No dog owner likes to leave their pet behind when jetting off for an exciting holiday and thanks to the animal-friendly resorts across Europe, you don’t have to!
Here we look at 10 great dog walks in France and suggest dog-friendly campsites available with Canvas Holidays to help you have the perfect holiday with your pooch.
1. QuautreLacs (Jura)
Explore four lakes on this easy route which takes you well away from roads to offer ample picnic opportunities and impressive views.
Length: 6.7 miles (just over 3 hours)
Scenery: mountains, lakes, butterflies and wildlife
Nearby campsite: Domaine de Chalain – Lac de Chalain, Jura (approx 11.6 miles)
2. The Trieux Valley
Enjoy peace and serenity on this quiet walk, which weaves through woodlands and offers a decent view of the impressive Château de la Roche-Jagu, which dates back to the 15thcentury.
Length: 7.45 miles (4 hours)
Scenery: woodland, river, hills and wildlife
Nearby campsite: Camping le Châtelet – St Cast, Côtes-d’Armor, North Brittany (approx 62.2 miles)
3. Lac du Drennec – Sizun – Lac du Drennec
Starting with a lakeside stroll and passing the River Elorn, this walk has plenty of great features including contorted trees and luscious greenery. The route passes over some roads but traffic is minimal and the crossing quick.
Length: 8.7 miles (just under 4 hours)
Scenery: lake, woodland, wildlife, farmland, hamlets and rivers
Nearby campsite: Camping les Deux Fontaines – Raguenès, South Brittany (approx 30.7 miles)
4. Saint-Barthélemy de Bellegarde (yellow circuit)
Not for the faint-hearted, this walk passes through the impressive Dordogne countryside, but is also used by mountain bikers and horse riders, so you’ll need to take necessary precautions.
Difficulty: moderate / difficult
Length: 4.8 miles (2-3 hours)
Scenery: countryside, woodland, wildlife and impressive views
Nearby campsite: Camping la Palombière , Dordogne (both around 80 miles away)
5. The Kings Path
Although the entire walk takes days to complete, we recommend joining the section which follows the Cher River and joins Loire via the Amboise forest for an unbeatable experience.
Scenery: woodland/forest, river, hills and wildlife
Nearby campsite: Château des Marais – Chambord, Loire (approx 36.6 miles)
6.Liausson – Col de Portes – Montage de Liausson
This is the perfect opportunity to flex those muscles and marvel at everything from mountains and hills to lakes and fells.
Length: 4.4 miles (2hours 16mins)
Scenery: lakes, mountain, woodland, hills, fells and wildlife
Nearby campsite: Camping Cala Gogo – St Cyprien, Languedoc-Roussillon (approx 105 miles)
7.Montsd’Ardèche Regional Nature Park
Covering 180,000 hectares, we recommendsetting your own agenda in this impressive park and enjoy a gentle ramble in one of the area’s best natural attractions.
Scenery: mountain views, wildlife, woodland/forest and hills
Nearby campsite: Camping Val de Cantobre – Cévennes, Ardèche (approx 41 miles)
8. Montagne de Beaune
Suitable for families and with a handy shortcut, this great path guides you along the Beaune Mountain and through the vineyards of Les Grèves.
Length: 6.2 miles (2 hours 30 mins)
Scenery: vineyards, mountain, hills and fields
Nearby campsite: Château de l’Epervière – Gigny-sur-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy (approx 22.1 miles)
9. The Contentin Coast
This is another walk which takes days to complete in full, so we recommend taking part in the final leg of the tour, which runs from Barneville to Denneville.
Length: 8.4 miles (3-4 hours)
Scenery: coastal path, beaches, ocean, wildlife and an old bridge
Nearby campsite: Camping du Golf – Barneville-Carteret, Normandy (approx 2.2 miles)
10. Footpath of Les Roselières
Explore the stunning lake and natural scenery in the Haute-Savoire and Savoire regions by trailing this protected footpath.
Length: 5 miles (1 hour 30 mins)
Scenery: lake, countryside, fauna, flora and wildlife
Nearby campsite: La Ferme de la Serraz – Lake Annecy, French Alps (approx 207 miles)