Hiking and Walking in and Around Paris
Information about the walking trails of Paris and Ile-de-France, with details of local hiking groups...
The Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre (FFRP) is the overseeing body for all marked and maintained walking routes in France. It provides information and guide books (most in French) for walkers in the Paris, Ile-de-France area.
Top 25 hiking maps issued by the Institut Géographique National (IGN) are available from newsagents (presse) and bookshops.
All nationally recognised trails are categorised as follows:
- GR (Grand Randonée): Registered hiking trails that often run across the entire country.
- GRP (Sentiers de Grande Randonée de Pays): Registered regional trails that will take you around a particular region for several days.
- PR (Sentiers de Promenade): Walking and hiking trails for short circuits, lasting several hours.
Clear explanations of the waymarks, or blazes (balises), of the French route marking system on this website:
A walk around the Paris and Ile-de-France area gives the option to trek across the region's forests and natural parks or along the rivers and through the valleys.
The départements of Paris and the Ile-de-France each have a departmental committee dedicated to maintaining routes and providing information. Below are the contact details and web links for each of these.
The Paris departmental committee provides information on the over 174 kilometres of marked routes in central Paris, with further details of various walks which pass interesting landmarks and sights. The routes are of varying lengths and difficulty.
The offices are based at:
- Comité départemental de la randonnée pédestre de Paris
At: 35 rue Piat, 75020 PARIS
Tel: 01 46 36 95 70
Paris City Centre Walks: Following a four and a half kilometre stretch of the old Strasbourg railway line, this walk passes many of the famous Parisian landmarks. The railroad was decommissioned in 1969 after a century in use; it has now been converted into a raised walkway through the city. The walk begins in the 12th arrondissement at avenue Daumesnil, and passes across the Viaduct des Arts which is nine meters above street level.
For more information see website:
The Seine-et-Marne has 2,800 kilometres of marked hiking routes across the département.
Information is available from:
- Comité départemental de la randonnée pédestre de Seine-et-Marne
At: 11 rue Royale, 77300 Fontainebleau
Tel: 01 60 71 91 16
The Yvelines region has lots to offer the rambler with the website of the local committee providing information about forthcoming events, routes and potential problems to the routes, for example road closures.
Nature et Loisirs provide guided walks and rambles through the Montfort-l'Amaury area of the Yvelines countryside. The website, in English, lists upcoming events.
Information on the hiking routes and services for individual tourists are available through the committee.
- Comité départemental de la randonnée pédestre de l'Essonne
At: 7, rue Edouard Danaux, 91220 Bretigny-sur-Orge
Tel: 01 69 88 02 01
Information for individual walkers is available from the committee. The offices are based at:
- Comité départemental de la randonnée pédestre des Hauts-de-Seine
At: 5 ave Jean Bouin, 92130 Nanterre
Tel: 01 42 04 26 70
For advice and information for hikers in the region, contact:
- Comité départemental de la randonnée pédestre de Seine-Saint-Denis
At: 1 ter place des Martyrs de la Résistanceet de la Déportation, 93310 Rosny-sur-Bois
Tel: 01 48 54 00 19
Information services for individual tourists about walking in the Val-de-Marne, also includes weather reports for your trip.
Comité Départemental de randonnée pédestre du Val-de-Marne
At: Moulin de la Bièvre,,73 ave Larroumés, 94240 L'Hay-les-Roses
Tel: 01 45 46 13 99
The Val-d'Oise region has over 1,400 kilometres of routed walks taking the pedestrian through 2000 years of history in the Pays-de-la-France area.
- Comité Départemental de la randonnée pédestre du Val-d'Oise
Tel: 01 30 35 81 82