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distance 11.9mi Vertical gain +1086ft Vertical drop -1102ft duration 6h15 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.

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.

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.

The “Circuit des 25 Bosses” (the 25 Bumps Circuit)
distance 9.05mi Vertical gain +702ft Vertical drop -696ft duration 4h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Le Vaudoué - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

As the name suggests, is this route ascends 25 mounds that form a circuit of the of the Trois Pignons forest. A hike amid the rocks that makes an excellent training run before mountain hikes in the summer.
N.B. The elevation is underestimated: between 800 and 900 metres total cumulative change in altitude. It’s difficult to find a larger change in altitude in the Ile-de-France, unless you want to take the steps up and down the Eiffel Tower three times on the trot. Expect to be walking for 6 to 7 hours.

Walking Sentier des Belvédères ( Download : )
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.

The Tête Ronde Forest and Saint-Aubin Wood
distance 4.76mi Vertical gain +318ft Vertical drop -299ft duration 2h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Villiers-le-Bâcle - 91 - Essonne

A hike which is mostly in the forest, with lovely sections along the Mérantaise river and the ditches which run down from the Saclay Plateau.

distance 9.56mi Vertical gain +1260ft Vertical drop -1280ft duration 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Amenucourt - 95 - Val-d'Oise

A very varied hike that combines:
- Regional Forest of the Roche-Guyon,
- A beautiful, quiet valley,
- The town of La Roche and its castle,
- and finally, a scenic route overlooking the Seine.

Mills and Menhirs along the river Yerres
distance 6.46mi Vertical gain +154ft Vertical drop -161ft duration 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Brunoy - 91 - Essonne

This hike mostly takes place along the Yerres, a tributary of the Seine, and also includes a section in the Forest of Senart and an urban section. There you can enjoy the charm of this river and the beautiful houses around it, admire two ancient watermills and come cross no fewer than four standing stones along the way.

Hike in Fontainebleau forest: a tour of the Apremont Gorges
distance 7.27mi Vertical gain +423ft Vertical drop -427ft duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Fontainebleau forest is one of the most beautiful French forests thanks to its varied landscapes and, in particular, its sandstone blocks. This hike circles the Apremont gorges along the Colinet-Denecourt path N°6 and lets you enjoy it in all its beauty and fragility, the latter due both to natural erosion and human use, and is near the Paris region.

distance 7.41mi Vertical gain +472ft Vertical drop -459ft duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Noisy-sur-École - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

The Massif des Trois Pignons is situated on the edge of Fontainebleau forest. The walk takes you past the Rocher des Guetteurs, the Sables du Cul du Chien, the Diplodocus, and the Rocher de la Tortue.

distance 8.81mi Vertical gain +420ft Vertical drop -420ft duration 4h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Depart from the Maison Forestière de Maintenon for a 16 km walk.

Les Gorges de Franchard and l'Antre des Druides
distance 3.54mi Vertical gain +171ft Vertical drop -171ft duration 1h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Starting from an old retreat which has been visited since the 11th century, this hike allows you to explore the Gorges de Franchard and the surrounding areas. Winding through rocks and several rock shelters such as the well-known Antre des Druides.
N.B. The difference in altitude is probably higher than stated: roughly 100 metres and a 2 hour walk.

The Rocher du Long Boyau and the Gorges du Houx
distance 6.24mi Vertical gain +236ft Vertical drop -249ft duration 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

From the Ermitage de Franchard, this is a very varied hike which will take you past old sandstone quarries, the Gorges du Houx and the charming Mare aux Pigeons. On the route are several vast viewing points, numerous spectacular rocks and the curious Grotte du Serment cave.

N.B. The elevation and the time shown appear to be under-estimated: count on about 250 meters and 4 hours of walking.

distance 4.8mi Vertical gain +141ft Vertical drop -112ft duration 2h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Noisy-sur-École - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

A pretty hike in the Massif des Trois Pignons, on the edge of Fontainebleau forest.

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.

