Trekking in the Vosges and Jura: The GR5 and Other Walks and Treks

Trekking in the Vosges and Jura: The GR5 and Other Walks and Treks

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By (author) Les Smith, By (author) Elizabeth Smith
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 116mm x 170mm x 18mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cumbria
  • ISBN 10: 1852844345
  • ISBN 13: 9781852844349
  • Illustrations note: 85 colour photos, 20 maps and 1 profile
  • Sales rank: 341,888

Product description

This is a practical guidebook to the trekking possibilities in the Vosges and French Jura mountains. These mountains, which contain three regional parks and contrasting landscapes and wildlife habitats, are of a relatively moderate height, and have a well-developed network of waymarked paths that provide a wealth of opportunities for the walker. The book will be useful to anyone who plans to explore this lesser-known corner of France on foot, whether by means of short excursions or longer trails. The main part of the guide describes a continuous long-distance route (672km, 418 miles) which traverses the Vosges and Jura ranges from the German border in the north to Lake Geneva in the south, much of it along the GR5 footpath. Walking the entire route is a significant undertaking, amply rewarded by the diversity of landscapes and villages encountered along the way. The guide has suggestions for circular walks using selected sections of the GR5, ideas for shorter walks from centres throughout the region, and information on alternative long-distance routes. The background section, written with the walker in mind, covers the history, wildlife and landscape of the region.

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Author information

Les and Elizabeth Smith live in Perthshire and, after following sensible careers as scientist and geographer respectively, have embraced a more flexible outdoor life, pursuing their love of Scotland, wild places, wild life and photography. Enthusiastic walkers and campers, they have backpacked along many long-distance routes, both in the UK and more widely in Europe. This is their first guidebook.

Review quote

'The GR5 is one of the great long-distance walks in western Europe. This Cicerone guide deals with the section down the Vosges and Jura, a total of 672km, and gives a good overview of an interesting area not much visited by walkers from these islands.' Irish Mountain Log magazine / Autumn 2006

Table of contents

THE GR5/GR53 LONG DISTANCE ROUTE; Section 1 GR53 Wissembourg to Niederbronn-les-Bains; Section 2 GR53 Niederbronn-les-Bains to Saverne; Section 3 GR53 Saverne to Schirmeck; Section 4 GR5 Schirmeck to Ribeauville; Section 5 GR5 Ribeauville to Mittlach; Section 6 GR5 Mittlach to Thann; Section 7 GR5 Thann to Hericourt; Section 8 GR5 Hericourt to St-Hippolyte; Section 9 GR5 St-Hippolyte to Villers-le-Lac; Section 10 GR5 Villers-le-Lac to Mouthe; Section 11 GR5 Mouthe to Nyon; SHORT WALKS ALONG THE GR5/GR53; OTHER WALKS IN THE VOSGES; Long Distance Routes in the Vosges; Short Walks in the Vosges; OTHER WALKS IN THE JURA; Long Distance Routes in the Jura; Short Walks in the Jura