Multi-centre walking in France

Walks from more than one base where you don't change hotels every night
Multi-centre walking in France

M ulti-centre walking in France involves day walks linked together from two or three bases. You thus walk for the best part of the day and enjoy an optimum mix of inn-to-inn and circular walks.

Multi-centre walking in France provides the benefit of not having to change hotels every night. Some hikers love the challenge and routine of getting up early, meticulously organizing that backpack and then moving on to pastures new. Others don’t, and these pages are for you.

Multi-centre walking in France is arranged in such a way that you will find yourself spending a couple of nights in one or more place en route. These are generally villages of particular interest where we feel you will simply enjoy being in the evenings after the hiking day. The circular walking options are so good that to leave one out would fail to do justice to the location in question.

Our circular or looped walks are of course linked together in an imaginative way, very often by a route de Grande Randonnee or GR. However, we have learned from living and enjoying walking holidays in France that these long distance trails are historically the quickest ways to get from A to B, but not always the most scenic. They have also evolved through time, constrained by the exigencies of home and road building as well as property ownership changes. As time has progressed, many of them have lost their original interest. Our knowledge of the GPRs and PRs, more recently developed and with the aesthetics foremost in mind, means that you get the absolute best from your hiking tour in France.

The main benefits of our multi-centre walks in France can thus be summarized as…

  • start and finish from your own hotel, or after a short morning transfer, for extra convenience and comfort.
  • Stay a couple of nights in one cosy location – no need to move on to a new base every night.
  • Walking has been designed with your enjoyment in mind, or maybe a theme, and not just the imperative of walking from hotel A to accommodation B.
  • Many walks can be shortened or lengthened to suit – modify the physical challenge to suit you.

There are of course thousands of circular walking opportunities and GRs, and all of them will give you a physical work-out. But you seek more than that, don’t you? The skill lies in selecting the best walks – achieving the optimal balance between the physical and the aesthetic, arranging them under an interesting theme, and doing so in a manageable way that ensures you do not loose your bearings. This is the hallmark of all our walking tours.

Now scroll down and discover our multi-centre tours. Please click the tour photo to access full details of the respective tour.

Remember, walks are colour-coded according to the level of physical exertion demanded:Light, Moderate or Harder, with some tours flexible enough to span two categories of challenge and so given dual-colour coding – viz., options exist on the day for customers to select the challenge of their choice according to their preferences. However, the main tour page is only able to display one colour for design reasons.

Walking Cezarenque

Few walking holidays will give you such a sense of escape from modernity, into a world of alternative farming and lifestyles.”

- This tour is available from March to mid-November. Click the photo (above) for further details.

Walking Provence-West

Walking Provence-West is the perfect mix of light walking and serious cultural insight; the very best that Western Provence has to offer compacted into seven, gloriously-indulgent days.”

- This tour is available from April to late-September, although July and August sees temperatures around 30 celcius. Click the photo (above) for further details.

Walking Cevennes by Rail

A rail-hike tour: this sacré ensemble and ‘low-carbon’ holiday features stimulating hiking laced together by short train-rides along the “line of 100 tunnels.””

- This tour is available from mid-April to mid-October. Click the photo (above) for further details.

La Grande Motte – fitness and fun

This tour is available all year round. A mix of light and themed walks plus multi-activities: swimming, cycling and gym.”

- This tour is available from April to late-September, although July and August sees temperatures around 30 celcius. Click the photo (above) for further details.

Walking in Cevennes

A fascinating journey from megalithic to modern times, depicting man’s enduring capacity to overcome whatever obstacles are thrown in his way. At a time when we are witnessing a ‘back-to-nature’ movement, Cevennes is an oasis of over-looked and under-explored life for your delectation and discovery.”

- This tour is available from April to mid-October. Click the photo (above) for further details.

La Grande Motte – fitness and golf

A mix of leisurely and themed walks plus rounds of golf on a world class course .”

- This tour is available all year round. Click the photo (above) for further details.

Hiking the Upper Cèze

Few walking holidays will give you such a sense of escape from modernity, into a world of forgotten valleys, lost hamlets and alternative farming and lifestyles.”

- This tour is available from Mid-March to mid-November. Click the photo (above) for further details.

Walks in Provence

A fine mix of walking and serious cultural insight. Enjoy the very best that unspoiled Western Provence has to offer compacted into three glorious days.”

- This light-to-moderate tour is available from April to end-September.
Click the photo (left) for further details.

Hiking Cevennes Heaven

A multitude of themes and an excellent introduction to hill-walking in Unesco’s most recent World Heritage site. Opt for a light or moderate walk on the second day in situ”

- This moderate tour with one light option is available from April to mid-October.
Click the photo (left) for further details.

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Best French Self-guided walks, trails, trips, places & themes.