Before doing any outdoor sports activites, it is important to make sure that you are vaccinated against tetanus.

Choose a walk that is appropriate to your present level of fitness and endurance. If you have not hiked for several months, choose a shorter hike – less than 20 kms.
If you are not sure, you can contact the leader of the hike up to the evening before the hike.

The level of difficulty for each programmed walk is always indicated by 1, 2, 3 or 4 ; 1 for easy walks to 4 for longer, more difficult hikes.

Level 1 = easy walking, for everyone, less than 16 kms
Level 2 = easy but longer, 16 to 23 kms
Level 3 = moderate, 24 to 31 kms
Level 4 = more than 31 kms and/or difficult surroundings

Before signing up for a weekend or a holiday trip, it is necessary to participate in several day-hikes.



Walking shoes with good soles, which protect the ankles and are already broken in.
They should not be too loose or too tight. Heavy socks are recommended – wool in winter, and cotton in summer. To avoid blisters, you should not wear socks made of 100% synthetic materials, such as nylon.

A backpack which contains:

  • Sufficient water for the day -- one to two litres, depending on the weather and the level of difficulty
  • A picnic lunch, and maybe a cereal bar or some dried fruit for the pauses
  • A hat or cap
  • Sun screen
  • A small first-aid kit with any medicine you may need
  • A rain-proof garment, even when no rain is predicted
  • A warm garment, even in warm weather conditions

On the day of the hike

Purchase your train ticket to the destination indicated and also your return train ticket, unless otherwise advised.

You must be at the appointed meeting place indicated in our program. It is usually at a train station near the train platform, or else on a Métro platform. The suggested meeting time is always indicated and in any case, you should arrive at least 10 minutes before the train departure time.

Well-behaved dogs on a lead and with a muzzle can be accepted on certain hikes. Please contact the hike leader beforehand.

We ask that you respect the Highway Code, and use common sense and responsible behaviour as you would in your country. The hike leader will be glad to answer your questions and you must follow any instructions that he gives. You should inform him if you have any problems or difficulties.



If you have any question, please contact :

Rando's Île-de-France

Maison des associations - BAL 69
181 avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris