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.
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
For the statistically-inclined, there is a spreadsheet that gives details of this walk.
We no longer use commercial maps, preferring to make our own. Our homemade maps of this year’s walk have much more detail than the Google Map below, and are taken from the French survey map, and can be seen here. The making of these maps is described here. For general information about Maps and Guides, see the page in our Beginner’s Guide.
Although we list the appropriate
The diary has been broken up in to the following sections:
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.