The Via Francigena in France takes another step forward. Thanks to the agreement signed on 14th September between the EAVF (European Association of Via Francigena Ways) and FFRP (Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre), the complete section of the route in France - reported as GR145® - is available on the website www.viefrancigene.org.
GR® is the network of long-distance hiking trails in France for which safety and quality of the route are guaranteed. Enthusiasts and walkers can take advantage of the maps and GPS tracks of the 47 French stages on the EAVF website, made available by the Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre.
The Via Francigena route begins in Calais, the Hauts-de-France region, passing through Reims in the Grand Est region, up to the Swiss border, near Jougne and the village of Les Fourgs, in the Bourgogne region Franche-Comté, about one thousand kilometres; slowly discovering the variety of landscapes and traditions across the Alps.
"We are very satisfied with this initial result, fruit of the agreement aimed at enhancing and promoting the route of the Via Francigena in France - the AEVF comments - the GR145 is a path defined by the French that has, above all, environmental and touristic aims. We are now working with the Swiss publisher Suisse Itinerance and Favre to draw up a guide to be released by the end of next year".
In addition to putting the French track on the EAVF website, the commitment continues to the publication of guides. Work continues on the creation of the first official guide from Canterbury to the Great St Bernard Pass. "The guide will consider both the GR145 and Sigeric’s historical and shorter route", adds the AEVF.
Meanwhile, the first French edition of Terre di Mezzo's guide on the Via Francigena from the Great St Bernard to Rome can also be purchased online. The guide can also be ordered in the package with the EAVF credential (https://percorsiditerre.it/negozio/la-via-francigena-edition-en-francais/).