Publication Date: 08th Mar 2024
Paddling France – guidebook with 40 handpicked itineraries for waterborne exploration by SUP (paddleboard), kayak or canoe. From Brittany to the Mediterranean, trips suit different abilities, from gentle lake paddles to multi-day river odysseys, and encompass coast, countryside and cities. Contains maps and advice on travel, accommodation and more.
About this book
Bradt’s Paddling France is the first practical guidebook to explore the whole country by SUP (stand-up paddleboard), canoe and kayak – waterborne activities enjoying a popularity boom. Experienced paddleboarder, travel writer and local resident Anna Richards has toured the country’s rivers, lakes and coasts to handpick 40 outstanding itineraries for water-based exploration that suit all abilities from novice to expert, enabling readers to experience Metropolitan France as never before!
Suggested routes extend from Brittany to the Spanish and Italian borders, and encompass some of France’s best-known tourist attractions – from Paris’s Bois du Boulogne and Mont St Michel to the Pont du Gard and Dune du Pilat – as well as less familiar destinations such as Lac du Der Chantecoq, Txingusi Bay and the Glénan Islands. Itineraries occupy dramatically varied landscapes: choose between paddling past coastal cliffs, small islands and steepling gorges, across twinkling lakes and down sparkling rivers, through wine regions, and even around urban surprises such as Lille’s five-point citadelle.
Compared to the UK, paddleboarding is in its infancy in France, but hundreds of paddleboard clubs have opened in recent years. Join its members in experiencing a new take on France. Enjoy spectacular views of some of the country’s grandest châteaux; spot seals, beavers and even flamingos from the water; and choose between paddling one lake that appears red due to the colour of the soil or another that glows emerald, or gawping upwards at chalky-white cliff arches.
Whatever your level of confidence on the waterways, there are suggestions for you: free paddles without a fixed route, short routes taking a half-day or longer, multi-day adventures. Routes are marked on maps and illustrated by photos, and complemented by cultural, historical and geographical titbits. Accompanying information and advice is geared towards the independent traveller, covering travel logistics, equipment rental, accommodation options and food, plus handy vocabulary and need-to-know sections.
Building on the intense commercial and critical success of Bradt’s Paddling Britain, this brand-new guidebook to Paddling France is a unique almanac that equips any watersports enthusiast travelling to or around France with all the practical knowledge necessary to plan their adventure.
About the Author
Anna Richards (annahrichards.com) began paddleboarding in Cornwall, where she grew up. During lunch breaks from her office job, she would grab a board and set off on jaunts across the Penryn River. These soon turned into multi-day trips, often camping and participating in river- or sea-cleans. To hone her skills, she joined a Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) club, where she learnt about all the other possibilities that SUP opens up (SUP yoga, SUP surfing, racing and touring). In 2021, Richards moved to France to become a full-time writer about travel and the outdoors, and started keenly exploring as much of the country as possible. She established her base in Lyon, a landlocked city with two waterways, and was pleased to find that living inland didn’t mean giving up SUP. Far from it: it has helped her explore the country through a fresh, unique perspective. Bradt’s Paddling France is her first book.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
Chapter 1 4 West Brittany
Chapter 2 West Brittany
Chapter 3 West Brittany
Chapter 4 West Brittany
Chapter 5 West Pays-de-la-Loire
Chapter 6 West Nouvelle Aquitaine
Chapter 7 North West Normandy
Chapter 8 North West Hauts-de-France
Chapter 9 North West Hauts-de-France
Chapter 10 North West Hauts-de-France
Chapter 11 North West Normandy
Chapter 12 Paris
Chapter 13 East Grand Est
Chapter 14 East Grand Est
Chapter 15 East Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Chapter 16 Centre-Val-de-Loire
Chapter 17 Centre-Val-de-Loire
Chapter 18 Centre Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Chapter 19 Massif-Centre Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Chapter 20 South East Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Chapter 21 South East Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Chapter 22 South East Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Chapter 23 South East Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur
Chapter 24 South East Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Chapter 25 South East Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur
Chapter 26 South East Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur
Chapter 27 South East Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur
Chapter 28 Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur
Chapter 29 South West Nouvelle Aquitaine
Chapter 30 South West Nouvelle Aquitaine
Chapter 31 South West Nouvelle Aquitaine
Chapter 32 South West Occitanie
Chapter 33 South West Occitanie
Chapter 34 South West Occitanie
Chapter 35 South West Occitanie
Chapter 36 South West Occitanie
Chapter 37 South West Nouvelle Aquitaine
Chapter 38 South West Occitanie
Chapter 39 Corsica
Chapter 40 Corsica