From September 20 to 27, 2014, I will lead a small group walking in France.
We will be walking in the southern départements of Lot and Aveyron, a wonderful rural area far from the madding crowds and brim full of traditional French culture. Come not just for the walking, but for the sights, food and wine!
Walking will be mostly on lovely off-road tracks through magnificent oak-dominated forests, stretching across the hills to the blue skied horizon. We will walk “entre deux rivières” from the banks of the River Lot to those of the River Aveyron, rising up onto the so-called Causse that stands between the valleys. Le Causse is a rich limestone landscape – think of our Burren, but still covered in its soil carpet and enormous forests. While one day is almost entirely on-road, these are tiny roadways that see very little traffic as they sinew from one small hamlet to the next.
Highlights of our week include the gorgeous little towns of St Cirq and Najac, both among the select range of “Les plus beaux villages de France” and the former the initial winner of “France’s favourite village” in 2012. The larger town of Villefranche is great too, boasting numerous excellent visits, including France’s largest cloister at La Chartreuse, splendid churches, its arched town square and medieval architecture throughout. Read the brochure for this walking week.
We will experience this nation’s famed outdoor markets and her world-renowned cuisine, while enjoying six days of the best of walking in France. With one day’s rest in Villefranche for visiting and relaxing, the pace is nice and easy throughout the week. We walk between 12 and 24 km over each of the other six days, with inclines few and far between. Most of all, we will take our time to discover this wonderful place and her people.
Accommodation is in twin rooms and, due to the fabulously rural nature of the areas in which we will walk, quite varied. We walk from basic hôtel, to simple gîtes d’étape, to comfortable chambres d’hôte to gastronomic hôtel. Indeed, the variety is part and parcel of the experience of walking in France.
Walking in France 2014 – Schedule
Day One – Arrival & 16 km walk
Day Two – 16 km
Day Three – 12 km
Day Four – 18 km
Day Five – Rest day, for visits
Day Six – 24 km
Day Seven – 12 km
Day Eight – Departure
Luggage transfer is provided on each day, so we will only carry a small rucksack with our requirements for the walk.
The trip costs € 1,095 per person sharing, excluding flights.
Please read the PDF Presentation of this trip for more details and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Please get in touch, on 086-8318748 or 094-9027797 or by email to info [at] tourismpurewalking.com to express your interest, as a minimum number of walkers is required for the trip to progress.