The Dolmen of Bois Couturier
distance 5.71mi Vertical gain +207ft Vertical drop -187ft duration 2h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Wy-dit-Joli-Village - 95 - Val-d'Oise

The French Vexin region has numerous megalithic sites dating from the late third millennium B.C. This walk gives you the chance to visit a dolmen in a perfect state of preservation. As you stroll through the fields and woods, you will also be able to see some lovely churches and castles.

distance 9.44mi Vertical gain +679ft Vertical drop -486ft duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Versailles - 78 - Yvelines

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.

distance 4.53mi Vertical gain +364ft Vertical drop -371ft duration 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Avon - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

It is a short, relatively easy circuit exploring some curiosities of the forest of Fontainebleau around the Avon SNCF train station, namely the views over the Croix du Calvaire, the Sponge Rock, Denecourt Tower and fountains. One could also call it the fountain circuit.

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.

distance 13.35mi Vertical gain +732ft Vertical drop -719ft duration 6h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

This quite long route allows you to discover exceptional sites such as the Rempart du Restant du Long Rocher ('the rampart of the remainder of Long Rock'), Béatrix Cave and Carrosse Rock. You will also go past magnificent viewpoints, rarely visited walkways and some beautiful ponds, typical of the forest.

Walking The Three Rivers Hike ( Download : )
distance 6.64mi Vertical gain +135ft Vertical drop -144ft duration 3h10 Easy Easy
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.

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.

Walking Loop around Commeny ( Download : )
distance 8.31mi Vertical gain +190ft Vertical drop -213ft duration 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Commeny - 95 - Val-d'Oise

A straight-forward loop around Commeny passing the Perchay and Chaussée Julus Caesar.

distance 7.28mi Vertical gain +394ft Vertical drop -404ft duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Dammartin-en-Serve - 78 - Yvelines

A beautiful walk through stunning and varied landscapes. Historic detours along the way.

Walking Circuit around Larchant ( Download : )
distance 4.45mi Vertical gain +285ft Vertical drop -289ft duration 2h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Larchant - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

The very enjoyable scent of pine is everywhere. And the small sand dune that I would the "Little Dune of Pyla" is lovely.

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 9.59mi Vertical gain +282ft Vertical drop -292ft duration 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Crosne - 91 - Essonne

This walk starts in Crosne, goes through the Grange Forest and then through the town of Yerres before reaching Park Caillebotte where the painter lived. The walk goes along the Yerres River and finishes by going alongside the communal gardens in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges.

The Forêt de Montmorency and its Southwest border
distance 9.5mi Vertical gain +643ft Vertical drop -630ft duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Montlignon - 95 - Val-d'Oise

A walk in the larger Val d'Oise forest, located only 20 kilometres north of Paris. Chestnut trees are plentiful in this hilly area with ponds and historical sites. A walk to the southwest border will let you discover some interesting features of the local heritage.

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.

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.

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.

An outing is the Créçois Country
distance 12.57mi Vertical gain +751ft Vertical drop -725ft duration 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Germain-sur-Morin - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

A hike through the vast open areas of the Briarde countryside with large rolling hills and views as far as the eye can see, followed by shaded areas in the valley and on the Grand Morin hillsides. Pieces of the architectural heritage along the way, churches, mills and wash-houses, make the trip that more worthwhile.

The hike can be shortened to a 15 km walk, or split into two, one 8 km and the other 12 km (see useful information).

The fortified farms of Brie and the Bois-Poussin stronghold
distance 9.97mi Vertical gain +75ft Vertical drop -66ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Nangis - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Mostly dating from the late Middle Ages, fortified farms are a typical part of the architectural heritage of the Brie region. This walk takes you past several such farms, including the Fief de Bois-Poussin stronghold, and gives you the chance to discover the rich heritage of Nangis with its ancient fortified castle, church and market halls. The walk takes you along paths between fields and small roads with little traffic, and along the banks of the brooks that wind through this farming plain.

Walking The Bois de Bombon woods ( Download : )
distance 5.58mi Vertical gain +105ft Vertical drop -105ft duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Ouen-en-Brie - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Bombon is not only a church and a typical village in Plateau Briard but also a castle, and the holiday destination in 1909 for an emigrant known as Vladimir-Ilyich Ulyanov, or Lenin.

distance 5.36mi Vertical gain +197ft Vertical drop -207ft duration 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lorrez-le-Bocage-Préaux - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

A circuit to the east of Lorrez-le-Bocage, along the Lunain in places with views of Lorrez-le-Bocage both to the south and north. The starting point is the car park in Place de la République in Lorrez-le-Bocage.

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