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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Walking The Chiloza falls ( Download : PDF )
The Chiloza falls
distance 4.79km Vertical gain +140m Vertical drop -140m duration 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A wander among the underbrush along the Couze Pavin, from bank to bank, flowing in cascades.

distance 10.91km Vertical gain +127m Vertical drop -121m duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ebrington - Gloucestershire

Hidden Gem: A circular walk from a lovely village pub.

The walk takes in the lovely rolling Cotswold fields, before a view of Foxcote Manor and a walk along the top of the Cotswold Escarpment, taking in breathtaking views North out as far as Birmingham and Coventry.
Drop down to the lovely National Trust property at Hidcote for tea and cake, before a return through fields and hamlets to sit by the pub fire with a well earned pint.

The 4,000 Steps and the return by Aire de Côte
distance 25.37km Vertical gain +1366m Vertical drop -1364m duration 10h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Valleraugue - 30 - Gard

From Valleraugue, the famous trail of the 4,000 Steps up to the Mont Aigoual observatory.
To make this route into a loop, follow the GR6 on the long descent to the forest towards Aire de Côte, before finally crossing the chestnut groves above the village of Berthezène.

distance 6.93km Vertical gain +55m Vertical drop -51m duration 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bartenheim - 68 - Haut-Rhin

A trail giving you the possibility to explore a large number of running vineyards throughout the Bartenheim and Brinckheim hillsides.

Walking Rochebaron Castle ( Download : PDF )
Rochebaron Castle
distance 9.18km Vertical gain +443m Vertical drop -447m duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bas-en-Basset - 43 - Haute-Loire

Rochebaron Castle is the emblematic site in the Bas-en-Basset and Monistrol-sur-Loire area.
Beautiful views, first over the Loire and, on the return journey, over the Meygal massif.

Walking The Cap Béar loop ( Download : PDF )
distance 4.8km Vertical gain +180m Vertical drop -178m duration 1h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Port-Vendres - 66 - Pyrénées-Orientales

A walk amid vineyards, through scrubland, and along the coast, with beautiful views of the Cap Béar and the Anse de Paulilles cove.

distance 8.32km Vertical gain +223m Vertical drop -223m duration 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ville-sur-Jarnioux - 69 - Rhône

A scenic walk between the mountain passes of Col du Châtoux and Col du Joncin.

distance 7.85km Vertical gain +195m Vertical drop -204m duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

Pilsbury Castle is the main objective on this Peak District walk from bustling Hartington. Including White Peak scenery alongside the upper section of the River Dove this walk includes both Derbsyhire and Staffordshire sides of the Dove Valley.

distance 4.66km Vertical gain +20m Vertical drop -21m duration 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Craster - Northumberland

A very short and easy amble along the shoreline to the dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle. For these reasons it is very popular.

distance 13.76km Vertical gain +463m Vertical drop -471m duration 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Edale - Derbyshire

This ridge walk is a very popular excursion mainly because of the excellent views.

distance 7.3km Vertical gain +571m Vertical drop -932m duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Clusaz - 74 - Haute-Savoie

A great pointy summit with a cross on top and good views followed by a descent of Borderan Combe. This could easily be done in reverse and/or without the use of the cable cars.

distance 9.98km Vertical gain +847m Vertical drop -840m duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Manigod - 74 - Haute-Savoie

This circular walk will take you through the steep-sided wooded valley beneath the Aiguille de Manigod. It then brings you up into pastures before making the steep ascent to Sur le Freu and the more gentle ascent to the top of Orsiere via la Riondaz. The descent takes you back through pastures before heading back down through the forest to the start. Great views towards Manigod and the mountains behind Annecy, Mont Charvin.

distance 14.04km Vertical gain +567m Vertical drop -575m duration 5h20 Average Average
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.

The Dolmen of Bois Couturier
distance 9.18km Vertical gain +63m Vertical drop -57m duration 2h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Wy-dit-Joli-Village - 95 - Val-d'Oise

The French Vexin region has numerous megalithic sites dating from the late third millennium B.C. This walk gives you the chance to visit a dolmen in a perfect state of preservation. As you stroll through the fields and woods, you will also be able to see some lovely churches and castles.

