Walking Holidays in France
When it comes to choosing where to go for a walking holiday in France you are seriously spoilt for choice. France has one of the most varied landscapes in Europe and has a huge variety of walking possibilities for all tastes.
Those who enjoy mountain walking holidays will head to areas such as the Pyrenees, the Alps, the Vosges or the Auvergne. For less strenuous walking holidays in France, opt for the Loire Valley, Limousin or the beautiful Languedoc area of the south of France
Whichever area you choose for your walking holiday in France, you'll be delighted to know that there will be a well-developed network of waymarked walking paths and trails. From coastal walking trails, walking circuits through vineyards or alongside canals, through beautiful woodland or in the mountains, walkers are well looked after in France.
You will find short walks on well-marked footpaths around nearly every village or town in France. For a self-guided, independent walking holiday, look through
In the Alsace region of France, your self-guided walking holiday may include walking amongst the vineyards that produce grapes for Gewurztraminer and Riesling wines, or hiking in the unspoilt beauty of the hills of the Vosges mountains where your walking efforts will be rewarded with dramatic views across the Rhine Valley to the Black Forest beyond.
For a gentler walking holiday in France, go walking amongst the woods and gently rolling hills of the Kayserberg Valley, visiting quaint little half-timbered medieval villages, sampling wine and eating delicious Alsatian food.
The GR5 long distance walking path passes through Alsace and the Crete des Vosges section is particularly interesting.
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in the Alsace/Lorraine Region of France
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Dog friendly B&B near Colmar Strasbourg and Alsace vineyards, France
Book early if you wish to stay at this charming bed and breakfast near Colmar and Strasbourg in the Alsace region of France. It's perfectly situated to explore the vineyards of Alsace and to visit the Chateau de Haut-Koenigsbourg. The accommodation has spa facilities on site which include a sauna and solarium.
With over 5000km of waymarked walking trails in the Puy de Dome department of the Auvergne region of France alone, this area is ideal for a walking holiday or hiking short break in France.
Choose from short walking trails to longer multi day walking in the Auvergne on one of the GR routes. The Auvergne region is one of remarkable landscapes and immense beauty and well worth a short break for a walking holiday.
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in the Auvergne Region of France
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Away-from-it-all B&B in the heart of the Auvergne, France
This bed and breakfast accommodation in the Auvergne is a great value spot for an active holiday, walking on one of the hundreds of waymarked walking trails, mountain biking or in the winter skiing in the mountains of the Sancy.
Brittany has more waymarked walking trails than any other region of France. Walk the GR34 walking trail which covers almost 1000km of the Brittany coast. The coastal walking in this part of France is spectacularly beautiful!
For a less demanding walking break in Brittany, explore the waymarked walking trails around Fougères or those in the Forest of Paimpont which has 20 walking circuits which are well marked.
Or for some hillier walking, why not explore the Cote d'Armor department of Brittany where you can walk amongst the historic megaliths and go hiking in the Monts d'Arrée, the highest point in Brittany, where the scenery is wild and spectacular.
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in the Brittany Region of France
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Bed and breakfast in Brittany near Paimpol, 5 mins from the beaches
This lovely old bed and breakfast in Brittany is an ideal base for a hiking or cycling holiday in Brittany. Situated on the North Coast near Paimpol and Treguier there are many quite lanes and waymarked walking circuits to explore. Or for a peaceful short break in Brittany, relax in the 2 hectares of gardens that surround the B&B. Great breakfasts, great evening meals and child friendly.
Child friendly B&B with pool near Saint Malo & Mont Saint Michel, Brittany
This British-owned bed and breakfast accommodation is a great address if you are looking for a tranquil short break in Brittany near the coast and near Fougères with its numerous walking trails and medieval chateau. You'll appreciate the swimming pool in the summer months, as will the children - this is a child-friendly address!
Burgundy has wonderfully varied possibilities for a walking holiday in France, including numerous waymarked walking trails amongst the Burgundy vineyards or wilder self-guided walking in the beautiful Morvan National Park West of Beaune.
Explore some of the GR 13 long distance walking footpath through the Morvan hills, from Vézelay to Autun. The less adventurous could spend their walking holiday in France discovering the flora and fauna of the area at 32 natural sites via themed walking routes created by "Decouvertes Nature Bourgogne". Details can be obtained from any local Tourist Information Office. Go explore!
