Walk your way to better French!
Walking is a passion in France. Clubs abound and I decided to join the local group (look for Randonées in local papers or websites). We met in a carpark and off we went. Talking and walking is the name of the game and it's a great way to practice your French and get a bit fitter into the bargain. I timed it to do most of the talking on the flat or the downhills and became a good listener on the inclines.
Walks are organised on several days a week and you can choose a group that walks at your pace - look out for the kilometres per hour for your local walks.
Well-fitting quality walking shoes or trainers
Water bottle (more serious walkers have 'camelback' type water rucksacks with built-in straw so they don't break stride when drinking)
Waterproofs for those showery days
Check if dogs are welcome - it varies from group to group
For your nearest randonées check out this website
Some of our favourite walks are in the Tarn. Click here for properties with great walks nearby