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 fortified farms of Brie and the Bois-Poussin stronghold
distance 16.05km Vertical gain +23m Vertical drop -20m duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Nangis - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Mostly dating from the late Middle Ages, fortified farms are a typical part of the architectural heritage of the Brie region. This walk takes you past several such farms, including the Fief de Bois-Poussin stronghold, and gives you the chance to discover the rich heritage of Nangis with its ancient fortified castle, church and market halls. The walk takes you along paths between fields and small roads with little traffic, and along the banks of the brooks that wind through this farming plain.

The Rocher du Long Boyau and the Gorges du Houx
distance 10.05km Vertical gain +72m Vertical drop -76m duration 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

From the Ermitage de Franchard, this is a very varied hike which will take you past old sandstone quarries, the Gorges du Houx and the charming Mare aux Pigeons. On the route are several vast viewing points, numerous spectacular rocks and the curious Grotte du Serment cave.

N.B. The elevation and the time shown appear to be under-estimated: count on about 250 meters and 4 hours of walking.

Les Gorges de Franchard and l'Antre des Druides
distance 5.7km Vertical gain +52m Vertical drop -52m duration 1h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Starting from an old retreat which has been visited since the 11th century, this hike allows you to explore the Gorges de Franchard and the surrounding areas. Winding through rocks and several rock shelters such as the well-known Antre des Druides.
N.B. The difference in altitude is probably higher than stated: roughly 100 metres and a 2 hour walk.

The Viaduc des Fauvettes and the Forêt de Gif-sur-Yvette
distance 10.55km Vertical gain +184m Vertical drop -188m duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bures-sur-Yvette - 91 - Essonne

A walk of many faces! On forest tracks interspersed with paths through the city, you follow an old railway line with a tunnel and viaduct, finishing along the course of the river Yvette. A walk to enjoy at any time of year.

Mills and Menhirs along the river Yerres
distance 10.4km Vertical gain +47m Vertical drop -49m duration 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Brunoy - 91 - Essonne

This hike mostly takes place along the Yerres, a tributary of the Seine, and also includes a section in the Forest of Senart and an urban section. There you can enjoy the charm of this river and the beautiful houses around it, admire two ancient watermills and come cross no fewer than four standing stones along the way.

The “Circuit des 25 Bosses” (the 25 Bumps Circuit)
distance 14.56km Vertical gain +214m Vertical drop -212m duration 4h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Le Vaudoué - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

As the name suggests, is this route ascends 25 mounds that form a circuit of the of the Trois Pignons forest. A hike amid the rocks that makes an excellent training run before mountain hikes in the summer.
N.B. The elevation is underestimated: between 800 and 900 metres total cumulative change in altitude. It’s difficult to find a larger change in altitude in the Ile-de-France, unless you want to take the steps up and down the Eiffel Tower three times on the trot. Expect to be walking for 6 to 7 hours.

The Roselière (reed beds) of Maincourt
distance 9.08km Vertical gain +76m Vertical drop -77m duration 2h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lévis-Saint-Nom - 78 - Yvelines

At the heart of the Chevreuse Valley Natural Park, a hike that allows you to wander through a protected natural site with a trail laid out by the Park. In the Bois de Maincourt, one can see ancient sandstone quarries. The course of the river Yvette, which the trail follows on the way back, finally allows a patrimonial approach with old mills and old washhouses.

Puy de Lassolas and Puy de la Vache
distance 4.31km Vertical gain +220m Vertical drop -214m duration 1h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Genès-Champanelle - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A short hike to climb two volcanoes with their typical open craters to delight amateur geologists and curious hikers. A beautiful view from the top of the Puy de Lassolas on over the Chaîne des Puys to the north and Monts Dore to the south.

Sentier des Belvédères
distance 8.04km Vertical gain +94m Vertical drop -86m duration 2h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Noisy-sur-École - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

A course over hills, with beautiful views of the Massif des Trois Pignons. Passages on platières in the middle of the moor with an unobstructed view, interspersed with passages in undergrowth and amid boulders. A varied, rather sporty hike.
N.B. The drop is probably underestimated: expect something more in the order of 300 metres.

