2017 Diary

Walking in France: At ease on a hot day

At ease on a hot day

This walk took us 750 km in 33 days.

As can be seen from the map below, it was not the quickest way to get from A to B, which just goes to show that in our case, it is the journey rather than the destination that is the thing.

On the other hand, it is always lovely to arrive at the end of a long walk.

Our walk this year was generally from east to west, with a large detour to the north to take in the part of the Canal of Burgundy that we had not covered two years earlier.

Apart from the first few days in the mountains of the Jura, the landscape was gentle and benign, with plenty of villages to provide the comforts.

Walking in France: Canal of Burgundy

Canal of Burgundy


Nevertheless we felt the need for a rest after a month, and as we had forgotten to allow for any rest days in our schedule, we had to shorten the overall trip.

This gave us time to indulge in a little three-day break in St-Amand-Montrond, and also for a few days of leisure at the end.

For those who like statistics there is a spreadsheet that gives details of this walk.


Once again we took no commercial maps or guides, and relied wholly on our own ones. The making of these maps is described in Maps and Guides. The complete map from which our paper maps were made can be seen here.

Although we list the appropriate TOP 100 maps at the beginning of each page of our diary, please note that these are not really adequate unless you are following a GR. We include them only as a general guide.

Our route for this year

The diary has been broken up in to the following sections:

Saint-Julien-en-Genevois to
      Simandre-sur-Suran

Simandre-sur-Suran to Tournus

Tournus to Saint-Jean-de-Losne

Saint-Jean-de-Losne to Bligny-sur-Ouche

Bligny-sur-Ouche to Étang-sur-Arroux

Étang-sur-Arroux to Digoin

Digoin to Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule

Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule to
      Vallon-en-Sully

Vallon-en-Sully to La Châtre

To see icons for each night’s accommodation on this map, press the full screen symbol at the top right and then tick the accommodation icon box at the top left. Zoom in on a particular icon to see its precise location. These accommodation icons are also shown on all section maps.

You can also see this map using Google Earth and take a virtual flight along our route.

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