Long-distance walkers, pilgrims in search of spirituality, lovers of the great outdoors...major marked out footpaths cross the region and enable you to discover it over several days.The prestigious Way of St James, the Via Francigena and the historical Joan of Arc Trail are among the national footpaths which cross the region.
GR, GRP...an embarrassment of riches in Champagne-Ardenne
With nine Grande Randonnée national footpaths and three Grande Randonnée de Pays regional footpaths, Champagne-Ardenne offers long-distance walking fans a host of different possibilities.
Some particularly famous GR footpaths run across the region. For example, the GR7, which connects the Ballon d'Alsace to Andorra and runs along the south of Haute-Marne or the GR2, which runs along the Seine River from its source to Le Havre via the south of Aube and Paris.
All these routes will help you to discover the different landscapes of the region: great forests, deep valleys, open plains, hills and sloping vineyards...
The 3 GRP reveal a wealth of natural, historical and architectural heritage which you will discover along these thematic itineraries.
Enjoy your walks along these major footpaths.
Gr 654: The Way of St James
The GR654 runs along the Vézelay Way.
This famous footpath crosses Champagne-Ardenne along some 460 km on its way to Namur and Flanders. It offers the hiker a multitude of diverse landscapes, perfectly illustrating the various riches of the region.
You will cross the great forests of the Ardennes, the rolling Ardennesfoothills, the plain of Champagne with the Montagne de Reims in its heart. You will then travel along the major lakes of Champagne (Lac du Der, lakes of the Forêt d'Orient) to finally leave the region via the Côte des Bars and the Barrois Plateaux.
The GR® 145 : The Via Francigena
Every trails leads to Rome, "Omnes viae Romam perducunt"
In 990 the Archbishop of Canterbury, Sigeric, travelled to Rome to receive his pallium from the hands of Pope John XV. As he travelled back he kept a journal listing the 80 stages necessary to accomplish the 1700km journey. The Via Francigena taken by Sigeric arrives in France at Calais. It crosses the Nord-Pas de Calais region, Picardie, Champagne-Ardenne (Reims, Châlons en Champagne, Bar-sur-Aube and Langres) and Franche-Comté. It enters Switzerland at Sainte-Croix then Italy, crossing the Great Saint Bernard pass and finally connecting with Rome through the Aoste valley, the Po plain and Tuscany.
Since 2004 the Via Francigena has been known as the Great Cultural Route by the Council of Europe and was officially recognised as GR©145 in 2011.