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Distance5.18mi Vertical gain+883ft Vertical drop-876ft Duration3h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Quinson - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

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

Walking The Trois Becs (Download : PDF)
Distance5.45mi Vertical gain+3005ft Vertical drop-3018ft Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in La Chaudière - 26 - Drôme

Visit the Trois Becs, the high points of the Forest of Saou.
Correction: the elevation is 750 m instead of the 1071 m described.

Walking The Gardon Gorges (Download : PDF)
The Gardon Gorges
Distance7.06mi Vertical gain+689ft Vertical drop-705ft Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Canyon des Gueulards
Distance4.98mi Vertical gain+1476ft Vertical drop-1463ft Duration3h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

The Giens peninsula
Distance6.27mi Vertical gain+935ft Vertical drop-938ft Duration3h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hyères - 83 - Var

Beautiful hike around the Giens peninsula by the beach path.

Les cascades du Hérisson / The Hérisson (Hedgehog) Waterfalls
Distance7.53mi Vertical gain+1079ft Vertical drop-1102ft Duration4h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in La Chaux-du-Dombief - 39 - Jura

The walk descends the Hérisson ('hedgehog') River with its series of rapids and waterfalls, then returns via Bonlieu, passing through the Dame Blanche viewpoint, with a panoramic view over lakes Val and Chambly and the Herisson valley.

Distance7.79mi Vertical gain+558ft Vertical drop-574ft Duration4h00 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Bormes-les-Mimosas - 83 - Var

A small lake and its dam, sandy beaches and rocks and, finally, a trail with a 360° view of the surrounding landscape.

A walk that takes the coastal path for a section between the beautiful beach of Estagnol and Fort Brégançon.

Distance8.06mi Vertical gain+1161ft Vertical drop-1152ft Duration4h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Orcival - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A hiking trail in the Auvergne summer pastures, on a summit overlooking the spa resort of La Bourboule.

The ochre trails of Mormoiron
Distance6.85mi Vertical gain+817ft Vertical drop-804ft Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Mormoiron - 84 - Vaucluse

Take a walk between Mormoiron and Villes-sur-Auzon on the trails of old ochre quarries.

Distance8.16mi Vertical gain+827ft Vertical drop-827ft Duration4h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Carcès - 83 - Var

This hike will visit the village of Carcés, Carcés Lake and the splendid Caramy Falls. Best in the spring when the water flow is stronger.
You also will take a part of the path of Saint Jacques de Compostela.

Walking The Alpilles ridge (Download : PDF)
Distance9.62mi Vertical gain+1398ft Vertical drop-1411ft Duration5h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Nice walk between the wild and steep ridge of the Alpilles and the plains of Romanin.

Distance6.82mi Vertical gain+2110ft Vertical drop-2083ft Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saou - 26 - Drôme

The west summit of Saou forest, which marks the beginning (or end) of this forest.

The Roselière (reed beds) of Maincourt
Distance5.64mi Vertical gain+249ft Vertical drop-253ft Duration2h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Lévis-Saint-Nom - 78 - Yvelines

At the heart of the Chevreuse Valley Natural Park, a hike that allows you to wander through a protected natural site with a trail laid out by the Park. In the Bois de Maincourt, one can see ancient sandstone quarries. The course of the river Yvette, which the trail follows on the way back, finally allows a patrimonial approach with old mills and old washhouses.

Distance12.52mi Vertical gain+1158ft Vertical drop-1165ft Duration6h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Chevreuse - 78 - Yvelines

A beautiful hike to discover the beautiful sights of the Chevreuse valley: the Chatillonmill, the castle of Dampierre, the blacksmith’s, the villages of Fourcherolles, Senlisse and Choisel, Méridon castle, the village of Chevreuse and its small bridges along the Yvette, and Château de la Madeleine.

Distance6mi Vertical gain+938ft Vertical drop-896ft Duration3h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Le Rove - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Amidst sea, cliffs and rail roads, a beautiful active hike, emphasized by the horns of small passing trains, and an amazing little beach during the journey!
Experienced on May 1st, 2013, having the first bathe of the year at the Everine's beach!

Distance7.07mi Vertical gain+1004ft Vertical drop-1001ft Duration4h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Bauduen - 83 - Var

A very enjoyable loop on the peninsula of Bauduen alongside Lake Sainte Croix.

Distance9.27mi Vertical gain+1854ft Vertical drop-1860ft Duration5h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in La Bresse - 88 - Vosges

Start and finish at the Col de Bramont.
This route will let you discover the Lac des Corbeaux from the Belvédère de la Roche du Lac 200m above it.
The view is stunning and its the perfect place for a snack!
A trail takes you down to the lake. It doesn't cross the embankment, but takes you round the lake on a pleasant, shady trail.
Return to the Col de Bramont via the Étang de Sèchemer.
A very beautiful circuit that's not too difficult, although very steep.

