France, one step at a time: five urban hikes


This week, from Toulouse to Lyon and from Bordeaux to Ile-de-France, we smell the city and tread the asphalt.

On the GR 169, a new grand tour of Lyon

Between Ecully and Dardilly, foray into the bucolic valley of Serres.

RHONE Inaugurated on June 26, the new GR 169, around Lyon, looks great: 169 km long, 28 towns crossed, a maximum altitude of 570 meters, a cumulative drop of 2,205 meters and a route always at around ten kilometers from the center of the capital of Gaul. The opportunity for a great walk of several days or successive pecking to discover unsuspected natural landscapes in town, such as the valley of Serres, between Ecully and Dardilly, or the valley of Méginand, in Saint-Genis-les-Ollières. We also pass through the twelve 19th century fortse century that protected Lyon in its second crown. The route is punctuated by 15 stations and 60 bus or tram stops that allow you to reach the city. The GR 169 now has its topoguide, which also offers around twenty one-day circuits in the metropolis of Lyon.

Along the peach walls of Montreuil

SEINE-SAINT-DENIS Small streets, paths, very dynamic urban farms and no less than three public gardens: walking along the peach walls of Montreuil is not only a dive into the history of Montreuil arboriculturists, it is also the discovery of an urban landscape full of life, because the 34 hectares of the peach walls are the subject of a vast restoration plan. In 2021, 380 meters of walls were thus restored, partly for the site’s agricultural project, for associative plots or on biodiversity trails, towards Ru Gobétue, a watercourse that crosses the eastern sites. in the west. The opportunity, for example, to meet the Fruits Défendés association, which is working on the creation of an 8,000 m permaculture orchard.2. Departing from the Mairie-de-Montreuil metro station, it takes half a day to complete this 11 km route.

In Bordeaux, on the first metropolitan GR

GIRONDE It is on the old green loop that surrounds Bordeaux that the 160 km of the GR Bordeaux Métropole were traced, the first metropolitan GR labeled as such, in 2020, by the French Federation of hiking. In addition to the seventeen municipalities crossed, it is the gardens and parks that make the charm of this loop, ideal for roaming – count about ten days in total – or by bike, but on which you can also hike in several stages, by sections. From the sources of Thil, to the northwest of the city, which supply Bordeaux with water, to the vineyards of Château Picque Caillou, a pessac-léognan, passing through the Hermitage park, in Lormont, where you can sleep in a peri-urban refuge in the shape of a cloud, the GR invites you to rediscover the landscapes that surround the capital of New Aquitaine.

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