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.

distance 11.4km Vertical gain +850m Vertical drop -842m duration 5h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Valgrisenche - Province de Aosta

Nestled at the foot of Tête du Ruitor and its glaciers, within a beautiful setting, Saint-Grat Lake is the highlight of any hike in its own right. Through the final twists and turns before the lake, the slope is smooth and the route straightforward. The next climb much steeper, leading to Refuge Adami gives you a stunning view point.

Walking Lac du Vuert ( Download : PDF )
distance 13.71km Vertical gain +890m Vertical drop -881m duration 6h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Valgrisenche - Province de Aosta

A two part hike. First up the Doire de Valgrisenche, a steady slope offering a leafy, green landscape. From the refuge, the landscape becomes essentially mineral and the slope steeper all the way to Vuert's small perched lake. Stunning high mountain surroundings.

Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range
distance 57.54km Vertical gain +4027m Vertical drop -4215m duration 5 days Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Reaching over 3000 metres in altitude, Aiguilles de Chambeyron and Brec de Chambeyron form an impressive mountain range halfway between Queyras and the Moncantour. This hike offers a trek with no techincal difficulty, with passes over 2700 m in altitude and a summit of over 3000 m. Set in an outstanding landscape and for the most part within a high mountain setting.

distance 12.97km Vertical gain +1146m Vertical drop -1143m duration 6h25 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in La Clusaz - 74 - Haute-Savoie

A great walk for the family. You can choose between going to the lake and back or going right up to the top. The latter is easier than it looks and is actually less steep than the ascent to the lake.You will be rewarded with magnificent views.

distance 23.01km Vertical gain +962m Vertical drop -962m duration 8h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Ulpha - Cumbria

A long and interesting walk from Hall Dunnerdale which could also be started from other places nearby. You will take in some lovely rolling countryside followed by a gradual ascent up a picturesque valley before making the climb up to Brown Pike. From here you are on the high Lakeland fells and take in numerous tops including the Old Man of Coniston. You descend carefully to Seathwaite Tarn and then back to Seathwaite where the Newfield Inn will welcome you with great beer and food.

Walking Trou de la Mouche ( Download : PDF )
distance 8.85km Vertical gain +1048m Vertical drop -1046m duration 5h00 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in La Clusaz - 74 - Haute-Savoie

A steep walk to a natural rock arch, the Trou de la Mouche (Fly Hole). The section up to the Trou is steep and loose in places, the initial descent is also steep but soon eases off. This route, although shown on IGN maps, is not marked with paint flashes. Signposts at the start of the route make this clear so make sure you have a map and compass.

The walk is best done in the direction described, and best done a clear, dry day.

distance 15.74km Vertical gain +344m Vertical drop -342m duration 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Kildale - North Yorkshire

A lovey walk, starting through farmland and then a steady climb up the old railway incline to Ingleby Moor. Back along the top of Ingleby and Battersby Moors and back down to the start. (9.78 miles with 340 metres of ascent.)

distance 11.14km Vertical gain +1233m Vertical drop -1234m duration 6h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Châtelus (Isère) - 38 - Isère

Very nice hike without any difficulty, with stunning views of the Pas des Voutes, Pas de la Charmate and Pas de l'Allier.

Circuit around the Capitelles of Saussines
distance 13.16km Vertical gain +45m Vertical drop -48m duration 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saussines - 34 - Hérault

Located between Nimes and Montpellier, the village of Saussines has a quite exceptional heritage: a listed 12th century church, a castle, beautiful mansions, old washhouses.
The gorse scrubland is close by with six capitelles (1), a nature trail, a picnic area with tables and is close to a spring at the high point of the circuit, plus there is a beautiful view of the Pic Saint Loup and the Cevennes.
Important note: Ignore the numbers marked on the ground and stick to the VisoRando instructions instead

distance 19.16km Vertical gain +331m Vertical drop -336m duration 6h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chevreuse - 78 - Yvelines

A beautiful hike to discover the beautiful sights of the Chevreuse valley: the Chatillonmill, the castle of Dampierre, the blacksmith’s, the villages of Fourcherolles, Senlisse and Choisel, Méridon castle, the village of Chevreuse and its small bridges along the Yvette, and Château de la Madeleine.