Distance6.75mi Vertical gain+2159ft Vertical drop-2136ft Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Distance6.66mi Vertical gain+1535ft Vertical drop-1512ft Duration4h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Distance5.84mi Vertical gain+725ft Vertical drop-725ft Duration3h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer - 83 - Var

Beautiful loop between the vineyards and the coastal path with magnificent panoramic views.

Distance6.24mi Vertical gain+2136ft Vertical drop-2188ft Duration4h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting 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.

Distance3.61mi Vertical gain+748ft Vertical drop-738ft Duration2h10 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Bourg-de-Sirod - 39 - Jura

Pleasure in cascades.
This extraordinary walk around the Pertes de l’Ain gorges sets out from the remarkable site of the old forges and is a delight for all the senses.
Along the way: The Pertes de l’Ain, gorges, cascades, the ruins of Villain castle, and the relics of an old village.

Circuit around the Capitelles of Saussines
Distance8.09mi Vertical gain+148ft Vertical drop-157ft Duration3h50 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Saussines - 34 - Hérault

Located between Nimes and Montpellier, the village of Saussines has a quite exceptional heritage: a listed 12th century church, a castle, beautiful mansions, old washhouses.
The gorse scrubland is close by with six capitelles (1), a nature trail, a picnic area with tables and is close to a spring at the high point of the circuit, plus there is a beautiful view of the Pic Saint Loup and the Cevennes.
Important note: Ignore the numbers marked on the ground and stick to the VisoRando instructions instead

Distance5.39mi Vertical gain+2093ft Vertical drop-2096ft Duration4h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Lans-en-Vercors - 38 - Isère

This easily accessed summit is located on a ridge between the "Vallée de la Gresse" and the Vercors plateau. It offers a breathtaking view on Belledonne, Les Rousses and a bit further Les Ecrins.

Walking Païolive woods (Download : PDF)
Distance5.69mi Vertical gain+535ft Vertical drop-512ft Duration3h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Les Vans - 07 - Ardèche

Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.

The Viaduc des Fauvettes and the Forêt de Gif-sur-Yvette
Distance6.56mi Vertical gain+604ft Vertical drop-617ft Duration3h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Bures-sur-Yvette - 91 - Essonne

A walk of many faces! On forest tracks interspersed with paths through the city, you follow an old railway line with a tunnel and viaduct, finishing along the course of the river Yvette. A walk to enjoy at any time of year.

Distance6.02mi Vertical gain+942ft Vertical drop-932ft Duration3h25 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting 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.

Himalayan footbridges of Monteynard
Distance9.55mi Vertical gain+1460ft Vertical drop-1437ft Duration5h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Treffort - 38 - Isère

This is a hike that starts with a ferry crossing.
The objective is to take the two elegant bridges.
The first bridge crosses the Drac.
The second bridge crosses the Ebron.
Satisfactory markings.

Distance7.72mi Vertical gain+1814ft Vertical drop-1795ft Duration4h50 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Maurice-Navacelles - 34 - Hérault

A fairly conventional circuit that lets walkers admire the Cirque de Navacelles and hike in the gorges of La Vis. The ruins of the Moulins de la Foux are the ultimate goal of the hike, with beautiful explanations of these water mills and on the underground portion of the screw, not yet fully explored.

Distance5.18mi Vertical gain+843ft Vertical drop-814ft Duration3h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Tourves - 83 - Var

A beautiful hike in the hills of Tourves.
A remarkable view over the Saint-Maximin plains and the mountain La Loube.
Wonderful opportunity to discover and tour the Saint-Probace Chapel

Distance4.72mi Vertical gain+1125ft Vertical drop-1135ft Duration3h00 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Aiguèze - 30 - Gard

The medieval village of Aiguèze is among the most beautiful villages in France. This hike, overlooking the gorges of Ardeche, follows the paths and trails through the heart of the scrubland, olive groves and vineyards.

Cézanne’s windmill and the Zola dam
Distance4.31mi Vertical gain+965ft Vertical drop-951ft Duration2h40 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting 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.

The Vallée de l'Eure, Uzès
Distance8.98mi Vertical gain+955ft Vertical drop-942ft Duration4h50 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Uzès - 30 - Gard

A circuit around Uzès, discovering the Eure valley and its source that once fed the city of Nimes, then a loop through Gardoise scrubland to return to Uzès.

Distance6.49mi Vertical gain+810ft Vertical drop-823ft Duration3h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron - 07 - Ardèche

A route starting at a hilltop village, Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron, with a wonderful, panoramic 180° view over the Ardèche mountains and plains, from Villeneuve de Berg to the Col de l'Escrinet (the Cham du Cros, Rocher d’Abraham, Montagne Sainte-Marguerite, Mont Lozère). In addition, educational panels depicting the history, geology and life on the Coiron adorn this hike.

Distance4.15mi Vertical gain+1726ft Vertical drop-1726ft Duration3h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A very beautiful hike in a conservation area.

