Print Posted By Lost in France on 30 Apr 2006 in Travel to France - Walking and Hiking in France

Walking and Hiking in France

Walking and Hiking in France There are over 110,000 miles of trails and footpaths in France, these are made up of three different types of path.

GR's: These stand for sentiers de grande randonnee or Great Walks and are all numbered e.g. GR1, GR2 etc. They make up part of the long distance European
hiking trails for example GR 5 is a GR footpath that starts in the Netherlands, crosses Belgium and Luxembourg before crossing France from north to south.
GR's make up 38,00 miles of footpaths in France. They are marked with white over red.

GPR's: These are often circular routes and are marked yellow over red.

PR's: These are local paths which generally shorter and radiate outwards from towns and villages. There are more than 47,000 miles of local paths and they
are marked yellow.

French public footpaths are maintained by the Federation Francaise de la Randonnee Pedestre (FFRP).

The French government mapping agency Institut Geographique National (IGN) publishes many maps suitable for hikers and ramblers - for detailed maps look out
for the IGN 1:25,000 blue series.

The French National Parks Parcs Nationaux de France
There are seven national parks in France these are:

Cevennes National Park - Parc National des Cevennes
Ecrins National Park - Parc National des Ecrins
Guadeloupe National Park - Parc National de la Guadeloupe
Mercantour National Park - Parc National du Mercantour
Port-Cros National Park - Parc National de Port-Cros
Pyrenees National Park - Parc National des Pyrenees
Vanoise National Park - Parc National de la Vanoise

French National Parks Website
 

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