France self-guided walking trips, trails, themes

St-Giles Way

St-Giles Way is the historical route that links Paris to Lower Languedoc. It links Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, which in the Middle Ages was a Mediterranean sea port. The much shorter ‘Regordane’, which is the term now used by the tourism authorities to refer tho the trail, ran from Luc Castle to Alès, the gateway to The Cevennes.

While St-Giles Way [or Chemin de Saint-Gilles] needs no introduction, the jury is still out as to the true origins of the name ‘Regordane’…

The Protestant uprising in Cevennes

The Protestant uprising in Cevennes took place three centuries ago. The rugged and isolated Cévennes hills in south-central France was the venue for a bitter conflict, the severity of which raised eyebrows among the landed classes and nascent bourgeoisie of Northern Europe and beyond. The Protestant uprising in Cevennes manifested itself as a religious war …

Multi-centre walking in France

Multi-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 others.

La Grande Motte

Grande Motte boasts 385 hectares of lawn and green space, over 43,000 trees, and 20 kilometres of pedestrianised pathways and trails that criss-cross and interconnect squares, avenues, seafront and port. Constructed with the good life in mind, it is not just a place to hang out in the summer, but a vibrant all-year-round town, boasting …

Cévennes Railway  – Le Cévenol

The Cévennes railway or ‘Le Cévenol’ links the cities of Nîmes (Gard) and Clermont Ferrand (Puy de Dôme) and has been in existence since 1870. It took six years to build and cost a staggering 520 million francs. Whether you are an avid train buff or simply a Francophile hiker in search of original walking holidays in France, this train journey is guaranteed to set your mind racing and heart pumping.

Camargue

The “French Texas”

Camargue is a triangular territory or delta bounded by the two branches of The Rhone (Grand and Petit Rhone) and The Mediterranean Sea – Western Europe’s largest river delta, covering an area of over 930 km² (360 sq. miles).

Camargue has three recognizable sectors:

Hillwalking in Cevennes

Causse & Cevennes has just gained the much sought-after ‘poisoned chalice’ of Unesco World Heritage site, so walk it now before the car parks and visitor centres are constructed in the name of ‘tourisme verte’. Hillwalking in Cevennes is experiencing a common heritage in microcosm and truly the best way to become acquainted with the …