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Three excursions within reach of Navigo for exotic excursions near Paris

Want an adventure without going to the other side of France? Here are three hikes of moderate difficulty, accessible by public transport from Paris.

Like every year, the month of May is a real Gruyere. But it is also the perfect opportunity to discover its surroundings, especially when you can’t afford to take a train to escape the gray Parisian life. Many sites, books and apps list excursions of different difficulty levels, accessible in a single Navigo trip. The proof with these three excursions, tested and approved.

The classic: Paris-Meaux by bike

The departure is from the Ourcq canal, in the 19th arrondissement. You will need a bicycle and good pedaling for the 52 kilometers that await you. However, you don’t need to be particularly sporty. The road has minimal height difference and passes through green landscapes such as the Parc de la Poudrerie, in Saint-Denis. We follow the canal up to Meaux, capital of Brie. Upon arrival you can taste this cheese in one of the many cheese shops in the city, before loading your bike on the train to Paris (line P)!

The bucolic: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre

This 16 km hike is rich in scenery and well signposted. Alternating enchanting banks of marl, a forest with a magical atmosphere and a viewpoint over the vineyards, this route is by far the most varied. Of low difficulty, it is best done on a sunny day, to avoid muddy disappointments. We start from La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, accessible from Saint-Lazare with the Transilien P, to arrive at the next station, Nanteuil Saâcy. Keep in mind that the latter is a bit isolated, so if you want to have a drink at the end of the walk, it’s best to walk in the opposite direction. The detailed itinerary can be found on the rando navigo website.


The village: Bures-sur-Yvette

20 breathtaking kilometres, and a section of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela crossing the peaks of Yvette. After leaving the charming town of Bures-sur-Yvette, in Essonne (RER B), head towards the Bois de la Guyonnerie, Chateaufort then the Bois d’Aigrefin before taking the RER again to Courcelles-sur-Yvette. On the program are fields, woods, ruined viaducts, streams… In short, everything you need to take a breath of fresh air in communion with nature. An excursion created by @randodango, who once a month takes strangers to discover the Paris region.


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