On the outskirts of Paris, the GR 32 is a fantastic hiking route. Far from the capital’s intense urbanisation, this path plunges you into authentic natural beauty. With plenty of green spaces, this long hike is ideal for those who like to pause and watch deer dart, listen to the wagtail’s song, or overlook a firey sunset.
A bridge between the iconic GR 2 and GR 3, the GR 32 winds over 140 kilometres (87 mi). Starting from Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, you’ll discover the French Gâtinais regional park, more commonly known as the ‘Land of a Thousand Glades’. Halfway along the route, the scenery changes, welcoming you into the Beauce region, with its vast cereal-growing areas.
Finally, after crossing the unfathomable forest of Orléans, you reach the banks of the Loire to touch the end of the GR 32 at the edge of the pretty little village of Chécy. To make it easier to return home, I’ve added a stage to this Collection. After Chécy, you follow a section of the GR 3 to Orléans where public transport is more frequent.
To start this Collection, you can take the RER line D, which serves Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry regularly and daily. On the way back from Orléans, the city centre station connects with Paris Austerlitz station several times a day, all year round.
Inns, hotels, mini-markets and restaurants are numerous along the whole route, except on stage 5 where the GR 32 crosses the Orléans forest. You can plan accommodation for each night, too. If you prefer to sleep under the stars, bivvy bags are tolerated everywhere. However, don't forget to apply certain elementary rules: respect nature, stay close to the marked routes, take your rubbish with you, and don't start fires, especially in the heart of summer.
You can walk the GR 32 year-round. The path is easy throughout, but you should still make sure you’re properly prepared. Winters can be bitter and summers can be scorching. Regardless of the season, hydration is important.
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Last updated: May 26, 2023
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Here you are at the start of this new route, along the GR 32 which connects the Seine to the Loire. At Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, head directly south. You cross several housing estates before finding yourself along the School, a bucolic little tributary of the Seine. The scenery covered in greenery that…
At the start of this second stage, I suggest a slight departure from the official route of the GR 32 to discover a colossal work: the Cyclop. Standing in the forest between Moigny-sur-École and Milly-la-Forêt, this sculpture is the fruit of the genius of Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle. In the…
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At the start of this third stage, you leave the French Gâtinais regional park to embark on a crossing of Beauce. On this section of the GR 32, you meander along the Essonne which brings freshness and serenity throughout the year.
On this Tour, I invite you to take a nice break in Augerville-la-Rivière…
This fourth stage is the shortest of this Collection which covers the GR 32. Along these fifteen kilometers, you start on the bucolic banks of the Essonne to, just at the exit of Neuville-sur-Essonne, progress on those of the Egg. This small river which rises in the bowels of the forest of Orléans becomes…
Unlike the previous stage, this fifth tour is the longest of this Collection which follows the GR 32. From Pithiviers, remember to fill your backpack with food. Unlike the other stages, few villages and shops are present on your route.
At the exit of the sub-prefecture of Loiret, you follow the fresh…
Here you are launched on the last stage of this Collection. On leaving Sully-la-Chapelle, you alternate between forests, fields and meadows before quickly catching up with the Canal d'Orléans. This old sea route, 78 kilometers long, connects the Loire to the Loing and Briare canals.
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