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Discover Hiking in Charente-Maritime France

With its vast network of marked footpaths, the Charente-Maritime area is a great place for hikers.
With over 500 mi of long distance GR footpaths, more than 1600 mi of shorter PR footpaths, and many other trails, be sure to bring a good map so you don't get lost! Maybe that is what the Comité Départemental de la Randonnée Pédestre (regional hiking committee) had in mind when it published all its local guidebooks.
When it comes to PR footpaths, you can choose guides focusing on the areas of Ile de Ré, Pays Marennes-Oléron, Pays Rochelais, Pays d'Aunis, Pays Rochefortais, Pays des Vals de Saintonge, Saintonge Romane, Pays Royannais, and Haute Saintonge.
National GR guidebooks are also just as readily available, with titles such as 'Le littoral' (a 48 mi coastal walk), 'La boucle de la vallée de l'Arnoult' (Arnoult valley loop, 20 mi), 'Sur les traces de Saint Jacques' (tracking Saint James, 67 mi), 'La boucle de l'art roman en Saintonge' (a loop taking in sites of Romanesque art in Saintonge, 40 mi), 'La boucle des sculpteurs romans' (a loop taking in Romanesque sculptures, 34 mi), 'La boucle Châteaux et Demeures' (a loop past châteaux and mansions, 59 mi), 'Champagnes, borderies et fins bois' (53 mi through local farmland and woods), 'Au pays du Cognac et du Pineau' (a Cognac and Pineau-themed walk, 34 mi), 'La boucle de l'estuaire de la Gironde' (Gironde estuary loop, 99 mi), 'La boucle de la Saintonge boisée' (a loop through Saintonge woodland, 41 mi), 'La boucle de la Seugne' (a loop around Seugne, 16 mi), 'La boucle du pays des marrons' (a loop in chestnut country, 12 mi), and the Way of Saint James (GR 655).

These guidebooks are available at Tourist Information Offices and at:
Comité Départemental de Randonnée Pedestre
17350 Taillant, France
Tel.: +33 (0) 5 46 90 16 45

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