A Walker’s Discovery of France

Terry Cudbird in the AlpsI have completed a walk around the circumference of France – 4,000 miles in total.

My walk took me from the Pyrenees, across the Languedoc, Cevennes & Ardeche to the Rhone & the Alps of Provence . I then walked north through the Alps, the Jura and the Vosges mountains in Alsace to Northern France. I turned west to the Channel Coast & Normandy and walked through Brittany to reach South West France and the Pyrenees again.

In the course of my walk I met some fascinating people and witnessed the stunning variety of France’s regions. The aim of this new web site is to share my experiences with everyone who loves France and enjoys an adventure on foot. I have divided my walk up into sections. Each one contains highlights of the region, extracts from my diary, details of the walk itself with a map, a list of maps and guides, photos and favourite places to stay with web site links where known. Visit About-France.com http://about-france.com/tourism/long-distance-footpaths.htm


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My book, Walking the Hexagon: an escape around France on foot, published by Signal Books www.signalbooks.co.uk  ISBN 9781908493033 Price £10.00 paperback in the UK, is available NOW

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I have just published a new book called Walking the Retreat, the March to the Marne: 1914 Revisited. In it I describe a walk I did last August, following in the footsteps of  Allied soldiers retreating from the French frontiers at the beginning of World War One. The hero of my book is a French Lieutenant whose route I followed day by day, based on information in his diary. For more details see my new web site http://www.walkingtheretreat1914.com. You can also order this new book from this site by clicking on the BUY NOW button. Click on the arrow below to find the appropriate delivery address area - UK £12.99, Europe £15.50, Rest of World £17.50.

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Tour de France à pied – 6,000 kilomètres en total.

Ma route m’a conduit des Pyrénées à travers le Languedoc, le Massif Central et la vallée de la Rhône jusqu'à Sospel au nord de Nice. Puis j’ai marché par les Alpes, le Jura et les Vosges en Alsace à Lorraine au coin nord-est de la France. D’ici j’ai tourné vers l'ouest afin de traverser les plaines du nord jusqu'à la Manche, où j’ai tourné encore une fois pour suivre la côte. J’ai traversé la Normandie et la Bretagne pour gagner l’Aquitaine et de nouveau les Pyrénées. Pendant mon voyage j’ai rencontré des gens sympathiques et j’ai découvert la variété étonnante des régions de la France. Le but de ce site www.walkingaroundfrance.com est de partager mes expériences avec quiconque aime la France et une aventure à pied. J’ai divisé ma randonnée dans quelques étapes. Chaque page contient quelques observations sur la région, des extraits de mon agenda, des détails sur la route, une liste de cartes et topoguides, des photos et des hébergements favoris avec leurs web sites s’il y en a. Cliquez sur le drapeau tricolore en haut si vous voulez lire plus en français.