Updated on 21 July 2021
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In November 2019, the GR21 hiking trail was voted the nation’s favourite walk. Among the nominees were eight of France’s most-loved hiking routes frequented by thousands of walkers all year round. From Le Havre to Le Tréport, the GR21 trail winds through a number of different landscapes along the Alabaster Coast. Pull on your boots and explore this stunning hiking trail for yourself, and enjoy some fresh air, thought-clearing exercise and an unrivalled sense of freedom.
A great achievEment for Normandy
Every year, the Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre (French Hiking Federation) runs a competition to reward the best hiking trails in France. In the 2019 edition, eight trails entered the competition. Based on the results of a survey conducted during three weeks among 8,000 walking enthusiasts voting for their favourite hike via the Mon GR website, the GR21 hiking trail came top of the list with 31% of the votes, beating the famous GR31 Walking Trail Tour du Piton des neiges in Réunion. A great achievement for Normandy and for all the volunteers who working behind the scenes to protect, manage, and maintain the trail!
THE ALABASTER COAST IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Boasting spectacular views over the Alabaster Coast, from Le Tréport to Le Havre via Varengeville-sur-Mer, Fécamp and Etretat, passing some fascinating heritage along the way, this is the ultimate trail to enjoy the peace and quiet of Normandy’s coastline. As you embark on this journey, you are rewarded with stunning views of pebble beaches, quaint harbours, green meadows and bright white limestone cliffs.
If you need a bit of encouragement to get you started, imagine the breathtaking views you’re in for. The astounding sight of the cliffs of Etretat (a natural limestone arch, created as a result of erosion) will leave you in awe. Grab a map, pull on your boots and discover France’s most wonderful hiking trail!