Walks

Explore Hikideas to find the best walking routes near you. There are hundreds of local walks to discover, from short scenic coastal trails, nature country walks to hiking trails up some pretty big mountains. On each walk page you will be able to see a map of the walk, directions to follow and pictures. If you’d prefer a circular walk, make sure you select return to start to yes. You can check out the latest walks below or use our walk finder above to find walks that interest you.

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Latest published or updated walks
distance 24.03km Vertical gain +208m Vertical drop -217m 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.

distance 7.72km Vertical gain +48m Vertical drop -50m duration 2h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Nort-sur-Erdre - 44 - Loire-Atlantique

Discover an unusual trail, following the banks of "La Rigole Alimentaire”, a small canal feeding into Vioreau Pond. The canal crosses the valley of the Erdre thanks to four aqueducts with eight to ten arches and travels underground over 600 m. It is, moreover, spanned by many picturesque stone bridges... During your walk you can admire the Castle of La Lucinière and the wooded area on the other side of the Valley of Erdre.

distance 6.46km Vertical gain +24m Vertical drop -24m duration 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Nantes - 44 - Loire-Atlantique

An easy hike along three streams: le Cens, l'Erdre, and le Gesvres. Nature within the town of Nantes.

distance 14.37km Vertical gain +357m Vertical drop -357m duration 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Montmirat - 30 - Gard

A hike mostly through forest, under the canopy of the Bois de Lens.
Throughout the walk you'll experience stunning scenery.
You'll also discover the Pielles Roman quarry, Macassargues caves (which were occupied by Neanderthal man), the pre-Roman sanctuary of Mabousquet (1st century BC), the Clunisian abbey of Jouffre (3rd century) and the Castellas de Montmirat (11th century).

Walking Loop departing from Chars ( Download : )
distance 10.15km Vertical gain +86m Vertical drop -87m 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.

distance 13.13km Vertical gain +296m Vertical drop -295m duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Houlgate - 14 - Calvados

Beautiful hike in the Normandy countryside, passing through Gonneville-sur-Mer and the Houlgate golf course to the ledge and view of the coast from the orientation table.

Following the Bièvre river through Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Igny
distance 19.3km Vertical gain +10m Vertical drop -99m 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.

Walking The Three Rivers Hike ( Download : )
distance 10.69km Vertical gain +41m Vertical drop -44m 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 Mont Ventoux - le Rat ( Download : )
distance 9.55km Vertical gain +186m Vertical drop -186m duration 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bédoin - 84 - Vaucluse

Discover the vegetation's biodiversity of the Mont Ventoux.
From Bedoin, take the road (by car) leading to the Mont Ventoux.
Cross the remarkable cedar's forest then the beech forest will appear.
Continue (approx. 10km) until you find a car park on the right-hand side. (Jas des Melettes)

distance 9.17km Vertical gain +109m Vertical drop -100m duration 1 hr Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Moutiers-en-Puisaye - 89 - Yonne

An all-season trail in this region of Puisaye amid hedges (bouchures), heritage, and legends.

Walking The three ponds loop ( Download : )
distance 11.99km Vertical gain +101m Vertical drop -100m duration 3h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Moutiers-en-Puisaye - 89 - Yonne

Across the woods and the fields, passing the ponds, you will discover areas where the earth has been shaped into artistic creations and pottery.

distance 5.76km Vertical gain +76m Vertical drop -85m duration 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye - 89 - Yonne

This trail, dedicated to Colette, was opened in 1993 by the pupils of the Colette college of Saint-Sauveur en Puisaye. Along this trail, everything recalls the works of this author, born in Saint-Sauveur en Puisaye in 1873. The author has described her birthplace so well - that even though she has given other names to the villages and characters, you can sense her literature at every corner.

Springs, fountains and wash houses
distance 15.19km Vertical gain +168m Vertical drop -171m duration 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sainte-Colombe-sur-Loing - 89 - Yonne

This hike is themed by springs and wash-houses. The water flowing from the springs supplies the groundwater of the Parisian Basin on the one hand, and the Seine by way of the Loing River on the other hand. It’s a very well-marked path (#7), through an unspoiled natural environment. This track can also be done on horseback or mountain bike. It is listed on the departmental walking and hiking map (PDIPR) established by the department of the Yonne.

distance 10.67km Vertical gain +88m Vertical drop -86m duration 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Brice - 16 - Charente

Thanks to the natural beauty of its location and the richness of its heritage, Saint-Brice is one of the most picturesque areas of Cognac region. At the heart of the Charente and Soloire rivers valley, man has erected many symbolic buildings: dolmens, churches, abbeys, castles and manors, all expertly crafted.

