Superb walking through beautiful vineyards, stunning gorges or up to challenging high peaks ...
Our favourite, and highly recommended, areas for walking in France are the Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon. Both areas provide a challenging and thoroughly enjoyable walking trip. The terrain is suitable for many levels of fitness and abilities, with some peaks ranging up to 3000m and over, beautiful lakes and rivers and truly unspoiled natural environments.
Serious walkers can seek out unexplored valleys of the high mountains while those who prefer an easier pace will find a wide variety of woodland, vineyard and valley walks. Our trips are geared to those places that we know have great ‘off-the-beaten-path’ routes, reliably good weather, interesting history, excellent food and wine as well as minimum crowds.
Contact us for detailed itineraries or let us arrange a trip to your own special destination.
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Looking for a trip in 2019? Take a look at these:
Cathar Country - this new self-guided trip offers a insight into the history and life of the Cathars. The route will take you to some of the most impressive and remote Cathar castle sites.
Eastern Pyrénées - with vast areas of wilderness, open mountain vistas dotted with picturesque towns and villages it is a walkers’ paradise. The varied routes are through rolling and mountainous terrain, ideal for exhilarating walks in a lesser known area of France.
Cévennes - the route includes the ‘Corniche des Cévennes’, an ascent of Mt Aigoual, trekking ancient sheep paths used for the transhumance each year and ridges and beautiful valleys perfumed with wild thyme.
Herault, Languedoc Roussillon - with its combination of mountains, river valley’s and the Mediterranean coast all within easy reach, this area is a fantastic walking destination. Plus, it’s in the sunniest area of France (av. 300 days of sunshine per year) and is the country’s largest wine-growing area. Mountains and Maps provide a varied programme of walks covering the best of the mountains and rolling hills of the area.
Chemin de St Jacques - walk a section, self-guided, along the Chemin de St Jacques (also known as the Camino de Santiago). This is on the pilgrim route from Arles, France, to Santiago in northern Spain. Our section crosses Languedoc-Roussillon, starting in the pretty village of Lunas and ending in Angles. You walk at your own pace through some high-level spectacular countryside in the Haut-Languedoc Natural Parc and its surrounds.
Prefer a short break?
Mountains and Maps provide short breaks with three or four days of superb walking. You’ll return home feeling rejuvenated and refreshed having made the most of every day.
Mountains and Maps are happy to tailor trips for individuals, families or groups. We aim to maximise enjoyment for everyone, allow flexibility and provide an interesting, friendly and safe environment. Walking is geared to the individual or group’s abilities and requirements.
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|Date||Location||Price / person|
|Set your own||Chemin de Saint Jacques||£700
|Set your own||Cévennes||£700
|Set your own||Cathar Country||£700
|30 March - 6 April||Languedoc-Roussillon||£800|
|12 - 17 May||Languedoc-Roussillon||£800|
|29 June - 6 July||Eastern Pyrénées||£800|
|21 - 28 September||Eastern Pyrénées||£800|
|12 - 19 October||Languedoc-Roussillon||£800|
Prices are based on two people sharing a room. Single supplements may need to be charged. Please contact us for more details.
Languedoc-Roussillon: price includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a comfortable B&B and all rooms have ensuites. All breakfasts are included plus 5 lunches and 5 evening meals.
The short break includes 4 nights’ accommodation, all breakfasts, 3 packed lunches and 3 evening meals.
Flights and travel are not included. Airport or train station pick-up and drop-off will be provided at Beziers or Montpellier.
Eastern Pyrénées: price includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a comfortable hotel, all rooms have ensuites. Breakfasts are included plus 5 lunches and 5 evening meals.
Flights and travel are not included. Airport or train station pick-up or drop-off will be provided at Perpignan.
Cévennes: price includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a comfortable 3* hotel or B&Bs, all rooms have ensuites. Breakfasts are included plus 5 lunches and 5 evening meals.
Flights and travel are not included. Airport or train station pick-up or drop-off will be provided at Montpellier or Nimes.
Please contact us for more information or if you have preferred dates. We will tailor a short break to suit your needs, arrival & departure times etc.
Prices range from £500 - £600 depending on number of days and includes accommodation in B&Bs or gite, all breakfasts, packed lunches plus some evening meals.
Flights are not included. Airport or train station pick-up or drop-off will be provided at Beziers, Carcassonne or Montpellier.
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Please contact us for a detailed itinerary.