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From rounding the foot of Mont Blanc to meandering along the sun-dappled Biscay coast, walks in France are the stuff of legend. This enormously varied nation has got a landscape for every mood. Explore exquisite river valleys like the Loire and the Rhône, roam in the spectacular mountain ranges from the Alps to the Pyrenees and trek for days through forests and past chateaux. 

With eight national parks on the mainland, including the stunning island of Port-Cros off the coast of Provence, and plenty more natural parks besides, hikes in France lead you into wild areas of supreme beauty. Hike the gorges and forests of the Ardèche, listen to birds on walks in the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park and ascend for phenomenal views in Mercantour National Park. 

Hiking trails are innumerable, equally wild and rural as well-trod and well-known. You’ll seldom be far from a campsite and a patisserie either. 


Top 20 best walks and hikes in France

    1
    Intermediate
    03:03
    6.92 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    2
    Difficult
    04:56
    8.21 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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  • 3
    Difficult
    06:42
    10.6 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,525 ft
    2,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    4
    Intermediate
    03:15
    7.40 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    Difficult
    03:50
    6.22 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    6
    Intermediate
    04:04
    7.66 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    7
    Intermediate
    02:59
    5.96 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    8
    Intermediate
    04:07
    7.67 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    9
    Intermediate
    03:19
    6.95 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Intermediate
    03:28
    7.81 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Easy
    01:48
    4.12 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Intermediate
    03:12
    7.11 mi
    2.2 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    13
    Intermediate
    04:59
    11.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    14
    Intermediate
    04:23
    7.67 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    15
    Intermediate
    03:44
    8.26 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    16
    Intermediate
    02:45
    6.02 mi
    2.2 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    17
    Difficult
    04:11
    5.07 mi
    1.2 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    18
    Intermediate
    03:33
    5.99 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    19
    Difficult
    02:14
    4.58 mi
    2.0 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    20
    Difficult
    05:57
    12.8 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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