RBCs in France

GRs in France

"RM" is what? This actually refers to a 'hiking trail' marked in red and white. Hikers are expected to go on for several days. There is also the "GRP" which, unlike the GR form loops. France is full of beautiful hiking trails. So if you are a hiker or if you are looking for a walk under the sign of nature, this subject interests you. To help you make your walks we offer the topos and information that every hiker needs to know before indulging in nature ...

RBCs map

The maps Tourist and Hiking ': Top 75 (about 10 euros) It contains extracts of various scales in maps to fly to the discovery of regions and tourist dream sites. There is also a general map very easy to read and understand, even for non-regulars and newbies, scale 1/75 000, perfect for tourist information. Then there are 5 extracts TOP25 to discover beautiful hikes. - cards 'Tourism and Discovery': Top 100 With this card you one stone three times: for it is even easier to read, more focused on certain information and especially more convenient, it is perfect for making you a good hiker. This is a new version, which is characterized by:  - an updated mapping  - improved readability  - more enriched tourist information  - good plots of RBCs  - contour lines  - GPS compatibility - different packs IGN Rando (free shipping) discover the French corners with these detailed maps. 27 'Rando packs' are waiting for you, you have to choose one that suits you! - hiking maps 'TOP 25' and 'Blue Series': this is the must-have! have a razor-sharp, these cards have all the details regarding the land: channels of communication in their every nook and cranny, buildings, isolated tree, river ... contour lines act as reliefs of representatives to help you identify locations on the map.

RBCs Normandy

Prepare your gear, your shoes and your backpack and go discover Normandy and its charms ... A blue sea to refuel emotions, beautiful rivers, forest green unparalleled to go to the meeting of adventure, a rich history in culture and heritage, escape in the small roads that make the beauty of Normandy! The lodges and hotels offer the friendly Norman cuisine with regional specialties and a pure cuisine, will make your hiking trip an atypical and especially authentic. - spree in Eure: depending on the mood and needs of the moment, many routes are waiting for you to satisfy your desires in nature. - walk in the Channel: with a land like made for walking, nature is rich and intense, for memorable moments of relaxation and fresh air. All means are good for his walk in the Channel: on foot, by bicycle, horse, or canoe! - Walk in Calvados: Calvados will discover through its many hiking trails, you can even get you some guidebooks on site. - towards the Orne: you choke and you need some fresh air? On the side of the Orne, you will enjoy hiking informative, cultural and culturally refreshing. - and in Seine Maritime: beautiful scenery await you and make you promise to do your walks actual animated postcards! You can start planning your getaway online, on specialized sites to help you find the circuits that suit you the most (by foot, bike, canoe ...). And for more information, Visit the official website of hiking in Normandy randonnee-normandie.com

GRs Nord-pas-de-Calais

With 3000 kilometers of well-maintained footpaths, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais has a huge selection of trails for hikes and walks. Tie your shoes, go! The hikes in this region, often rhyme with cultural discoveries, because many heritage sites await you, to please the most curious, all in a beautiful natural setting, without artifice, and hikers can enjoy river crossings , discoveries and exploration gardens hills of the Côte ... the circuits will Opal until the Sensible through other regions as rich and interesting to see. - The Opal Coast: the mythical marriage choppy waves, sea and quiet and calm furrows of the earth, the landscape is simply striking, and the atmosphere is a vulnerability and fragility breathtaking. - Green Country: here, the landscapes of the Pas-de-Calais have kept their authenticity through the ages. With an atmosphere that is calm, the place invites to an invigorating homecoming. And then everything is inviting you to the life of the corner: The gardens are open to all, artisans titillate your curiosity and you end up joining them at the heart of their workshops for a few moments of good humor, sharing and discovery. - Artois: with its bourgeois towns where the Flemish and Spanish cultures come together but do not look alike, we see far beyond the boundaries of a wide territory between mining plains and villages simply farm. These hills are characterized by their churches made of bricks and stones.

The types of difficulties and Gr

Whatever your hiking pretext, whatever the motivation to do it: we encourage it! To help you make your choice, we have reserved followi

ng types of circuits and paths that will best suit your small shoe hikers! 1 - The walk: that is also known as family walk, there is the famous mushroom picking, and we discover beautiful landscapes on trails or are labeled "PR" (or: Walk and Hike) ... These courses are on rough trails on the edges, like 'medium mountains', and take at least a day to finish. For this kind of walks, we do not find real difficulties, unless it is accompanied by children, which can be a bit restrictive. 2 - the great hiking and trekking: This kind of walking is done on a few days, are also on marked trails "GR" or "Great Excursion. The choice of shoes is important because they need to be adherent, notched, intermediate shaft (or high) and semi rigid. The difficulties can become palpable at nightfall for example, or if it is not provided with the right equipment, but this can easily be avoided if the hike is well prepared. 3 - technical hiking and mountaineering: this obviously concerns hikers "regulars" or "pro", which can allow to escape the beaten path to access technical passages (not marked), and characterized by well-defined challenges such as collars and tops available in the high mountains, for example. 4 - hiking in the dry region and in the desert areas: first advice to follow: Avoid overheating of the foot with a suitable equipment, such as slightly toothed shoes, very airy, that are flexible and lightweight. When choosing your model, otherwise mar favor of natural fibers (eg canvas). 5 - Raid and trail: these are frankly on rough terrain, we no longer talk of ride or walk, but racing. For maximum comfort and flexibility, and to prevent you from getting tired quickly (and thus avoid pain in the legs and feet), opt for light and toothed shoes (but more rigid than any land running) . ? The challenge is to provide the equipment with the circuit and the type of hiking adopted because if you are not necessarily the right choice, it's your foot might pay the price ... so ask your specialist hiking equipment, it will advise you and you will avoid the damage.