Walk along the former bed of the Rhine: from the drawbridge to the Ecluse Le Corbusier
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).

Walking Caesar's Camp ( Download : PDF )
Caesar's Camp
distance 4.23km Vertical gain +107m Vertical drop -102m duration 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Laudun-l'Ardoise - 30 - Gard

A family walk around the Oppidum of Caesar Camp in Laudun.

distance 8.05km Vertical gain +144m Vertical drop -142m duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Rosheim - 67 - Bas-Rhin

Short circular loop from Rosheim, a beautiful Alsatian city (situated on the Wine Route and the Roman Route), particularly steeped in history, which its architectural heritage is evidence of.
Walk through the vineyards and orchards towards Bischenberg, its convent, dry prairies and beautiful view over the plain.

distance 9.69km Vertical gain +287m Vertical drop -284m duration 3h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Orbey - 68 - Haut-Rhin

This short hike on trails marked by the Club Vosgien has in the first instance views of the valley of Munster, and also a view of the peaks of the Vosges. The many picnic opportunities around the Lac des Truites or Lac Forlet lakes, the trout spotting opportunities, as well the welcoming farmhouse make for an enjoyable outing.

distance 16.89km Vertical gain +573m Vertical drop -564m duration 6h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Orbey - 68 - Haut-Rhin

Explore the forest, lakes and the Hautes Chaumes, the highlights of this hike that follows Vosges Club trails.

distance 10.67km Vertical gain +549m Vertical drop -547m duration 4h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Stosswihr - 68 - Haut-Rhin

Observe the chamois in the Wormspel, soak your feet in the clear waters of lake Schiessrothried and appreciate the beauty of the Frankenthal-Missheimle nature reserve. And, if possible, stop at a farm-guesthouse for an excellent day!

As a variation of this hike, go via the Col de Falimont, where you can find practical information.

distance 13.84km Vertical gain +922m Vertical drop -922m duration 6h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A trip to highest point of the Massif Central.

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.

Holzarté footbridge
distance 12.17km Vertical gain +1052m Vertical drop -1057m duration 6h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Larrau - 64 - Pyrénées-Atlantiques

A circuit a dozen or so kilometres long in a green area among forests, streams and waterfalls.
And especially crossing the Holzarté bridge which is the headline event of this quite demanding hike. If it is too physically demanding, you can turn around once you have seen the bridge.

distance 9.31km Vertical gain +422m Vertical drop -422m duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or - 69 - Rhône

A Short yet tough hike through the Monts d'Or. Very nice in good weather and on dry ground.

Puy de Sancy through the Chaudefour valley
distance 16.35km Vertical gain +901m Vertical drop -903m duration 6h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chambon-sur-Lac - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

The very secretive and beautiful Chaudefour valley is a classified natural site, closed up by the steep contours of a glacial cirque. Peaks, needles, plumbs are as many natural defences for an intact and preserved valley.

Walking The Giens peninsula ( Download : PDF )
The Giens peninsula
distance 10.09km Vertical gain +285m Vertical drop -286m duration 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hyères - 83 - Var

Beautiful hike around the Giens peninsula by the beach path.

Walking Païolive woods ( Download : PDF )
distance 9.16km Vertical gain +163m Vertical drop -156m duration 3h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Les Vans - 07 - Ardèche

Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.

Walking The Grand Veymont ( Download : PDF )
The Grand Veymont
distance 20.21km Vertical gain +943m Vertical drop -942m duration 8h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors - 26 - Drôme

A long hike across the Vercors Highlands ("Hauts Plateaux du Vercors"), to reach the Grand Veymont. Breath-taking view of the entire Vercors massif and Mont Aiguille.

Walking The Rhune ( Download : PDF )
The Rhune
distance 12.4km Vertical gain +762m Vertical drop -761m duration 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ascain - 64 - Pyrénées-Atlantiques

A hike that will lead you to one of the primary summits of the Pyrenees, offering you a view over the entire Basque country, French and Spanish.