Today I visited the small village of Autoire. It is set in some stunning scenery and I had heard about a fantastic walk that takes you to a waterfall and some castle ruins.
Unfortunately, I must have gone the wrong way as I didn’t find either of those things, but I still had a lovely walk around the countryside which offered some amazing views, and I passed through several small, rural villages.
Walking & Hiking
I started walking last summer but I didn’t really do it for long for a number of reasons but now that I’m here in France I really want to take it up more seriously and transition from ‘walker’ to ‘hiker’. I’m not sure what the difference is – probably just semantics, but I guess in my mind, a hike is longer and tougher.
France is a big country, with a lot of countryside. There are 90,000 Km of GR’s which are the ‘Grand Randonée‘ – the equivalent of our National Trails. These are long distance walking paths and are not suitable for me as I need to get back to the motorhome at the end of each hike.
However, in addition there are another 30,000 Km of shorter walks – circular routes, and day hikes, but I am having a hell of a job finding them!
One of the difficulties for me is that I have to park the motorhome somewhere, and then reach the trail head on foot, and there are many places which are simply not accessible to the motorhome.
I track my walks with an app on my phone called ViewRanger. This seems to use a lot less battery power than RunKeeper, and it’s also a walking app that has many routes built in – not that I have found any near me so far!
Afterwards, I can login to the website and see the full stats. This is what today’s hike looked like:
- Distance: 6.59 Miles
- Climb: 977 Feet
- Time: 4 Hours, 7 Minutes
It’s my longest, and highest walk so far this year. I’m still very much a beginner but by walking more and more and pushing to go further distances and greater climbs, I will gradually improve and one day I’ll be able to climb mountains 🙂
As usual, I took some photos and video though I don’t think they really captured the views very well. I guess that is the drawback of just using a phone as a camera! Well, I’ll always have my memories 🙂