RBCs hiking trail large

This is of hiking trails (marked) that can reach hundreds of kilometers. They are generally described in topographic guides. In France, all the GR together are nearly 60 000 km, which is impressive, as in Belgium for example, they are about 6400 km away. There are also trails' great hiking country (GR Country), which are generally intended to explore the regions, as there are also small walks (PR). These are the national federations, associations and volunteers who maintain the trails and their markings. Depending on the country, the markup looks like: • Two horizontal paint lines, one red and one white (France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain) • Rectangles or yellow circles (as in Luxembourg) • The white-red-white horizontal lines or yellow diamonds, as is the case of Switzerland. The tags also concern the GRP, and in some countries it is identical to the GR, as in France for example, except that the white lines are replaced by yellow lines.

GRs Corsica

Corsica is best known for his famous "GR20", which the prize for most beautiful GR worldwide. This is the most asked worshipers circuit "Great Hiking". The fame of this course is more to do, because it has far exceeded the boundaries, to reason in the world because it is known as the toughest courses in Europe and elsewhere is precisely what makes his success with many walkers. The GR20 Corsica is a tour that requires excellent physical condition and very good ability to walk in difficult terrain (including very rough). If you are not used, are smeared not go there because you just put in danger. The GR20 starts from Calenzana, and arrives in Conca (at Porto Vecchio), it crosses the regional park and through the dividing line of the waters of the island. So these are 200 kilometers of beautiful trails that you will have the opportunity to stake on 15 days (on average). You'll find plenty of shelters as nice as each other.

GRs Britain

Britain is full of lots of circuits and paths for walking and hiking, and all tracks are listed according to certain criteria such as: the level of difficulty of the trail, the duration of the trip, type of GR (for hiker alone or for a whole family, family with young children ages, for people with disabilities, on foot or by bike ... etc)! - PR 345, between Rennes and Mont Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo and Saint-Brieuc: This is a beautiful area where we find wood and grassland, forests and valleys. If one is looking a little, one sees the bay of Mont Saint Michel, you will be surprised to see a multitude of seabirds, a beautiful light, and a nature which signs the charm of this place end end. - PR 346: St-Brieuc to Lannion, then from Morlaix to Roscoff, the walker follows the Armor, we fondly called the "sea of ​​the country." With its granite blocks carved by the violent tides, isolation caps are created by nature not very quiet. Some courses lead the hiker to Argoat, called the "land of wood", in which we find sunken paths through which you will discover the authenticity of this country traditions. - PR 347: Several reefs along the rocky coast between Roscoff and Brest (including islands such as Batz and the islands of Ouessant and Molène). The nature of the granite massif and waves of attacks ended up creating the Abers (which are narrow and deep furrows). Walker thus follows Vrac'h Aber, Aber Benoit and Aber Ildut. - PR 380, from Morlaix to Quimper The altitude is not huge, the Arrée Mountains intersect in Breton heights. Through places where Celtic legends make sense and value, the hiker will cross his path museums and "festou Noz" (night parties), to discover what is behind the Breton cultural life and its rich heritage.

RBCs Pyrénées

The GR10 (Great Hiking trail number 10) is the most famous Pyrenean trails. It cuts the Pyrenees in two, from the Atlantic Ocean to reach the Mediterranean Sea, and offers its endless 850 km at most passionate hikers. Two months of walking (on average) are noted in his schedule. The course may eventually start of Hendaye and finish in Banyuls (the reverse path is also feasible). The path passes through six French departments, starting from west to east. This route allows its hikers and nature lovers on airs to the almost impossible: unite the two seas through the Pyrenees! - Origin of the GR10: the discovery of the circuit returns to a couple of Pyrenean 60s, they learned about through the Vosges. An idea came to them: to do the same for the French Pyrenees, and by connecting a coast to coast. It was in 1964 there appeared the first guidebook of the GR10, to cover the departments of Haute-Garonne and Hautes-Pyrenees. Then the GR10 the pioneers began to trace and mark, they have maintained the trail, and eventually publishing more sophisticated and worked guidebooks as each other, they then classified in step route to allow the hiker the integral of the two seas. Having forest tracks on one side and stretches of road on the other, not to mention the mountain trails, the GR10 has become a must for avid hikers stunning scenery and remarkable places (Pyrenees, the Basque Country and Blue high ...). - accommodation on the GR10: A whole rest houses, guest rooms, of mountain refuges, shepherd's huts, camping and hotels and restaurants, allow hikers to rest after long hours of walking, so a pre studied logistics has been adapted to the course to ensure rest and resupply troops.

