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The Lower Verdon Gorges
Distance8.33km Vertical gain+269m Vertical drop-267m 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)
The Trois Becs
Distance8.99km Vertical gain+1109m Vertical drop-1113m Duration5h10 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.

Les gorges du Gardon / Gardon's canyon
Distance11.37km Vertical gain+210m Vertical drop-215m Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Collias - 30 - Gard

Circuit over the Gardon's canyon first, then down along the Gardon River to finish the hike.

Canyon des Gueulards
Distance8.02km Vertical gain+450m Vertical drop-446m 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
Distance10.09km Vertical gain+285m Vertical drop-286m 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
Distance12.11km Vertical gain+329m Vertical drop-336m 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.

La Banne d'Ordanche
Distance12.98km Vertical gain+354m Vertical drop-351m 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.

On the side of Brégançon
Distance12.54km Vertical gain+170m Vertical drop-175m 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.

A hike around the four lakes
Distance11.52km Vertical gain+183m Vertical drop-174m Duration3h45 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Le Frasnois - 39 - Jura

A hike to do preferentially during fall to admire the beautiful colors of the Indian summer reflecting off the lakes.

Carcés and Caramy Falls
Distance13.13km Vertical gain+252m Vertical drop-252m 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.

The ochre trails of Mormoiron
Distance11.02km Vertical gain+249m Vertical drop-245m 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.

Walking The Alpilles ridge (Download : PDF)
The Alpilles ridge
Distance15.48km Vertical gain+426m Vertical drop-430m 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.

Walk in the Chevreuse Valley
Distance20.15km Vertical gain+353m Vertical drop-355m 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.

Sentier des douaniers. De Niolon à Méjéan. (Customs officers trail). From Niolon to Méjéan
Distance9.65km Vertical gain+286m Vertical drop-273m 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!

A tour of the Lac des Corbeaux
Distance14.93km Vertical gain+565m Vertical drop-567m 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.

The cliffs of Roche Colombe
Distance10.98km Vertical gain+643m Vertical drop-635m 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 Pertes de l’Ain gorges
Distance5.82km Vertical gain+228m Vertical drop-225m 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.

The Roselière (reed beds) of Maincourt
Distance9.08km Vertical gain+76m Vertical drop-77m 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.

The Colombières Gorges
Distance10.04km Vertical gain+651m Vertical drop-667m 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.

Himalayan footbridges of Monteynard
Distance15.37km Vertical gain+445m Vertical drop-438m 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.

From Wettstein Pass to the Lac des Truites
Distance9.69km Vertical gain+287m Vertical drop-284m 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.

Walking Païolive woods (Download : PDF)
Païolive woods
Distance9.16km Vertical gain+163m Vertical drop-156m Duration3h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Les Vans - 07 - Ardèche

Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.

The Circuit of Bauduen
Distance11.37km Vertical gain+306m Vertical drop-305m Duration4h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Bauduen - 83 - Var

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

The Pic Saint Michel
Distance8.68km Vertical gain+638m Vertical drop-639m 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.

The Puy de Sancy via the Courre Valley
Distance6.68km Vertical gain+526m Vertical drop-526m Duration3h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A very beautiful hike in a conservation area.

Circular loop between Bandol and Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer
Distance9.39km Vertical gain+221m Vertical drop-221m 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.

Circuit around the Capitelles of Saussines
Distance13.02km Vertical gain+45m Vertical drop-48m 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

Mount Ventoux starting from the Mont Serein cam site
Distance13.78km Vertical gain+712m Vertical drop-714m 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.

The Cirque de Baume-les-Messieurs
Distance10.72km Vertical gain+468m Vertical drop-461m 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.

Pointe de l'Observatoire Barthelemy - Cap Roux
Distance10.86km Vertical gain+658m Vertical drop-651m 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.

The Vallée de l'Eure, Uzès
Distance14.45km Vertical gain+291m Vertical drop-287m 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.

Around Rocher Saint-Julien
Distance8.54km Vertical gain+477m Vertical drop-473m 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.

Aiguèze and the rocks of Castelviel
Distance7.6km Vertical gain+343m Vertical drop-346m 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.

The Tour des Opies- the Eyguières Alpilles
Distance16.02km Vertical gain+399m Vertical drop-392m 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.

The Gorges of Oppedette
Distance6.12km Vertical gain+209m Vertical drop-214m 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.

Mont de Pouilly, and the Hills of Solutré and Vergisson
Distance17.8km Vertical gain+618m Vertical drop-617m 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”.

Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron: the learning path
Distance10.45km Vertical gain+247m Vertical drop-251m 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.

Walking The Grand Veymont (Download : PDF)
The Grand Veymont
Distance20.21km Vertical gain+943m Vertical drop-942m 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.

Loop on the heights of Mont Pilat
Distance9.65km Vertical gain+204m Vertical drop-205m 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.

The Lakes of Neuweiher and Gresson
Distance8.05km Vertical gain+421m Vertical drop-421m 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.

Walking The Chiloza falls (Download : PDF)
The Chiloza falls
Distance4.79km Vertical gain+140m Vertical drop-140m Duration1h40 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A wander among the underbrush along the Couze Pavin, from bank to bank, flowing in cascades.

Pierre Percée lake - Discover the battles sites of the First World War
Distance15.65km Vertical gain+405m Vertical drop-421m Duration5h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Pierre-Percée - 54 - Meurthe-et-Moselle

Discover the man-made lake that feeds the cooling system at Cattenom nuclear power station and the First World War battle sites around Celles-sur-Plaine.

Glanum and the Alpilles ridges
Distance8.19km Vertical gain+238m Vertical drop-236m Duration2h55 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Starting from the site of the Antiques de Glanum, a beautiful climb in the valley of Saint Clerg, which serves as a botanical trail, up to the ridges and back down to Lake Peiroou or Peirou, on the IGN map.

N.B.!: the short technical part with cables and some metal steps fixed into the rock that allows you to cross the rock above Lake Peiroou has been temporarily closed for safety reasons.

The Sainte Baume gorges
Distance6.44km Vertical gain+301m Vertical drop-300m 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 Lakes and pastures (Download : PDF)
Lakes and pastures
Distance10.99km Vertical gain+466m Vertical drop-461m Duration4h15 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Soultzeren - 68 - Haut-Rhin

A beautiful hike that takes you up to the “Gazons”, the famous pastures of the Hautes Vosges, and along the steep slopes overlooking the magnificent cirques where the lakes of Lac Vert and Lac du Forlet lie. All of this is situated at an altitude and in landscapes that are reminiscent of the Alps.

The Méjean cliff path
Distance6.2km Vertical gain+662m Vertical drop-664m 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!

Sentier des Belvédères
Distance8.04km Vertical gain+94m Vertical drop-86m 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.

Walking The Dolmen path (Download : PDF)
The Dolmen path
Distance4.89km Vertical gain+238m Vertical drop-243m Duration2h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux - 69 - Rhône

This path is very pleasant in the Autumn, with a magnificent view of the monts d'Or, Lyon and the Rhone valley.
This route can be extended in the direction of Yzeron or Thurin.
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Tour and climb the Gros Cerveau of Ollioules
Distance9.25km Vertical gain+568m Vertical drop-573m 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.

La Montagne Noire via Cubserviès
Distance15.98km Vertical gain+699m Vertical drop-696m Duration6h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Roquefère - 11 - Aude

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