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Best walks in Ile de France

Walk in the Chevreuse Valley
Distance20.15km Vertical gain+353m Vertical drop-355m Duration6h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

The Roselière (reed beds) of Maincourt
Distance9.08km Vertical gain+76m Vertical drop-77m Duration2h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

Sentier des Belvédères
Distance8.04km Vertical gain+94m Vertical drop-86m Duration2h30 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

The Viaduc des Fauvettes and the Forêt de Gif-sur-Yvette
Distance10.55km Vertical gain+184m Vertical drop-188m Duration3h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

From Maintenon to the Mare aux Fées
Distance14.18km Vertical gain+128m Vertical drop-128m Duration4h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Depart from the Maison Forestière de Maintenon for a 16 km walk.

Mills and Menhirs along the river Yerres
Distance10.4km Vertical gain+47m Vertical drop-49m Duration3h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

A walk in the Massif des Trois Pignons
Distance11.93km Vertical gain+144m Vertical drop-140m Duration3h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Noisy-sur-École - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

The Massif des Trois Pignons is situated on the edge of Fontainebleau forest. The walk takes you past the Rocher des Guetteurs, the Sables du Cul du Chien, the Diplodocus, and the Rocher de la Tortue.

The “Circuit des 25 Bosses” (the 25 Bumps Circuit)
Distance14.56km Vertical gain+214m Vertical drop-212m Duration4h40 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture 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.

La Roche-Guyon: the castle, the forest, the flint cliffs
Distance15.38km Vertical gain+384m Vertical drop-390m Duration5h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Amenucourt - 95 - Val-d'Oise

A very varied hike that combines:
- Regional Forest of the Roche-Guyon,
- A beautiful, quiet valley,
- The town of La Roche and its castle,
- and finally, a scenic route overlooking the Seine.

Hike in Fontainebleau forest: a tour of the Apremont Gorges
Distance11.69km Vertical gain+129m Vertical drop-130m Duration3h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Fontainebleau forest is one of the most beautiful French forests thanks to its varied landscapes and, in particular, its sandstone blocks. This hike circles the Apremont gorges along the Colinet-Denecourt path N°6 and lets you enjoy it in all its beauty and fragility, the latter due both to natural erosion and human use, and is near the Paris region.

The Tête Ronde Forest and Saint-Aubin Wood
Distance7.64km Vertical gain+86m Vertical drop-80m Duration2h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

Station to station in the Forest of Fontainebleau: ponds and boulders
Distance24.03km Vertical gain+208m Vertical drop-217m Duration7h20 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture 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.

The Rocher du Long Boyau and the Gorges du Houx
Distance10.05km Vertical gain+72m Vertical drop-76m Duration3h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

A circular walk around the Trois Pignons
Distance7.72km Vertical gain+43m Vertical drop-34m Duration2h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Noisy-sur-École - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

A pretty hike in the Massif des Trois Pignons, on the edge of Fontainebleau forest.

Bièvre Valley - Château de Versailles
Distance15.2km Vertical gain+207m Vertical drop-148m Duration4h50 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Versailles - 78 - Yvelines

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.

Les Gorges de Franchard and l'Antre des Druides
Distance5.7km Vertical gain+52m Vertical drop-52m Duration1h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

Following the Bièvre river through Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Igny
Distance19.3km Vertical gain+10m Vertical drop-99m Duration5h30 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

Fontainebleau forest: Croix du Calvaire, Denecourt Tower and the Sponge Rock
Distance7.29km Vertical gain+111m Vertical drop-113m Duration2h20 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Avon - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

It is a short, relatively easy circuit exploring some curiosities of the forest of Fontainebleau around the Avon SNCF train station, namely the views over the Croix du Calvaire, the Sponge Rock, Denecourt Tower and fountains. One could also call it the fountain circuit.