GRs Provence

Want to enjoy a nature full of light and freshness? In a long and pleasant walk with the family or friends, to the end of a stressful and tiring week? Well then, a short hike from a few days on a bivouac, anyone? - according to your tastes, moods and inspirations, several types of trails in Provence you are "naturally" available, they allow you to enjoy the natural landscapes of Provence and French Riviera. - choose from a wide range of route, as several thousand kilometers of marked just waiting for you to make you experience nature, and this concerns all levels and all appropriate hiking times. You will find on different specialized websites the different paths of Great Excursion (with over six GR in the region) of each department, and you can also enjoy hundreds of kilometers of route (short walks), marked by each department. To make your work easier, keep your card in your backpack to help you from one moment to another, or if you do go with a professional guide, who will prepare everything for you.

Walking RBCs

If you want to forget your daily monotonous and heavy, if you have fresh air desires, and if you really need a vacation to get away in the heart of the most beautiful natural sites in the country, nothing like the organization hiking trails and programs in the most suitable course for you. To help, we offer a small selection of some beautiful walking routes, and then, it will be your turn! In fact, the trails are in great numbers, to the delight of the walkers, and of these paths you can take the "path of Stevenson" (GR70), (the Cevennes), or the "Way of Saint Jacques de Compostela "(GR65). So feel free to modify these rides to make the most of your trip according to your taste. The GR65 hiking trail is characterized by towns and villages, witnesses of a rich cultural heritage. Visit the Puy-en-Velay, admire the architecture of its medieval cathedral. Enjoy volcanic and mountainous views that embrace you. And do not hesitate to visit religious buildings built over many years, and no wrinkles! And if you plan to go on vacation with your children, there are many paths suitable for children: they are relatively easy and accessible with strollers for fun rides.

Hiking Tips

First, and before going anywhere, prepare your itinerary with a guidebook and plan your walking time, all will be indicated on the cards, that your departure is from north to south or south to the North. - Allow a few days to make the most of your rides (for example, there should be 12 to 14 days for the GR20). - You can stop to rest and relax, to better advance. Hikes are by no means a showdown, have fun above all, ventilate your mental and go ahead! - Make your walk according to your abilities and your physical condition, it is really useless to walk long hours without rest, to not be able to move the following day! He is best advised to have a little practice before starting his ride (one hour daily mark hanging few weeks to better prepare for future efforts). - Take care of your feet: If you have a blistering start, have the reflex to look after him on, and it will disappear into the night thanks to appropriate care. - mind you: from sun, heat, light ... your body may suffer if you are not used to such conditions. Wear bright hats to protect your head, a scarf around his neck to protect your neck, spread on sunscreen, and do not forget to adjust your shoes like hiking. If you feel tired, stop immediately, tell your boss hike, drink water and do not you try, you might pass out, so beware! ? Shelters: Shelters are specially equipped for hikers, you can sleep there (at 20 euros per person) or you can find tents in the bivouac areas generally provided around shelters. - the ideal time for walking is "May-June" and "September-October," it is neither too cold nor too hot (your bag is not very restrictive).

Tips equipment

The background: bring a portable luggage (on wheels preferably) to move (before and after the stay). The backpack: The size of the bag varies depending on the type of trip. The bag bottom: Whatever your stay, you will always have: a raincoat, a picnic, a bottle of water, a first aid kit (and a few personal items: camera, hat, binoculars ...). Do not take too much of either objects, weight may hinder you. The shoes: their choice depends on the type of stay, this is one of the most important elements. They must be primarily flexible, waterproof, comfortable, breathable, and can very well maintain the ankle to avoid disasters. Clothes : - Jacket 'windproof', which is impermeable - A sweater or a fleece jacket for winter hiking - Comfortable pants - clothing and breathable underwear - A swimsuit and towel - gloves and a cap purposes for altitude hiking (GR20 type for example) For sleeping: good quality bag is recommended for all types of stays. For the picnic: equip you to: - A hermetic plastic box - fork and folding knife - Gourd liter (minimum). Essential equipment: - A pair of sneakers - telescopic poles - glasses (index C) and sunscreen (high protection) - Hat, cap or sunhat (light colored) - Camera: we must immortalize some scenery! - A small toilet kit - A flashlight for shelter stays - toilet paper - a survival kit: with personal medicines (if you have minor health problems such as allergies or headaches), "Compeed" to cure your bulbs (or other care to remove the bulbs as soon as possible) , a disinfectant, arnica granules and aspirin, a blanket.