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Top 25 and
The French equivalent of Ordnance Survey Maps
IGN Top 25 maps cover
areas of particular tourist interest, mainly around the coast, and have a
map number ending in T. The maps have an overprint highlighting local
footpaths, long-distance GR routes and, where appropriate, ski routes. Other
tourist information includes campsites, equestrian or canoeing centres,
huts, mountain refuges, etc. Map legend is in French and English. Each TOP
25 map covers an area of approximately 28 x 21 km (17 x 13 miles).
The rest of France is covered by Serie Bleue maps, which have no
overprint and map numbers ending in O or E. The legend is in French
only but is fairly self-explanatory. Each Serie Bleue map covers an area of
approximately 20 x 14 km (12 x 9 miles), with some maps slightly larger.
Both series have similar cartography, with contour interval of 5 metres,
except for mountainous areas, where the maps have hill shading and contours
at 10-metre intervals. Scale 1:25000
Generally, Top 25 Maps are £9.50 and Serie Bleue £8.50 but prices do vary and offers apply from time to time.
for the full list of the individual maps
and numbered grids.
(Michelin Local Maps) - Detailing the Hautes
Pyrenees / Pyrenees Atlantique region of France, this laminated fold-out map
includes a complete index of place names and covers all regional
specialities, heritage and traditions. It offers clear and concise mapping
for stress-free travelling. Published March 08
Topo Guides with Day Walks
- The extensive list of topo-guides to the long-distance footpaths in France
published by the Federation Francaise de la Randonnee Pedestre has now been
expanded to include guides to local walks, the PRs (Promenades et Randonnees).
Each guide offers a selection of walks of various length and difficulty,
overprinted on extracts from the 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 topographic survey.
The text is in French or English. Some titles will have limited availability -
in case of difficulty please
Several of the guides listed in the "Topo-guides to Long-distance Footpaths"
series also include day walks in addition to the long-distance routes, as
indicated in the description of each title.
Two routes from l'Esperou in the Cevennes:
307km along the GR7 to the Canal du Midi and 250km to Mazamet along the
Also includes the GR74 which is attached to the GR7 south of Le Vigan, and
the Boucle Pierre-Paul Riquet which extends from the GR7 at Les Cammazes to
the Canal du Midi. Maps in colour.
GR107 - In the Footsteps of the Cathars-
Covers the 220km cross-Pyrenees route from Foix in France to Berga in
Catalunya, across the Col du Puymorens. Maps in colour, including extracts
from 1:50,000 topographic survey from the Servicio Geografico del Ejercito,
the Spanish military survey organisation.
- The Rough Guide to the Pyrenees is the only
guidebook available to the entire region, covering both the French and
Spanish sides of this spectacular region, from the Atlantic to the
Mediterranean. A full-colour section introduces the author's pick of the
attractions, from relaxing in the picturesque spa towns to watching the
Tour de France wind up the mountains. There are detailed listings of the
best places to eat, drink and stay, from boutique hotels in Biarritz to
the most remote mountain refuges. For the outdoor enthusiast there are
exhaustive accounts of the walking and climbing routes available and
information on the host of other activities available, including skiing,
paragliding, rafting, cycling and horse riding. There is also expansive
coverage of all the cultural highlights including the prehistoric cave art
at Ariege and an accessible history of the region from prehistory to the
current day. Published Aug 07
, Kev Reynolds - An
extensive introduction gives all the practical advice and information needed
for planning a trip. It offers a background to the mountains and their
exploration, and provides a snapshot of the range with sections that help
the reader focus on specific areas of activity, and suggests where best to
exercise that activity. It also lists all the Pyrenean 3000m summits and
their location. Published June 04 K
Pyrenean Haute Route: A High-level Trail,
Ton Joosten - The Pyrenean High Level Route takes the highest possible route
through the centre of the Pyrenees, crossing the French/Spanish border many
times. It is probably the most beautiful, spectacular and challenging walk
in the Pyrenees, and this new guide from Ton Joosten breaks the unwaymarked
800km route into 42 stages in five groups. Published May 09.
Through the French Pyrenees, The GR10 Trail,Paul Lucia -
The 900km of footpath, lane and trackway which link the
Atlantic coast with the Mediterranean have created one of the finest
long-distance routes in France. GR10, the so-called Sentier des Pyrenees, is
a walk of epic proportions, routed as it is along the north flank of a
majical range of mountains. Unlike it's counterpart the GR11 on the Spanish side, the GR10 actively seeks out a number of villages lying snugly at the foot of the mountains. Published March 10
Douglas Streatfield-James - Contains
all the main trails along the France-Spain border from the famous GR10 coast
to coast hike and most scenic sections of the GR11, to many shorter routes.
80 route maps include walking times and places to stay.
Published Feb 05. Limited availability.
, Alison Raju -
The Way of St James from Le Puy-en-Velay in the Haute Loire to the City of the Apostle in Galicia is a long-distance footpath with a difference. People have been walking it - as a pilgrimage route - for over a thousand years and it has changed little in all that time. It still passes through the same villages, climbs the same hills, crosses the same rivers and visits the same chapels, churches, cathedrals and monuments. Many
of those who walk the route are not experienced walkers. This updated guide to the French section of the route - the 730km Pilgrim Road from Le Puy-en-Velay to the Pyrenees - provides all the information they will need to tackle it. As well as detailed route descriptions, practical information is provided about places to visit, shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation. This new edition offers extra route description from St Jean Pied de Port to
Pamplona and also St Palais to Irun to join the Camino del Norte. It also includes a unique and comprehensive listing of St James and other pilgrim references along the way.
