoiled natural environment. This track can also be done on horseback or mountain bike. It is listed on the departmental walking and hiking map (PDIPR) established by the department of the Yonne.

distance 6.63mi Vertical gain +289ft Vertical drop -282ft duration 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Brice - 16 - Charente

Thanks to the natural beauty of its location and the richness of its heritage, Saint-Brice is one of the most picturesque areas of Cognac region. At the heart of the Charente and Soloire rivers valley, man has erected many symbolic buildings: dolmens, churches, abbeys, castles and manors, all expertly crafted.

distance 8.4mi Vertical gain +725ft Vertical drop -748ft duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Dourdan - 91 - Essonne

A lovely woodland walk with a cultural touch.

The Marne Valley between the Ourcq Canal and Monceaux forest
distance 12.43mi Vertical gain +390ft Vertical drop -384ft duration 6h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Trilport - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Hiking along a bend of the river Marne. The circuit follows along streams in its first part, then crosses part of the Montceaux forest. There are beautiful panoramic vistas at every break in the tree cover.

Walking Tête de Chalin ( Download : )
distance 7.86mi Vertical gain +3701ft Vertical drop -3684ft duration 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Monthey - Valais

An uphill hike taking you to the foot of the Eastern Peak (Cime de l'Est), eastern peninsular of "les Dents du Midi", with mind-blowing mountain view points and a panoramic view extending towards the Vaudois Alps. A challenging itinerary with a short aerial path through ridges.

Walking Historical Arles ( Download : )
Historical Arles
distance 7.07mi Vertical gain +98ft Vertical drop -69ft duration 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Arles - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Discovering Arles and its numerous Roman monuments and buildings. You can enjoy a short picturesque break along the canal from Arles to Bouc where you can go right up to the famous Van Gogh bridge before returning to the no-less famous bull ring.

distance 6.3mi Vertical gain +341ft Vertical drop -348ft duration 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Avignon - 84 - Vaucluse

A very easy walk. The first part up to the dam, very pleasant and shady. There's not shade on second part until you arrive, so wear hats in sunny weather.
Numerous birds and in particular grey herons, cormorants, swans etc. are visible near the water and on the banks of the Rhone.

Walking The island of Oiselet ( Download : )
distance 6.72mi Vertical gain +30ft Vertical drop -30ft duration 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sorgues - 84 - Vaucluse

A family-friendly walk exploring the Island of Oiselet and the banks of the Rhône.

distance 8.04mi Vertical gain +1335ft Vertical drop -1329ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Gervans - 26 - Drôme

Over the Rhone balconies between grape vines and apricot trees, with pretty little streams.

distance 8.25mi Vertical gain +302ft Vertical drop -302ft duration 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Esbly - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

A hike mostly along rivers with a connection by the slopes of the Grand Morin and Marne valleys offering beautiful views of the region. Crossing through some of the villages, including Couilly-Pont-aux-Dames and Quincy-Voisins, lets you explore some interesting elements of their architectural heritage.

distance 10.25mi Vertical gain +177ft Vertical drop -200ft duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Paris - 75 - Paris

A walk through Paris exploring the Left Bank and its quartiers.

On the rooftop of Great Britain: Ben Nevis
distance 10mi Vertical gain +4324ft Vertical drop -4324ft duration 7h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

Here is a magnificent peak held in high regard by our British friends, Ben Nevis. This summit, though in itself not very high relatively speaking, requires a significant climb in altitude because it starts almost at sea level. During the ascent, the views are breathtaking.

distance 6.66mi Vertical gain +1535ft Vertical drop -1512ft duration 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Baume-les-Messieurs - 39 - Jura

Discover one of the most beautiful natural sites and one of the prettiest villages in the Franche-Comté.

distance 5.53mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -112ft duration 2h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandon - Essex

3 village circular walk through Howegreen, Great Baddow, and Sandon

Along pavements, footpaths and bridleways and across fields.

Cézanne’s windmill and the Zola dam
distance 4.31mi Vertical gain +1004ft Vertical drop -1004ft duration 2h45 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.