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distance 5.18mi Vertical gain +883ft Vertical drop -876ft duration 3h00 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 Trois Becs ( Download : PDF )
distance 5.45mi Vertical gain +3005ft Vertical drop -3018ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

Canyon des Gueulards
distance 4.98mi Vertical gain +1476ft Vertical drop -1463ft duration 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

Walking The Gardon Gorges ( Download : PDF )
The Gardon Gorges
distance 7.06mi Vertical gain +689ft Vertical drop -705ft duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

Walking The Giens peninsula ( Download : PDF )
The Giens peninsula
distance 6.27mi Vertical gain +935ft Vertical drop -938ft duration 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hyères - 83 - Var

Beautiful hike around the Giens peninsula by the beach path.

Les cascades du Hérisson / The Hérisson (Hedgehog) Waterfalls
distance 7.53mi Vertical gain +1079ft Vertical drop -1102ft duration 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 7.16mi Vertical gain +600ft Vertical drop -571ft duration 3h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 7.79mi Vertical gain +558ft Vertical drop -574ft duration 4h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

Walking La Banne d'Ordanche ( Download : PDF )
distance 8.06mi Vertical gain +1161ft Vertical drop -1152ft duration 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 8.16mi Vertical gain +827ft Vertical drop -827ft duration 4h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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
distance 6.85mi Vertical gain +817ft Vertical drop -804ft duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Mormoiron - 84 - Vaucluse

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

distance 12.52mi Vertical gain +1158ft Vertical drop -1165ft duration 6h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

Walking The Alpilles ridge ( Download : PDF )
distance 9.62mi Vertical gain +1398ft Vertical drop -1411ft duration 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

The Roselière (reed beds) of Maincourt
distance 5.64mi Vertical gain +249ft Vertical drop -253ft duration 2h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 6mi Vertical gain +938ft Vertical drop -896ft duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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!

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.

Himalayan footbridges of Monteynard
distance 9.55mi Vertical gain +1460ft Vertical drop -1437ft duration 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 6.82mi Vertical gain +2110ft Vertical drop -2083ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saou - 26 - Drôme

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

distance 6.75mi Vertical gain +2159ft Vertical drop -2136ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 7.07mi Vertical gain +1004ft Vertical drop -1001ft duration 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bauduen - 83 - Var

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

Walking Païolive woods ( Download : PDF )
distance 5.69mi Vertical gain +535ft Vertical drop -512ft duration 3h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Les Vans - 07 - Ardèche

Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.

distance 9.27mi Vertical gain +1854ft Vertical drop -1860ft duration 5h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 6.24mi Vertical gain +2136ft Vertical drop -2188ft duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

The Viaduc des Fauvettes and the Forêt de Gif-sur-Yvette
distance 6.56mi Vertical gain +604ft Vertical drop -617ft duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 3.61mi Vertical gain +748ft Vertical drop -738ft duration 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 5.39mi Vertical gain +2093ft Vertical drop -2096ft duration 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 6.02mi Vertical gain +942ft Vertical drop -932ft duration 3h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 7.72mi Vertical gain +1814ft Vertical drop -1795ft duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 5.31mi Vertical gain +1565ft Vertical drop -1552ft duration 3h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

Circuit around the Capitelles of Saussines
distance 8.09mi Vertical gain +148ft Vertical drop -157ft duration 3h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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

distance 5.18mi Vertical gain +843ft Vertical drop -814ft duration 3h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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

distance 5.84mi Vertical gain +725ft Vertical drop -725ft duration 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer - 83 - Var

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

La Montagne Noire via Cubserviès
distance 9.93mi Vertical gain +2293ft Vertical drop -2283ft duration 6h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Roquefère - 11 - Aude

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

distance 4.15mi Vertical gain +1726ft Vertical drop -1726ft duration 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A very beautiful hike in a conservation area.

distance 4.72mi Vertical gain +1125ft Vertical drop -1135ft duration 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 8.56mi Vertical gain +2336ft Vertical drop -2343ft duration 5h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Beaumont-du-Ventoux - 84 - Vaucluse

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

Walking The Grand Veymont ( Download : PDF )
The Grand Veymont
distance 12.56mi Vertical gain +3094ft Vertical drop -3091ft duration 8h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting 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.

Cézanne’s windmill and the Zola dam
distance 4.31mi Vertical gain +965ft Vertical drop -951ft duration 2h40 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.

The Vallée de l'Eure, Uzès
distance 8.98mi Vertical gain +955ft Vertical drop -942ft duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

Walking The Cap Béar loop ( Download : PDF )
distance 2.98mi Vertical gain +591ft Vertical drop -584ft duration 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 3.8mi Vertical gain +686ft Vertical drop -702ft duration 2h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Oppedette - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

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

distance 4.3mi Vertical gain +781ft Vertical drop -768ft duration 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

Sentier des Belvédères
distance 5mi Vertical gain +308ft Vertical drop -282ft duration 2h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 6.21mi Vertical gain +3980ft Vertical drop -3996ft duration 5h45 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Aiguines - 83 - Var

The Imbut trail is a hike that lets you discover the Verdon in the heart the gorge and the river bed. Extraordinary landscapes await you but this hike is difficult and certain sections on the cliffs (Chemin Vidal) and through rocks (section until the Baou Beni), require a good level of physical fitness. Be careful of vertigo!
The altitude calculated by the software is a little high, it's closer to about 800m.

distance 6mi Vertical gain +669ft Vertical drop -673ft duration 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

Walking The Chiloza falls ( Download : PDF )
The Chiloza falls
distance 2.98mi Vertical gain +459ft Vertical drop -459ft duration 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 4.37mi Vertical gain +2251ft Vertical drop -2264ft duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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!

distance 9.95mi Vertical gain +1309ft Vertical drop -1286ft duration 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

Walking The Véroncle mills ( Download : PDF )
The Véroncle mills
distance 6.21mi Vertical gain +1017ft Vertical drop -988ft duration 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Gordes - 84 - Vaucluse

The route leads up the Véroncle canyon then down the south-facing slopes of the Monts de Vaucluse.

distance 6.49mi Vertical gain +810ft Vertical drop -823ft duration 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.