We are a pair of ageing but energetic Australians, addicted to exploring France on foot. We have done this every year since 2002 in many different parts of France. To the despair of our family we keep thinking of new areas to explore, and no doubt will continue doing so until our legs crumble, or civilisation does, whichever comes first.
There are many companies offering so-called independent walking tours who provide route information, hotel bookings and transfer of bags between hotels. They are absurdly expensive and we consider them rigid and limiting. However we don’t completely knock them, as their brochures are a good source of ideas for our own itineraries.
It is not actually very difficult to organise your own expedition, although there are pitfalls.
We have written this website for our own pleasure, in a spirit of comradeship with our fellow walkers, and to spare others some of our more disastrous mistakes. We have no commercial motivation and so it is free of annoying advertisements.
The beginners’ guide is a general introduction to walking in France, containing information and advice. To learn from our mistakes see our golden rules and to read our answers to common questions, see FAQ.
Our walks so far
This is a map of the 8,200 kms of walking we have so far done in France.
To find out more about a particular walk, click on the line. Use the zoom controls to see the map in greater detail.
You can also get a full
screen view of this map in Google Earth.
For a brief description and map of each of our walks, see
diaries and maps.