The Dolmen of Bois Couturier
Distance9.18km Vertical gain+63m Vertical drop-57m Duration2h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

A great tour of the east of Fontainebleau Forest.
Distance21.49km Vertical gain+223m Vertical drop-219m Duration6h40 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

This quite long route allows you to discover exceptional sites such as the Rempart du Restant du Long Rocher ('the rampart of the remainder of Long Rock'), Béatrix Cave and Carrosse Rock. You will also go past magnificent viewpoints, rarely visited walkways and some beautiful ponds, typical of the forest.

The Three Rivers Hike
Distance10.69km Vertical gain+41m Vertical drop-44m Duration3h10 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture 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.

Loop departing from Chars
Distance10.15km Vertical gain+86m Vertical drop-87m Duration3h05 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture 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.

The Marne Valley between the Ourcq Canal and Monceaux forest
Distance20km Vertical gain+119m Vertical drop-117m Duration6h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

In the vicinity of the confluence of the Marne and the Grand Morin
Distance13.28km Vertical gain+92m Vertical drop-92m Duration4h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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.

The Forêt de Montmorency and its Southwest border
Distance15.29km Vertical gain+196m Vertical drop-192m Duration4h50 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Montlignon - 95 - Val-d'Oise

A walk in the larger Val d'Oise forest, located only 20 kilometres north of Paris. Chestnut trees are plentiful in this hilly area with ponds and historical sites. A walk to the southwest border will let you discover some interesting features of the local heritage.

Parks and gardens along the Yerres
Distance15.43km Vertical gain+86m Vertical drop-89m Duration4h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Crosne - 91 - Essonne

This walk starts in Crosne, goes through the Grange Forest and then through the town of Yerres before reaching Park Caillebotte where the painter lived. The walk goes along the Yerres River and finishes by going alongside the communal gardens in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges.

Circuit around Larchant
Distance7.1km Vertical gain+98m Vertical drop-96m Duration2h15 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Larchant - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

The very enjoyable scent of pine is everywhere. And the small sand dune that I would the "Little Dune of Pyla" is lovely.

The Vaucouleurs valley around Dammartin-en-Serves
Distance11.72km Vertical gain+120m Vertical drop-123m Duration3h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Dammartin-en-Serve - 78 - Yvelines

A beautiful walk through stunning and varied landscapes. Historic detours along the way.

The Dourdan circular walk via Ouye abbey
Distance13.52km Vertical gain+221m Vertical drop-228m Duration4h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Dourdan - 91 - Essonne

A lovely woodland walk with a cultural touch.

Loop around Commeny
Distance13.37km Vertical gain+58m Vertical drop-65m Duration4h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Commeny - 95 - Val-d'Oise

A straight-forward loop around Commeny passing the Perchay and Chaussée Julus Caesar.

An outing is the Créçois Country
Distance20.23km Vertical gain+229m Vertical drop-221m Duration6h20 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Germain-sur-Morin - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

A hike through the vast open areas of the Briarde countryside with large rolling hills and views as far as the eye can see, followed by shaded areas in the valley and on the Grand Morin hillsides. Pieces of the architectural heritage along the way, churches, mills and wash-houses, make the trip that more worthwhile.

The hike can be shortened to a 15 km walk, or split into two, one 8 km and the other 12 km (see useful information).

From Porte Dauphine to Bercy
Distance16.5km Vertical gain+54m Vertical drop-61m Duration4h50 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Paris - 75 - Paris

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

The fortified farms of Brie and the Bois-Poussin stronghold
Distance16.05km Vertical gain+23m Vertical drop-20m Duration4h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture 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 Bois de Bombon woods
Distance8.98km Vertical gain+32m Vertical drop-32m Duration2h40 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Ouen-en-Brie - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Bombon is not only a church and a typical village in Plateau Briard but also a castle, and the holiday destination in 1909 for an emigrant known as Vladimir-Ilyich Ulyanov, or Lenin.

The Hamlets to the East of Lorrez-le-Bocage
Distance8.63km Vertical gain+60m Vertical drop-63m Duration2h35 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Lorrez-le-Bocage-Préaux - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

A circuit to the east of Lorrez-le-Bocage, along the Lunain in places with views of Lorrez-le-Bocage both to the south and north. The starting point is the car park in Place de la République in Lorrez-le-Bocage.

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