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in the Burgundy Region of France
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B&B near Auxerre and Dijon in Burgundy France
Bed and breakfast near Auxerre and Dijon in Burgundy, within easy reach of the A6, great for a short break to explore the pretty villages and countryside of Burgundy or to go walking, road biking or mountain biking.
Farmstead B&B near Vezelay, Morvan Natural Park in Burgundy France
This charming bed and breakfast in Burgundy is near Vezelay on the edge of the Morvan National Park. It is an anglo-french owned working farmstead from which you can enjoy a self-guided walking holiday exploring the numerous waymarked trails of the beautiful Morvan National Parrk.
Quality B&B near Beaune and the Burgundy vineyards of France
This is a beautiful bed and breakfast address in a great location close to Beaune and the vineyards of Burgundy. This is a great spot for a cycling holiday in Burgundy or for a walking holiday in France, exploring the numerous waymarked trails and paths that meander through the vineyards. Why not do some wine tasting on the way!
In Normandy there are hundreds of miles of hiking and walking trails, footpaths that wind through beautiful and varied landscapes, criss-crossing the region, and meeting up with other tracks such as the numbered "GR" or Grande Randonnée walking routes which link Normandy with the rest of France and Europe.
Go hiking in the Manche department, the Cherbourg peninsula and explore some of the 355km of Normandy coastline (the GR223 is the Cotentin and Normandy beaches long distance walking trail) or go walking in one of the 5 nature reserves and 2 regional wilderness areas, all on good waymarked hiking paths.
The Calvados department includes 'Swiss Normandy', Normandy's very own wild and peaceful mountains south of Caen, an area of gorges and wooded landscapes where there are numerous walking and hiking possibilities.
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in the Normandy Region of France
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Stunning boutique B&B near Caen in Normandy for foodies and romantics
Food lovers and romantics will adore this boutique B&B in Normandy near Caen. You'll love the attention to detail in the luxury rooms, you'll love the gastronomic home-cooked food, you'll love the area and the warmest of welcomes from your British hosts.
Pays de la Loire
The Sarthe department of Pays de la Loire is the most wooded department in France and there are numerous possibilities for a hiking short break.
The Alpes Mancelles area of the Pays de la Loire west of Le Mans has several well-waymarked hiking paths and trails or you could also go walking in the Perseigne and Sille-le-Guillaume forests which lie in the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park on the border of Mayenne and Sarthe, where there are also lakes and botanical trails.
The GR36 long distance hiking trail passes through the department en route from Caen in Normandy right down to the Spanish border.
The Pays de la Loire region also includes the Vendée department where you can hike along coastal trails, go walking in the Marais Poitevin or explore the forests and woodland on foot.
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in the Pays de la Loire Region of France
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B&B near La Rochelle with a swimming pool near the Vendée beaches
This tranquil B&B near la Rochelle and the beaches of the west coast of France is in a wonderful location for a short break. There are loads of hiking and biking possibilities in the area with waymarked paths and tracks going off in all directions. Discover the sandy beaches or explore the Marais Poitevin area just inland. There's plenty here to keep the whole family occupied.
British owned boutique B&B near Angers, Western Loire Valley, France
For a romantic short break in France, this boutique B&B near the vineyards of Angers is a fabulous choice. You'll love the swimming pool, the fine food and wine, the luxury guest rooms and its situation for visiting the chateaux and vineyards of the Loire Valley.
On previous French holidays you may have noticed yellow dashes painted on tree trunks, walls and rocks around where you were staying. These are the 'petite randonnée' (PR for short) walking footpath markers. On your walking holidays in France, make sure you pick up the details of these generally shorter and circular walks from the local tourist information office or Mairie or you may be able to download GPS walking route data online.
For a more adventurous hiking holiday in France, you may be considering tackling one of the GRs or Grande Randonnées long distance walking routes which are designated by red and white markers.
This website is a fantastic resource for details of all of the long distance hiking routes in France.
This map is also very useful if you are planning a walking holiday in France. The GR10 walking route, for example, runs from one end of the Pyrénées mountains to the other.
Whatever your walking level, you will find a walking holiday in France to suit you.