Hiking, cycling, riding in France
Hiking is very popular in France, made easy by
the large number of signposted footpaths, such as the GR (or "Grande
Randonnée") footpaths which cover a network of 60,000km. For information,
contact the Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre* or Regional Tourist
Boards (CRT), Departmental Tourist Boards (CDT) and Tourist Offices.
For several years, cycling and mountain biking
have been on the up. You can hire bikes almost anywhere: in railway stations or
certain sports shops. You can take your bike with you in the métro and even on
the train (if dismantled it counts as hand baggage and is carried for free,
otherwise it costs 10 Euros. Bear in mind that you must reserve a
space for it when you book your journey). The list of cycling
clubs is available from the Fédération Française de Cyclotourisme.
A trot through the forest or a gallop over the
sands at dawn are 'post card' scenes not to be sneezed at. To help
organise your equestrian activities, consult any of the 300 tourist riding
centres - all governed by a quality charter - or consult the Fédération
Française d'Equitation* for information. Gee up !