Published March 10
Pyrenees 2: French Central Pyrenees- the finest
valley and mountain walks. Rother Guide - 50 walks in the French Central Pyrenees, from
Arren to Seix. 50 maps at 1:25,000, 1:50,000 and 1:75,000 scale.
Published Feb 04
- The Pyrennes is
one of Europe's most spectacular mountain regions with attractions and
activities ranging from the magnificent Cathar castles in the eastern
Pyrenees to the high-altitude lakes and hiking opportunities on offer
throughout. The Rough Guide map will make exploring the region by car that
much simpler with information on all the routes from the main roads to
unsurfaced tracks. The map pinpoints the location of many attractions and
places of interest, including spas, Romanesque churches, castles and
outstanding natural features. As with all the maps in the Rough Guides
series, this map is made of rip-proof, waterproof Polyart paper, durable
enough to survive a trip spent in the car glove box or rucksack. Published
May 05. Limited availability.
Bill Birkett - Describes 40 crags mainly in the south east of France, but
also a selection in other regions. This visual guide has concise
descriptions of the climbs, accompanied by photographs with the routes
overlaid. Arranged by region, each with an introduction giving some
practical advice, on maps, access and accommodation. Published Feb 93. Limited availability.
Paul Jenner & Christine Smith - This pocket-size full colour guide covers car tours, walks and picnic in the entire range - France, Spain and Andorra. There are well over 400 kilometres (250 miles) of walks in this guide, the equivalent of a coast-to-coast traverse - one of the 'classics' for all serious walkers. But you don't have to be an expert walker for any of hikes we describe. None of them requires special skills (under summer conditions), and
there are short walk suggestions with most of the itineraries). Experienced and fit walkers will nevertheless find much to enjoy, for we have included some of the wildest scenery in the Pyrenees, walked pilgrim routes and World War 2 escape routes, climbed to summits (like Canigou), enjoyed the habitat of marmots, vultures and lizards (the Pyrenean chamois), and not neglected the great and the famous (like the Breche de Roland).
Touring maps covering the entire range; 1:50,000 topo maps for the walks. Public transport information; online update service for the latest information. Published March 11
Reynolds - to celebrate the 30th birthday of this now classic guide, the
book has been given a complete make-over. While the content of this 5th
edition has been thoroughly updated and expanded, it is the new presentation
that catches the eye, with colour maps and photos that can now do full
justice to this spectacular mountain region. This is THE definitive work on
the area - a veritable bible of information packed full of detail on the
valleys, peaks, glaciers, lakes and mountain huts of the range. The mighty
416 pages include 170 walks, multi-day routes and moderate ascents of some
of the principal summits in the central and high Pyrenees. Published Feb
Simon Calder & Mick
Webb - The Pyrenees stretches 900 kilometres, from the Atlantic to
the Mediterranean coasts, and provides some of the most breathtakingly
beautiful landscape to be found in Europe. This rocky ridge rides the cusp
between three cultures: French, Spanish and Basque - each having its own
rich and passionately defended identity - and every year tens of thousands
of visitors sample its unique delights. TV presenter Simon Calder is an
enthusiastic fan of this spectacular mountain range and, being a keen
walker, delights in the well-plotted hiking routes that traverse the region.
Along with friend and colleague, BBC radio producer Mick Webb, he steps out
to conquer the roof of the Pyrenees. They follow the time-honoured tradition
of walking the G10, the preferred route of the fiercely independent -and, at
times eccentric - French Ramblers' Federation. Testing a hiker's emotional
resilience as keenly as his walking boots, the G10 is not for the
faint-hearted. Weaving an occasionally treacherous, always exhilarating
trajectory through a landscape of strong traditions and strange animals,
Calder and Webb narrate an eventful and humorous travelogue that will
delight keen hikers and armchair travellers alike. Published Dec 04 K
- Walking in the Cathar Region offers 22 walks
based on the once strategically important castles that dominate the
foothills of the Pyrenees. The collection of walks explore the castles and
other locations which featured in Cathar history (mostly the 13th century)
ensuring that this is an interesting and valuable guide to this area. The
three long-distance walks, Le Sentier Cathare, Le Chemin des Bonshommes and
the Grande Randonnees 7 & 71, are also included. Each walk has as its focal
point a castle or other location associated with the Cathars. Summaries of
the historical connections of each location with the Cathar period are
given, and together these relate the story of the downfall of the Cathar
Church, from the massacre in Beziers in 1209 to the siege at Montsegur in
1244, which ended with the burning alive of over 200 believers who refused
to renounce their Cathar faith. Published March 05
Alan Mattingley - The Cathar Way -
the Sentier Cathare - is a popular, well-waymarked trail which links several
of the world-famous 'Cathar castles' of south-west France. A challenging,
fascinating and rewarding route, it is not an arduous mountain trek. The
trail runs for about 250 kilometres, from the Mediterranean coast, westward
to the historic town of Foix. It can be walked in two weeks or less by
anyone who is well-equipped and moderately fit. Good-quality accommodation
is available at regular intervals along the entire length of the trail. The
trail traverses the dramatic foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, a
beautiful countryside which enjoys plenty of sunshine and which is rich in
wildlife. The highlights of the Cathar Way are the 'castles in the sky' like
Queribus, Peyrepertuse and Montsegur. These incredible medieval
fortifications will forever be associated with the ill-fated Cathar
'heresy', which was brutally suppressed in the thirteenth century. Published
Cadoganí s stunning guide to Gascony and the
Pyrenees takes you deep into a fascinating region that is home to both
Gascons and Basques. This is a place for lazy touring and with Cadogan as
your guide, youíll be able to meander through the beautiful scenery and
find the perfect village restaurant where "madame" will cook you up a hearty
plate of game or duck that Parisians would die for.
Published May 07