Walking trips

Whether it's a simple walk with family or a longer hike, we're all looking for the thrill of great paths, nice to use and well maintained. It's with this in mind that the Sarthe Departmental Council encourages you to get to know the various high-quality local routes, GR® trails and its hikers' charter.
Enjoy your hiking and have a good trip!

GR routes and certified circuits

Among the 3000 kilometres of hiking trails in Sarthe, the Departmental Council and Departmental Hiking Committee have "certified" routes on which you can discover, along the way, the treasures of Sarthe's heritage.

With so many routes passing through, Sarthe is crossed by seven GR® routes, covering nearly 760 km!

So from Sarthe, you can head for Paris or Mont Saint Michel (GR 22), Eure or Maine et Loire (GR 35). Or you can go from Ouistreham (Calvados) to Bourg-Madame (Pyrénées-Orientales), taking the GR 36 to pass through our region.
Hiking circuits in Sarthe


The Hiker's Charter

Some key principles should be applied out of respect for the nature through which you're hiking:​
  • Stay on the paths - don't look for shortcuts which could cause erosion or damage to soils and crops. Keep your dog on a leash.
  • Don't light fires, smoke or throw away cigarette butts or matches.
  • Don't pick or collect flowers, plants, fruits or mushrooms out of care and respect for species that may be rare or protected.
  • Be respectful towards animals big and small: don't approach or try to touch them. Don't damage their habitat.
  • Close gates after you, be respectful towards the properties you pass through.
  • Take your rubbish with you until you reach the next bin or get back home (don't forget to sort it for recycling!). Keep the place clean. And take away rubbish left by others.
  • Be discreet and courteous at all times. Greet other users of the trails, whether on mountain bikes, horseback, farmers or hunters.

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