A few of the initial pointers I gained from the Walking in France website were tips on deciding what to take (a flimsy plastic poncho instead of a Goretex jacket, for example - brilliant!), how far to walk per day, where to re-fill water, types of accommodation, and the phrase "you are not a tourist". It has made me want to do a walk in France, and if I decide to go I'm sure I'll contact Jenny and Keith for further advice and suggestions.
Speaking of similar walks...I have mapped out a tentative plan for walking in County Clare, Ireland. But, seeing as we are leaving in a month for a walking-friendly holiday in St. John's, Newfoundland, the Ireland trip will have to wait until 2012. At least 4 friends are interested in going with us this time, which will make it fun but put more of an emphasis on advance preparations.
|Green Road in the Burren|
After basing ourselves in Broadford for the first 3 nights, we will be dropped off in Corofin so that we can walk the entire Burren Way: Corofin to Ballyvaughan, Ballyvaughan to Doolin, and Doolin to Lahinch, backpacking with all our gear during this section. These should be doable walks of approx. 12 to 15 miles per day. We will probably stay in B&B's and hostels rather than camp. We may plan for multiple nights in both Doolin and Lahinch to fully enjoy those lovely villages. (While in Doolin maybe we'll catch a session with master tenor banjoist Kevin Griffin or fiddler James Cullinan). Hopefully we can also work out a side trip and/or overnight on the Aran Islands. (I have not been to the Aran Islands on my 4 previous trips to Ireland).