Walk along the former bed of the Rhine: from the drawbridge to the Ecluse
distance 6.45km Vertical gain +14m Vertical drop -14m duration 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kembs - 68 - Haut-Rhin

Before the construction of the Canal of Alsace (1928), the Rhine extended its arms east of the Huningue Canal (1806) over a wide area of 1km to 2km. From the Rhone Canal on the North Rhine to the Barre d'Istein on the Old Rhine, along paths and trails often in the protected areas of the "Little Alsatian Camargue.", you'll discover numerous natural and industrial sites related to the history of the Rhine.
Begin with a stroll between the drawbridge of Kembs (1831) and l'Ecluse Le Corbusier (1961).

distance 14.93km Vertical gain +726m Vertical drop -992m duration 6h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Quite a long stage but a steady route. A climb up to Col de Mary then a long downhill hike all the way to the shelter, in Chiaperra, Italy.

distance 15.2km Vertical gain +207m Vertical drop -148m duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Igny (Essonne) - 91 - Essonne

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 13.52km Vertical gain +221m Vertical drop -228m duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Dourdan - 91 - Essonne

A lovely woodland walk with a cultural touch.

The Marne Valley between the Ourcq Canal and Monceaux forest
distance 20km Vertical gain +119m Vertical drop -117m 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.

Walking Tête de Chalin ( Download : )
distance 12.66km Vertical gain +1128m Vertical drop -1123m duration 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Monthey - Valais

An uphill hike taking you to the foot of the Eastern Peak (Cime de l'Est), eastern peninsular of "les Dents du Midi", with mind-blowing mountain view points and a panoramic view extending towards the Vaudois Alps. A challenging itinerary with a short aerial path through ridges.

Walking Historical Arles ( Download : )
Historical Arles
distance 11.38km Vertical gain +30m Vertical drop -21m duration 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Arles - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Discovering Arles and its numerous Roman monuments and buildings. You can enjoy a short picturesque break along the canal from Arles to Bouc where you can go right up to the famous Van Gogh bridge before returning to the no-less famous bull ring.

distance 10.14km Vertical gain +104m Vertical drop -106m duration 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Avignon - 84 - Vaucluse

A very easy walk. The first part up to the dam, very pleasant and shady. There's not shade on second part until you arrive, so wear hats in sunny weather.
Numerous birds and in particular grey herons, cormorants, swans etc. are visible near the water and on the banks of the Rhone.

Walking The island of Oiselet ( Download : )
distance 10.82km Vertical gain +9m Vertical drop -9m duration 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sorgues - 84 - Vaucluse

A family-friendly walk exploring the Island of Oiselet and the banks of the Rhône.

distance 12.95km Vertical gain +407m Vertical drop -405m duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Gervans - 26 - Drôme

Over the Rhone balconies between grape vines and apricot trees, with pretty little streams.

distance 13.28km Vertical gain +92m Vertical drop -92m 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.

Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range (3) Refuge du Chambeyron - Maljasset
distance 17.13km Vertical gain +717m Vertical drop -1417m duration 6h35 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

The most demanding stage of the hike during which you'll go through at least 4 passes at over 2700 metres in altitude. Beautiful scenery all along the way! The "Lacs Marinet" offer the opportunity for refreshments before the final descent.

distance 16.5km Vertical gain +54m Vertical drop -61m duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Paris - 75 - Paris

A walk through Paris exploring the Left Bank and its quartiers.

On the rooftop of Great Britain: Ben Nevis
distance 16.09km Vertical gain +1318m Vertical drop -1318m duration 7h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

Here is a magnificent peak held in high regard by our British friends, Ben Nevis. This summit, though in itself not very high relatively speaking, requires a significant climb in altitude because it starts almost at sea level. During the ascent, the views are breathtaking.

distance 10.72km Vertical gain +468m Vertical drop -461m duration 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Baume-les-Messieurs - 39 - Jura

Discover one of the most beautiful natural sites and one of the prettiest villages in the Franche-Comté.

distance 8.9km Vertical gain +34m Vertical drop -34m duration 2h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandon - Essex

3 village circular walk through Howegreen, Great Baddow, and Sandon

Along pavements, footpaths and bridleways and across fields.

Cézanne’s windmill and the Zola dam
distance 6.94km Vertical gain +306m Vertical drop -306m duration 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Le Tholonet - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

A lovely walk which includes a chance to see Cézanne’s Windmill, to discover the ancient ruins of the Roman aqueduct and its waterfall and the Zola dam. In the distance you can see Mont Sainte-Victoire.

distance 9.65km Vertical gain +328m Vertical drop -321m duration 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Le Rove - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Amidst sea, cliffs and rail roads, a beautiful active hike, emphasized by the horns of small passing trains, and an amazing little beach during the journey!
Experienced on May 1st, 2013, having the first bathe of the year at the Everine's beach!

Circuit of the Canal and Stang Luzigou
distance 10km Vertical gain +144m Vertical drop -143m duration 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ergué-Gabéric - 29 - Finistère

After skirting the Odet and the reaching of the old mills, a beautiful loop takes us through the wooded area of Stang Luzigou. On the return journey, pass through the Kerho Arboretum.
Discover the Saint-Corentin Chapel in the area known as Kreïker.

distance 8.9km Vertical gain +136m Vertical drop -133m duration 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Croxton Kerrial - Leicestershire

A 9km walk, starting and finishing at the Geese and Fountain.

distance 14.04km Vertical gain +567m Vertical drop -575m duration 5h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Gigondas - 84 - Vaucluse

A superb hike around the Dentelles de Montmirail.
This trek will take you through all sides of the Dentelles.

distance 12.04km Vertical gain +461m Vertical drop -454m duration 4h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Escragnolles - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

Superb hiking in the back-country of Grasse.
On the program, megaliths, magnificent viewing points over the entire coast (in clear weather) and to finish, a superb waterfall in an exceptional setting.

