What is your favorite GR? And what will be the favorite GR of the French in 2021? It's up to you to decide! The votes for the fourth edition of the My Favorite GR competition will be open on the site of the itinerant hike MyGr.fr, from November 5 to 25.
En 2020, during the third season of the competition organized in partnership with the French hiking federation, it was the GR 21-Littoral de la Normandie which won the competition for French favorite GR. The title had given the trail and its entire region an important media spotlight. This year, there are eight long-distance hiking trails who are preparing to compete for the title. Videos are already online to help you make a choice. Check them out while waiting for online votes to open on November 5th.
GR 3: The wild Loire on foot
The GR 3 follows the course of the Loire from its source at Mont Gerbier-de-Jonc in Ardèche, to its estuary located in Loire-Atlantique. It travels through the Velay plateaus, the Monts du Forez, Burgundy… And of course the splendid castles of the Loire. Not less than 3 regions, 12 departments to cross in 52 stages, or more than 1 kilometers! A historical journey and a real human adventure for those who choose to walk this path in its entirety.
GR 58: The Queyras tour
In the Hautes-Alpes, the GR 58 goes around the Queyras regional park. In this mid-mountain landscape, gorges, passes, altitude meadows, groves, screes, cliffs await hikers over the 130 kilometers of its route. On this route, walkers take the highest pass taken by a GR, the Chamoussière pass (2 meters). They also cross the highest municipality in Europe, Saint-Veran.
GR 145: The Via Francegina
The GR 145 is none other than the French part of the old pilgrimage route from Calais to Rome, opened in the XNUMXth century by Sigeric. This canon of Canterbury took the road to Calais after being appointed archbishop. From its point of departure to the Franco-Swiss border, nearly 1 kilometers now train hikers through 8 departments. The Pas-de-Calais, the Somme, the Marne, the Aisne, the Aube, the Haute-Marne, the Haute-Saône and the Doubs are thus honored.
Great Pic Saint-Loup country GR
In the heart of the Hérault hinterland, now let's discover this new GR. The path allows you to discover the Occitan riches on foot between vineyards, mountains and scrubland. The Pic Saint-Loup and its 658 meters above sea level, the Séranne pass, the Hortus gorges, the Cévennes and the Buèges valley leave visitors with memories of peace and quiet. Four loops of 50 to 75 kilometers and of various levels allow hikers of all levels, to live an unforgettable adventure.
GR 30: Around the lakes of Auvergne
Departing from Mont-Dore, it takes 9 days to walk the 188 kilometers of the GR 30. The lakes of Servières, Guéry, Chambon, or Lastioulles line the route. They thus provide well-deserved refreshment breaks to walkers.
GR 75: The gates of Paris
A few kilometers from the Eiffel Tower, the GR 75 is a land of discovery, sport, leisure and culture. Throughout the 50 kilometers of the route, athletes realize the tour of Paris through its doors. Through 9 arrondissements and 75 green spaces, they discover the former Olympic spaces of 1900 and 1924. They can also admire the future infrastructures of the Paris 2024 Games.
GR 509: The great crossing of the Jura
The GR 509 crosses the Jura for 400 kilometers from Doubs to Ain. The Doubs gorges and their chaotic route sometimes tamed by man, the Haut-Jura regional park, but also medieval forts, lakes and mountain pastures, as well as the top of the Jura, the Crêt de la Neige offer a diversity of green landscapes.
GR de pays Tour des Baronnes Provençales
Finally, it is at the heart of Regional Park of Baronnies Provençales, that continues our overview. This 226 km medium mountain loop located between the Alps and Mont-Ventoux, provides a real breath of well-being. From Provence to the Alps, the Massif des Barronies offers a land of contrasts between hilltop villages and medieval towns, torrents and valleys, oaks and Aleppo pine, as well as black marl and ocher limestone.
On October 29, a jury made up of the Managing Director of Terres d'Aventure Eric Balian, the editor-in-chief of Wider magazine Sylvain Bazin, the writer-walker Olivier Bleys, the hiker and responsible for institutional relations GRTgaz, Agnès Boulard, of the director of the Mondial du Tourisme and of the Destinations Nature fair Marianne Chandernagor, the deputy editor-in-chief of Liberation Fabrice Drouzy, and the journalist-explorer Aïda Touihri, met to award the title of "Jury's favorite". And it was the GR de Pays Tour des Baronnies Provençales that finally won the jury's crush. He was therefore credited with a 20% vote bonus at the end of the public vote.