Explore the scenic beauty of the Parc Naturel Regional des Monts d'Ardèche –
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in summer is captivating. The countryside comes alive with the sound of
wildlife and the smell of fresh grass, while you can enjoy panoramic views of the
rolling hillside. It can be difficult to travel without your dog, but with a
bit of planning you needn’t leave them behind this summer. Spend sunny days
walking through the French countryside with your pooch and use our guide to
some of our favourite summer walking routes below.
Before you leave…
France is generally very accepting of dogs and dog walkers, there are a few
rules to remember. During summer, dogs are banned from all guarded public
beaches. However, “wild” or unguarded beaches are the exception to this rule,
so keep a look out for these when walking your pooch in France.
you’re walking through farmland or near to livestock, remember to keep your dog
on a leash. Wooded areas should also be explored with care. Look out for signs
saying “piège” (meaning “traps”) and if you see one, keep your dog on the lead
and stick to the path.
Parc Naturel Regional
des Monts d'Ardèche
dogs aren’t allowed in most national parks across France, many regional parks
and areas of natural beauty operate under local laws. Generally speaking, dogs
are okay as long as they’re kept on the leash. The Parc Naturel Regional des Monts
d'Ardèche covers approximately 180,000 hectares, so there are plenty of
trails for you and your dog to discover together. There are lots of accessible
paths to follow, ranging from easy to strenuous. If you’ve got the kids with
you as well, or you simply want a pleasant ramble with your pooch, try taking
one of the Interpretive Trails. The Brion circuit takes you through a secret
valley, past an ancient volcano and to the site of a medieval village.
mountains around Morzine are a great place to visit in the summer months, and
the most popular activities in this area are walking and hiking. In summer, the
trails around the Portes du Soleil are transformed from powdery ski slopes to
great hiking routes. There are approximately 200 kilometres of well-signposted
walking trails for you to explore, with one of the best and most accessible
taking walkers through the alpine meadows at Col de l'Encrenaz. From there, the
trail will take you towards the summit of Char des Quais, with views of the
surrounding mountains, such as Mont Blanc, welcoming you at the top. In this
area, dogs must be kept on leashes until the end of July in order to protect
local wildlife. Explore the pretty Morzine mountains in summer.
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stone’s throw from Calais, the walking routes in west Normandy and around La
Manche are ideal for walks with your furry friend. Follow one of the signposted
routes along the rugged coastline (the GR 223 is the most popular), or check
out any of the other routes which snake through the green Normandy hills. One
of the prettiest walks can be found around Cherbourg, where you’ll discover the
largest artificial harbour in the world, the bay of Mont Saint-Michel and the pretty
sands around Côte des Havres.
Lac du Drennec
routes surrounding the Lac du Drennec in Brittany provide a number of splendid
summer walks. Covering a lot of flat ground, these trails are ideal if you’re
looking for a more relaxed ramble with your pooch. Go for a scenic stroll along
the edge of the lake and take yourself towards the local commune of Sizun,
passing the river Élorn on your way. This part of France boasts beautiful old trees,
a range of rare flora and picturesque farmland. When you arrive back at the
lake, pop into the local restaurant, Au
Lac, and dine on a well-earned lunch at one of the outdoor tables. Camping
spots can be found nearby if you’re looking to stay the night. Take a long stroll around the Lac du Drennec with your dog.
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Ready to travel to France this summer?
Le Shuttle you can travel from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes, and
from there, France is waiting to be explored.