Walking Grand Colombier cross ( Download : )
distance 12.89km Vertical gain +417m Vertical drop -417m duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Corbonod - 01 - Ain

A summit and vistas in a site dominated by pastures.

A loop through the Serre-Brion and Morta passes starting from Bourgmenu
distance 12.69km Vertical gain +1312m Vertical drop -1312m duration 6h45 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Andéol (Isère) - 38 - Isère

A vertiginous and rarely-taken loop, where you come across ibexes and chamois at every hairpin bend. Make sure you always have a helmet (ibexes love to send stones flying), as well as crampons and an ice axe until late in the season, as névés remain in place fairly long within the steep Serre-Brion couloir. It is best to start your hike early in the morning so that snow is still hard when reaching this couloir.

The Tête Ronde Forest and Saint-Aubin Wood
distance 7.66km Vertical gain +97m Vertical drop -91m 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.

The Way of St James. Stage 1. Puy-en-Velay / St Privat d'Allier
distance 23.6km Vertical gain +570m Vertical drop -361m duration 8h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Le Puy-en-Velay - 43 - Haute-Loire

Twenty to thirty thousand walkers set out from Puy-en-Velay every year to do the pilgrimage along the Way of St. James. Discover the Way of St. James by doing the first stage by foot. You can return to Puy-en-Velay in the evening in a special coach.

Walking La Banne d'Ordanche ( Download : )
distance 12.98km Vertical gain +354m Vertical drop -351m duration 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Orcival - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A hiking trail in the Auvergne summer pastures, on a summit overlooking the spa resort of La Bourboule.

distance 13.88km Vertical gain +721m Vertical drop -727m duration 5h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Vauvenargues - 13 - Bouches-du-Rhône

Sainte-Victoire is a highlight of Provence for hikers and climbers.

Before you start, make sure access to the massif is allowed because a regulation is applicable from 1 June to 30 September which and can limit access hours. See the link below:
http://www.paca.gouv.fr/files/massif/

distance 5.53km Vertical gain +133m Vertical drop -134m duration 1h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cawthorne - South Yorkshire

A steady uphill walk across farmland and through woodland providing views in High Hoyland back down towards Cannon Hall and Cawthorne. An easy downhill return across farmland.

Walking The peak of Chenavari ( Download : )
distance 15.24km Vertical gain +548m Vertical drop -550m duration 5h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Meysse - 07 - Ardèche

A beautiful hike with a great diversity of the volcanic Coiron landscape. The top of this volcanic peak offers a view over the Castle of Rochemaure and the Rhône Valley, the Lavezon valley, the Baronnies, Mont Ventoux, and the Vercors.

Walking Les sources - The springs ( Download : )
distance 10.12km Vertical gain +113m Vertical drop -115m duration 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lainsecq - 89 - Yonne

You will see no less than 8 fountains and 6 wash-houses on this rather easy hike, ideal for family walks. A few picnics spots are available here and there, to take a break and enjoy a relaxing moment (Fountain of the Moon, of the Pisserotte .....) Even though there are some hills along the way, it is a very pleasant walk with a lot of historical heritage spots to be discovered.
Also good for mountain biking.

Walking The Trois Becs ( Download : )
distance 8.77km Vertical gain +916m Vertical drop -920m duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Chaudière - 26 - Drôme

Visit the Trois Becs, the high points of the Forest of Saou.
Correction: the elevation is 750 m instead of the 1071 m described.

distance 12.41km Vertical gain +106m Vertical drop -113m duration 1.5 hrs Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye - 89 - Yonne

After a brief incursion into the grounds of the Colette castle/museum and the passage at the foot of the Saracen tower, this walk continues through the countryside along the lanes of the Puisaye.

Walking Around Saint-Cirq-Lapopie ( Download : )
Around Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
distance 23.32km Vertical gain +514m Vertical drop -506m duration 7h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie - 46 - Lot

A hike to discover Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, the Lot river and its towpath, and the plateau above the village.

distance 8.71km Vertical gain +31m Vertical drop -33m duration 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Burnhaupt-le-Bas - 68 - Haut-Rhin

Along this trail of bunkers, explore fortifications dating back to the First World War, built by the German army. After the fighting in the summer and autumn of 1914, the Haute-Alsace front stabilised on along the line of Cernay-Dannemarie. The commune of Burnhaupt-le-Bas remains on the German side. In December 1914 and January 1915, the French offensive in this sector regularly broke the German lines at the cost of many lives.

distance 4.34km Vertical gain +85m Vertical drop -80m duration 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - 26 - Drôme

A family-friendly trail that explores the troglodyte village of Barry, one of the finest and largest in France.