The quality of our 30,000 km of waymarked footpaths
From family rambles to long-distance treks, the countless waymarked trails in Midi-Pyrénées enable you to:
- Enjoy lovely day walks on:
- The PR® (Promenade et Randonnée) footpaths for rambles and walks: there are nearly 600 PR® footpaths in the region, from very easy to difficult and involving from 1 to 7 hours' walking.
- Head off for one or more days on:
- The GR® (Grande Randonnée) long-distance footpaths: there are more than 20 GR® footpaths in Midi-Pyrénées, including the 3 St James's Way pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela et le GR10 which runs the entire length of the Pyrenees.
- Les GRP®, sentiers de Grande Randonnée de Pays : on dénombre 23 GRP® tracés à l’échelle d’un territoire comme la Gascogne, le Larzac templier et hospitalier, le Val d’Azun, etc.
- Les GRT®, sentiers de Grande Randonnée Transpyrénéenne : 8 GRT® passent les frontières pour naviguer entre l’Ariège, l’Andorre et l’Espagne.
The unspoilt and ever-changing natural surroundings
The shallow valleys of Gers and the Aveyron Gorge, the ridges of the Pyrenees and ancient vineyards: the walks pass through ever-changing landscapes that make even a two-hour ramble packed with variety.
Most of the routes are designed for their environmental (flora, fauna, panoramas) or historical interest (heritage, legends, traditions). The paths are well maintained and avoid busy roads, running mostly over natural surfaces (earth, sand, grass and stone).
Our real walking culture
Midi-Pyrénées has witnessed the development of a firmly rooted footpath culture, with the active support of the Comité Régional de la Randonnée Pédestre at regional level and the eight Comités Départementaux in the different départements. These departmental committees bring together some 250 associations of walking enthusiasts, including Les Randonneurs Gascons, Les Montappates Lotois, Les Défoulés Tarnais and Les Baroudeurs Aveyronnais.
High-profile initiatives such as the interpretation trails created in the 4 Regional Nature Parks in Midi-Pyrénées and the footpaths in the Sensitive Nature Areas of the Lot département help make Midi-Pyrénées a major walking region.