- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Self-catering walking holiday - France||
|What's not included|
Locality & Walks
The Beaujolais region in France, located to the north and east of Lyon, is a series of rolling hills summiting around 1000m above sea level. Despite the relatively gentle nature of their slopes, the scale of the peaks and the depths of the valleys create a landscape of great panoramas and rich contrasts. The character of the Beaujolais hills changes with altitude as the vines give way to forests and pastures on the higher slopes.
One region not to be missed (but less frequented than the area of the grands crus) on your week's walking is the area known as the “Golden stones”, so called due to the colour of the limestone used in the buildings. Here you will find some of the prettiest villages in France, set in a sumptuous landscape of interlocking hills receding to the horizon.
During your self-catering independent walking holiday you can also explore other areas such as the High Beaujolais and the Mont Lyonnais, allowing you to discover, not only the world famous vineyards of the Beaujolais, but also the rich variety of beautiful landscapes that lie beyond.
In terms of walking, the Beaujolais is an undiscovered and largely unspoilt gem. You'll have the wonderful trails all to yourselves. Why not visit the region before it changes.
The walks on this independent walking holiday vary in length and difficulty allowing you to choose walks that suit you and your interests. The Beaujolais region has an almost limitless number of possible trails which circum navigate the hills and valleys of this beautiful region. Your information pack will include suggestions for a dozen or so walks covering the best parts of the region. Most walks include some moderate ascents and descents. Lengths vary from a few kms up to around 20km. Paths are generally good, although they can be stoney and rough in places adding to the physical effort required on some walks.
Our representative William Armstrong is an experienced leader who has explored the local area in depth. As well as providing you with walking maps and notes, he will take great pleasure in giving you advice and explaining the best possible walks to suit your party. There is the option of paying for a day's guided walking (subject to availability). A selection of possible walks is listed below.
There are a number of good cycle routes in the area. The Beaujolais would suit the keen cyclists, as most circuits would involve sizeable climbs. Away from the main roads, the routes are quiet and generally in good condition.
The area also has a large number of mountain biking trails - see our mountain biking page for more details
Selection of walks
The ridges above Perréon
This walk is an ideal introduction to the varying landscapes of the Beaujolais, with a climb up through the vineyards near Perréon within a picturesque, secluded valley. The ascent finishes on a ridge partly covered by protected moorland and pastures providing great panoramic views across the rolling hills
The French Tuscany
Accommodation & Meals
Transfers possible from Lyon airport
Easy jet: London Stanstead – Lyon
Bmi: Manchester – Lyon
British Airways: London Heathrow - Lyon
All major car hire firms available at Lyon St Exupery Airport & Lyon Part Dieu train station
Eurostar and the TGV provide a quick and relaxing journey from London to Lyon.
Transfers possible from Lyon St Exupery and Lyon Part Dieu.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Lyon area takes about 7-8 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 30 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Channel crossings are provided by the following companies: P & O Ferries, DFDS Ferries, Eurotunnel