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Walking and Cycling Guides for France

France is a country of contrasting rural landscapes, all just waiting to be enjoyed on foot or by bike. From the soaring mountains of the Alps to limestone gorges, from fields of lavender to ancient volcanoes, there are walks, treks (many on GR trails) and cycle routes which may also pass ancient villages, opulent chateaux and Cathar castles, each demanding your attention.
 
Chamonix Mountain Adventures

Chamonix Mountain Adventures

A guidebook to mountain activities in and near Chamonix in the French Alps. Walking, trekking, mountaineering including Cosmiques Arête and Mont Blanc, mountain biking, road cycling, via ferratas, rock climbing and bouldering routes, with clear advice for novices, and suggested levels of expertise required. Ideal for multi-activity holidays.

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Walking in the Auvergne

Walking in the Auvergne

Guidebook to the Auvergne describing 42 walks between 5 and 20km in the quiet volcanic hills of central France. Five areas are covered: Cantal, Chaine des Puys, Mont Dores, Haute-Loire and Montagne Bourbonnaise. The volcanic geography provides a stunning backdrop to routes suitable for all walkers. Bases in Vichy, Clermont-Ferrand and Puy-en-Velay.

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Via Ferratas of the French Alps

Via Ferratas of the French Alps

This guidebook covers 66 varied via ferratas in the French Alps. The routes are spread over six areas: Geneva and the Northern Alps, Chambéry, Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys, Grenoble and Briançon, amid the Mont Blanc, Vanoise and Queyras ranges. Difficulty ranges from easy, protected routes through to exposed, technical challenges.

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Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne

Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne

This guide offers a selection of day walks, mountaineering routes, via ferratas, rock climbs, mountain biking, road cycling and treks for a multi-activity holiday in the Haute Maurienne, in the French Alps. Easily accessible, with the Vanoise National Park to the north, and the Écrins to the south. Idea for multi activity holidays.

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Walking in Provence - East

Walking in Provence - East

Guidebook to 30 varied day walks in the east of Provence in the Alpes Maritimes, Alpes de Haute-Provence and Mercantour, with practical information for the walker. Walks span from the Esterel on the coast to the Mercantour, and include the Verdon Gorge and Geological Reserve of Haute Provence, from bases such as Vence, Grasse and Digne-les-Bains.

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Walking in Provence - West

Walking in Provence - West

Guidebook to 30 varied day walks in the west of Provence in the Drôme Provençale, the Vaucluse and the Var, with practical information for the walker. Walks span from the Baronnies in the north to the Ste-Baume ridge in the south and can be tackled from charming bases such as Nyons, Apt and Aix-en-Provence.

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The Way of St James - France

The Way of St James - France

This handy guidebook describes the 730km Way of St James pilgrim route from Le Puy-en-Valey in central France to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees. The camino route descriptions include the history of the pilgrimage, places of interest and accommodation. Suitable for all abilities but a basic level of fitness is required due to the distance.

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Trekking in the Alps

Trekking in the Alps

A book to 20 classic trekking routes in the Alps. Exploring the best trekking areas, outline descriptions and photographs illustrate the classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc, and Chamonix to Zermatt, as well a number of trekking routes in Slovenia, the Italian Dolomites, the French Alps, Austrian Alps and Swiss Alps. Ideal for inspiration.

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Tour of the Vanoise

Tour of the Vanoise

A guidebook for the Tour of the Vanoise, a 10-12 day trek in the mountains between Mont Blanc and the Écrins, with suggestions for four additional multi-day tours in the region. The 150km Tour is described in 11 easy day stages counter-clockwise from Modane in the valley of Arc. A great introductory route to Alpine trekking.

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Europe's High Points

Europe's High Points

A guide to reaching the summit of every country in Europe - driving, walking and climbing routes to the tops of 50 countries in Europe. Detailed route descriptions, sketch maps - advice on transport, seasons, grading and gear. From afternoon strolls in Malta to three-day mountaineering ascents on classic Alpine routes such as Mont Blanc.

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The Grand Traverse of the Massif Central

The Grand Traverse of the Massif Central

A guidebook to mountain biking, cycling or walking the 700km GTMC, Grande Traversée du Massif Central, in southern France, from Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne to Montpellier and Sête on the Mediterranean. The long-distance route is described in stages for walkers, and mountain bikers, with on road alternatives for road cyclists.

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The Pyrenean Haute Route

The Pyrenean Haute Route

A guidebook for trekking the Pyrenean Haute Route, which zig-zags across the Franco-Spanish border and stays close to the main ridge in the highest and most spectacular central Pyrenees. It covers 800km with a total of 40km ascent, so is only suitable for experienced mountain walkers. The route is split over 45 stages and is largely unwaymarked.

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Tour of the Oisans: The GR54

Tour of the Oisans: The GR54

A guidebook to the GR54 trek around the Écrins national park, the Tour of the Oisans. The 176km route is described clockwise from Bourg d'Oisans and is one of Europe's toughest treks. The Tour is split into 10 day stages with suggestions for a 13-day itinerary and alternative stages. For experienced Alpine trekkers, some exposure.

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Écrins National Park

Écrins National Park

Guidebook to 70 walking routes in the Écrins national park in the French Alps. The Massif des Écrins is mostly a national park, with summits over 3000m high. Routes follow well-marked trails in the Romanche, Vallées de la Guisane, Vallouise, du Vénéon and Valgaudemar.

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The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail

The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail

A guidebook for walking in the footsteps of Stevenson as he travelled through France's Velay and Cevennes regions accompanied by his faithful donkey, Modestine. At 140km, this route is ideal for people new to walking holidays. Starts at Le Puy, finishes at St Jean de Gard. A great route with a historic and literary feel.

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Tour of the Queyras

Tour of the Queyras

The Tour of the Queyras follows the GR58 and half of the GR541 trails. The 12-day Tour described in this guidebook crosses 24 cols, all above 2000m, with options to climb 17 summits of varying difficulty. This route is ideal for those new to Alpine trekking, but also provides optional challenges for the more experienced hiker and hillwalker.

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The Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome - Part 1

The Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome - Part 1

The Via Francigena is an ancient pilgrim route that runs for 1900km from Canterbury to Rome. Part 1 describes the first 945km of the walk from Canterbury to the Great St Bernard Pass. Contains all the planning information you need for your pilgrimage, including details of facilities and accommodation along the route.

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The Cathar Way

The Cathar Way

A guidebook to walking the Cathar Way, a waymarked trail through France's southwest, linking historic castles associated with the ill-fated 13th-century Cathar heresy. This 250km (2-week) route runs through the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Languedoc region of southern France, from the Mediterranean to Foix. Beautiful and historic area.

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Walking in the Alps

Walking in the Alps

An outstanding and comprehensive book exploring the walking and trekking possibilities in every Alpine region. Many thousands of possible routes are suggested, from the Maritime Alps of southern France throughout the range to the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Walks vary from undemanding to long and tough, and everything in between.

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The Way of St James Cyclist Guide

The Way of St James Cyclist Guide

This handy pocket-sized guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for the 1570km cycle route from Le Puy in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain following the original Pilgrim route. The route is described as 27 day stages and with the average distance covered in a day at 50km, cyclists of all abilities can complete this route.

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