A Walker’s Discovery of France

Terry Cudbird in the AlpsI have completed a walk around the circumference of France – 4,000 miles in total.

My walk took me from the Pyrenees, across the Languedoc, Cevennes & Ardeche to the Rhone & the Alps of Provence . I then walked north through the Alps, the Jura and the Vosges mountains in Alsace to Northern France. I turned west to the Channel Coast & Normandy and walked through Brittany to reach South West France and the Pyrenees again.

In the course of my walk I met some fascinating people and witnessed the stunning variety of France’s regions. The aim of this new web site is to share my experiences with everyone who loves France and enjoys an adventure on foot. I have divided my walk up into sections. Each one contains highlights of the region, extracts from my diary, details of the walk itself with a map, a list of maps and guides, photos and favourite places to stay with web site links where known. Visit About-France.com http://about-france.com/tourism/long-distance-footpaths.htm

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My book, Walking the Hexagon: an escape around France on foot, published by Signal Books www.signalbooks.co.uk  ISBN 9781908493033 Price £12.99 paperback, is available NOW

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For the review of my book in the Oxford Times click on this link http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/leisure/music_and_books/books/9737749.Walking_the_Hexagon_by_Terry_Cudbird/

For the podcast of Julia Buckley's interview with me for the Rambers' magazine Walkmag go to www.walkmag.co.uk/people

Visit the web site of Inntravel, the slow holiday people, to find my blog on the pleasures of walking in France. Inntravel provide many excellent walking holidays in France, which I have sampled myself and can thoroughly recommend.

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This French Life - read or listen to my interview at http://www.thisfrenchlife.com/thisfrenchlife/2012/11/taking-a-4000-mile-walk-around-france.html.

A Common Reader - read the review of my book on this top review site http://www.acommonreader.org

Forthcoming Talks by Terry Cudbird on Walking the Hexagon

Royal Geographical Society Midlands Region 25th July at 7.45pm St. Mary's Centre,Market Square,  Lichfield WS13 6LG

Emmaus Oxford

Emmaus is an international charity which transforms the lives of homeless people. I first came across the story of how the Abbe Pierre  opened his first hostel in Paris as I walked around France. I am giving any profit I make from my book to Emmaus Oxford. Two young men called Rob and Dave are setting off from Lands' End on 1st May to walk to John O'Groats taking in some of Britain's best known trails. They will cover 1200 miles to raise money for Emmaus. Please support their fundraising effort. You can donate via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/tradingplaces


Tour de France à pied – 6,000 kilomètres en total.

Ma route m’a conduit des Pyrénées à travers le Languedoc, le Massif Central et la vallée de la Rhône jusqu'à Sospel au nord de Nice. Puis j’ai marché par les Alpes, le Jura et les Vosges en Alsace à Lorraine au coin nord-est de la France. D’ici j’ai tourné vers l'ouest afin de traverser les plaines du nord jusqu'à la Manche, où j’ai tourné encore une fois pour suivre la côte. J’ai traversé la Normandie et la Bretagne pour gagner l’Aquitaine et de nouveau les Pyrénées. Pendant mon voyage j’ai rencontré des gens sympathiques et j’ai découvert la variété étonnante des régions de la France. Le but de ce site www.walkingaroundfrance.com est de partager mes expériences avec quiconque aime la France et une aventure à pied. J’ai divisé ma randonnée dans quelques étapes. Chaque page contient quelques observations sur la région, des extraits de mon agenda, des détails sur la route, une liste de cartes et topoguides, des photos et des hébergements favoris avec leurs web sites s’il y en a. Cliquez sur le drapeau tricolore en haut si vous voulez lire plus en francais.