The Ile-de-France region boasts around 2,375 miles of sign-posted paths (including 559 miles of "Promenade et Randonnée" trails) and 450 miles of cycle tracks covering all the region's landscapes.
With rides along the plains of Brie, the Marne or the Seine, or through the forest trails, the choice of routes open to you is vast and you will no doubt wear through several pairs of walking shoes (or tyres if you are cycling!) before you cover the whole Ile-de-France region!
Walkers can choose between 25 trails which criss-cross the Gatinais natural park, including, but not limited to:
the upper Essonne valley (2½ hrs)
the caves and rock shelters (1½ hrs)
the farmhouse at Coquibus (3 hrs)
the Ecole Buissonnière (5¼ hrs)
the Seine-et-Marne region (Rocks of Fontainebleau (4¼ hrs)
Porte de Provins (3¼ hrs)
the Val d'Ancoeur (6 hrs)
the upper Grand Morin valley (4¾ hrs)
Jouarre Abbey (3 hrs)
heading towards Paris and visiting the surrounding areas (the Apremont gorges (3 hrs)
the historical Lunain (3 hrs)
the Pays d'Ourcq (4½ hrs)
Cyclists can enjoy routes which take them across Paris (Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, the Mouzaïa district, Parc de la Villette, etc.), into the forest of Fontainebleau (Château de Fontainebleau, Barbizon, etc.), to the heart of the Chevreuse Valley (Château de Breteuil, Château de Dampierre, Vaux-de-Cernay Abbey, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines leisure park, etc.), along the green belt of the TGV Atlantique (Château and Parc de Sceaux, the Vallée des Loups, the bird observatory etc.), to Versailles (grounds of the Château de Versailles, the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon, the Musée des Carosses coach museum, etc.), and also to the Saint-Germain-en-Laye forest, Montmorency, Rambouillet or Dourdan.
With the arrival of the Vélib' system, the bicycle has made a real comeback to the capital.© Carlos S Pereyra - age fotostock
The bicycle has become an increasingly common sight on the streets of Paris since 2001. There are now even special bicycle parking areas.© Mike Hipple - age fotostock