Distance8.56mi Vertical gain+2336ft Vertical drop-2343ft Duration5h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Beaumont-du-Ventoux - 84 - Vaucluse

A beautiful round trip leading to the summit and back along the crests.

Distance5.31mi Vertical gain+1565ft Vertical drop-1552ft Duration3h35 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Buis-les-Baronnies - 26 - Drôme

From Buis-les-Baronnies, walk around the Rocher Saint-Julien enjoying the views of the Baronnies and Mont Ventoux.

Distance4.3mi Vertical gain+781ft Vertical drop-768ft Duration2h35 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting 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.

La Montagne Noire via Cubserviès
Distance9.93mi Vertical gain+2293ft Vertical drop-2283ft Duration6h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Roquefère - 11 - Aude

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

Distance9.95mi Vertical gain+1309ft Vertical drop-1286ft Duration5h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Eyguières - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Hiking in the Alpilles, starting from the Eyguières bullring.
A quiet start among olive trees and cicadas at the foot of the Opies.
You'll discover the old Romanière sheep pens.
The ascent starts on a beautiful path through the maquis and ends with a little climb to finish at the Tour de Guet where a magnificent 360° view awaits you.
You can also visit the vestiges of Villa Gallo Romaine.

Distance3.8mi Vertical gain+686ft Vertical drop-702ft Duration2h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Oppedette - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

A beautiful loop around the Calavon Gorges from the village of Oppedette.

Distance4mi Vertical gain+988ft Vertical drop-984ft Duration2h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Montan - 07 - Ardèche

A splendid medieval village, a hermit and his cave, a valley in the limestone hills and the views of the Rhône Valley and Mont Ventoux.
Prepare yourself for a nice, family-friendly hike, which will suit everyone.

Walking The Grand Veymont (Download : PDF)
Distance12.56mi Vertical gain+3094ft Vertical drop-3091ft Duration8h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors - 26 - Drôme

A long hike across the Vercors Highlands ("Hauts Plateaux du Vercors"), to reach the Grand Veymont. Breath-taking view of the entire Vercors massif and Mont Aiguille.

Sentier des Belvédères
Distance5mi Vertical gain+308ft Vertical drop-282ft Duration2h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Noisy-sur-École - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

A course over hills, with beautiful views of the Massif des Trois Pignons. Passages on platières in the middle of the moor with an unobstructed view, interspersed with passages in undergrowth and amid boulders. A varied, rather sporty hike.
N.B. The drop is probably underestimated: expect something more in the order of 300 metres.

The Lakes of Neuweiher and Gresson
Distance5mi Vertical gain+1381ft Vertical drop-1381ft Duration3h20 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Rimbach-près-Masevaux - 68 - Haut-Rhin

In the Doller valley, this walk will let you discover the lakes of Neuweiher and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Vosges. It's an easy walk and accessible to anyone.

Distance6mi Vertical gain+669ft Vertical drop-673ft Duration3h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in La Valla-en-Gier - 42 - Loire

An easy walk to enjoy as a family. Very popular in summer, it is worth the detour to admire the panoramic view over the Alps and the summits of Mont Blanc, the Lyonnais mountains and the Giers valley, the Vercors massif and those of northern Vivarais. With a wealth of flowers in spring, you can gather bilberries in August and raspberries in September. Unless you choose to go ski touring or cross-country skiing here in winter.

Distance3.85mi Vertical gain+2172ft Vertical drop-2178ft Duration3h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Pierre-des-Tripiers - 48 - Lozère

Perhaps the most beautiful walk along the Causse Méjean, which traditionally starts out from Le Rozier.
Here, by starting on the cliff top, there is less vertical drop, as you stay between 870 and 720m the whole way.
As well as breath-taking scenery, you can see vultures circling above you and even below you on the cliffs!

Distance11.06mi Vertical gain+2028ft Vertical drop-2024ft Duration6h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Solutré-Pouilly - 71 - Saône-et-Loire

Wonderful hike in Burgundy to discover "Solutré" (a landmark) and the "Rock of Vergisson”.

Distance5.75mi Vertical gain+1864ft Vertical drop-1880ft Duration4h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Ollioules - 83 - Var

A beautiful hike to the heights of Ollioules and Sanary, off the beaten track. Exceptional views over the on the coast of La Ciotat in Porquerolles, and the interior of La Cadiere d'Azur in Revest, the chain of the Sainte Baume ridges and the gorges of Ollioules.
The path alternates between shaded areas in the Mediterranean scrubland and parts where the sun heats the limestones of the La Colle massif.

Walking The Cap Béar loop (Download : PDF)
Distance2.98mi Vertical gain+591ft Vertical drop-584ft Duration1h50 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Port-Vendres - 66 - Pyrénées-Orientales

A walk amid vineyards, through scrubland, and along the coast, with beautiful views of the Cap Béar and the Anse de Paulilles cove.